On November 6 to 7, the Scientific and Practical Symposium on European Standards for Dental Patients Treatment involving international experts was held in Shupyk National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education. The general sponsor was the European Dental Center, the representative office of German Association of Dental Implantology (DGOI, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Orale Implantologie) in Ukraine. The formal opening of the Symposium was attended by the Permanent Assistant of the Minister of Healthcare, People`s Deputy of VII calling Roman Ilyk, acting Medical Department Director of the Ministry of Healthcare of Ukraine Vasiliy Kravchenko, Rector of Shupyk National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education Yuriy Voronenko. Among special guests (as well as speakers who made a report in the course of the Symposium), there were the Professor of Frankfurt University Paul Weigl and the President of German Association of Dental Implantology (DGOI) Fred Bergman.
The Symposium was opened by the Rector of Shupyk National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, Professor Yuriy Voronenko. Greeting the quests, he pointed out that currently it was more important than ever to make a decision relating to the future ways of Ukrainian healthcare development. Appealing to the Symposium participants, Roman Ilyk said that the main purpose of the Symposium was to attract attention of medical professionals and scientists to the challenges related to the dentistry reform, determining the ways of dentistry development in Ukraine. The acting Director of Medical Department of the Ministry of Healthcare of Ukraine Vasiliy Kravchenko wished every success to the Symposium and expressed assurance that his work would help to reform the Ukrainian dentistry.
The urgent character of the meeting is further emphasized by the fact that, based on the data of the Ministry of Healthcare, our country occupies the first place in Europe in terms of dental diseases prevalence: 92% of Ukrainian teenagers suffer from caries (40% in Western Europe), and 100% of people older than 40 years old have periodontist.
The general challenges the Ukrainian healthcare system currently faced with were outlined in the report of the Deputy Chairman of Scientific Council of the Ministry of Healthcare of Ukraine, the Head of Science and Innovations Sector of Reform Centers Management Department, the corresponding member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, Professor Aleksandr Volosovets.
“The first part of the Symposium is dedicated to the issues of dental health services for population. In the strategic perspective, we are on the verge to determine what the health service should be, as well as the role of the state in them. Therefore, we are looking for the ways and framework of partnership between the public and private sector. Also, we considered the issues of expert training, internship and postgraduate education,” explained the Director of the Institute of Dentistry of Shupyk National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education Aleksey Pavlenko. “In the second part, the German Association of Dental Implantology (DGOI) was presented. Our colleagues briefed on the system of expert training, licensing and accreditation adopted with them. Since the German dentistry is traditionally considered fundamental, we intend to implement, as far as possible, some of their best practices into our activity.”
"This matches perfectly with the nation-wide European integration process. Today, Ukraine just begins its way towards own dentistry quality system. Thus, the Symposium is quite useful for the future of our healthcare. I am grateful to the organizers for the provided opportunity. I would like to express my wish that the Symposium would become the starting point."
Vladislav Malanchuk, Head of Dental Surgery Chair, Bogomolets National Medical University, corresponding member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, Professor
Greeting the participants, the Rector of the National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education Yuriy Voronenko pointed out that currently it was more important than ever to make a decision relating to the future ways of Ukrainian healthcare development.
The Professor of Dentistry Chair of the National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education Irina Mazur explained that we, in Ukraine, had already developed our own educational model that allowed us to train good specialists. “They can compete with any foreign colleagues. However, the time makes its adjustments. The technology is developing at a high rate. The whole bulk of medical data gets updated every two years. It is impossible for modern universities to catch up with this progress. And the current situation in Ukraine makes things even worse. This Symposium has shown that our educational model is perfect. But we lack the facilities and infrastructure demonstrated by our colleague from Frankfurt in his report. This shows the things we all should strive for,” said Irina Mazur.
Professor Pavlenko pointed out that to implement any intentions, initiators were always necessary – the people who would work at introduction of such intentions, encourage others to follow them. Today, those who are committed to introduce new methods into our medicine have already founded the Ukrainian Association of Dental Implantology.
We are making our best efforts to improve the generally low level of Ukrainian dentistry. With this in mind, we introduce doctor training programs, organize meetings similar to the one you are attending today.”
The President of the German Association of Dental Implantology (DGOI) Fred Bergman referred to the Symposium on European Standards for Dental Patients Treatment as a perfect example of ideas and knowledge sharing on international level. “Hopefully, my lecture will help to establish new dentistry standards in your country. I would like to thank the European Dental Center for the invitation to take part in the Symposium. The Center contributes much to distributing the European experience in Ukraine. The current meeting serves as a confirmation,” said Fred Bergman.
According to Professor Paul Weigl, he participated in a well-organized event. “I made a report on Pregraduate and Postgraduate Dental Training, Including Specialization in Implantology (Current German and European standards) and saw the interest it produced with the audience. I am sure that using our experience, soon Ukraine will reach the level of dental health services and expert training achieved in Europe,” said Weigl.
In the course of the Symposium, the journalist was able to communicate with its participants – those who attended the spacious room in the National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education. According to the Main Dentist of Kiev Region Vasiliy Rybak, due to such meetings Ukrainian dentists share the experience and knowledge with their colleagues from Western Europe, and then use the gained knowledge throughout the country. “Our dentists got a perfect chance to see another level of dentistry. We understand that public authorities and private sector should work together for the sake of our people,” said Vasiliy Rybak.
The Head of the Dental Surgery Chair, Bogomolets National Medical University, corresponding member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, Professor Vladislav Malanchuk pointed out that the Symposium helped the attendees understand the structure and functioning of the healthcare system in well-developed countries, the framework of expert training and skills upgrade. “This matches perfectly with the nation-wide European integration process. I would like to draw your attention to the fact that today, Ukraine just begins its way towards own dentistry quality system. Thus, the Symposium is quite useful for the future of our healthcare. I am grateful to the organizers for the provided opportunity. I would like to express my wish that the Symposium would become the starting point,” said Professor Malanchuk.
According to the Head of Dental and Maxillofacial Surgery and Dentistry Chair of Kharkov Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, Professor Irina Lisovaia, today the Ukrainian healthcare faces great challenges in provision of high-quality medical aid: “The Symposium sheds light on dentistry management and prepares steps to the industry reorganization. Also, it allows us to shape the treatment standards. It was very useful to share the experience of the invited colleagues from Germany.”.