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In April 2020, hospitals to help patients with coronavirus opened on the basis of four university clinical hospitals.

Sergei Sobyanin thanked the team First Moscow State Medical University named after I.M. Sechenov for a huge contribution to the fight against covid.

“Sechenov University has, perhaps, the largest clinical base among all educational medical institutions of higher education and, perhaps, plays the main role among federal medical institutions in the fight against covid. Recently, more than 13 thousand patients have been treated in Sechenovka, hundreds of lives of Muscovites have been saved. Two thousand students and residents work in city polyclinics and hospitals, providing assistance to doctors,” the Moscow Mayor said during a joint meeting of the supervisory and trustee councils of the university.

University contribution to the fight against the pandemic

In April 2020, hospitals for patients with COVID-19 were opened on the basis of four clinical hospitals of Sechenov University. They were equipped with all the necessary equipment, including CT scanners and ventilators. At the peak of the pandemic, two thousand beds were deployed in 2020, and 950 in 2021. Now there are 550 beds in two university hospitals. More than 13,000 patients have been treated in these hospitals.

There is a scientific medical council in the university clinics. It includes leading specialists: anesthesiologists-resuscitators, pulmonologists, rheumatologists, nephrologists. They regularly adjust diagnostic and treatment schemes, analyze the course of infection in different age groups, depending on the vaccination status and the presence of concomitant diseases.

In the university buildings not involved in the fight against COVID-19, they continue to provide specialized (including high-tech) medical care. Last year, 76,144 patients were treated in a hospital, of which 36,843 (51.3 percent) were residents of Moscow.

In addition, during the pandemic, 1,853 students and residents of Sechenov University were temporarily employed in city temporary hospitals and polyclinics. All of them have received special training in working with patients with suspected new coronavirus infection. They also learned how to use a unified medical information and analytical system and got the opportunity to work independently.

Rector of the First Moscow State Medical University named after I.M. Sechenov, Pyotr Glybochko thanked Sergei Sobyanin for appreciating the work of the university staff during the pandemic.

“Indeed, from the very beginning of the development of the epidemic, our students went to work in medical organizations, these are over a thousand medical students who are volunteers. Today there are more than 800 residents and graduate students. Our students have completed internships at city clinics and hospitals. And today we are actively working on the employment of our senior students who have completed internships. Today, more than 1,375 students have already been employed, they mostly work in the red zone,” said Piotr Glybochko.

He added that after the winter holidays, students will go to work in an outpatient clinic to fight a new strain of coronavirus. In addition, the rector thanked Sergei Sobyanin for handing over to the university the building that housed the A.P. Nelyubina.

“This is 27 thousand square meters, where nine departments of the institute are located, more than two thousand students study. This is a wonderful building, which today is equipped with modern equipment, modern laboratories,” Piotr Glybochko noted.

Sechenov University opened a hospital to receive patients with COVID-19 Sergei Sobyanin met with medical students

Study of a combined vector vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19

Sechenov University continues to recruit volunteers to participate in a clinical trial of a combined vector vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 in the form of a nasal spray. Its developer is the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology named after N.F. Gamaleya. Research began on January 26th.

According to the mechanism of the immune response, the drug does not differ from vaccines with a different route of administration. The results of preclinical studies have already confirmed that the nasal vaccine has fewer adverse reactions, including soreness and induration at the injection site, and fever. In addition, the method of introducing a new vaccine is simpler, since it does not require additional equipment and sterile conditions.

The active phase of the study is designed for 180 days. It is planned to include 400 participants. They will receive a vaccination certificate, a QR code and a cash reward.

New university development strategy

The meeting also approved the strategy for scientific and technological development of Sechenov University until 2030.

According to Sergei Sobyanin, the university is faced with the task of becoming one of the world-class educational and scientific centers in the coming years.

“I believe that Sechenov University has sufficient potential to achieve the stated ambitious goal. Today, the university has a powerful research and clinical base, which has been created for more than a decade, and especially in recent years, when a science and technology park for biomedicine appeared in the structure of the university,” he said.

The Mayor of Moscow listed priority research areas for the university, including the development and implementation of a new health management paradigm – from advanced diagnostics to effective personalized treatment, the creation of a full-fledged ecosystem for the development of original medical technologies and medicines.

“Much attention in the strategy is also paid to cooperation with regional scientific, educational and medical organizations in order to spread the best practices in medicine, science, and education,” Sergey Sobyanin specified.

Until 2030, Sechenov University plans to focus on a number of key projects. Among them:

— biodesign — development of nature-like technologies and solutions for the introduction of a new paradigm of health management, from advanced diagnostics to effective personalized treatment and biofabrication;

— translational research in medicine and pharmaceuticals — the creation of a system for the development of original products, technologies and medicines with a full translational cycle to enter the Russian and international markets;

— creation of a network for the development of best practices in medicine, science and education — integration of regional scientific and educational medical organizations into the system of clinical and fundamental research in the life sciences.

