The Annual Conference «International Student Exchange Programs at Omsk State Medical University» took place on September 18, 2023. In this academic year, the Сonference was held in an online format, attracting students from all faculties, residents, and healthcare specialists.
The Conference commenced with warm welcoming words from Svetlana A. PISKLAKOVA, Head of the Department of International Affairs. She outlined the key requirements for participants in international academic exchange programs and the stages of election for international activities. Proficiency in the English language is a primary requirement for students. This academic year, the first selection stage is scheduled for September 20th, and it involves online testing. Students from all faculties and residents are invited to participate. The second selection stage entails in-person interviews. Svetlana PISKLAKOVA also emphasized that personal qualities and academic achievements are equally important factors in the selection process, including qualities such as discipline, responsibility, and a minimum GPA of 4.0.
Continuing with the Conference's theme, staff of the Department, including Ekaterina SVYATOGOROVA, Elena SAVCHENKO, and Anastasia LEONTYEVA, delivered their presentations.
Ekaterina SVYATOGOROVA provided insights into the history of IFMSA, its structure, and the activities of our University within the framework of the National Union of Medical Students. According to Ekaterina, professional exchanges offer a unique opportunity for students to gain practical experience under the guidance of top medical professionals in world-class hospitals. During these internships, students have the chance to see the latest modern medical equipment and hone their skills through hands-on practice.
Elena SAVCHENKO shared information about research exchanges. She emphasized that research exchanges establish an inseparable link between practical healthcare and science. Students participating in research internships have the opportunity to engage in descriptive, analytical, and experimental research conducted in hospitals and laboratories worldwide. The culmination of such efforts is the authorship and publication of results from multicenter studies.
Anastasia LEONTIEVA discussed the activities of the National Union of Medical Students. This organization is responsible for organizing medical internships, summer schools, educational seminars, and conferences worldwide. These internships are open to students pursuing both undergraduate and secondary medical education programs, as well as practicing doctors and nurses.
The floor was then handed over to students who had participated in international academic exchange programs. Alexander ERMOLENKO, Ekaterina KOTELEVSKAYA, Ilya BOGATYREV, Sofya SHEFER, Svetlana KARASKO, and Valeria FRIS shared their experiences. In their presentations, students addressed numerous practical aspects, including the location of their internships, the challenges they encountered, and, most importantly, what they found most rewarding during their travels. Their insights and tips have been compiled into life-hacks available on the Department's webpage on the OSMU’s website.
Elena LOGINOVA spoke about her experiences participating in international medical Online Schools. She shared the history of the creation of such Schools and highlighted the role of telecommunication technologies in transitioning international schools to an online format. Notably, thanks to collaboration with colleagues from China, we have successfully organized and conducted three online schools since 2021: the IV International Medical Online School «Reproductive Health of Adolescents», the Sino-Russian On-Line forum «The Burning Issues in Otorhinolaryngology and Beyond…», and the Sino-Russian On-Line School «Innovative Technologies in Dentistry». We are committed to further expanding the thematic scope of our schools and engaging new participating countries in cooperation with our University.
We express our sincere gratitude to all Conference participants for their involvement and keen interest in the international activities of our University. We look forward to productive collaborations in the future!
Ekaterina Svyatogorova, 2nd year residents of the Department of Internal Medicine (Advanced Course) and Endocrinology
Elena Savchenko, 2nd year residents of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery (Postgraduate Course)