Workshops

Science is at its best when experienced first hand. Our WSs will be exceptional, interactive experiences with enthusiastic medical doctors and researchers.

Each participant will have access to certain workshops, depending on their year of study.

You can participate in a workshop ONLY after booking a place on our website (on-site registration is not permitted). The number of workshops you can book is limited. You can participate only in the workshops you have booked. In order to receive your Certificate of Participation, you must book at least one workshop and you must attend all the workshops you have been admitted to.

The complete list of workshops and the exact details will be available in early April, when the booking period starts. Check our homepage for updates.

Genetic Testing Workshop

Testing your patient’s DNA does not sound like science fiction anymore. However, we cannot say the same thing about the recent advances in this field. We will explore them in our engaging workshop.

Tour a State-of-the-art Pharmaceutical Facility

If you ever wonder how pills end up in the blisters we see every day, you will be excited by the prospect of seeing how they are made during our conference. You will be allowed to enter the exciting world of a complex manufacturing enterprise, to watch their high-precision operations on-site and talk to their experts. This is possible with the help of Rompharm, a well-established pharmaceutical manufacturer that will open the doors to its production sites to our participants.

Dissection of the Embryo

We all learn about embryos at our anatomy class. But have you ever had the chance of studying all of its details first-hand? Have you ever actually seen embryonic malformations? You now have the opportunity to do so at our workshop, with the help of dr. Cosmin Pantu, member of the Anatomy Department of the „Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, who will guide you through the procedure.

Dissection of the Eye

This is your chance to see the eye in all its marvelous complexity. You will be dissecting an actual eye and you will be discussing and observing all of its macroscopic components with dr. Cosmin Pantu, member of the Anatomy Department of the „Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, your trainer at this dissection workshop.

Basic Knots and Sutures

During this workshop, you will learn elementary surgical notions; you will have the opportunity to become familiar with surgical instruments, to learn basic surgical procedures such as surgical knots, incisions and multiple types of sutures.

4D Fetal Echography

Find out why the extra dimensions provided by the 4D Ultrasound Imaging make a difference when it comes to fetal cardiac examination.

Disinfection and Antisepsis

This workshop will give you the chance to understand the principles of asepsis and antisepsis and practice the steps of scrubbing correctly, whilst receiving a practical understanding about disinfectants and antiseptics.

Digestive Surgery

In surgery, technical and nontechnical skills are equally important. During our workshops however, we will focus on technical skills, the ones that improve with practice. Practicing opportunities can be scarce for students and this is why Dr. Bogdan Diaconescu, General Surgeon at Floreasca Hospital, together with Medtronic, have offered to help. This workshop is designed to teach you basic methods and skills for performing simple digestive surgical procedures and to allow you to perform and practise them.

Vascular Surgery

The purpose of this workshop is to teach you the basics of vascular surgery, to allow you to practice vascular resections and anastomoses whilst perfecting your gestures and surgical maneuvers according to all principles of hemodynamics and vascular pathologies.

Basic Cardiovascular Surgery Skills

We will do our best to show you the basics of the most frequently practiced procedures in cardiovascular surgery. In addition, you will have the opportunity to practice artificial and biological valve implantations.

Basic Plastics and Reconstructive Surgical Skills

You will have the chance to learn about general and specific surgical instruments used in the plastic surgery field, basic surgical procedures (types of incisions, knots and sutures) and specific surgical procedures in the field of plastic surgery, flap and graft making, replacement procedures and aesthetic implants.

Basic Skills in Orthopaedic Surgery

During this workshop you will learn the basics of orthopaedic procedures, understand the most common lesions in orthopaedics as well as treatment options; you will also study splints, orthopaedic casts and bandages.

Key points in CT and MRI evaluation of vascular brain emergencies

Professor Ioana G. Lupescu from the Radiology and Medical Imaging Department, Fundeni Clinical Institute will review the CT and MRI techniques used in cerebral vascular brain emergencies; present the most common and particular signs seen in cerebral brain ischemia, hemorrhage and cerebral venous thrombosis; discuss and illustrate the common pitfalls, tips and tricks used in the diagnosis of vascular brain emergencies.

Liver and Biliary Interventional Radiology Procedures

Dr. Mugur Grasu from the Radiology and Medical Imaging Department, Fundeni Clinical Institute will will present the exciting liver and biliary interventional radiology procedures he routinely performs and how they changed the approach to the patient.

