Workshops and Extra Sessions

!!! Each participant will be able to choose a maximum of 2 workshops!!!

Building responsible compassion toward animals: Applied values of human-animal interactions

This 2-hour workshop will familiarize the participants with the principles of including positive human-animal interactions in education and clinical settings, as well as in everyday-life healthy habits. Firstly, the students will discover the educational aquarium of the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine through reflection exercises with psycho-educational values. Then, students will be introduced to human-animal interactions and taught how to consider animal welfare when using animal assistance. 

The final part will be assisted by human-dog teams with experience in animal-assisted activities.  Students will learn about planning and implementing animal-assisted activities for developing a sense of responsible compassion toward animals. Examples of good practice will be discussed, such as the Be Kind to Animals program hosted at the Aquarium of USAMV CN, in collaboration with volunteering teams of dogs and humans.

Professor Alina S. Rusu, PhD
Ing. Raul Savin, PhD student

Date & Time: May 11th, 14:00-16:00 (2h)
Number of participants: 20 
Language: English
Location: Aquarium Complex of USAMV Cluj Campus, Calea Mănăștur 3-5 (meeting point: main entrance across the Platinia Mall)

Communication skills in cancer

One in three people enters the cancer battlefield at one point during their lifetime. For most patients, the news comes as a shock and leaves an impression that is often persistent. The oncological patient and his family need psychological support throughout this challenging journey. It is already well known that emotional distress can interfere with oncological therapeutic management. Fear of relapse, anxiety, and depression are identified in more than 80% of oncological patients. 

What can we learn in this workshop? 

We will interview two patients with hereditary breast cancer and discuss how bad news should be delivered. What are the critical moments, keywords and  ethical approach when it comes to delivering such news?  What about the psychologist’s role in the diagnosis, during the treatment, and in the follow-up of the oncology patient? Hopefully, all together, we will get the answers to these questions.

Andreea Cătană MD, PhD
Florina Pop - Principal clinical psychologist "Prof. Dr. I. Chiricuță” Institute of Oncology

Date & Time: May 12th, 16.00-18.00 (2h)
Number of participants: 20
Language: Romanian
Location: UMF

The assessment of fetal heart during autopsy

Do you remember the tiny heart specimens contained in formalin jars you saw during your first-year Anatomy classes? Particularly if your Teaching Assistant was an Embryology fan…

Or maybe you’ve never had the chance to observe them?

At this workshop hosted by Imogen Institute, each participant will have the opportunity to perform the dissection of a fetal heart specimen under the guidance of Camelia Albu MD, Anatomic Pathology specialist and Teaching Assistant.

Apart from the main part which will be the practical procedure, the workshop also includes introductory talks on PPE guidelines and the dissection technique.

In the end, there will be an open discussion about presumptive diagnosis, associated lesions, and the positive diagnosis of each case.

Sign up and prepare yourself for a workshop that you’ll definitely remember.

Camelia Albu MD, PhD

Date & Time: May 12th, 2 sessions (1h30): 10:00-11:30 & 11:30-13:00
Number of participants:12 (6 per session) 
Language: English
Location: Imogen Clinic, Victor Babeș 43

Basic techniques in oftalmic surgery

This workshop is only available for clinical years (4 and above)

Have you ever wondered what it is like to perform surgery through the lens of a microscope? Come get a glimpse of an ophthalmologist’s point of view in this hands-on workshop which will be held on Friday, 12th May, from 10:00 to 14:00, at the UMF biobase. Overall, this experience intends to provide 4th to 6th year students with a better understanding of ocular microsurgery. We expect the keen ones to discover this preferred field and to master the skills they acquired over the years. We also have the honor of collaborating with an excellent medical team consisting of Dr. Antemie Geo-Razvan and Dr. Samoila Ovidiu. Moreover, we will also be assisted by Dr. Teodora Pana and Irina Grosu (both members of SSCR).

Răzvan-Geo Antemie, MD, PhD student
Samoilă Ovidiu MD, PhD

Date & Time: May 12th,10:00-14:00 (4h)
Number of participants:22
Language: English
Location: UMF Biobase, Louis Pasteur 6

Advanced diagnostic techniques in parasitology

Alina Baciu MD PhD(c) & Răzvan Opriș MD PhD(c) put together a practical workshop in which each participant has the opportunity to be a microbiologist. This year, our mentors will guide us through different diagnostic methods used in parasitology, such as the fecal concentration technique and the Kato-Katz method for stool samples. In addition, participants will be able to diagnose Malaria, based on thick and thin blood smears.

