Department of Propedeutics of Internal Medicine №1, Fundamentals of Bioethics and Biosafety

About us

Department of Propedeutics of Internal Medicine №1, Fundamentals of Bioethics and Biosafety is one of the oldest departments of Kharkiv National Medical University that provides educational process for Ukrainian and foreign students of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th years.

Research interests of the department include study of the features of comorbid course of cardiovascular, respiratory pathology, metabolic disorders and post-COVID syndrome.

Staff of the department provides intensive medical advisory work at the divisions of CNE «City Hospital №13» of Kharkiv City Council and the Military Medical Clinical Center of the Northern Region which are the clinical bases of department, participate in international clinical trials, national and foreign professional and scientific congresses, trainings and internships.

Contacts
Adress:
Gagarina Ave, 137, Kharkiv, CNE "City Clinical Hospital №13" of Kharkiv City Council, therapeutic block, 1st floor
Kultury Street, 5, Kharkiv, Military Medical Clinical Center of the Northern Region
Head of department
Ascheulova Tetyana
Doctor of medical sciences, Professor
Responsible persons
Ambrosova Tetyana
responsible for scientific work, Doctor of medical sciences, Prof.
Kochubiei Oksana
responsible for educational work, PhD, Assoc. Prof.
Gerasymchuk Nina
responsible for clinical work , Ph.D., Assoc. Prof
Staff of the department
Pytetska Natalia
Doctor of medical sciences, Prof.
Kompaniiets Kira
Doctor of medical sciences, Prof.
Demydenko Ganna
Doctor of medical sciences, Prof.
Smyrnova Victoria
Ph.D., Assoc. Prof.
Honchar Oleksii
Ph.D., Assoc. Prof.
Latoguz Yuriy
к.м.н, доцент
Shapovalova Svitlana
Ph.D., Assoc. Prof.
Sytina Iryna
Ph.D., Assist. Prof.
Kysylenko Kateryna
Ph.D., Assist. Prof.
Molodan Dmytro
Ph.D., Assist. Prof.
Kuzmenko Natalia
Ph.D., Assist. Prof.
Zavhorodnia Lyubov
Assist. Prof.
Krylevska Svitlana
PhD trainee
Volik Maria
PhD trainee
History of the department

Department of Propedeutics of Internal Medicine №1, Fundamentals of Bioethics and Biosafety (until February 10, 2006 – Department of Propedeutics of Internal Medicine №1) is one of the oldest departments which was organized in 1894 on the basis of Kharkiv University. Today it is one of the leading departments of Kharkiv National Medical University, known for its research activities not only in Ukraine but also abroad.
In 1894, Department of Propedeutics of Internal Diseases was headed by Associate Professor M.M. Lomykovsky , since 1910 – Professor P.I. Shatilov , since 1934 – Professor A.P. Korkhov , in 1937–1941 – Professor S.Ya. Steinberg , in 1941 – Professor P.F. Frolov . During the years of evacuation to Orenburg, the department was headed by Professor S.N. Sinelnikov (1941–1947). In 1953, Department of Propedeutics of Internal Diseases was merged with the same department of the Pediatric Faculty under the leadership of professor S.N. Sinelnikov, from 1955 to 1957 the department was headed by Professor L.T. Malaya. In 1957, an independent Department of Propedeutics of Internal Medicine of the Medical Faculty was again organized on the basis of 11th City Hospital under the leadership of associate professor A.M. Agaletskaya.
From 1964 to 1991 the department was headed by Professor M.I. Shtelmakh. The main directions of scientific research of the department were the study of problems of early diagnosis and prevention of atherosclerosis and hypertension; development, implementation and study of the effectiveness of methods of laser therapy in patients with diseases of the respiratory and musculoskeletal system.
From 1991 to 2014 the department was headed by prof. O.M. Kovalyova. For 25 years of managing the department, Professor Kovalyova O.M. can be proud of the achievements of her students: she was the supervisor of 33 PhD theses and a scientific advisor of 5 doctoral dissertations. Prof. O.M. Kovalyova established the Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Hypertension, which worked from 2002 to 2016 as part of the therapeutic department of Kharkiv City Clinical Hospital №11. At the initiative of prof. Kovalyova O.M. and taking into account the achievements of the department in training foreign students in English, the Department of Propedeutics of Internal Medicine №1, Fundamentals of Bioethics and Biosafety of KNMU was recognized as a national reference department for the “Propedeutics of Internal Medicine” discipline for English-medium students. Professor O.M. Kovalyova is the founder of the “Fundamentals of Bioethics and Biosafety” discipline at KNMU and the initiator of the renaming of the department – since 2012 the department is called “Department of Propedeutics of Internal Medicine №1, Fundamentals of Bioethics and Biosafety”. For personal contribution to the development of medical science and prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, in 2001 the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine awarded O.M. Kovalyova with a medal named after Academician M.D. Strazhesko “For merits in health care”. In 2007, she was awarded the honorary title of “Honored Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine”.
Since 2014 and until now, the department is headed by Professor T.V. Ascheulova who is the author of more than 380 scientific works, 100 educational and methodical works, textbooks and a textbook in Propedeutics of Internal Medicine in English. Prof. T.V. Ascheulova holds a certificate of English language proficiency at the C2 level, a master’s degree with honors in “Science of Education” (professional qualification “teacher of higher education”). Under her supervision, 2 PhD dissertations in Internal Medicine have been defended. Professor T.V. Ascheulova is an Expert of the National Health Service in the field of “Inpatient care for adults and children without surgery”, a member of the European Society of Cardiology, a member of the ESC Working group on Hypertension and heart, a member of the ESC Working group on Cardiovascular pharmacotherapy, a member of the European Respiratory Society and Ukrainian professional associations of doctors.

