International Congress of Medical Sciences (ICMS 2017) took place in mid-May in Sofia, Bulgaria. Residents of TSMU Department of primary care, general practice and family medicine Uliana Zakharchuk and Natalia Melnyk took part in the event. ICMS 2017 was a joint effort of the Bulgarian association of medical students and ICMS 2017 Organizing Committee. The Congress was held under the auspices of Rector of Medical University of Sofia and was attended by professional as well as postgraduate students, young scientists under 35 years of age.
The conference started with an opening ceremony, which featured addresses form the President of ICMS 2017 Aneliia Kuzeva, and Rector of the Medical University of Sofia, Professor Victor Zlatkov. The forum consisted of five sessions. Our young scholars Uliana Zakharchuk and Natalia Melnyk gave oral presentations in the Therapy Section (research supervisor: Professor Lilia Babinets).
The Congress also featured lectures from the leading European experts: Prof. Tomas Hanke, Prof. Parveen Kumar, Prof. Gianni Angelini, Prof. Robert Thomas, and Dr. Rebecca Spencer.
The program included a series of workshops in topics such as basic laboratory skills, first aid and specialized medical care, surgical skills, gastroscopy and colonoscopy, medical law and others.
It should be noted Congress presentations were peer reviewed in advance and oral or poster presentations were accepted only after approval by the organizing committee.
The Congress had friendly atmosphere, allowing our participants to get new knowledge on methods of screening and treatment and to experience submitting and presenting their research in front of a large international audience.