Fulbright Summer School "Engloholics"

Fulbright Summer School in Academic Writing and Public Health «Engloholics» took place in Tomsk from 19 till 31 of June 2017. The Summer School was hosted by Siberian State Medical University (SSMU). Thirty-five young scientists and specialists took part in the Fulbright Summer School. They represented seven cities of Russia. Experience of organizing field-oriented summer school in English was absolutely new for SSMU but proved to be successful.

The Summer School program was conducted in English and focused on academic writing, project management and best business practices in public health. While working on academic writing, students had opportunity to immediately implement their newly obtained knowledge into practice. It was especially important for those participants of the school, who have just started their medical career - senior medical students, residents, graduate students, and for practicing doctors and researchers.

The program of the school was presented in modules: seminars and discussions were followed by workshops, training sessions and interactive classes. The main purpose of the program components was to help develop basic administrative skills, as well as introduce the principles of management to the students. Management seminars were conducted by lecturers, who have MBA degrees from foreign universities; so the school participants got access to the best world practices. The program also included special sessions, where the participants practiced a new type of scientific presentation in the form of elevator pitch. The practice resulted in a competition of 3–minute presentations; the jury included the School lecturers and invited experts.

The emphasis of the school was on academic writing: in addition to seminars, the module included up to 4 hours daily of classes and individual writing sessions with strict deadlines. As a result, all attendees were able to rewrite and/or edit their own articles in English for further publications in foreign scientific journals, as well as to gain invaluable experience in writing motivation letters, in business communication and interview process.

The School also included special sessions on Fulbright programs that were held by the representative of the Fulbright Moscow office Elena Shabashova. Fulbright alumni, graduates from Barnaul, Kemerovo and Biysk came to share their experience with the school participants.

As a part of the culture program, the participants visited SSMU Anatomical museum, which is acknowledged as one of the largest in Russia (the museum’s collection has been enriched with rare exhibits for decades), and Forensic Museum with its exhibits that are directly connected with the work of forensic doctors. Excursions to the Anatomical and Forensic museums were conducted by Sergey Vladimirovich Vtorushin, vice rector for extra-curriculum and social work. Within the culture program, school organizers also arranged visits to NKVD museum, Tomsk History Museum and the First Museum of Slavic Mythology where the school participants made their own matryoshkas (Russian wooden dolls). The museum tours were held in English. “Medical bike ride to the most scenic spots in Tomsk – 10 km” and several mass sightseeing tours were among the School activities too.

Participants’ feedback:

“We are grateful for this great experience that we've got there. It gave us not only new useful knowledge, but also unforgettable memories! And we've a huge inspiration for further movement in scientific field, in learning English, and in opening new horizons”.

“We really appreciate all the great work you've done here! We wish you further achievements and success”.

“You guys are the best in Russia. You made my summer!”

“We appreciate your efforts to teach us how to convey thoughts academically. Thank you very much for your great job! It was a big pleasure”.

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