Birthing and Cesarean Section Simulator

Attending a birth for the first time is perhaps one of the most memorable moments for a medical student. Our birthing and cesarean section might help with the inevitable anxiety that accompanies this experience. Practicing on simulators is an important training method for these procedures. With the help of an experienced obstetrician, dr. George Iancu from Filantropia Hospital, you will be able to improve your birth attendant skills.

da Vinci Robotic Surgery Workshop

Minimally invasive procedures are changing the experience of surgery for doctors and patients around the world. Robotically assisted operations are a natural next step and at MEDICS you will have the chance to learn more about them. The da Vinci System is controlled by a surgeon and facilitates complex operations using just a few small incisions. At our Workshop, you can see for yourself what it feels like to perform basic maneuvers with the help of a medical robot.

Systematic Eye Examination: From Basic to Advanced Tests

Investigating the patient’s eyesight involves a lot of detective work and deconstructing the line of thought is not easy. During his Workshop at MEDICS 2016, Dr. Mircea Filip, Associate Professor at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” and President of the Romanian Society of Ophthalmology, will try to make things clearer and to present an ophthalmologist’s tools: measuring visual acuity, corneal topography, biometry, laser demonstrations, objective and subjective refraction, intraocular pressure and retinal examination.

Survival Guide to Survival Statistics

Survival analysis is everywhere in medicine today, and there is nothing you can do to avoid it. As a doctor you will use it, interpret it and base your treatment decisions on its results. But what is survival analysis? How did it became ubiquitous?
In this workshop you will be guided through the “jungle” of outcomes research by Dr. Dan Dorobantu, from the Cardiology Department of the “CC Iliescu” Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases and research fellow at the University of Bristol. From the old and simple to the new and complex, you will learn the secrets of these advanced methods by scrutinizing recent articles from prestigious journals, as a reviewer would. Kaplan Meier, Cox regression, competing risk analysis, propensity scores, Bayesian models, modulated renewal, Weibull models, all of these words will gain both a meaning and a very useful purpose after you get your “Survival guide to survival statistics”. And you won’t need to sleep inside a dead animal to survive this.

Early Vascular Ageing: What Is Your Real Age?

Cardiologists developed a diverse array of clinical tools in order to find out more about a patient’s condition. Dr. Sabina Frunza from Floreasca Emergency Hospital will teach you how to rigorously measure BP, determine the ankle-brachial index and how to measure pulse wave velocity in order to calculate arterial age.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound – The Basics 

Since echography is now part of any rigorous clinical examination, knowing basic techniques is always useful. For MEDICS 2016, Dr. Delia Cinteza, Associate Professor at “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, will be explaining how to make a musculoskeletal ultrasound, how to correlate the scans with the clinical presentation and to make ultrasound guided intraarticular and intramuscular injections.

Endovascular Management of Neurovascular Pathology

The minimally invasive treatment of neurovascular pathology is an expanding domain: the numbers of neurointerventions have increased enormously, the importance of neurointerventionalists as members of the interdisciplinary neuro-team has further increased and interventional technology is advancing with ever-increasing speed.
Helping us get a basic understanding of this complex medical subject will be Dr. Stefanita Dima, a radiologist specialized in interventional neuroradiology, Chair of the Eastern Countries Committee for Interventional Neuroradiology Development, part of the European Society of Minimally Invasive Neurological Therapy. For his workshop, he will be presenting his work on cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, hemangiomas, cerebral and spinal tumors and more.

SMURD Basic Life Support

SMURD is the Romanian emergency rescue service that deals with the most difficult cases. With a vast experience not only in prompt interventions but in teaching as well, for MEDICS 2016 they will be organizing practical emergency medicine Workshops, presenting the protocols for Basic Life Support – medical care used for victims of life-threatening illnesses or injuries until they can be given full medical care.

SMURD Advanced Life Support

SMURD is the Romanian emergency rescue service that deals with the most difficult cases. With a vast experience not only in prompt interventions but in teaching as well, for MEDICS 2016 they will be organizing practical emergency medicine Workshops, presenting the protocols for Advanced Life Support – a set of procedures and skills that extend BLS to further support the circulation and provide an open airway and adequate ventilation.

SMURD Paediatric Basic Life Support 

SMURD is the Romanian emergency rescue service that deals with the most difficult cases. With a vast experience not only in prompt interventions but in teaching as well, for MEDICS 2016 they will be organizing practical emergency medicine Workshops, presenting the protocols for Paediatric Basic Life Support – what to do in an emergency situation where children are involved.

