Workshops and Extra Sessions

all participants will be able to choose 2, after the end of ticket sales

Career guidance and orientation

I am a neurosurgeon in Cluj-Napoca with the main focus on minimally invasive procedures. My main interest revolves around observing how the human brain can influence what people think and how they perceive the world, some of my ideas being published on the “Sfatul Neurochirurgului” online page. During my workshop I will talk about what needs to be taken into account before choosing a medical specialty, focusing on the main details that need to be considered.

George Ungureanu MD PhD

Date & Time: May 6th, 16:00-18:00 (2h)
Number of participants: 30 
Language: English
Location: Modern Languages Building, Room 2

Mass casualty: Assess & Intervene

Prof Wg Cdr Ankur Pandya, one of our speakers, is offering us a unique chance to participate in a very close to reality mass casualty simulation. With the help of our colleagues from Disaster Medicine Preparedness, we will give you the opportunity to learn how to act in various casualty scenarios.


 The workshop will have two parts: the first one will be focusing on ATLS (advanced trauma life support) where you will be able to practice and learn a lot of tehniques, and the second part will consist of two mass scenarios in which ten volunteers will have make-up with injuries for a nearly real life scenario.

Prof Wg Cdr Ankur Pandya

Date & Time: May 6th, 13.00-16.00 (3h)
Number of participants: 20
Language: English
Location: Modern Languages Building, Room 1

EEG abnormalities in patients suffering from epilepsy

Dr. Bogdan Florea is a renowned Neurologist, specialized in Epilepsy and an activist for the rights of patients suffering from Epilepsy. Holding an impressive research portfolio, he was part of the team that first described the “NIU complex”, discovering a new state of deep coma. Dr. Florea is also the initiator of the Telemedicine in Epilepsy Network, which delivers the patients in Romania a more facile access to world class diagnostic techniques and the option to ask for a second opinion from international Epilepsy specialists. The workshop is designed to serve as an overview of Epilepsy diagnosis and management and sensitize the participants to the burden over the quality of life this diagnosis brings.

Bogdan Florea MD

Date & Time: May 5th, 14:00-16:00 (2h)- 2 sessions, 1h each, 10 participants per session
Number of participants: 20
Language: English
Location: Neurology Clinic

The anatomy of a murder

Have you ever been curious about the steps taken into finding out the cause of one`s death? Or, even better, actually being able to participate in a live autopsy? If the answear is `YES`, this workshop is for you; if the answer is `NO` we will guarantee you that this workshop will surely change your mind.

The workshop will consist of two different parts: the actual autopsy and a case report. During the first part, 10 of the participants, chosen randomly, will go downstairs at the autopsy room with dr. Siserman where they will be able to attend the autopsy live. Meanwhile, all the other participants, will remain upstairs where the autopsy will be transmitted live from the autopsy room and dr. Rebeleanu will explain the procedure step by step. 

After the autopsy, it comes the second part of the workshop – where dr. Rebeleanu will present an interesting gunshot case report.

*Participants will have to sign a confidentiality agreement for the information shared during the autopsy.

Codrin Rebeleanu MD PhD
Siserman Costel Vasile MD PhD

Date & Time: May 5th, (2h)
Number of participants: 25
Language: English
Location: Forensic Medicine Department, Practical Laboratory Hall, Clinicilor Street Nr. 3-5 

How to build a start-up

Join this workshop for an interactive, team-based exercise on thinking, building and deploying a digital health innovation. We’ll go through grass-roots, hands-on issues and take all the steps to have a complete a view as you can of what’s ahead on your entrepreneurial journey. Using elements from validates frameworks such as Design Thinking, Stanford Biodesign and Business Model Canvas, the teams will co-create the building blocks of tomorrow’s healthcare landscape, facilitated by someone working on this for the past 5 years.

Zaki Milhem MD, PhD, Co-Founder and CEO WakeZ

Date & Time: May 6th, 14:00-16:00 (2h)
Number of participants: 20
Language: English
Location: Modern Languages Building, Room 2

Retinoscopy and prescribing contact lenses - How do we do it?

This workshop is only available for clinical years (4 and above)
Have you also been fascinated or at least curios about lenses and how they are prescribed? Why not learn more about them? In this hands-on workshop you will learn how light can be your friend in retinoscopy and how to properly use it to your advantage when prescribing lenses, and to take it a step further, there will also be a part about contact lenses. Hope to see you there!

*Participants should have finished the Ophthalmology module, or otherwise learnt the information related to this specialty. 

Răzvan-Geo Antemie MD

Date & Time: May 6th, 17:00-20:00 (3h)
Number of participants: 15
Language: English
Location: Modern Languages Building, Room 1

Depression and other stress-associated disorders in medical field

What are the typical traits of depression and other stress-associated disorders, in medical students and young doctors, during the difficult times we are going through? Do you consider these feelings to be a sign of weakness or an invitation to profound internal changes? 
The challenge of this meeting lies in transforming – within us and in others – our negative and depressive feelings, in an opportunity for a surprising transformation, and in a chance to become more mature and empathic.

This extra session will integrate both theoretical information – phrased in easily understandable terms and with multiple examples – and practical strategies, which will help you become more conscious and to evolve.
It will provide useful information for anyone who has ever gone through such moments, or those who want to understand and help other struggling in such ways. You will gain insight into preventing feelings of depression and self-doubt, a subject of great importance to every one of us. 

The meeting will provide a warm, inviting and open environment, conducive to dialogue and sharing each other’s experiences, as well as our questions, to which we will find answers together.

