WORKSHOPS

Science is at its best when experienced first-hand. Our Workshops are exceptional, interactive experiences held by enthusiastic medical doctors and researchers. There are some things you need to know, so here is a quick overview. For all the details, be sure to revisit our Terms & Conditions.

Each participant can go to one Workshop by paying the General Access Fee or Presenting Author Fee. All the Workshops will take place on Friday, March 31st and Sunday, April 2nd, 2023.

Scroll down to find out how to book a workshop.

Our workshops

PACE: Practical Arrhythmology & Cardiac Electrophysiology

Trainer: Radu Vătășescu MD, PhD

Workshop description: Cardiac pacing has improved the quality of life, morbidity and mortality of patients with symptomatic bradyarrhythmias. By correcting pulse and conduction defects, pacemakers have been closing the gap between the artificial electrical stimulation needed in certain diseased hearts and the heart’s natural, normal electrical function. This workshop gives you the opportunity to delve deeper into (and grasp with your own hands!) the theoretical inner-workings of the cardiac electrical activity and practice fundamental interventional skills. You’ll learn through clinical cases, real devices and even through procedural demonstrations using a simulator.
Please note: this event is an advanced cardiology workshop; therefore, only students in their 4th, 5th or 6th year of medical school can participate.

PSI: Psychiatry Simulated Interview

Trainer: Călin Cavaropol MD

Workshop description: One of the best ways to learn is to ask questions, so at PSI you are in charge of taking history! Use your communication skills in order to deal with psychiatric patients and to find out the most relevant information about their conditions. This workshop gives you the chance to have a practical approach to psychiatric history, helping you to have a more accurate overview of the interaction with patients with a mental health condition. The workshop is structured in 4 scenarios. For each one, there will be a psychiatric patient with a certain disorder and a team made by 2 of you. At the beginning of every scenario, each team is going to receive some information about the patient and then you may start taking history. At the end of every scenario, you are going to receive feedback from the psychiatrist, in order to help you understand which additional questions you could have asked and more about the clinical experience with this type of patients. Keep in mind that it is very important to show empathy towards your patient and to have control over the patient interview!

FAST: Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma

Trainer: Alexandru Carâp MD, PhD

Workshop description: Life-threatening intra-abdominal injuries don’t always come with obvious warning signs. Imagine you are in front of a trauma patient. You do a quick physical examination – but you still cannot leave out the possibility that he may be massively bleeding into his peritoneum. What should you do next? The answer is FAST – a noninvasive and accurate ultrasound examination, which you’ll learn during our workshop by examining your peers. FAST provides vital information without delay and allows you to rapidly identify free fluid in the peritoneal, pericardial, or pleural spaces.

Please note: this workshop requires a specific body of knowledge; therefore, only students in their 4th, 5th or 6th year of medical school can participate.

Know your joints: Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Trainer: Delia Cinteză MD, PhD

Workshop description: From professional athletes to laypersons, all patients with musculoskeletal complaints benefit from ultrasound imaging. It is a readily available and noninvasive test that is now part of any rigorous clinical examination. But as with all forms of imaging it needs to be handled with care and integrated into clinical reasoning – and this is exactly where our workshop comes in handy. At one of the most popular workshops last year, you will learn not only the principles behind ultrasound imaging, but also high-precision procedures, such as ultrasound guided intra-articular injections.

ICR: Introduction to Clinical Reasoning

Trainer: Alexandru Carâp MD, PhD

Workshop description: A correct clinical diagnosis is 2% perspiration and 98% experience. At first, it may seem impossible to make up the whole picture containing the entire history and symptoms of the patient. With time, skills and logical thinking your abilities to put the right diagnosis will heighten. The purpose of this workshop is to familiarize the participants with the basics of clinical reasoning practicing on a variety of clinical cases.

Please note: this workshop requires a basic background in taking history from patients; therefore, only students in their 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th year of medical school can participate.

