The first surgical Summer School jointly organized and carried out by the University of Saarland and Tver State Medical Academy took place in Homburg, Germany from September 16 to September 23, 2012. The University of Saarland and Tver State Medical Academy are partners since 1995, in May 2012 the cooperation agreement was extended.
During the practical classes and lectures that were conducted in English 10 students of TverSMA together with their 10 German counterparts had remarkable opportunity to master the modern techniques of surgery, anesthesiology and intensive care.
The sessions of the Summer School took place at the surgery rooms, simulation classes, surgical wards and intensive care units; high definition video records of operations and surgical procedures as well as clinical cases were studied and analyzed by the students and their teachers. The participants of the School were acquainted with the modern suture techniques, fixation, arthroscopy of shoulder and knee joints, abdominal sonography, methods of artificial respiration and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
The daily intensive classes and lectures (7-8 hours per day) were conducted by the academic staff of the departments of visceral surgery, orthopedics, experimental surgery, cardiac surgery, trauma, and intensive care of the teaching hospital of the University of Saarland, and by the representatives of Tver State Meidcal Academy – head of department of surgery and urology Dr. Alexandr G. Eremeev and the head of department of anesthesiology, resuscitation and intensive therapy Prof. Sergey I. Sitkin. To ensure the best educational contact of the teachers and students 5 study groups consisting of two Russian and two German students were created.
The students of Tver State Medical Academy had also the opportunity to learn the organizational principles of the German health care system and to enjoy the cultural and social program organized by their hosts.
The both universities note that the School was academically successful and productive. This Summer School is a unique and exclusive project for the Russian higher medical education. The counterparts had agreed that similar Russian-German medical schools have to become a regular annual academic event under the cooperation agreement of the University of Saarland and Tver State Medical Academy. The next Russian - German Summer School will take place in 2013 in Tver, Russia.