30 students from the Medical University – Sofia participated in the opening meeting of the course on innovation and digitalization in medicine second semester
On March 5 /Thursday/ at the Museum of the Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology at the Medical University – Sofia, the new semester of the educational program on digital health and innovation was launched. More than 30 students from the faculties of medicine and pharmacy participated in the un!MEETING entitled “Anatomy of Innovation in Medicine”.
The course on DIGITAL HEALTH AND INNOVATION is implemented in partnership with Junior Achievement Bulgaria, Novartis Bulgaria and the Digital Health and Innovation Cluster Bulgaria. For the second semester of the course, the organizers prepared topics related to trends and approaches in new technologies and innovations in healthcare and medicine, opportunities for digitalization, optimization and automation of process in the sector, creating conditions for developing entrepreneurial and critical thinking, as well as solutions which facilitate the doctors in their work on a daily basis. The event encouraged discussion about the future of medicine in Bulgaria and the creation of conditions for the use of technology at all levels in the field. In addition to the students, inspirational speakers participated in the discussion.
The meeting was officially opened by H.E. Muriel Berce Cohen, Ambassador of Switzerland. She shared that the competitive advantage of Switzerland as a leading country in the creation of innovations in medicine and pharmacy is the development of intellectual capacity and the development of essential skills to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
Dr. Rosen Dimitrov, Public affairs manager at Novartis Bulgaria and Vice-President of the DHI Cluster, emphasized the need to introduce digitalization and entrepreneurship training in the medical and pharmacy students’ curricula. He presented leading research and data on addressing the challenges in medicine through digitization and the development of essential skills such as critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and communication.
Mira Ganova, Director of the DHI Cluster Bulgaria, emphasized on the healthcare based on data and technology and presented the innovative digital solutions that the Cluster member companies develop in the healthcare sector. She emphasized that the Cluster is actively supporting the development of digital solutions for more efficiency and sustainability of the health sector. According to her, one of the most important elements for improving health care is to educate young doctors how to make the most of the technology and know how to facilitate their daily activities.
Milena Stoycheva, Executive Director of Junior Achievement Bulgaria and Chairperson of the DHI Cluster Bulgaria, inspired young professionals to provoke themselves and think beyond the visible. She emphasized the need for a change in thinking and outlook on the world, as well as the development of basic skills such as creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking. She added that it is important for every doctor to be prepared to meet the technological challenges in modern medicine, with the aim of creating a digital program in MU-Sofia.
A special guest of the event was Dr. Alexander Simidchiev, who focuses on digital literacy from the point of view of building critical thinking for the development of students as professionals in fast-paced technology. He emphasized the importance of developing the skills to understand, analyze and control information, which is at the heart of critical thinking and solving complex problems as future professionals.
Participants had the opportunity to ask questions about the future of medicine in the digital world and received a special invitation to learn more about digital health and innovation.