Continuing Medical Education

Medical education and publications

We regularly participate in numerous events, organized by scientific societies that aim public enlightenment and spreading medical knowledge.

 

Tchaikapharma sponsors the publication of numerous textbooks, learning resources and monographs in the fields of cardiology, nephrology, urology, surgery, endocrinology, psychiatry, and internal medicine from the medical universities in Sofia, Plovdiv, Pleven, Varna and Stara Zagora. For many years, we have sponsored the annual congresses and symposia of scientific societies in Bulgaria. We have been issuing specialized patient informative materials devoted to prevention and the fight against the most widespread chronic diseases in the country.

 

Regional Symposia

In 2007, before our educational publications started, continuing medical education in Bulgaria consisted of under-financed programs organized by medical universities and promotional industry-sponsored events. No institution or industry representative offered any well-structured nation-wide solutions.

 

Our approach was different. First, we asked physicians what education would best help their work. A vast majority of the hundreds of physicians we work with said that they were overwhelmed by biased marketing information, but they lack information with substance and applicability.

 

The resounding response we got was the dire need for scientific guidelines translated into Bulgarian and adapted into the form of applicable practical advice, rules and algorithms.

Symposia
2007
January 15th – May 30th
36 events
212 lectures
7244 delegates from more than 150 cities

The lectures covered topics from hypertension to heart failure, risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, asthma and COPD, diabetes management and control, bipolar disorder management and depression management.

2008
September 19th – December 12th
17 events
68 lectures
4272 delegates from more than 150 cities

For the first time in the CME process when international speakers participated in regional symposia. By now it has become common practice.

Healthcare reform, reimbursement and health insurance policy were amongst the liveliest debates between lectors and delegates. Renowned specialists from the Czech Republic, France, Germany and Italy presented new algorithms for treatment of acute coronary syndrome – the advantages, pre-hospital management, organization and most importantly, timing. The Czech Republic is undoubtedly the best in timely and high quality treatment of ACS patients. As a result of these meetings new ways of primary and secondary transfer of ACS patients were adopted in each region in Bulgaria.

2009
September 11th – December 18th
21 events
112 lectures
5216 delegates from more than 150 cities
Lecturers from Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic and France took part in the scientific program. Discussions were held about the results achieved by the Bulgarian Cardiac Institute and Tchaikapharma, which lead to up to 30% drop in the in-hospital ACS mortality in the last year. New improvement strategies included direct transfer of ACS patients to centers performing 24/7 life-saving procedures. Data obtained by incentive of the Science Department were presented about the current conservative treatment and ways to enhance guideline compliance and reduce costs. Worldwide experts presented charts comparing data in relevant countries to Bulgaria. Propositions to reduce the gap were made, which included training of Bulgarian physicians.

Conferences and Congresses

Twice a year (spring and fall) Tchaikapharma High Quality Medicines, the Bulgarian Cardiac Institute, and Health Insurance Fund DallBogg: Life and Health, host a series of widely attended and increasingly influential conferences and congresses. More than 200 physicians take part in each. Over 270 lectures have been delivered in the past 4 years, attended by more than 40,000 delegates.
Spring Cardiac Days