Educational process

The department provides educational process for the students of the following professional programs: “Laboratory diagnosis” , “Physical therapy, ergotherapy”, “Medicine”, “Pediatrics” in the following educational components (disciplines): “Propedeutics of Internal Medicine” , “Care of Patients (Practice)”, “Nursing practice” , “Deontology in Medicine” , “Fundamentals of Bioethics and Biosafety”, ” Fundamentals of Cardiology and Pulmonology”, “Fundamentals of Cardiac Ultrasound”, “Fundamentals of Electrocardiography”, “Ethics and Bioethics” , “Palliative and Hospice Medicine”, “Medical Ethics and Deontology”, “Medical Aspects of Bioethics and Biosafety” , “Bioethics”.
The use of phantom learning technologies and 3-D technology of modeling clinical situations has been introduced into the educational process at the department, which allows the students to master practical skills.
Practical training is performed at the clinical bases of the department – communal non-profit enterprise “City Clinical Hospital № 13” Kharkiv City Council, and the Military Medical Clinical Center of the Northern Region .
Elective courses taught at the department include: “Deontology in Medicine”, “Fundamentals of Cardiac Ultrasound”, “Fundamentals of Electrocardiography”, “Propedeutics of Internal Medicine for TMDT bachelors” , “Medical Ethics and Deontology for TMDT bachelors”, “Medical Aspects of Biosafety”, “Bioethics”.
The department created 9 books, 5 textbooks, 19 guidelines, etc .
The Department of PIM №1, FBB is the reference department of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine for teaching Propedeutics of Internal Medicine discipline in English.

Scientific work

Research interests of the department
The priority direction of scientific research of the department is verification and validation of diagnostic and prognostic markers of subclinical lesions of target organs in cardiopulmonary polymorbidity, including the post-COVID syndrome, on the basis of laboratory and instrumental studies. The relevance and practical significance of the scientific direction of the department is related to the importance of subclinical lesions of target organs in cardiopulmonary pathology as a potent risk stratification factor that is essential for selecting the treatment strategy to prevent damage of target organs and/or regression of existing lesions, which will provide organ protection and positively affect the individualization of treatment.
The topic of the research work of the department: “Diagnostic and prognostic possibilities of non-invasive visualization methods in the context of subclinical target organs lesions in cardiopulmonary polymorbidity” (2019-2021).
Since 1991, 40 dissertations (5 dissertations for scientific degree of doctor of medical science and 35 PhD dissertations have been completed within the department.
Staff of the department actively participates in clinical trials related to the introduction of innovative methods of diagnosis and treatment of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease in cohorts of patients with high cardiovascular risk.
The results of research have been presented in over 1,000 scientific publications, including 12 monographies, 37 Patents of Ukraine, 6 methodical recommendations approved by Ukrainian Medical Patent Service, 19 articles in journals that are indexed in SCOPUS and WEB OF SCIENCE databases.

