NSU, together with the University of Southern California, opened a “mirror” Department of Anesthesiology and Resuscitation

Novosibirsk State University has established a mirror Department of Anesthesiology and Resuscitation in a joint educational project with the University of Southern California. 

Two years of preparation took place before the official launch of this project, “Development of innovative educational activities through the creation and development of a mirror department of anesthesiology and resuscitation, in conjunction with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, USA, a Top 100 University: THE 60, Clinical, pre-clinical and health: 50, QS: 136, Life Sciences and Medicine: 115). NSU Rector Mikhail Fedoruk gave the corresponding order for the project that is supported by the 5-100 Project.

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The project was named after its key promoter, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Vladimir Zelman (ZELMAN = Zeal, Education, Labor for MANkind), a graduate of the Novosibirsk Medical School, one of the first anesthesiologists in Siberia, and an outstanding physician and teacher.

The main clinical base for the project will be the City Clinical Hospital No. 25, whose structure is close to that of the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. The Project Director and the Head of the mirror Department of Anesthesiology and Resuscitation is Sergei Astrakov, MD, professor, and chief physician at CCH No. 25.

Andrei Pokrovsky, one of the program supervisors, Director of the Novosibirsk State University Institute of Medicine and Psychology, and corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, talked about the program, "This is the first time that a mirror Department of Anesthesiology and Resuscitation has been established in Russia. Prior to this, only mirror laboratories were created. In this project, the emphasis is on the educational process. One of the first steps is the organization of a series of distance lectures. They will be read by leading scientists at the University of Southern California for our students at the NSU Institute of Medicine and Psychology as well as for residents and doctors. A regular schedule of lectures will begin in September."

According to Executive Director of the Academic Council for Neurosciences in Translational Medicine and Deputy Director of NSU Institute of Medicine and Psychology Vladimir Pustylnyak, who is also a supervisor on the project, “The mirror department can be the beginning of a broader set of "mirror" cooperation projects in other medical specialties. Human intellect and knowledge should not have any boundaries. Such professional contacts in the modern world can become independent factors supporting international rapprochement and progress.”

In later stages of the project, NSU and USC scientific and pedagogical staff members will have an opportunity to take part in internship exchanges. The result of the project will be the creation of a distance education model, the improvement of the professional competence of students and anesthesiologists-resuscitators, the integration of NSU students and graduates into the international scientific, educational and professional environment, and increasing the prestige and internationalization of NSU.