March 2006
From Acute Coronary Syndrome to Heart Failure
The first international symposium organized by Tchaikapharma High Quality Medicines gathered more than 1,200 cardiologists, GPs and emergency physicians in the National Opera in Sofia.
The symposium was dedicated to the discussion of life-saving measures for patients suffering from acute coronary syndrome. Notably, the symposium was the first international scientific event, which did not further the interests of an institution or an industry. All reports and lectures were purely medical, without undue corporate influence from any company. Not a single trade name was mentioned in any of the lectures (not even Tchaikapharma) – a fact which the physicians were quick to notice and appreciate. The demand for scientific data and evidence-based medicine increased significantly after the symposium. It was also one of the first events where interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons were able to mingle and freely discuss other medical problems and patient-centered solutions.
Provided with simultaneous interpretation in Bulgarian, the delegates listened to the lectures of leading experts from Italy, the Czech Republic and Austria. The echo from this first-of-a-kind event was so strong that the EU newspaper “New Europe” dedicated a full page to it: “Scientific Cardiology Forum Proves a Big Success in Sofia”.
Cardiac Days, fall 2006
September 2006
The pan-European echo from the Spring Cardiac Days in March was impressive. Tchaikapharma’s headquarters received many e-mails, letters, requests and congratulations from doctors from throughout the country. With the demand for a new symposium escalating and numerous topics requiring discussion and public awareness, we organized a second international symposium later in 2006.
One of our guest lecturers was Prof. Petr Widimsky, who had just been appointed Vice President of ESC at the annual ESC congress in Barcelona. This was the first time that an elected Vice President of ESC delivered a lecture at a Bulgarian scientific event. Among the other lecturers were Prof. Mladen Grigorov, Associate Prof. Plamen Milkov and Dr. Plamen Panayotov, head of the cardiac surgery department at University Hospital St Marina, Varna.
Spring Cardiac Days 2007
March 2007
From Hypertension and Diabetes to Heart Failure
More than 1,100 specialists in cardiology, endocrinology, GPs and emergency physicians attended our congress hosted in the National Theatre in Sofia on March 31st, 2007. Inspiring lectures were delivered by experts from Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic, USA, as well as leading centers in Germany, Italy, Austria and Czech Republic.
The congress took place just after the American College of Cardiology (ACC) annual meeting and many of the lecturers came directly from Orlando to Sofia to bring the latest news in global research, even before their publication online.
The one-day congress provided food for thought for many of the attendees, as they commented during breaks.
Spring Cardiac Days 2008
April 2008
Coronary Artery Disease
Jointly organized by Tchaikapharma High Quality Medicines and the Bulgarian Cardiac Institute, the 2008 edition of Spring Cardiac Days gathered over 1,000 physicians from all over the country. The congress was officially inaugurated by the mayor of Sofia General Boyko Borisov. “Cardiovascular diseases are the medical challenge of the century,” – he said in his speech – “Statistics tell us that in the 21st century, 200 men and women die every day in our country because of cardiovascular disorders. Their treatment is extremely important for the development of the whole nation.”
We received special recognition from Professor Eugene Braunwald (Harvard Medical School), Professor Delos Cosgrove (President of Cleveland Clinic) and Professor Petr Widimsky (Vice President of the ESC).
A round table event was held on April 18th, which was attended by the heads of cardiology departments across the country and all the heads of University cardiac clinics. Numerous organizational solutions of proposed solutions in the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy and the UK were discussed amongst the medical challenges for ACS treatment.
April 19th – leading experts from Unispital Zurich, Ospedale Niguarda, Milano, Charles University, and Prague delivered lectures touching the most recent topics in the field. Lots of questions raised during the round table event were answered.
On April 19th leading experts from Unispital Zurich, Ospedale Niguarda, Milan, Charles University, Prague, and many more delivered lectures on the hottest topics in the field. Many of them provided answers to questions raised by delegates on the round table of April 17th.
National Annual Congress in Cardiology
November 2008
As a part of the program of the National Congress of the Bulgarian Society of Cardiology, Tchaikapharma High Quality Medicines organized a satellite symposium with more than 400 delegates, which made it by far the most attended event of its kind. The latest developments in the treatment of Acute Coronary Syndrome were presented by Professor Mladen Grigorov, Professor Roberto Ferrari (former President of the ESC) and Professor Petr Widimsky (former Vice President of the ESC).
The symposium also raised a lot of questions around the organization and hurdles to establishing a network of PCI centers in Bulgaria. The Czech experience was brought forward and it was assessed that an identical strategy in Bulgaria is feasible and cardiovascular mortality decrease in the near future is very possible. The symposium was also attended by a delegation of executives of three Swiss banks and potential investors.