Neonatal Resuscitation in the Delivery Room

The successful transition from intrauterine to extrauterine life depends upon significant physiologic changes that occur at birth. In 90% of the infants, these changes are successfully completed at delivery without requiring any special assistance. However, about 10 percent of infants will need some intervention, and 1 percent will require extensive resuscitative measures at birth. Dr. Craiu Mihai, Associate Professor at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy and head of the Pediatrics Department at Alfred Rusescu Children’s Hospital, will show us how to be prepared for these situations.

Train on a Laparoscopic Surgery Simulator

Minimally invasive – you might have already heard this several times from us. And the good thing is, there is more. With increased safety and faster recovery, it is hard to stop talking about these procedures. This is why we think any opportunity to train in minimally invasive surgery is valuable.
In partnership with Karl Storz and Ponderas Hospital, we will be organizing a workshop in which participants will be able to practice a diverse array of maneuvers on a laparoscopic simulator. Dr. Dan Ulmeanu and Dr. Florin Turcu, experienced general surgeons with extensive knowledge and skills in laparoscopy, will guide everyone through the procedures. You will learn not only manual skills, but also the most important pre, intra and postoperative considerations.

The eternal and fascinating…ECG

The echocardiogram undoubtedly is a vital part of the cardiologist’s tools for the diagnosis and elucidation of cardiac abnormalities and continues to be the most frequently recorded non-invasive test in medicine. For MEDICS2016, Dr. Adrian Buzea, cardiologist at Colentina Hospital, will show the full potential of the ECG. The workshop will present key concepts in a warm-up manner – starting from a basic understanding of an ECG and going all the way to more nuanced and advanced topics. It the end you will realise how much insight you can gain from examining an ECG carefully. You might as well learn it now, because one thing is sure: doctors and ECG will continue to live side-by-side for the foreseeable future.

Paediatric Basic Life Support Workshop

Cardiorespiratory arrest occurs less frequently in children than in adults; thus, both healthcare professionals and lay people are less likely to be involved in paediatric resuscitation. It is therefore important to be familiar with the knowledge and skills required for paediatric BLS so that the best care possible can be delivered when these situations occur. And this is the reason why we did our best to provide opportunities to learn PBLS. For this workshop, our trainer will be Dr. Craiu Mihai, Associate Professor at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Paediatrics Department at Alfred Rusescu Children’s Hospital.

W. E. Dandy Workshop – Microneurosurgery: Discover The Basics

“It’s not exactly brain surgery…”. Except when it is! In partnership with Walter E. Dandy Neurosurgical Club and Bagdasar Arseni Emergency Hospital, we will introduce you to the fascinating world of Neurosurgery. You will learn the basic steps of approaching the brain inside the skull and then try to do it yourself. In addition, you will have the opportunity to understand neuroanatomy by holding a real human brain in your hands. In order to see how being a brain surgeon feels like and how much a milimeter actually means, you get to practice your skills in microsurgical vascular anastomosis, using the operative microscope.

This event is possible due to the support of the Centre of Excellence in Experimental Microsurgery from the Department of Plastic Surgery and Reconstructive Microsurgery at the Clinical Emergency Hospital of Bucharest.

The workshop is coordinated by:

  • Ioan Lascar, Academician, Professor of Plastic Surgery at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Head of the Department of Plastic Surgery and Reconstructive Microsurgery at Floreasca Clinical Emergency Hospital of Bucharest, Romania
  • Radu Mircea Gorgan, Professor of Neurosurgery at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Neurosurgeon at Bagdasar-Arseni Emergency Hospital, Bucharest, Romania
  • Tiberiu Paul Neagu, Assistant Lecturer of Neurosurgery at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy
  • Bogdan Dumitrescu, Neurosurgeon at Bagdasar-Arseni Emergency Hospital, Bucharest, Romania
  • Daiana Gabriela Toporau, Neurosurgery Resident at Pantelimon Emergency Hospital, Bucharest, Romania

A Human-Computer Perspective on Walking

You can tell a lot about one from how one dresses. But how about from how one walks?
In any medical endeavour, observation has been an apprentice’ best starting tool. And, as you will find out, a person’s walking habits can convey a lot of information.
What if you compare your observation to a computer’s and see the similarities and subtle differences?
Dr. Delia Cinteza, Associate Professor at the Institute of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Filantropia Hospital, will guide your attention towards the clues that may give away a person’s walking affliction.
At this point, you might wonder: is it a possibility changing your walking habits? The answer is “yes” and with the help of assisting devices, you will find out how one can relearn new tricks.

