Young leaders in Russia’s healthcare industry held a pitch session on the final day of the 1st National Congress with international participation “National Healthcare 2022”. Representatives of medical universities from eight Russian regions presented projects on how to develop public health and organize healthcare. Following the session, an expert panel of judges selected the best three initiatives.
The pitch session, which aimed to identify and develop the talent potential of young specialists in the public health sector as well as organize and manage healthcare, included presentations of 11 projects by master’s students, graduate students, and medical residents from eight Russian regions: the Arkhangelsk, Volgograd, Tyumen, and Samara Regions, the Republic of Tatarstan, Stavropol Territory, as well as St. Petersburg and Moscow. In addition, one project was submitted outside of the competition.
The presentations covered the health literacy of the population, social responsibility in disease prevention, the search for ways to boost people’s satisfaction with medical care, the preparation of clinical recommendations, the development of telemedicine, and other topical issues.
Vadim Skripov, an assistant at the Department of Public Health and Healthcare who is studying healthcare economics and management at Pavlov First State Medical University of St. Petersburg of the Russian Ministry of Health, was awarded a first-class honours degree for winning the pitch session with his project ‘Telemedicine Technologies from a Doctor’s Perspective’.
Anastasia Skrimskis, a master’s student at Tyumen State Medical University of the Russian Ministry of Health, finished second with her project ‘Creation of a Corporate Health Protection Culture at a Commercial Organization’.
Filipp Rudometov, a resident at the Institute of Leadership and Healthcare Management of Sechenov University of the Russian Ministry of Health, came in third place with his project ‘Key Problematic Situations in the State of Public Health’.
The People’s Choice Award was presented for a report that was made outside of the competition – ‘Scientific Substantiation for Medical, Social, and Organizational Measures to Create a Model for Providing Medical Care to Patients with COVID-19 Using Telemedicine Technologies in an Outpatient Setting’. The idea was presented by Andrey Tyazhelnikov, a teacher from Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University of the Russian Ministry of Health.
The work of the young healthcare leaders was evaluated by a panel of judges consisting of leading experts: Russian Deputy Minister of Health Oleg Salagay, Deputy Director of the International Cooperation and Public Relations Department and Director of the Press Service of the Russian Ministry of Health Inna Finochka, Member of the Russian State Duma’s Health Protection Committee Yulia Drozhzhina, President and Director of the Research Institute of Emergency Paediatric Surgery and Traumatology and President of the National Medical Chamber Leonid Roshal, Director of the Institute of Leadership and Healthcare Management of Sechenov University of the Russian Ministry of Health and President of the Society of Healthcare and Public Health Specialists Ruslan Khalfin, Deputy Director for Science and International Relations at Vladimirsky Moscow Regional Research Clinical Institute and Professor at the Institute of Leadership and Healthcare Management of Sechenov University of the Russian Ministry of Health Yekaterina Kakorina, as well as Associate Professors of the Institute of Leadership in Healthcare Management Irina Kosagovskaya and Yelena Kobyatskaya.
“It is an honour and a joy for me to participate in today’s event. An honour, because we are discussing interesting and meaningful projects at a high level. Joy because the young people’s interest in organizing healthcare and public health is inspiring. This is a good step so that the discipline – the organization of healthcare and public health – is not only imbued with ideas, but also has specific people and a concrete human dimension,” Russian Deputy Minister of Health Oleg Salagay said.
“Managerial personnel are the most important in the healthcare sector. It is up to you to organize the main focus area – health. The health of all of us, all Russians, is in your hands. I would like for everyone to grow into leaders and people who are passionate about their work. I want you to set ambitious goals both in healthcare and in your positions,” State Duma Deputy Yulia Drozhzhina said.
Wrapping up the event, Institute of Leadership and Healthcare Management Director Ruslan Khalfin put forward the idea of creating a youth association of doctors. The idea received support from the event participants. The young leaders who attended the pitch session became part of the new youth society of healthcare organizers.
The 1st National Congress with international participation “National Healthcare 2022”, which was held on 6–8 July 2022 in Moscow and addressed key issues concerning the organization of the healthcare system, is the flagship event of the Russian Ministry of Health. The Congress was attended by the Russian Minister of Health and his deputies, department heads of the Russian Ministry of Health, the Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare, and the Federal Compulsory Medical Insurance Fund, the heads of Russia’s national medical research centres, specialized deputy governors, regional ministers of health, and other experts. The Congress was held in a hybrid format: both in person and online. The event was organized by the Russian Ministry of Health and the Roscongress Foundation. The event is accredited on the portal of continuing medical education.