Furthermore, one of the participants will have the chance to take part in one of the ongoing research projects, in collaboration with the trainers.

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

Date & Time: May 14th, 9:00-11:00 (2h)
Number of participants:6
Language: English
Location: Microbiology Department, Louis Pasteur 6

Hydrated skin is happy skin. Let's make our skin happy with a hydrating cream!

The skin, known as the largest of our organs, performs many functions for our body. But in order to perform them, the skin needs an important aid from us: hydration. Why does the skin need moisturizing? What cosmetic ingredients help and how do they work? How to choose skin moisturizing products? How can we prepare a moisturizer? You can find out the answers to all these questions in this workshop. Moreover, you will have the chance to create your own skincare products from scratch. 

If we’ve made you curious, we’re looking forward to discussing and preparing cosmetic creams together!

Prof. Mirela Moldovan PhD
Lecturer Catalina Bogdan​ PhD
Farm. Diana Antonia Safta PhD(c)

Date & Time: May 12th, 12:00-14:00 (2h)
Number of participants: 20
Language: English
Location: Practical work hall, Discipline of Dermatopharmacy and Cosmetology. Ground floor, street Ion Creangă, no. 12

Neonaticide as a result of denial of pregnancy: can you be pregnant and not know it?

Gabriela Groza is a lawyer and a doctor in clinical psychology with training in CBT(cognitive behavioral therapy) and forensic psychology, practicing in both fields. She also has 10 years of teaching experience at the Babes-Bolyai University.

This workshop will introduce you to the phenomenon of pregnancy denial and the forms in which it can occur. We will analyze the profile of the women prone to be unaware that they are pregnant and the psycho-legal consequences that may arise. Neonaticide is often preceded by pregnancy denial and a birth dominated by dissociative elements. Dissociative amnesia is one of the phenomenons that often occur in such situations and can explain the incoherence of a woman going through the shock of giving birth to a child without having been aware of the pregnancy . We will discuss a case study and have the opportunity to read and analyze the testimony of a woman who denied her pregnancy and was ultimately convicted of murder. 

Lawyer Pshycotherapist Gabriela Groza, PhD

Date & Time: May 11th, 14:00-16:00 (2h)
Number of participants: 50
Language: Romanian
Location:  UMF

Coping mechanisms for anxiety

Some levels of anxiety and stress are good for us to function correctly. If we didn’t care about our future, maybe we wouldn’t pay much attention to our academic journey. 

If tomorrow’s test isn’t stressful at all, we could go to the beach then, or if we don’t feel a little nervous about a first date, it could mean that this person is not important to us. 

Where anxiety is high is a risk of developing inadequate coping mechanisms. The fear of failure may make us not present for a test, even if we would make a good mark if we tried. The fear of being rejected drives us to distance ourselves from the people. We use avoidance as an adaptation mechanism.

In this workshop, we will talk about inadequate coping with anxiety. We will define terms, discuss practical examples, bring them with us, and most importantly, I will give practical tips on how to overcome them.

Avoidance, control, safety behaviors, emotional detachment are only a few of them.

Psychotherapist Ovidiu Berar - founder of the programme Psy4Life

Date & Time: May 12th, 15:00-18:00 (3h)
Number of participants: 30
Location: UMF

Clinical applications of abdominal ultrasonography

We constantly hear that the transducer must be a hand extension of the doctor and that an ultrasonograph would soon be used as a stethoscope for all doctors.

Are you sure about what type of doctor you want to be, or are you still trying to decide?Ultrasonography will be useful to you in a wide variety of situations, regardless of the speciality you choose to pursue.

You’d like to rapidly scan your patient to receive an image of the health of each abdominal organ, as well as other organs from the joints to the tyroid or maybe you may need to perform some interventional procedures, such as punctures or intrajoint injections.

Anyone is welcome to the workshop, which is the excellent chance to see the abdominal organ’s map beside the lovely illustrations from anatomy textbooks or from your vivid imagination.

 Join us on May 12 between 11 and 14 to create a proper image of normal abdominal organs and to learn more about our beautiful and complex body.

Lecturer Bartoș Adrian MD, PhD

Date & Time: May 12th, 11:00-14:00 (3h)
Number of participants: 24
Language: Romanian
Location: Department of Modern Languages, Louis Pasteur 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 12th, TBA
Number of participants: 60
Language: English
Location:  UMF

Anatomy of a Mystery: Using Skeletons in Forensic Anthropology

This workshop is available only for clinical years (3 and above)

Discover the fascinating world of skeletal trauma and healing in this unique workshop tailored specifically for medical students!