Systematic Eye Examination

Trainer: Radu Malciolu MD; Irina Lutic MD

Workshop description: Investigating a patient’s eyesight involves a lot of detective work – and deconstructing the line of thought is not easy! During this workshop you will learn how to use an ophthalmologist’s tools in order to accurately identify eye pathology. You will use complex devices to measure visual acuity and intraocular pressure and to examine the corneal topography and the retina. If you’re into gadgets, you’ll love trying all the equipment at AMA Optimex Clinic!

Systematic Eye Examination – Second Edition

Trainer: Radu Malciolu MD; Irina Lutic MD

Workshop description: Investigating a patient’s eyesight involves a lot of detective work – and deconstructing the line of thought is not easy! During this workshop you will learn how to use an ophthalmologist’s tools in order to accurately identify eye pathology. You will use complex devices to measure visual acuity and intraocular pressure and to examine the corneal topography and the retina. If you’re into gadgets, you’ll love trying all the equipment at AMA Optimex Clinic!

Catch the Butterfly: Thyroid Ultrasound

Trainer: Adina Mazilu MD; Natalia Dascalu MD; Ioana Madalina Cristian MD

Workshop description: The butterfly-shaped gland will open its wings for you at our workshop in order to let you find out more about a commonly used procedure in endocrinology. And because practice makes perfect, the workshop is also going to have a hands-on part, in which you will get to play both the role of the doctor and the role of the patient. You will also learn through ultrasound scans about thyroid pathology, thus having the chance to apply the theory you’ve learnt so far or to get a preview in order to be prepared when you will study this gland with so many important roles in our body.

QUBICL: Quick Biochemistry Class

Trainer: Ana-Maria Enciu MD, PhD

Workshop description: Biochemistry is more fun when you practice it on yourself! QUBICL is a beloved original SOMS workshop where you will perform several widely used laboratory tests – key elements of modern medical practice. You will measure your own salivary cortisol levels using ELISA and calculate your protein concentration using a protein assay standard curve. Be aware: LOTS of pipetting involved!

PILL: Pharmaceuticals in the Limelight

Trainer: Erand Mati Pharm. D, PhD

Workshop description: A doctor’s purpose, no matter the specialty, is to treat the patient. Most frequently this is done using drugs. Ever wondered how these are made? PILL is an original SOMS workshop that aims to introduce medical students into the pharmaceutical world, so this workshop takes place at a pharmaceutical factory. You will start with a guided tour which will introduce you to the various steps involved in making a drug – from the active ingredient to the finished product – including many stages of quality, safety and efficacy control.

Afterwards you will have the opportunity to work on equipment used for drug research & development, similar to that used for large-scale production. You will be making two different types of pharmaceutical products and the end product will be yours to take home. We bet your hands started to get rougher from all the hand sanitizer – so why not create your very own hand cream?

Virtual Reality: Maze Navigation

Trainer: Alexandru Pâslaru MD

Workshop description: This workshop will have the participants immersed in virtual reality while a wireless headset of electrodes will record their brainwaves (EEG). Your brains will be put to the test while solving different tasks like navigating virtual mazes. All the experiments are non-invasive and completely safe and fun!

Emergency Coronary Angiography in Acute Coronary Syndrome

Trainer: Mihai Cosmin MD

Workshop description: During emergencies, cardiac catheterization may serve as the first-choice procedure that can both diagnose and treat heart and blood vessel conditions. At this workshop you will be welcome to assist the doctors in performing real life coronary angiography procedures and genuine patient care, as well as discuss the management of patients with acute coronary syndrome.

SSCR Mini Knots & Sutures

Trainer: Romanian Student Society of Surgery

Workshop description: An already classic surgical workshop, KS is great for beginners. If you know nothing about surgery, this is where you should start. You will become familiar with the main surgical instruments, learn how to manage a surgical wound and practice elementary surgical procedures such as knots, incisions and several types of sutures. The workshop will be divided into a theoretical and a practical part – during the latter you will repeat the procedures shown by an instructor until you master them.

