Medical University of Plovdiv launched an innovative training program for paramedics

Medical University of Plovdiv gave a start to the training of paramedics with the third degree of professional qualification for providing first aid. The increasing number of strokes and heart attacks, as well as natural disasters with victims are the prerequisite to the launch of such training at the University’s Vocational Training Center.

The future paramedics had a unique opportunity to get in touch to the global trends in emergency medicine education, presented by guest speakers from Texas Tech University, El Paso, USA, with which Medical University of Plovdiv has a cooperation agreement.

During her visit, assoc. prof. Dr. Radosveta Mitova-Wells, Program Director of Emergency Medicine at the Texas Tech University in El Paso, USA, gave a lecture on “Why Emergency Medicine? Before, now, and tomorrow. Emergency Medicine in the United States: History, Legal and Business Aspects; education and training and reality of emergency medicine.”

Dr. Wells shared that she had long dreamed of passing on her experience to her Bulgarian colleagues and expressed the readiness and desire of all those who work in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the president of Texas Tech University to assist in the new professional training of paramedics.

Dr. Radosveta Wells, together with Dr. Russell Baker and Mr. Brian Wilson, also part of the Paramedics teaching team, were the presenters of the “Emergencies, Diagnostics and Treatment” course held at the Medical Simulation Training Center of the Medical University of Plovdiv on March 4 and 5, 2023. In the course 15 students at MU-Plovdiv also receive valuable advice and practical knowledge, too. Future paramedics learn the most important and life-saving actions they can take in an emergency. A variety of emergencies from both the toxicology and trauma domains were presented.

All planned joint activities are the result of an academic cooperation agreement between Medical University – Plovdiv and Texas Tech University, El Paso, USA.