Such major research centers of Sechenov University as the Scientific and Technological Park of Biomedicine, the Institute of Translational Medicine, the A.P. Nelyubina. It is also planned to increase the potential of the intersectoral cluster of biopharmaceuticals and medical technologies, created on the basis of the Moscow Innovation Cluster.

Today, over 22,000 people study at Sechenov University. Despite the special situation associated with the pandemic, every fifth student is a foreigner. In total, citizens of more than 100 countries of the world study here.

The university includes 23 institutes. Six of them belong to the biomedical science and technology park, and eight are engaged in educational programs and scientific research. 2263 highly qualified specialists work at 115 departments. 76 percent of teachers have an academic degree.

In addition, 60 full members and 40 corresponding members of the Russian Academy of Sciences, two full members and one corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Education, more than 70 honored scientists of the Russian Federation work here. Employees of Sechenov University are experts and consultants of the World Health Organization.

Every year, about 200 dissertations are defended at the university, more than four thousand scientific publications are issued. The number of publications in international databases is growing (more than 1600 in the Scopus database and more than 1100 in the Web of Science). More than 20 inventions are registered annually.

Joint projects with the Government of Moscow

Sechenov University is the largest partner of the Moscow Government in the field of training healthcare professionals and providing medical care to residents of the capital. Moscow hospitals and polyclinics account for more than 60 percent of the total number of university clinical bases. Students of the university do practice in 62 medical institutions of the city.

“The most important strategic advantage of Sechenov University is its location — the city of Moscow with its huge human, scientific and technological potential,” said Sergei Sobyanin. — Teachers and researchers of the university have vast experience in solving the most complex problems. Strong and motivated students representing 100 countries study here.”

The draft development strategy also includes expanding cooperation with the Moscow Innovation Cluster and other innovation organizations in the capital. According to the Mayor of Moscow, such synergy will accelerate the achievement of the set goals.

On the basis of the university, targeted training of specialists with higher medical education is carried out. The Moscow Department of Health has concluded agreements with the university on the targeted admission of students in the specialties “General Medicine”, “Medical Preventive Care” and “Dentistry” at the expense of the federal budget. Last year, 576 applications were submitted, 107 people were enrolled. In total, 456 people are trained according to the target admission. In 2021, the release of the target set consisted of 99 people. Another 98 people are expected to graduate in 2022. 29 people in 12 specialties are studying in the target residency program at Sechenov University under the direction of the Department of Health. Last year, 12 specialists were trained in 10 specialties.

The project “School of Professional Growth” is being implemented. Its goal is to increase the level of professional training of future doctors, their adaptation to work in the metropolitan healthcare system. From 2018 to 2021, 108 students of Sechenov University in 10 specialties completed internships in Moscow hospitals and polyclinics. Now they work or are employed in the medical organizations of the capital.

More than one thousand doctors undergo advanced training and retraining at the departments of the Institute of Vocational Education of Sechenov University every year. Last year, 1,769 doctors were trained, including 1,532 people under advanced training programs and 237 people for professional retraining. The university also trains general practitioners. They undergo a mandatory internship to develop practical skills in emergency medicine, neurology, ophthalmology, and surgery. In 2014–2021, 2,115 people were trained here.

Another joint project is the conduct of voluntary assessment procedures for assigning the status of “Moscow Doctor”. We are talking about seven specialties, including “general practice / family medicine”, “radiation diagnostics (radiology)”, “psychiatry”, “gastroenterology”, “forensic medical examination”, “clinical laboratory diagnostics”, “clinical pharmacology” . The university conducted 934 evaluation procedures, as a result of which the status of “Moscow doctor” was assigned to 274 specialists.

Since 2014, on behalf of Sergei Sobyanin, the University Clinics project has been operating jointly with the Department of Health. It is an association of medical universities and hospitals in the capital, where Muscovites can get advice from professors and the most complex medical care, including high-tech. “University Clinics” is also an exchange of experience between university professors and practitioners. Now there are 23 university clinics in Moscow hospitals, in which professors and lecturers from Sechenov University conduct medical work.

On September 1, 2015, the university became a partner of the project “Medical class in a Moscow school”. 97 Moscow schools, more than six thousand students and medical organizations of the city take part in it. Studying in such a class, children receive pre-professional skills and can make an informed choice in favor of the medical profession. Schools participating in the project are equipped with medical laboratory and research complexes, which are an example of a modern doctor’s workplace and contain samples of educational medical equipment. Graduates of these classes, who have successfully passed the pre-professional exam, receive additional points to the results of the Unified State Examination when entering Sechenov University. The winners and prize-winners of the city open scientific-practical conference “Start in Medicine” have the same privileges.

There are 551 high school students studying at the Sechenov Pre-University.

More than 1,000 students have enrolled in the Step into Medicine course, which provides first aid and emergency response skills. The training uses phantom and simulation technologies.

Thanks to the improvement in the quality of pre-professional education, the share of Muscovites entering Sechenov University on a budgetary basis has increased: from 17 (in 2010) to 46 percent (in 2021). The average USE score for applicants in medical specialties increased to 91. In 2014, it was 82 points. Every 10th Muscovite graduate graduates with honors.

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