From November 16 to 18 All-Russian Scientific and Practical conference with international participation "Topical issues of prevention of infectious and non-communicable diseases: epidemiological, organizational and hygienic aspects" was held in Moscow. In 2022 the forum was held in a hybrid format. Its organizers are the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, the National Association of Infection Control Specialists, First Moscow Medical University named after I. M. Sechenov.
The scientific event was of a large-scale nature: for three days 260 scientific reports were submitted for discussion in full-time and online format on topical areas of epidemiology of infectious and non-communicable diseases, vaccination, military epidemiology, evidence-based medicine, various hygienic areas, microbiology, virology, clinical immunology, medical parasitology and other medical specialties. In addition to two plenary sessions, 32 sections worked at the conference, as well as seminars, symposiums and master classes were held. Speakers from 28 cities of the Russian Federation, Belarus, Moldova and Uzbekistan presented the results of their research activities in the field of preventive medicine.
About 2000 people participated in the forum. These are primarily representatives of academic science – the teaching staff of specialized departments of medical universities in Russia and neighboring countries, scientific, practical and clinical centers, healthcare institutions, and other organizations, some of which were remotely accessible.
The topics of three scientific sections and a significant number of reports were devoted to the issues of diagnosis, epidemiology, vaccination, immunotherapy, medical rehabilitation and other aspects of the new coronavirus infection.
Belarusian State Medical University was represented by the head of the Department of Epidemiology, Candidate of Medical Sciences, Associate Professor Irina Valchuk with two oral reports from a team of authors: "Modular construction of the educational process in epidemiology at Belarusian State Medical University" and "Internet technologies in the educational process at the Department of Epidemiology».
The participants of the conference were introduced to the e-learning system at BSMU and the use of Internet technologies. The speaker also shared the experience of the Department of Epidemiology in organizing classes with students during distance learning.
Irina Valchuk's reports aroused keen interest among the moderators of the section and participants of the conference. They asked more than a dozen questions on the topic of speeches concerning the system of organization of the educational process at Belarusian State Medical University. As a result, the practice-oriented training of students and subordinates at the Faculty of Medicine and Prevention was highly appreciated.
Within the framework of the Cooperation Agreement between First Moscow Medical University named after I. M. Sechenov and tBelarusian State Medical University, Irina Valchuk visited the Department of Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Medicine headed by Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Nikolai Briko.
Acquaintance with Moscow colleagues from the Leading medical university of Russia, discussion of various areas of joint activity of the departments of the two universities, exchange of professional experience in the field of educational, methodological, scientific, educational and volunteer activities are necessary elements of international cooperation.
During the conversation, an agreement was reached between the Department of Epidemiology of Belarusian State Medical University and the Department of Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Medicine of First Moscow Medical University named after I. M. Sechenov about the publication in Belarus of two joint textbooks – "Epidemiology" (for students of medical and pediatric faculties) and "Guidelines for the formation of practical skills in epidemiology; and also about the establishment and implementation of network interaction on topical issues of epidemiology.
Moscow colleagues presented Belarusian epidemiologists with a set of up-to–date educational and melodic literature - textbooks, manuals, educational and melodic manuals, etc.
In conclusion, the participation in such forums helps to broaden scientific horizons, establish professional contacts and intensify international communications.
Author: Irina Valchuk, Head of the Department of Epidemiology of BSMU, photo is taken from the author’s archive;
Translation: Nadezhda Kolyago