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Primus inter pares

The Supreme Assize in the Library

The regular Academic Council of Sechenov First MSMU on April 4 was a kind of “field meeting”. The pundits enjoyed it in the newly renovated building of Fundamental Study Library (FSL) at Zubovsky Boulevard.
Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs Tatiana Litvinova outlined the prospects of further FSL development, whilst the speech of Vice-Rector for Research Activities Sergey Shevchenko dealt with the Central Scientific Library of Medicine (CSLM) under FMSMU serving the single source of scientific information in the Unified State Healthcare Information System.
Approving the strategic programs presented by vice-rectors, Petr Glybochko, the Rector, noted that real development and implementation of all CSLM tasks would come true only when it is funded directly from the federal budget.
“Today the CSLM actually works for the whole country, whilst the current funding is not enough to ensure that the library is being developed thoroughly and has become accessible for all Russian doctors. Our minimum objective is to support and preserve the CSLM, and to evolve the electronic medical library within the framework of public procurement.
The report of the Baku branch head Aziz Aliyev induced great excitement and vibrant discussion. Prof. Aliyev observed further development of the branch for the next five years, mentioning the training clinical bases intended for today freshmen. According to him, some preliminary agreements with clinical centers of Azerbaijan, Germany and the United States, which would be happy to receive the students from the Baku branch of FMSMU, had already been reached. Of course, they are also waited for at the in-house university hospitals. Aligning the presented program, the rector emphasized that the Baku office is the unit of special significance for the University in connection with joining the Project 5-100.
“None of the 21 universities incorporated within the project have full-fledged foreign subsidiary, whilst we DO have. The international benchmark is one of our objectives, and the Baku branch helps us much to reach it.”
Obviously, one of the key drivers enabled to solve this problem is the Foreign Languages Chair (FLC), which is one of the largest in the University. Its head, Prof. Irina Markovina presented to the Academic Council her five-year report highlighting the following points: the department keeps up with the times and new trends, catering the needs of the University in training of specialists capable of professional communication up to world-class level. This year will be the first graduation of healthcare specialists intensively trained for written and oral bilingual professional communication. Members of the Academic Council were presented the unique project, which is being implemented by FLC in collaboration with the Research Institute of Uronephrology and Reproductive Health. The initiative is focused on foreign language mastering at healthcare worksite in the course of real-time communication on clinical cases with our Spanish colleagues, for whom English is a foreign language too.
Is it any wonder that at the All-Russian Open Online Olympiad on English language among students of medical and pharmaceutical universities, held in this March, of 278 contestants the First MSMU has won both team and individual nominations?
First Vice-Rector for Innovation Policy and International Activities Andrei Svistunov presented for the Academic Council approval the list of the FMSMU Supervisory Board intended to become the main governing body of the University in line with the Project 5-100 policies. The candidates had been presented and approved previously by the Minister of Health. The Council includes: Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, Deputy Minister of Education of the Russian Federation Alexander Povalko, Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for State Property Management Igor Babushkin, First Deputy Minister of Health of the Russian Federation Igor Khahramanyan, Deputy Director of the Department of Medical Education and Human Resources Policies in Healthcare under the Ministry of Health Artem Tarasenko, Vice-President of RAS Ivan Dedov, member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Sergei Ternovoy, showoman Elena Malysheva MC and the First MSMU representatives – Director of the Higher School of Healthcare Management Ruslan Halfin, Head of International Operations Peter Litvitsky, Director of RDC Vladimir Nikolenko. The Council approved the entire list of Supervisory Board members.
Closing the meeting, meaning the next congregation, Petr Glybochko proposed to concentrate on the upcoming initial accreditation session, which is the pilot in-house procedure for our university graduates:
“As you all aware, our university has established the Federal Methodological Center for Accreditation put into operation and highly appreciated by the Minister of Health. The Center has already tested the programmes relevant to the initial accreditation to be ready to rebuff challenges of any kind.”
The rector also congratulated the members of the Academic Council that Sechenov First MSMU has successfully passed the governmental certification for the next six-year term retaining all educational programmes – core and non-core as well.