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Oбучението по антирероризъм в Mедицински университет - Варна - добра практика за общностно-академичното партньорство

A. Докова, T. Kостадинова, Н. Радева

Abstract

Introduction: In response to the terrorist attack at Sarafovo airport in 2012 the Medical University of Varna initiated the international workshop in counter-terrorism which has been organized for a fourth consecutive year. Materials and Methods: The training of policy-makers, various community and professional groups to act in mass casualty situations is held with experts from leading international universities, primarily from Israel. The first workshop in 2014 was focused toward specialized teams in conventional and non-conventional anti- terrorism and their medical aspects. The main emphasis of the second workshop was placed on the management of medical and emergency situations, civil and military interaction with specialized hospitals, coordination of medical and non-medical authorities, with the central, regional and local defense institutions. The novel accent of the third seminar was the practical training for actions in cases of emergency.

Results: The changing geopolitical context and the immediate needs of the communities are analyzed. The themes of the lectures have been narrowed down from global dimensions to concrete activities. The focus has been shifted from demonstrations to real-life environment and the development of practical skills. The trainees` target groups have been expanded involving civil defense and national security services along with students, residents and health professionals. For the first time the counterrorism training was considered for inclusion in the curricula of medical students and residents.

Conclusion: The workshops unite the efforts of the academic community to help communities, which can potentially be affected by mass casualty situations and their response in emergency situations.

The annual training, organized by the Medical University of Varna jointly with foreign universities and institutions presents an example of academic-community partnership in the interest of society, internationalization of training, innovation and sustainability.


Keywords

academic-community partnership; sustainability; crisis management; training in counter-terrorism; internationalization

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