EAST-WEST SPACE SCIENCE CENTER
NASA established the East-West Space Science Center at the University
of Maryland in College Park. As a consortium member EWSSC students
visit the MITAC to gain knowledge and an appreciation for telemedicine.
Four students from the East West Space Center were present at MITAC
July 22-29, 2002. The students included Adilzhan Albazarov, MD from
Kazahkstan and Adrian Saftoiu, MD, Marciana Vranceanu, MD and Cezar
Stroescu, MD from Romania. They participated in the MITAC weeklong
"Principles of Telemedicine" course. During this time,
the students also took part in a videoteleconference with the Fundeni
Institute in Bucharest. On the last day of the course all students
gave presentations on the implementation of telemedicine in their
countries of origin. Upon completion of the course each student
received a certificate.
During the week of November 5-9, 2001 seven students from the University
of Maryland's East-West Space Science Center visited the MITAC for
a week-long training session on the principles of telemedicine.
These students, all of which are physicians, are visiting the EWSSC
from various countries in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
Students included Saken Akilbekov M.D., Nurtas Kazybaev, M.D., Bakhtiyar
Izatullaev, M.D. from Kazahkstan, Razvan-Daniel Stroe, M.D. from
Romania, Ipatova Valentina, Ph.D. from Russia, and Almaz Aldashev,
M.D., Ph.D. and Nazira Aldasheva, M.D., Ph.D. from Kyrgyz Republic.
These students as well, as others who have participated in MITAC's
telemedicine training program, plan to return to their home country
and initiate a telemedicine program within their Ministry of Health
or academic center.
the week of April 16-20, 2001, students from the EWSSC attended
the MITAC's Principles of Telemedicine Course. In attendance were
Calin Popovici, M.D., Ikbol Karimova, M.D. and Miron Iencu, M.D.,
all of which are visiting fellows at the EWSSC. Drs. Popovici and
Dr. Iencu are from Romania. Dr. Karimova is from Uzbekistan.
demonstration of Computer Motion's Zeus robot was provide by Susan
Clary, R.N. The week long course culminated with a presentation
by each student on the merits of telemedicine, medical informatics
and distance learning as they relate to health care and education
in their home countries. MITAC anticipates follow on work with both
Romania and Uzbekistan.
The MITAC was pleased to host visitors from the EWSSC. Sergey Borovskiy,
M.D., Ph.D. and Ikbol Karimova, M.D., both from Uzbekistan, participated
in the MITAC Principles of Telemedicine Course.
Telemedicine is a necessary tool in the delivery of health care
in Uzbekistan because of its geography and demography. The students
gained general knowledge of the principles of telemedicine as well
as skill training in the equipment necessary for both telemedicine
For two weeks in November of 1999, the MITAC was pleased to host
several visitors from the EWSSC.
Alexey Bortnikov is involved in research at the Space Biomedical
Center for Training and Research at Moscow State University. Alexander
Bazarjian is a medical doctor in the Department of Epidemiology
at NIH-Armenia. Olga Urvantzeva is the chair of clinical radiology
at Zil Hospital in Moscow. Khachik Muradian is a doctor of biological
sciences working at the Institute of Gerontology at the Academy
of Medical Sciences of Ukraine.