Description: Join us for “Anatomy of a Mystery: Using Skeletons in Forensic Anthropology” and learn how to examine and interpret skeletal trauma, healing, and surgical implants using an anthropological and orthopedic approach. This workshop is specially designed for medical students and covers major aspects of skeletal trauma and healing, surgical pathology and implants, and features associated with antemortem and perimortem trauma, and postmortem breakage.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll have gained valuable knowledge on skeletal trauma and healing that can be applied to your medical career. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with our expert instructors. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of forensic anthropology and medical mysteries!

Codrin Rebeleanu MD, PhD​
Siserman Costel Vasile MD, PhD
Dana Doroftei MD, Phd student UMFST
Roxana Angheluța

Date & Time: May 12th, 12:00-15:00 (3h)
Number of participants: 30
Language: Romanian
Location: Forensic Medicine Department, Practical Laboratory Hall, Clinicilor 3-5


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 10th, 18:00-20:00 (2h)
Number of participants: 30
Language: English
Location: Department of Modern Languages, Louis Pasteur 6

Medical entrepreneurship: how to find sources of funding

Nowadays, it is often that doctors decide to found medical startups, such as private practices or clinics, yet most of them lack a well established plan. 

Join our mentors at our “Business 101” workshop specifically prepared for med students, during which you will find out how to access financial resources and how to bring your entrepreneurial ideas to life!

Ioana Tancau, Regional Director of the division for BT doctors
Mihai Tănase MD, Client Relations Manager, Equipment Suppliers Division for BT doctors

Date & Time: May 12th, 15:00-17:30 (2h30)
Number of participants: 30
Language: English
Location: UMF

From the first steps in medical research to disseminating the results

Materials needed: participants need to bring laptops/tablets


Let’s say you came up with a creative study idea, thought about the optimal design for your study and gained access to a database to work with. You went through with all the steps of your study and obtained results that you statistically analyzed. But what now?

The answer to this question will be discussed during this workshop with Assistant Professor Dr. Bogdan Procopeț. He will guide you through the next options to disseminate your results: from poster/ oral presentations at medical congresses to publishing in medical journals. What are some tips to have a successful presentation? How should you write an article that stands out? How can you choose the journal where you submit your article for publication? How will your article be evaluated and what is peer review?

This workshop will provide you with the practical strategies you need to take your research further. Don’t be afraid to join even if you are relatively new to research, because Dr. Procopeț has a friendly, gradual approach that will definitely engage and motivate you. The workshop includes applied activities on some medical studies, so make sure to bring your laptop/ tablet and let’s start exploring the world of research!

Bogdan Procopeț MD, PhD, Liver Unit, IRGH Cluj-Napoca

Date & Time: May 12th, 14:00-16:00 (2h)
Number of participants: 30
Language: English
Location: UMF

Bone healing and orthopedic treatments (casts)

Interested in orthopedics? Want to be ready for every clinical problem in the ER? Just want to learn a new clinical skill? If so, come to the Plastering Workshops and learn how to put broken limbs into the plaster cast.

Dan Cristian Paul MD, PhD

Date & Time: May 11th, 14:00-16:00 (2h)
Number of participants: 16
Language: Romanian
Location: Clinic of Orthopedics and Traumatology, General Traian Moșoiu 47-49

Regional anaesthesia 101: Upper & Lower Limb

Regional anaesthesia is a vast and fascinating field, which has lead to maked improvements in patient satisfaction, safety as well as reducing hospitalisation. The workshop will provide a basic understanding of ultrasound anatomy and principles for some of the most common block, with both hands on scanning on volunteers and a brief theoretical presentation.

Marta Băncișor, MD

Date & Time: May 12th, 16:00-18:00 (2h)
Number of participants: 10
Language: Romanian
Location: Surgery Clinic I, Clinicilor 3-5

From BLS to ALS - First aid training

Join us for “From BLS to ALS” and discover how to perform vital first aid techniques, from basic life support to advanced life support. 

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to perform several maneuvers such as peripheral vein cannulation, injections, chest compressions, ventilation&intubation, lateral safety position, cervical collar placement, and immobilization with belts.

