While she was still in high school, Sorina-Elena Băiașu knew that she wanted to join Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. A tour of the Faculty of Medicine sealed the deal. Carol Davila ticked all the right boxes: quality education, world-class facilities and a welcoming and supportive environment.
Today, the fifth-year medicine student wouldn’t go back to change a thing. “The environment in my university is very supportive, starting from students to professors and the executive board,” says Băiașu. “I got to meet amazing students and learn about the oldest and most prestigious university of medicine in my country.”
Where tomorrow’s medical professionals are made
Carol Davila is nestled in the charming city of Bucharest, Romania. The university offers courses in medical and pharmaceutical sciences, which are available in English, Romanian and soon, French. New students will transition smoothly into the university and country, thanks to its preparatory year programme that introduces students to the Romanian language and culture.
Drawing on more than a century’s worth of experience in delivering medical education, Carol Davila has a wealth of expertise to mould tomorrow’s medical professionals. By harnessing the power of technology, the university has kept with the times to deliver a modern teaching approach, including medical simulation.
Its unparalleled learning environment is something Sorina can attest to. In speaking about her clinical experience, she says: “I like practical learning. In each year of study, I really enjoyed the clerkships, being able to learn in the hospital and consulting patients, and being able to go through all specialities that are available in my country.”
Carol Davila is also dedicated to the welfare of its students who can find various forms of support, be it for their research projects, future careers, mental health problems or socialising. “It is important to have a supportive community in your university as it helps you integrate and become a better future medical practitioner,” opines Sorina.
The right facilities can serve as a vessel for producing career-ready medical graduates equipped with the skills needed for 21st-century medical professionals. In keeping up with the times, Carol Davila has been investing in its facilities over the past few years.
“We have an Innovation and e-Health Centre, that has a lot of departments, from 3D printing to medical simulation. Currently, there is a research project on space physiology and also a thematic course on the same topic,” explains Sorina.
This centre is useful in broadening medical students’ horizons and their medical knowledge. Students perform medical procedures on simulators, while there is also an e-learning platform that makes it possible for students to learn online.
“We have two libraries, one for the pre-clinical years and the other for clinical years. Both have all the books that are needed for our studies. The library facilities are also available online, as well as subscriptions to many scientific journals,” says Sorina.
Learning aside, the university is home to many facilities for students to let their hair loose. There are multiple dorms for international students, while there is also a sports hall, a tennis base and a swimming pool for students to get healthy and exercise with friends.
Outside the classroom, there are plenty of opportunities for students to get involved with extracurricular activities. Sorina is currently in her second mandate as Secretary-General of the Medical Students’ Society of Bucharest. She credits this experience for making her a more sociable, organised and empathic person.
“I am also the President of the International Medical Students’ Summit of Bucharest,” she says. Their activities include organising scientific programmes that feature keynotes by international specialists, conferences, hands-on workshops and roundtables for discussions on problems that have an impact at an international level.
A recognised education
For Răzvan Papacocea, an important allure of attending Carol Davila is the international recognition of its programmes.
“Apart from recognition between the European Union countries, the biggest advantage is the uniformisation of the educational quality between all European member states,” says Papacocea, adding that this prepares students to become professional doctors.
The university’s location in Bucharest is also a selling point. The fifth-year medical student said the city is full of fun things to do. It is home to many pubs, clubs, shopping centres and parks, and serves as a place where students can discover themselves and be who they want to be.
Sorina concurs. “There are a lot of tourist attractions, restaurants, parks, sports facilities,” she says. “One of my favourite locations is Herastrau Park, as you can go for a walk or do some sport in the open, there are also a lot of terraces and a beautiful lake.”
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