University of Tartu helps to develop sport medicine education of Moldova
On January 22–25, a four-member delegation from the State University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Nicolae Testemitanu" of Moldova is visiting the Department of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation of the University of Tartu. The delegation will get acquainted with the residency programme of the minor field of study of sport medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Tartu and the training bases used for teaching. Together activities will be determined which would use the experiences of the University of Tartu to help to create the respective field of study in Moldova.
The aim of the project is to develop field related cooperation with the State University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Nicolae Testemitanu” in preparing and implementing the new curricula of sport medicine. "This field of study is currently absent in Moldova but based on the needs of the Republic of Moldova in promoting the fields of public health, hobby and professional sport, etc., it is considered important that Moldova's doctors are prepared in the field of sport medicine on both undergraduate and postgraduate (residency) levels. Hence the need for the respective field of study," said Eve Unt, Head of the Department of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation of the University of Tartu.
The preparation of sport doctors as a separate field of study in the University of Tartu was terminated already in 1992 but a minor field of study residency was opened in 2012. Additionally, several major changes have been made when teaching sport medicine in undergraduate studies. "Our experiences allow us to share our knowledge and skills, through which we can help to promote the development of the field of study of sport medicine and rehabilitation in Moldova. Therefore, we see training the partner teachers as an important output of the project," Unt added.
The Moldovian delegation visits the University of Tartu in the framework of the development cooperation project of Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs "Estonian-Moldovan cooperation in sports medicine for promoting European standard in medical education".