In Uzhorod we had lectures after the opening ceremonies, with Dr. Vitaliy Krylyuk leading it all. Vitaliy is Ukraine’s ACEP Liaison. Accompanying me was fellow lecturer Dr. Magnus Simonsson of Sweden; photos and clips of Ambulances arriving from all over Ukraine and from Romania and Slovakia and Lithuania and two of the many mock scenarios at which they are graded in this EMS Competition
This Simulation Medicine Conference was the first ever in Ukraine. It was my pleasure to give the keynote address. It was Michelle Sergel’s lecture with a little abridging and editing to fit their itinerary
Accompanying me were Dr. Dan Deckelbaum of McGill University Trauma Team, who is a Trauma Surgeon there. As well he is the Montreal Canadiens Team Physician. He was accompanied by a Trauma Nurse from McGill who is originally from Belarus, Irina.
It was exciting to see the progress made in Ternopil by Drs. Arsen Gudima and Galya Tsimbalyuk since Dr. Sergel, Director of Chicago’s Cook County Hospital Simulation Medicine spoke to them in 2013.
We were also taken on a tour of an ancient fortress outside Ternopil. Including an amazing very old oil painting of Jesus teaching at the Temple in Jerusalem when he was 12.
After two weeks touring Israel with Catherine, I flew directly to Vinnytsia Ukraine. Meetings with dear friends.
First photo is with Lyudmila Sinyavskaya who had her mitral valve replaced in Nashville at Centennial Hospital in 1997 and spent that summer with us.
Then unexpectedly taken for two days to tour the beautiful city of Chernivtsi in southwestern Ukraine.
Now back in Vinnytsia before traveling Saturday to lecture in Ternopil and then Uzhorod.
Here are some photos of beautiful Chernivtsi sites and lastly photos of the ancient fortress in Kaminyets Poldillski. Please note that in the city center there is a beautiful cross memorializing those lost in 2014 at Maidan. Second photo.
It stands where there used to be a statue of Lenin. I told our tour guide we could not put up such a cross in America today at a public owned site. He was shocked.
This 2019 ACEP Ambassador and Colleagues trip will center around two events, hosted by Dr. Vitaliy Krylyuk, ACEP Liaison for Ukraine and his colleague Dr. Ivan Kuzminsky:
1) An annual nationwide EMS Rally with several nearby countries also invited…in Uzhorod, Ukraine (westernmost Ukraine) from June 5-June 7. I will be joined by fellow EM/Cardiology/ACEP Int’l member…. expert Dr. Magnus Simonsson of Sweden as lecturers on the first day, then joining in with our Ukraine colleagues as they compete at Mock Disaster scenes and are scored on their performances. Over 40 Ambulance teams will participate in this EMS Rally, after the first day of lectures.
2) 1st Annual Simulation Medicine Conference in Ternopil, Ukraine June 2 and 3. Ternopil now has Ukraine’s leading Simulation Medicine Center, under the leadership of colleagues and friends, Drs. Arsen Gudima and Galya Tsimbalyuk. I will have the joy of presenting an EKG workshop and discussing Simulation Medicine in the USA, with materials provided me by Cook County Simulation Medicine Director Dr. Michelle Sergel, who planted seeds for Simulation Medicine in Ternopil and Kyiv 5 years ago.
Looking forward to it!!!!!
The “sequel” will be to have Drs. Krylyuk and Kuzminsky join me to ACEP 19 in Denver in October…..
On Monday June 4 Dr Nunez and Heather and I visited the beautiful area of the Ukraine Rada (Congress) and the historic Presidential Palace near the Ministry of Health. Then to a meeting with three MOH deputies involved with Nursing and Surgery and EM and EMS reform in Ukraine. Great meeting.
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