The XXI Annual All-Ukrainian Scientific-Practical Conference with International Participation “Actual Problems of Pediatrics” was dedicated to the memory of the Corresponding Member of National Academy of Sciences (NAS), National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS) of Ukraine, Professor V. Sidelnykov and the 75th anniversary of O. Bogomolets National Medical University Department of Pediatrics № 2. The event took place in Lviv. This forum is traditional and this year it brought together more than 1000 pediatric and family doctors, specialists in other pediatric specialties, health care organizers, educators and scientists. It presented the pediatric departments of 12 institutions of higher education of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and 3 academies of postgraduate medical education, State Institution “O. Lukianov Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology Institute of the NAMS of Ukraine”, Ukrainian Institute of Clinical Genetics of KhNMU, State Institution “Institute of Hereditary Pathology of the NAMS of Ukraine”, State Institution “Institute of Gastroenterology of NAMS of Ukraine” and others.
The participants of the Conference, Heads of the Departments of Pediatrics of Ukrainian universities
I. Horbachevsky Ternopil National Medical University was represented by a team of scholars of the Pediatrics Department of the Educational Research Institute of Postgraduate Training Professor Natalia Banadyha, Associate Professor Ihor Rohalskyi with a report on “Pediatrician’s view of the Lyme borreliosis problem in children”.
The report aroused lively discussion and interest in the diagnostic capabilities of Ternopil National Medical University for Lyme disease.
Associate Professor Ihor Rohalskyi is reporting at the Conference.
The participants of the Conference expressed their confidence that the improvement of teaching potential of higher education institutions in training of pediatric doctors will be facilitated by the implementation of new standards of training in the specialties “Medicine” and “Pediatrics” on the basis of problem-oriented and in-depth practical training.
Professor Natalia Banadyha with colleagues Professors Svitlana Nedielska (Zaporizhzhia) and Yurii Marushko (Kyiv) (left to right)
Priorities for pediatric training and research should be determined primarily by the needs of this field of medicine. Currently, in Ukraine there is an increase in the prevalence of respiratory diseases, congenital anomalies, neoplasms, diseases of the endocrine system, diseases of the circulatory system, injuries and poisoning in children. Obviously, such dynamics of childhood diseases prevalence testify to the impact of polluted environment, unhealthy lifestyle of most Ukrainian families, a number of hereditary factors, poor diet and the spread of bad habits among children and adolescents. Today, reform in the field of medicine and medical education is accompanied with the backdrop of pediatric training in medical universities, which can lead to crisis phenomena regarding the provision of pediatric physicians, pediatric infectious diseases and neonatologists and, in the future, impair the quality of health care delivery in the country.