PACE – MEDICS Edition

The development of cardiac pacing in modern era treatment of symptomatic bradyarrhythmia must be viewed within the broader framework of electro-diagnosis and electro-therapy. Proven by clinical practice and an impressive body of research, cardiac pacing has improved the quality of life, morbidity and mortality of such patients’; by improving the ways of how pulse and conduction defects are corrected, pacemakers have been closing the gap between the artificial electrical stimulation needed in certain diseased hearts and the former, natural and normal, electrical function of the heart. Furthermore, aided by microelectronic achievements, programming innovations, devices today are smaller and the leads thinner and longer lasting than ever before. We are given the opportunity to delve deeper into (and grasp with own hands!) the theoretical inner-workings of cardiac pacing and the practical ones – by clinical cases, real devices and even by procedure demonstrations through a simulator, by each of us. Helping us understand the depths of this subject in a pacing-focused workshop are Dr. Radu Vătășescu, Dr. Corneliu Iorgulescu, Dr. Ștefan Bogdan & Dr. Radu-Dan Andrei, the cardiac electrophysiologists of Clinical Emergency Hospital of Bucharest.

Molecular Diagnostics in Transplant Immunology

No successful transplant would be possible without the priceless guidance offered by the broad field of transplant immunology. Dr. Ileana Constantinescu, Professor of Immunology & Transplant Immunology at “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Head of Imunogenetics & Virology Department at Fundeni Clinical Institute will share her experience in coordinating the laboratory of one of the most important transplant centres in Romania, accredited by EFI – the European Federation For Immunogenetics. During this workshop, you will see how to put the abstract immunological concepts into practice and when you can confidently say “yes” to a potential transplant procedure.

Malpractice and Professional Liability of Medical Personnel

Medical decisions are not always straightforward and this reflects on the legislation designed to keep patients safe. Understanding professional liability is a difficult task and this is why Dr. Andrei Nanu, Assistant Professor of Malpractice at “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, will help us disentangle the complicated net of legislation in which a doctor might find himself caught. Exemplified with thought provoking cases, it is a workshop we should all pay attention to.

Elements of Heart Dissection

Dissection may be the greatest way to learn anatomy – at least that’s what we think. Knowing the detailed macroscopic structure of the heart goes a long way towards becoming a skilful clinical or interventional cardiologist, cardiac surgeon but also an excellent doctor in general. You will have the opportunity to do all these at our heart dissection workshop where you will be trained by Enyedi Mihaly M.D., PhD, Interventional Radiologist at the University Emergency Hospital Bucharest.

Capillaroscopy

Capillaroscopy is a non-invasive tool that studies the microcirculation. In rheumatology, it can be used for patients in which a diagnosis of systemic sclerosis is considered. Because of its clinical and research role, eyes are on the researchers to expand the knowledge of this tool. At our Workshop, you will learn the latest on this subject, with exemplifying Clinical Cases and hands-on capillaroscopy, directly from experts: Carina Mihai, MD, PhD and Ana Maria Gheorghiu, MD, Rheumatologists at the EUSTAR Centre 100 (EUlar Scleroderma Trials And Research Group) supported by the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), of the Cantacuzino Clinical Hospital, Carol Davila University.

Neuroscience Workshop

SOMS has a long love story with neurosciences and we could not help but organize a series of dedicated workshops. The trainer will be Dr. Ana-Maria Zagrean, Associate Professor of Physiology at “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy and a committed supporter of our association.

First Part – Neuron Cell Cultures

During the first part you will learn how to handle neuron cell cultures and what to do with them. You will see how their role in research, especially when it comes to testing different substances. The workshop will focus in particular on detecting specific molecules that could improve neuron survival in ischemic conditions.

Second Part – Electrophysiology

The second part will tackle the EEG. You will learn what is an EEG and how to use it in the laboratory when working on animal models, in particular rodents. For this, you will have to find out how to make an EEG, what it should look like and what do certain changes mean.

Third Part – Telemetry

The third part will elaborate on how to work with animal models in research. You will learn that it is possible to collect data wirelessly and automatically from rodents while they move freely and how to do it.

