On 8 March 2023, at the Medical Faculty of MU-Sofia, the first lecture for the second semester of the free elective course “Digitalization and Innovation in Medicine” took place. During the meeting with the students, the topics of the first module were reviewed and the guidelines for the second module were outlined.
The course is organized for the fourth consecutive year by the Medical Faculty of MU-Sofia on the initiative of the Digital Health and Innovation Cluster Bulgaria (DHI Cluster Bulgaria) and with the support of JA Bulgaria. The lectures are held every Wednesday and bring together more than 250 students who gain basic knowledge about the possibilities of modern healthcare, digitalization and innovation in medicine. The students have the opportunity to meet representatives of innovative businesses in the healthcare sector and take part in discussions on real-life topics related to their professional development.
The course will continue through the 2022/2023 academic year with the second module focusing on specific health technologies that have undergone rapid development in recent years and are now entering medical practice. Precision medicine, telemedicine, artificial intelligence, real-world data analytics, hybrid approach in clinical trials, cybersecurity are some of the topics students will be introduced to. Guest speakers will be healthcare experts from technology companies, the pharmaceutical industry, medical institutions and other organizations related to the sector. The focus will fall on building a healthcare system based on data, technology and innovation that benefits citizens and supports the daily work of medical professionals.
DHI Cluster’s main goal is to show students that the development of medicine and healthcare is progressing at an extremely fast pace and if we want to be part of these processes, we need to develop skills such as critical thinking, leadership, knowledge of healthcare and new health technologies on a daily basis. The open discussions and relevant topics make the course a preferred one for students from all standings at the Medical Faculty of MU-Sofia.