On December 18 on the basis of the Department of Normal Anatomy, according to the already established annual tradition, IX Republican Student Olympiad with international participation in human anatomy in the on-line format was held.
For the ninth year in a row, the active student of the Department of Normal Anatomy scientific society, headed by the head of the Department, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Natalia Trushel and responsible for students research work, Candidate of Medical Sciences, associate Professor Alesya Rombalskaya, support this wonderful tradition, which allows students of Belarusian and Russian medical universities to demonstrate knowledge accumulated over three semesters in a very complex academic discipline 'Human Anatomy'.
The 2021 Olympiad was attended by students of all medical universities of the Republic of Belarus, as well as five medical universities of the Russian Federation (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Smolensk).
Each participant received a comprehensive written work consisting of open and closed tests, tasks and sequential tasks based on illustrations (a picture from an atlas, a macroscopic anatomical preparation, an X-ray). Each participant had to show intelligence, resourcefulness and the ability to think clinically. Despite the complexity and originality of the tasks, the students demonstrated deep and structured knowledge of the subject.
According to the results of the qualifying round, three representatives with the highest overall score were selected who took part in the final stage of the Olympiad: Andrey Dubeyko (1203 group), Konstantin Moshchuk (1206 group) and Anastasia Chaliapina (1218 group).
The final stage was held in on-line mode. The broadcast was conducted from the anatomical museum of the Department of Normal Anatomy. The organizing committee of the Olympiad included: Chairman - Vice-Rector for International Relations of the University, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Vasili Roudenok, Deputy Chairman - Head of the Department of Normal Anatomy, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Natalia Trushel, Secretary - Candidate of Medical Sciences, Associate Professor Alesya Rombalskaya, members of the organizing committee – Candidate of Medical Sciences, Associate Professor Anna Pasyuk, assistant Yulia Tsibizova, assistant Anna Chechenets, head of the Department of Normal Anatomy scientific society Rostislav Gryntsevich (4th year student of the Pediatric Faculty). A great contribution to the preparation and holding of the Olympiad was made by students of the department’s scientific society.
The Olympiad was opened with a welcoming speech by Professor Natalia Trushel, who stressed the need and importance of holding such events for the purpose of integration and exchange of experience not only between students of Belarusian medical universities, but also between students of Belarus and Russia.
Associate Professor Alesya Rombalskaya also addressed the participants with her wishes. The instruction on the Olympiad was conducted by the head of the student scientific society Rostislav Gryntsevich.
Participants, guests and the organizing committee were pleased to hear parting words from the Head of the Department of Normal Anatomy of the Vitebsk State Order of Peoples' Friendship Medical University, Professor Alexander Usovich and Associate Professor of the Department of Human Anatomy of the Medical Faculty of Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation Oleg Bashmakov.
The final round of IX Republican Student Olympiad in Human Anatomy with international participation included three stages, each of which involved only one representative from the team. The first stage, called “Clinical Anatomy”, consisted of five tasks on the application of knowledge of normal anatomy in oncology, neurosurgery, maxillofacial surgery, endoscopy and general surgery, rengenendovascular surgery. The second stage was devoted to working with microscopic and macroscopic preparations from the archive and museum of BSMU Department of Normal Anatomy. At the third stage, the contestants answered questions on body structure in childhood and human anatomy in pediatrics.
Each of the participants of the final round demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the discipline 'Human Anatomy', was able to apply them to solve each of the tasks. Acquaintance and exchange of experience about the peculiarities of teaching human anatomy in other medical universities, organization of research work of students, work of student scientific societies, as well as communication with future colleagues in an informal setting became important and necessary elements during the Olympiad.
After completing the first three stages, participants had to show teamwork skills and pass an “Anatomical QUIZ”, which included multi-level questions with a short and accurate answer.
The results of the Olympiad were summed up in individual and team competitions. In each section, three winners were selected separately for the teams of Belarusian and Russian medical universities with the highest number of points.
According to the results of the team competition, which consisted of the sum of all four stages, the winning teams were selected:
1st place – teams of Belarusian State Medical University and Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation;
2nd place – the teams of the Vitebsk State Order of Peoples' Friendship Medical University and Smolensk State Medical University of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation;
3rd place – the teams of Gomel State Medical University, Grodno State Medical University and Kirov Military Medical Academy of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
Both the Belarusian teams and the guests from Russia had warm, pleasant impressions of the Student Olympiad, despite several hours of difficult intellectual work on tasks.
The Department of Normal Anatomy congratulates the team of Belarusian State Medical University consisting of Anastasia Chaliapina, Andrey Dubeyko and Konstantin Moshchuk on their brilliant performance in the final round of IX Republican Student Olympiad in Human Anatomy, wishes creative success and new victories.
And next year we are waiting for all students at the 10th Republican Student Olympiad on Human Anatomy.
The Department of Normal Anatomy thanks the Rector of the University, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Sergey Rubnikovich, Vice-Rector for Administrative and Economic Work Viktor Baran, Dean of the Faculty of Pediatrics, Candidate of Medical Sciences, Associate Professor Elena Filipovich, Head of the Information Technology Development Center Alexander Staheiko and the staff of the center for assistance in organizing the Olympiad.
We also express our gratitude to our permanent sponsor, Gedeon Richter Representative Office in the Republic of Belarus (Hungary) represented by an obstetrician-gynecologist, representative of the company Diana Moroz.
Author: Rostislav Gryntsevich, head of the Department of Normal Anatomy student scientific society, student of the 2406 group of the Pediatric faculty;
Photo is provided by: Anna Strukova and Nikita Besman, students of the 1303 group of BSMU Faculty of General Medicine;
Translation: Anastasiya Karnacheva.