Study digital medicine technologies at ETU "LETI" English-taught master's program

Study digital medicine technologies at ETU

The Department of Bioengineering Systems of ETU "LETI" is recruiting students for the English-taught master's program on Systems and Technologies in Digital Healthcare (in the field of Biomedical Engineering).

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The Department of Bioengineering Systems of ETU "LETI" launched the English-taught master's program Systems and Technologies in Digital Healthcare (in the field of Biomedical Engineering) in September 2019. The head of the department is Professor Zafar Yuldashev.

The program aims to develop the students' professional competence and practical skills in the field of remote monitoring systems for patients with chronic diseases outside the hospitals. During the course, students will get in-depth training in electronics, information systems, biomedical signal recording and processing, automated image analysis, use of artificial intelligence and data science for processing big data in healthcare. The curriculum also includes studying the Russian language, basics of management and marketing in medical industry enterprises, principles of commercialization of research and development results, and communications in a professional environment. 

In 2018, professors from the Department of Bioengineering Systems uploaded a new course in English entitled The Development of Mobile Health Monitoring Systems to the online education platform Coursera. 

The master's program pays special attention to research, which is the basis for the preparation of the thesis. In the laboratories of the Department of Bioengineering Systems, as well as in the CDIO laboratory, students will develop systems for continuous remote monitoring of health step by step: from the development of circuit design solutions and prototyping to implementation in clinics.

Students study and carry out research in close cooperation with health practitioners and professors of medical universities. Partner organizations include the Almazov National Medical Research Centre, the Albrecht Federal Research Centre for Rehabilitation of People with Disabilities, the Institute of Experimental Medicine, the Pavlov First State Medical University of St. Petersburg, the Mechnikov North-West State Medical University, the Kirov Military Medical Academy, the INKART Institute of Cardiology Technology, and others.

"In our field, communication with doctors is very important. Today, you can watch the lectures on the Internet, but there is nothing to replace the opportunity to observe the work of medical workers and get acquainted with medical equipment. For this purpose, we organize excursions and practical training based on large medical centers and enterprises," Yulia Bobrova, the program coordinator, senior lecturer of the Department of Bioengineering Systems, explains.

Master's students can participate in international academic mobility programs at universities in Germany, Finland, Great Britain, Austria, and the Czech Republic.

"Although today all public attention is focused on the coronavirus pandemic, chronic diseases remain a major medical problem. The role of telemedicine has increased significantly due to the introduction of restrictions around the world and the transition to teleworking. An increasing number of patients with chronic diseases are switching to remote medical support systems to minimize social contact, so it is necessary to train highly-qualified professionals capable of developing devices for remote disease monitoring."

Yulia Bobrova, the program coordinator, senior lecturer of the Department of Bioengineering Systems

The master's program is based on the significant scientific achievements of the researchers of the Department of Bioengineering Systems within the ETU "LETI" priority R&D area entitled Portable Medical Systems and Complexes. Among them: complex for automatic electrocardiogram analysis (a team of Professor Anatoly Nemirko), the Monitoring System for Patients with Gestational Diabetes (Evgeny Pustozerov, Assistant Professor of the Department of Bioengineering Systems, jointly with Almazov National Medical Research Centre), a System for Monitoring Patients with Obstructive Lung Diseases (Anna Glazova in cooperation with colleagues from the Pacific Oceanological Institute), the Cardio Trainer project (a team of Alexei Anisimov jointly with the Institute of Experimental Medicine and the Higher School of Economics).

"The Department of Bioengineering Systems was one of the first at LETI to begin training masters in English. Today, there is a great interest in digital medicine, and the new master's program on Systems and Technologies in Digital Healthcare (in the field of Biomedical Engineering) meets the modern trends of medical instrumentation and biomedical engineering. The staff of the department will have to do a huge amount of work to bring the program to a high level of popularity and demand. I am sure that the young professors of LETI, who have excellent professional knowledge and English skills, will demonstrate their high potential."

Zafar Yuldashev, the head of the program, head of the Department of Bioengineering Systems

In spring 2020, the final graduation of masters in Bioengineering Systems and Technologies for Prosthetics and Rehabilitation took place. In 2019, considering the needs of medicine and the medical industry, the department focused its development on remote monitoring systems and launched the English-taught master's program on Systems and Technologies in Digital Healthcare (in the field of Biomedical Engineering).

Currently, students from Russia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Algeria are studying under this program. Citizens of Nigeria, Greece, Syria, and Yemen will become ETU "LETI" master's students in fall 2020.

Students studying on the program commend the university professors and St. Petersburg. Mert Avan, a master's student from Turkey, who has many years of experience in the field of PR and event organization, shared his impressions. He applied to ETU "LETI" to broaden his horizons and learn about the specifics of working in tech industries.

"Without basic technical education, learning is very difficult but interesting. Professors understand that I don't have it, and they try their best to help me, for which I am very grateful. Studying at LETI is a very interesting experience for me. Maybe in the future, I will work as a PR-specialist, marketer, or advertiser at a company producing medical equipment, so I want to learn how to understand the engineering part of it, as well as understand the way engineers think, their attitude to life, their approach to communication.

St. Petersburg feels like home to me. I am a creative person, and this city inspires me. Something happens inside me, and I want to realize all my creative ideas. The most suitable word for St. Petersburg is "inspiration," "art." And it is not for nothing, it is known to the whole world."

Mert Avan (Turkey), 1st-year student of Systems and Technologies in Digital Healthcare (in the field of Biomedical Engineering) program

Information for applicants to the English-taught master's program on Systems and Technologies in Digital Healthcare (in the field of Biomedical Engineering).