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Top Russian Doctors Visit MDC to Learn New Techniques for Improved Healthcare

Medical team just part of nearly a dozen different health, law, science and service professionals visiting the College in 2008
Russian Doctors

Drs. Vladimir Venediktov (left) and Aleksey Privalov practice using state-of-the-art medical instruments during their visit to MDC last month. The group of top medical professionals toured various facilities while in Miami, including the Trauma Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the county medical examiner's office.

Miami, December 17, 2008 - In recent months, Miami Dade College (MDC) has become the destination of choice for health professionals around the globe looking to further their education and enhance their skills. This fall, five Russian physicians and one facilitator visited Miami Dade College as part of an international exchange program aimed at understanding and sharing knowledge between the U.S. and Russia.

The Open World program is a partnership of the Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress. The Russian physicians’ Open World program was coordinated by the Academy for Educational Development (AED).

The physicians, Dina Kuznetsova, Olga Limanova, Aleksey Privalov, Dzhoni Pukhayev and Vladimir Venediktov, arrived in Miami in November and stayed for nine days. While here, they met with College leaders at Medical Center Campus to discuss continuing medical education and preventative medicine in a roundtable discussion and took time to meet with students in an open forum. They also visited a public health laboratory and a community health center at a local homeless shelter.

Privalov, professor of oncology and chief surgeon at Chelyabinsk State Medical Academy applied to the program to extend his professional experience and learn about American cancer treatments. “We greatly appreciate being here and have met many kind people. The American health care system is very different from the Russian/European health care system,” he said. The doctors also visited Jackson Memorial Hospital’s AIDS clinic and emergency room facilities.

AED selected Miami Dade College as one of the participating institutions in the U.S. and it is not the first time the College has been chosen to work with foreign professionals in an exchange. In 2005, MDC was chosen to host Russian judges in a similar program.

“The program enables participants to interact with their professional counterparts, while experiencing U.S. culture and society,” said Attallah. “It was exciting because for many of us, this was our first time in the U.S. We have learned a lot about American culture,” Privalov said with a smile.

The College is continuing to make a significant impact on the delivery of health care. Earlier this year, MDC hosted a group of students from the Saudi Institute for Health Services. The six nursing and four Optometry students completed a six-week exchange program at MDC to expand their training in health services.

And in another academic exchange program, biologists from Mozambique studied at the college for three months this fall, learning new research techniques to help combat the HIV/AIDS crisis in their homeland.

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