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Prof. Dr. Krikor Dikranyan Will Deliver a Lecture on “Lessons Learnt from Medical Education Reform in the USA”

On 5th July (Tuesday) at 3:00 p.m. at First Auditorium of MU – Varna, Prof. Dr. Krikor Dikranyan, Professor of Anatomy at Washington University School of Medicine, the USA, is going to deliver an open lecture on "Lessons Learnt from Medical Education Reform in the USA".

In his lecture he will present a brief summary of the profound reforms carried out in the field of medical education in the United States, and especially at the Washington University School of Medicine, as well as the role of the established Washington University Academy of Educators targeted at raising the qualification of lecturers. The main purpose of his presentation is to discuss the place of different methods of teaching in the so-called integrated training in medicine, as well as the role of examination questions in the integrated curriculum. The meeting will also discuss how to create exam questions to evaluate students' competence and how to assess and categorise them.

Dr. Dikranyan is a graduate of Medical University – Varna. He joined the Department of Anatomy as an Assistant Professor in 1979. In 1996 he was invited to start working at the Department of Psychiatry at the Washington University of St Louis, where his work has been focused on the issues related to neurotoxicity, foetal alcohol syndrome, the role of systemic anaesthetics on the central nervous system of newborn babies, brain trauma in adolescents, and changes in brain tissue in Alzheimer's disease. He has published scores of articles in reputable scientific journals, including Nature and Science. Since 2001 he has been a lecturer at the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology (now the Department of Neuroscience) at the same university. For his contributions to the science and education of undergraduate and postgraduate students at the university, he has been elected Associate Professor and subsequently Professor. He has created a number of digital tools for teaching Anatomy, Histology and Neurosciences. For many years Prof. Dikranyan has collaborated with a number of departments at MU – Varna and has contributed to the establishment of simulation medical training of the Varna students.