Cristian Erdei MD

Date & Time: May 6th, 18:00-20:00 (2h)
Number of participants: 50
Language: Romanian
Location:  Aleman Amphitheatre, UMF

Applied values of positive human-animal interactions

Animal-assisted interventions (AAI) are generally consisting of two categories of interactions: (1) animal-assisted activities (interactions without specific goals and structure, that provide recreational opportunities for both humans and animals) and (2) animal assisted therapy (goal-oriented interventions, well documented, that include structured exercises targeting specific psycho-social or physical variables, in the direction of enhancement of aspects of human quality of life).

This 2-hours workshop will familiarize the participants with the principles of including positive human-animal interactions in education and clinical settings. During the first hour, the students will get familiar with the settings of the educational Aquarium of the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, being guided through reflection exercises with psycho-educational values. In the second hour, students will be presented the mechanisms of the effects of positive human-animal interactions on humans, why taking into account the welfare of animals included in animal-assisted interventions.
The last part of the workshop will be assisted by a human-dog team with experience in animal assisted activities. 

Alina S. Rusu PhD, USAMV Cluj-Napoca,
[photo by Claudiu Guraliuc]

Date & Time: May 6th, 14:00-16:00 (2h)
Number of participants: 20
Language: English
Location: USAMV Campus

Essential skills in intensive care and anesthesia-case simulations and hands-on maneuvers

Medical education through simulation in Anesthesia and Intensive Care most often starts by practicing basic maneuvers (like airway management, vascular catheterization) on simple manikins, destined for each procedure.  As doctors gain more experience, their education through simulation shifts towards developing non-technical abilities (such as applying different protocols/diagnostic algorithms in clinical practice, managing complex cases, team management of patient care, possible crises in the operating room, leadership, and analyzing certain ethical issues). The aim of this workshop is to exemplify how learning through simulation can help anesthetists and intensive care physicians gain technical and non-technical skills in a safe environment, with the possibility of analyzing therapeutic conduct.

The presentation of learning possibilities through simulation for residents and students: Techniques covered: Orotracheal intubation, FAST echography, spinal anesthesia 

Assoc Prof Cristina Petrișor, MD, PhD

Dr. Robert Szabo, specialist physician anesthesia and intensive care
Dr. Laura Laza, resident physician anesthesia and intensive care
Dr. Sergiu Șargarovschi, resident physician anesthesia and intensive care

Date & Time: May 6th, 12:00-15:00 (3h)
Number of participants: 15
Language: English
Location: Medical Simulation Centre, Marinescu Street 23

First steps into medical research design

Did you ever fancy the idea of “getting more involved into the research part”? But do you really know what this part really implies? Are you the right person to do research? Will you be the chosen one who’ll change the course of medicine? Surely, you won’t find out the answers only after a lot of working hours in research projects. But attending this HEART workshop could actually help you decide wether it is worth trying and struggling to find your place in medical research. We won’t necessarily answer WHY doing research, but we’ll find out together WHAT medical research is made of, and some the other important questions: WHEN & WHERE to sart and HOW to do it. Actually, YOU will answer all these questions, because the workshop will be highly interactive and will imply teamwork. A contest with prize is also planned. So, bring your laptops/tablets and let’s start workshoping!

Horia Ștefănescu, MD, PhD, Liver Unit, IRGH Cluj-Napoca 

Date & Time: May 5th, 14:00-16:00 (2h)
Number of participants: 18
Language: English
Location: to be announced

BRCA mutation - What’s next ?

Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death in women. The identification of genetic predisposition syndromes has significant implications for cancer screening, surgical treatment, systemic treatment and psychological impact on the patient and their choices. This workshop is aimed at providing a practical approach to the management and implications of hereditary breast cancer.

I challenge you to answer the following questions together: What do we do when we have a BRCA-positive 25-year-old woman? How important are non-BRCA mutations? Are mastectomy and hysterectomy the ideal prophylactic options in BRCA carriers? What do I do with a VUS? 

Andreea Cătană MD, PhD

Date & Time: May 6th, 18:00-20:00 (2h)
Number of participants: 30
Language: English
Location: Modern Languages Building, Room 2

Full hands-on experimental protocol with Aspergillus azole-resistant species

Isolation and identification of azole-resistant ASPERGILLUS species from soil samples Aspergillosis is the most common invasive mold infection worldwide. Aspergillus species are ubiquitous saprobes in nature and may be found in soil, potted plants, decaying vegetation, agriculture fields, and construction sites. Aspergillus spp. can cause disease in humans by airway colonization with subsequent allergic reactions, colonization of preexisting cavities (aspergilloma), or by tissue invasion. Treatment of these infections is carried with azole antifungals, to which species of Aspergillus have been becoming increasingly resistant both in medical (hospital) and environmental settings, due to use of antifungals in agriculture.

In this hands-on workshop students will have the opportunity to conduct an experimental protocol for isolating azole-resistant species of Aspergillus from soil samples, followed by morphological and microscopical identification of the retrieved fungal isolates.

Alina Baciu MD PhD(c), Opriș Răzvan Vlad MD

Date & Time: May 5th, 12:30-13:30 and 13:30-14:30 (2h)
Number of participants: 6 (there will be 2 series of 3 participants)
Language: English
Location: Microbiology Department, Pasteur Str 6 

Innovation in healthcare

As technology continuously advances it will allow us to use it more and more in our everyday lives. It enables us to do things that we could hardly have imagined just a few years ago.

It is also being more present in medicine, helping us interact with patients that are not in the same room. In the future, we could treat people without actually seeing or touching them, just through virtual reality.

If you want to find out more about the changes that are happening around us and how telemedicine is improving our lives join us at this extrasession.

Philip Choban, Telios Care

Date & Time: May 6th, 16:00-18:00 (2h)
Number of participants: 30
Language: English
Location: Amf Aleman, UMF