Our experienced instructors, workers, and volunteers of the Ambulance Service Cluj-Napoca will guide you through each technique, providing you with the knowledge and confidence you need to respond effectively in emergency situations. This workshop is perfect for medical students looking to enhance their first-aid skills and prepare for their future medical careers.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from the best and take your first aid training to the next level with “From BLS to ALS”!

Uță Cătălin-Medical Assist. & Vol. Coordinator & SAJ Cluj Napoca crew

Date & Time: May 12th,TBA  
Number of participants: 30
Language: Romanian
Location: Department of Modern Languages, Louis Pasteur 6

Basic Skills in Interventional Radiology

This workshop is available only for clinical years (4 and above)

This workshop will enable participants to have first contact with Interventional radiology. The technology behind nowadays radiology has endless treatment possibilities. This workshop will give you a hint about the true potential of International Radiology seen as a brand-new medical specialty. The hands-on experience will involve several techniques performed with real materials, biopsy needles, coils and catheters just like in real situations.

Different kinds of pathologies, endovascular and extravascular, which are best treated with IR approaches will be brought into the discussion. You will have the possibility to familiarize yourself with the basic concepts of international radiology and get to know how is the life of Interventional radiologists, through the eyes of Dr. Dan Duma, one of the pioneers of this field in Cluj-Napoca.

Dan Duma MD, Radiologist at ER
Country Hospital Cluj-Napoca,

Date & Time: May 12th, 11:00-14:00 (3h)
Number of participants: 30
Language: English
Location: Radiology Clinic, ER Country Hospital, Clinicilor 3-5.

Facilitating Behavioral Change in Patients

Are you a medical student interested in empowering your patients to make positive changes in their lives? Join our upcoming workshop on “Facilitating Behavioral Change in Patients” and gain the skills and knowledge necessary to become an effective agent of change.

Led by Teaching Assistant Dr. Alina Forray, public health resident physician and researcher, this workshop will provide you with practical tools and strategies for motivating patients to adopt healthier behaviors, such as exercise, healthy eating, and smoking cessation. You’ll learn how to assess patient readiness for change, identify and address barriers to behavior change, and use evidence-based communication techniques to encourage positive health behaviors.

Through interactive discussions, case studies, and role-playing exercises, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the psychological and social factors that influence patient behavior, and how to tailor interventions to meet individual patient needs. By the end of the workshop, you’ll feel confident in your ability to support and empower your patients on their journey toward better health. Don’t miss out on this valuable learning opportunity!

Alina Forray MD, PhD(c)
Public Health Resident Physician
Research Assistant & Teaching Assistant

Date & Time: May 12th, 16:00-18:00 (2h)
Number of participants: 20
Language: English
Location: Amf , UMF

Blitz ECG: Rapid interpretation of arrythmias

Are you a medical student who wants to finally understand how an ECG works and how to read it? This workshop is perfect for you! Led by Gelu Simu MD, a specialist cardiologist, this workshop provides an understanding of the main basis of the heart’s electricity and how to identify and diagnose common heart diseases. Through interactive discussions and a lot of examples to work with, I am sure that in the end, you will be capable to read yourself an electrocardiogram. It doesn’t matter what you will choose as a future specialty, because the basics of the ECG will be there for you along your medical journey. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Gelu Simu, MD

Date & Time: May 11th, 14:00-16:00 (2h)
Number of participants: 30
Language: Romanian
Location: Department of Modern Languages, Louis Pasteur 6

Fearless Living: Overcoming the Fears of Failure and Success

This meeting aims to answer together, through a personalized, warm, empathetic, and sincere dialog, some essential questions:   How can we come to an individualized concept of error, which makes sense to us and invites us to development rather than defensiveness and stagnation?  How do we turn failure into a learning process? How do we give up global human comparisons and relate more to comparisons with ourselves, taking into account the fluidity and natural stages of life? How could we better tolerate the mistakes of others, without making us feel threatened or irritated, and without putting us at risk in the face of the harmful behaviors of others?

The event will integrate theoretical information, explained in an accessible language with multiple examples and practical strategies of awareness, acceptance, and evolution.

Cristian Erdei MD

Date & Time: May 12th, 18:00
Number of participants: 60
Language: Romanian
Location: UMF

From 0 to the first 10 clients!

Join us for a dynamic workshop designed for medical students who aspire to turn their innovative ideas into successful start-ups. Our program will guide you through the process of defining ideas based on problems, effectively communicating with potential clients to define user personas, building a start-up within a few weeks, and identifying the best launch strategy. Gain valuable insights and practical skills to bring your entrepreneurial dreams to life!