SSCR Mini Knots & Sutures – Second Edition

Trainer: Romanian Student Society of Surgery

Workshop description: An already classic surgical workshop, KS is great for beginners. If you know nothing about surgery, this is where you should start. You will become familiar with the main surgical instruments, learn how to manage a surgical wound and practice elementary surgical procedures such as knots, incisions and several types of sutures. The workshop will be divided into a theoretical and a practical part – during the latter you will repeat the procedures shown by an instructor until you master them.

SSCR Mini Skills in Heart Dissection

Trainer: Romanian Student Society of Surgery

Workshop description: Knowing the detailed macroscopic structure of the heart goes a long way. It helps not only in becoming a skilful cardiologist or cardiac surgeon, but also an excellent doctor in general. During our workshop you will see for yourself the amazing structure that complements the role of the heart – and finally understand the sometimes counterintuitive impact of various ischaemic events.

SSCR Mini Skills in Vascular Surgery

Trainer: Romanian Student Society of Surgery

Workshop description: This workshop will present the key principles behind vascular surgery. You will become familiar with the special instruments used in vascular surgery, learn how to make an arteriotomy, arteriorrhaphy and angioplasty, perform vascular anastomoses and study the main indications for vascular surgery. The workshop will be divided into a theoretical and a practical part – during the latter you will repeat the procedures shown by an instructor until you master them.

SSCR Mini Skills in Small Bowel Surgery

Trainer: Romanian Student Society of Surgery

Workshop description: This workshop will present the key principles behind bowel surgery. You will become familiar with La Roux reconstructions, appendectomy, bariatric surgery, colon surgery or intestinal anastomoses. The workshop will be divided into a theoretical and a practical part – during the latter you will repeat the procedures shown by an instructor until you master them.

SSCR Mini Skills in Plastic Surgery

Trainer: Romanian Student Society of Surgery

Workshop description: Let’s make it aesthetic! This workshop is an intro for those of you who are passionate about plastic surgery. You’ll have the chance to discover some of the specific techniques used in this field and also practice random local flaps, Z-plasty and H-flap. Join this full hands-on experience and start training your eye into beauty proportions!

How to book a workshop

1. Create an account on our website. Register here.

2. Pay the Early bird/Regular/Late General Access Fee or the Presenting Author Fee (see also Fees).

3. Check our website, Facebook and Instagram pages to see when we post new workshops. We will start announcing our workshops in January and continue to do so until early March. You are free to book a place anytime during this period.

4. Choose the one you like and book it. You must book your Workshop before 21 March. Log into your account, go to the “Book a place” tab and follow the instructions there.

5. Do you plan to submit an abstract? If you pay the Presenting Author Fee, make sure that you submit an Abstract before the Abstract Submission Deadline. Read more about this here: Submit your abstract.

The number of available places at any given Workshop is limited. The places at our Workshops are given on a first come, first served basis. This means that all the participants who paid the fee have equal chances. Workshops will be held only with a minimum of 3 participants.

Did you change your mind about the Workshop you booked? You are allowed to change your workshop twice – check the “Book a place” tab in “My Account”.

Are you considering booking a second Workshop? You can do that if you pay the Additional Workshop Fee (20 EUR) before 12 March 2023. You will be able to pay the Additional Workshop Fee only if you got an active account (you have to log into your account, go to the “Payment” tab and follow the instructions there). After your payment is processed, if you log into your account and check the “Book a place” tab, you will see that the “Book a second workshop” button magically appears. You must book your second Workshop before 21 March 2023. You are free to book any Workshop, as long as there are available places (the number of available places at any given Workshop is limited). The places are given on a first-come, first-served basis (this means that all the participants who paid their fees have equal chances, regardless of whether it is their first or second Workshop). You can book a number of two additional workshops. Read also Fees.

Do you and your friends have a Workshop that you’d like to see in our list? Let us know and we’ll try to make it happen. Check the “Book a place” tab in “My Account”.

You can participate only in the Workshops you have booked. In order to receive your Certificate of Participation, you must book at least one Workshop and attend it.