Clinical Activity

Since 2017 the main clinical base of the Department of PIM №1, FBB is CNE “City Clinical Hospital №13” of Kharkiv City Council. During this period, in the framework of cooperation in providing medical care to the population of Kharkiv, a renewed City Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Hypertension have been created on the basis of the department created, which provides medical consulting and performs an extensive list of diagnostic tests, including expert level echocardiographic examination, ultrasound examination of the digestive and urinary systems, carotid and vertebral arteries, thyroid gland. Today more than 300 patients with hypertension are under dynamic observation at the Center.
Leading employees of the department also provide medical and advisory care to patients undergoing treatment in the basic institution, in cooperation with the National Health Service of Ukraine, working part-time in Pulmonology, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Thoracic surgery and Diagnostics departments; in 2018–2019, Assoc. Prof. О.V. Honchar was acting head of the Therapeutic division of the City Clinical Hospital №13 of Kharkiv City Council.
The total capacity of hospitals on the bases of which the department is located is 704 beds: CNE CCH №13 of Kharkiv City Council – 229 beds: 1 Therapeutic department (40 beds); 2 Pulmonology departments (55 beds each), 1 Thoracic Surgery department (30 beds); Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Unit (9 beds); 1 Gastroenterology department (20 beds), 1 Neurology department (20 beds); of which 30 beds are assigned to the department. The capacity of the hospital of the Military Medical Clinical Center of the Northern Region is 475 beds.

International Activity

The department holds cooperation agreements with Andizhan State Medical Institute (Andijan, Republic of Uzbekistan) on the subject of scientific and educational cooperation, with Kazakh Institute of Professional Development (Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan) on the subject of experience exchange in postgraduate education, research and educational projects, Prague Institute of Advanced Training (Prague, Czech Republic) on the subject of international cooperation in education and medicine.
Scientific and teaching staff of the department has been involved in conducting the educational process in foreign institutions in the framework of academic mobility:
Prof. Ambrosova T.M., educational series “International standards of Good Laboratory Practice GLP: basic requirements”, Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan, November 9-10, 2016;
Assoc. Prof. Smirnova V.I., Kazakh Institute for Professional Development, Karaganda, Kazakhstan, November 19 – December 02, 2017; Andizhan State Medical Institute, Andijan, Republic of Uzbekistan, December 23-26, 2018.
The employees of the department take regular part in foreign trainings and internships.

Student scientific society

1) Head of the Students’ scientific society – MD, Doctor of medical sciences, professor Ascheulova T.V.

Responsible for the work of the Students’ scientific society – MD, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. Sytina I. V.;

2) CIS members – students of the I, II, III years of the II, IV Medical Faculties, the V Faculty on Training Foreign Students at the Training and Research Institute for Foreigners, the VI and VII Faculties for International Students of KhNMU Education and Research Institute for Foreign Nationals (the list is annually updated)

3) Format – on-line – Zoom, Google Meet; offline – at the department.

4) Schedule – the meeting is held once a month, the schedule is updated annually.

5) Directions – topics of students’ group meetings are developed in accordance with the curriculum of the course of propedeutics of internal medicine. During the meeting, students, under the guidance of experienced teachers, master the basic methods of examination of patients and supervise patients with subsequent clinical analysis. Separate meetings are devoted to the study of electrocardiography, other instrumental and laboratory diagnostic methods in internal medicine (echocardiography, ultrasound of internal organs, daily monitoring of blood pressure and electrocardiographic signaling and external function).

6) Students’ conferences – the schedule is updated annually.

Normative documents of the educational process
Educational materials