Over 500 students took part in the annual Medical Soft Skills championship 03-12-2020 News

At the Ural State Medical University (USMU), the events of the IX European Quality Week, which for the first time were held in a remote format, have ended.

So, at the Championship were represented, in particular, Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, Saint-Petersburg State Pediatric Medical University, Amur State Medical Academy and other specialized institutions.

It was part of III All-Russian Championship «Medical Soft Skills», which participants were more than 500 people, students and academic staff from 13 universities of the country.

The Championship “Medical Soft Skills” was consisted from several areas, including “Information technology in the COVID-19 epidemic conditions”, “Integration of a specialist into the international space: linguistic training and intercultural interaction.”

Alexander Nechitailo, a graduate student of the preventive medicine faculty, became the all-around champion in the field “Evidence-based medicine as a tool for critical thinking of the clinician”. The participants of the competition had to make a presentation on the Nobel Prizes in Physiology or Medicine, and before the presentation, write a test on evidence-based medicine, to answer 20 questions in 25 minutes.

“I chose a new topic for my presentation – the Nobel Prize 2020 for the discovery of the hepatitis C. My innate desire to get to the truth helped me to win. In addition, recently I completed a course on the evidence-based medicine,” said Alexander Nechitailo.

The closing ceremony of the IX European Quality Week was attended by the university administration, site experts, participants and guests of the All-Russian Championship “Medical Soft Skills”.

Olga Kovtun, rector of the USMU, noted the disseminating advanced educational practices aimed at student-centered learning. She drew attention to the fact that improving the quality of medical education is a fundamental process in the development of medical science, pharmacy and healthcare.

At the plenary report, the head of the Educational and Methodological Department of USMU Natalya Shkinder, in collaboration with Tatyana Kirilova, noted the role of student organizations in the system of quality assurance in education. The leaders of the expert groups summed up the fields and announced the winners.

Quality Week is held annually at the Ural Medical University. Its goal is to demonstrate the integration of Russian education with the European approaches of ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education), the dissemination of advanced educational practices, and the development of the cultural, creative and leadership potential of students.

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