Challenges in the doctor-patient relationship

The doctor–patient relationship is a pillar of modern health care and it does not come as a surprise that in the twenty-first century new challenges arise. It is one of the most studied types of professional relationships and Dr. Ovidiu Popa Velea, Professor of Psychology at “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, will try to offer insight into this complex interaction during his workshop.

Polymerase Chain Reaction – A Practical Approach

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is a method that allows exponential amplification of short DNA sequences and has become the cornerstone of modern molecular biology. It is used for a variety of medical and biological applications from basic gene sequencing, diagnosis of hereditary diseases, the identification of genetic fingerprints, the detection and diagnosis of infectious diseases to the creation of transgenic organisms. Together with Dr. Alexandra Simon Gruita, Associate Professor at Faculty of Biology, Genetics Department, University of Bucharest you will get a close look at how perform PCR. At this workshop you will learn how to extract DNA from a blood sample and you will become familiar with the protocols for using the PCR kits. In the end, you will use electrophoresis to differentiate between several DNA strands

Life SIM Workshop – Basic Clinical Skills

As part of our collaboration with Life SIM, a medical training centre with state of the art simulators, we will be organising some workshops that will allow you to practice your skills on their gadgets.

Simple, but vital, Basic Clinical Skills are truly valuable for pre-clinical students. Nasogastric tube insertion, urinary catheterization, vaginal and rectal examination, peripheral venous catheter insertion and blood taking, intramuscular, intravenous and subcutaneous injections and blood pressure measurement are procedures that will be of great help in the daily practice.

Angiography Workshop

Dr. Cosmin Mihai and Dr. Lucian Calmac, Interventional Cardiologists at Floreasca Clinical Emergency Hospital of Bucharest, have agreed to organize this Workshop on Sunday. Why is this important? Because that is their STEMI Day – this means that all the patients in the region, diagnosed with a ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction will arrive at their department. You will have the opportunity to see angiographies and stenting procedures directly on patients at one of the top Romanian emergency hospitals.

The Anatomy of Public Speaking

Love science but the mere thought of having to present your research makes your knees tremble? Don’t even know where to start when putting together a presentation?

Fear no more – now you can learn some tips and tricks and gain perspective on scientific presentations. Ruxandra Sava, M.D., Cardiology Resident at Elias Emergency Hospital, is a former SOMS Member with a special gift for public speaking and several award winning presentation at international medical conferences. For her workshop, she will share some of her experience and will help you improve your skills of making a presentation on a scientific subject.

Traumatology

Mihai Gavrila, M.D., PhD, Orthopedic Surgeon at Pantelimon Emergency Hospital, has a great and practical presentation that all his students love. It’s about traumatology, but he doesn’t talk about massive traumas – he focuses instead on small daily occurrences. A good knowledge of these light traumas will save you from a lot of unwarranted panic and useless investigations. Besides, you might be able to guess a patient’s favorite sport based on his elbows: does he have a tennis or a golfer’s elbow?

Minimal Advice for Quitting Smoking

Quitting smoking is notoriously difficult, but this should not deter doctors from trying. From primary care to over-specialized staff, it is never too early or too late to have THE conversation with your patients. Magda Ciobanu,  Pneumologist at Marius Nasta Pneumoftiziology Institute, will teach you some tricks on how to tackle this difficult subject.

How to ask scientific questions

Science is not always intuitive – sometimes you need to learn how to ask questions that matter. One of our Keynote Speakers, Mihai Moldovan – Associate Professor at the Institute of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark – will show you that a skeptical attitude can be taught.

W. E. Dandy Workshop – Unlocking The Brain’s Secrets: Neurosurgical Approaches and Perspectives

Even when it comes to neurosurgery, everyone has to start somewhere. Our workshop, organized in partnership with Walter E. Dandy Neurosurgical Club, is the best opportunity.

Coordinators:

  • Radu Mircea Gorgan, Professor of Neurosurgery at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Neurosurgeon at Bagdasar-Arseni Emergency Hospital, Bucharest, Romania
  • Ligia Gabriela Tataranu, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Neurosurgeon at Bagdasar-Arseni Emergency Hospital, Bucharest, Romania
  • Razvan Stanciulescu, Assitant Lecturer of Anatomy at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, University Emergency Hospital Bucharest, Romania
  • Bogdan Dumitrescu, Neurosurgeon at Bagdasar-Arseni Emergency Hospital, Bucharest, Romania
  • Giovani Andrei, Neurosurgeon at Floreasca Clinical Emergency Hospital of Bucharest, Romania