Get ready to be inspired by our speaker, Alin Pausan, an expert in helping startup founders bring their innovative ideas to life. With over 10 years of experience in social entrepreneurship and advanced training in Google Analytics, Alin provides impactful solutions to create high-quality MVPs, mobile apps, and websites. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from Alin and take your entrepreneurial dreams to the next level!

Alin Paușan, Product Manager & Startup community builder

Date & Time: May  12th, 12:00-14:00 (2h)
Number of participants: 30
Language: Romanian
Location: UMF

Introduction in abdominal ultrasound

The workshop will be held on Thursday and Friday in 1h30min sessions. The participants will be able to choose one session.

Join SONO4YOU in this exciting workshop and learn how to perform abdominal ultrasounds like a pro!

In the Abdominal Ultrasound Made Easy Workshop, SONO4YOU will teach medical students how to perform abdominal ultrasounds with ease. This workshop is designed to provide a hands-on learning experience where students will get to practice ultrasound techniques under the guidance of experienced colleagues.

During the workshop, you’ll learn the basics of abdominal ultrasound, including how to identify the abdominal organs and detect abnormalities. SONO4YOU will teach you the proper techniques for using an ultrasound machine, adjusting settings, and interpreting results.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll have the confidence and skills necessary to perform abdominal ultrasounds like a pro. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn with SONO4YOU!

Sono4you Cluj

Date & Time: May 11th: session 1 (13:00-14:30) & 2 (14:30-16:00).
                       May 12th: session 1 (14:00-15:30), 2 (15:30-17:00),                            3 (17:00-18:30) & 4 (18:30-20:00).
Number of participants:18 (3/session)                                                Language: English
Location: Department of Modern Languages, Louis Pasteur 6

Let's talk about F.R.I.E.S. - consent in personal and professional life

Join us for an engaging workshop designed for medical students who want to explore the importance of consent in their personal and professional life. Our speakers, SCORA volunteers of the 3S Project, will guide you through what informed consent entails and the importance of clear, open communication in every aspect of life, from romantic relationships to professional activity as a medical practitioner. Addressing matters such as listening to your interlocutor’s needs and desires to putting all the cards on the table, our workshop offers practical tips for asking for consent without the awkward factor. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights into building healthy and respectful relationships!

3S- Sanatate sexuala
Stud. Stefania Silaghi
Stud. Albert Petre

Date & Time: May  11th, 12:00-14:00 (2h)
Number of participants:16
Language: Romanian
Location: Department of Modern Languages, Louis Pasteur 6

The Art of Mindful Eating

Join us for a workshop that explores the information conveyed by food and the relationship we have with the food we consume. With so many different messages about nutrition and diet circulating in our society, it can be difficult to know what to believe and how to make healthy choices.

This workshop aims to introduce the concept of mindful eating, which involves paying attention to the sensory experience of food and being present at the moment while eating. This approach can help students develop a deeper appreciation for the food they consume, as well as establish a more positive relationship with food.

By the end of the workshop, medical students will have a greater understanding of how to nourish their bodies and minds through balanced nutrition and mindful eating practices that will benefit them both in their personal lives and as future healthcare professionals.

Registered Dietitian & Yoga Teacher Evelin Papp
Registered Dietitian & Personal Trainer Gianina Avram

Date & Time: May  12th, 14:00-16:00 (2h)
Number of participants:60
Language: Romanian
Location: UMF

Behind the Scalpel: A Live Neurosurgical Experience for Medical Students

Overview: Get an exclusive chance to observe a live neurosurgery procedure and learn directly from Prof. Dr. Ioan Ștefan Florian and his team in this exciting workshop!

Description: This Live Neurosurgical Workshop is an incredible opportunity for medical students to witness a real-time surgical procedure and learn about the different stages involved. You’ll get to see the surgical techniques used and the instruments employed, while a neurosurgeon explains everything to you. Plus, you’ll have the chance to interact with the surgeon, ask questions, and learn about career prospects in the field.

This workshop is perfect for medical students interested in neurosurgery, as it provides a unique and enriching experience. Witnessing a live neurosurgery procedure will give you a better understanding of the intricate surgical techniques involved and the skill and precision required in this field of medicine. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity!

Ioan Ștefan Florian MD, PhD
University Professor

Date & Time: May 12th, 12:00-14:00 (2h)
Number of participants:40
Language: Romanian
Location: Neurosurgery Clinic Cluj, Louis Pasteur