Master Classes

Updated: April 22, 2018


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Doris Christiansen 2015

Master Class Registration

Please familiarize yourself with the opportunities available.  Each master class will have between 20 and 30 participants.  Each participant will have the option to choose 4 different master classes.  Participants must attend all four master classes in order to receive a certificate of attendance.

The registration and selection of master classes will take place on Friday evening at the conference site.  For each master class, there will be a station where a participant may register for a specific class.  Selection of master classes will be on a first come basis until the class roster is filled.

Plenary Sessions

  • TBD

List of Master Classes for 2018

Erin Arant, Occupational Therapist, USA/Ukraine

Integrating Principles of Occupational Therapy in your Practice to Improve the Quality of Patient-Centered Care

At the center of your practice is the patient. When there are multiple interactions with patients every day, it is easy to forget to acknowledge their individuality and to use them to guide treatment. This workshop will introduce the profession of occupational therapy, highlighting key principles and give practical steps to implement them in your future medical practice to improve the quality of patient-centered care.

Martin Bac, Family Medicine Physician, University of Pretoria, South Africa 

How to Organize Medical Care During an Emergency

  • When confronted with an emergency in medicine, care must be organized, efficient and rapid.
  • How to approach and provide emergency care for several different case scenarios will be discussed.

Ibrat Djarrbov    

Exploring the Challenge of Corruption in Global Medicine

Corruption is a widespread challenge in healthcare globally. We will explore this issue through the eyes of doctors working in different healthcare settings. The session will be participative and use case-based discussions to explore why corruption is a complex issue.

Janet Gallaher, Family Medicine Physician, PRIME Tutor, England                                  

What is a Good Doctor?

We need to master the knowledge we receive during our medical studies, but we also must learn how to share and interact with our patients in ways that our advice and treatment plans will be accepted and carried out. This will be an interactive masterclass to explore how this is possible and help give some tools and confidence to help our patients in an ever-changing world and the working environment.

Ruslana Kharkovenko, Associate Professor Dept of Public Health,  Vinnitsa National Medical University, Ukraine

Problem Based Learning, Choosing Your Profession


Lars Ljungström, Internal Medical, Infectious Disease Specialist, Sweden    

Identifying Sepsis in the ED

All sorts of emergencies present arrive at the hospital emergency department.  One of the most common is the patient presenting with fever.  In this masterclass, we will discuss how to recognize patients who present with early sepsis and begin appropriate care to prevent more serious consequences.


 Ifeanyi Onah, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Nigeria

Management of Acute Injuries to the Hand

In this master class assessment and management of injuries to the hand will be discussed. Examination technique of the hand will be demonstrated.


 Rick Paul, Thoracic Surgeon, Director of the Eur-Asian Region of ICMDA, Netherlands     Swellings in the neck: How to make a correct diagnosis

Lumps in the neck area frequent presenting symptom or finding on examination of patients in the consultant’s office.  In order to provide the correct treatment, the correct diagnosis needs to be made.  In this masterclass, you will learn the critical thinking skills needed to provide the proper care for these people.


 Jim Peipon, Pediatrician, President, Ukraine Medical Outreach, Inc. USA/Ukraine          

The Pediatric Otoscopic Exam

  • We will discuss the amazing design and complexity of the human ear.  Each
  • participant will learn how to perform an otoscopic examination and receive practice using an otoscope.  Tips on how to examine infants ears will be demonstrated.


 Grace Petkovic, Family Physician, England  

What is the embryo? Does it matter? Ethics around the beginning of life.

  • As doctors, whether in matters such as abortion and contraception or in embryonic research
  • and cloning, we face ethical decisions surrounding the human embryo. In this seminar, we
  • will look at some of the scientific and ethical principles that can guide such decision-making.
  • What is an embryo? When does human life begin? What gives human life value?

Elena Pokryshko, Physician/Microbiologist, Ukraine

 [Coming Soon]

 Carol Rowley, Registered Nurse, Medical Author, Nurses Christian Fellowship, USA   EKG Interpretation of Some Basic Cardiac Rhythms 

This class will cover basic principles for interpreting a rhythm strip and help students identify common abnormal cardiac rhythms, including heart blocks.


Yulia Starodubets, Pediatrician, Faculty Member of the International School of Medicine, Bishkek, Krygstan/Ukraine

First Aid in Critical Situations

God wants from us to not remain indifferent but react to people in need. Knowledge and confidence in skills how to help to a person in an emergency condition out of medical points and without special equipment are important for each person and especially expected from medical professionals. We will learn how to analyze the condition of a person in trouble, how to help a person in the proper way that will not bring harm to him or even to ourselves. We will look at the rules of cardiopulmonary resuscitation for adult and children and how to provide proper care to patients before hospitalization after trauma, poisoning, drowning and etc.


Joe Watson, Family Physician, England   

Medical Humanitarianism: An Overview of the Key Debates and Questions

All around the world people have a desire to help others with whom they have little in common other than their humanity. However, sometimes our good intentions can have no impact, or worse, cause more harm than good. This masterclass will cover the core themes of medical humanitarianism and explore some of the key debates and questions surrounding the sector. Come prepared to think constructively about the political, historical and ethical dynamics of medical humanitarianism. Questions and opinions are encouraged!


Nancy Wespetal, Family Physician, Ukraine Christian Mobile Medical Clinic, USA/Ukraine 

Pain in the joints:  The reason they come.

How to evaluate the painful shoulder and knee.  We will be reviewing the musculoskeletal exam of the shoulder and knee and learning proper technique for doing joint injections.


Manfred Wieser, Dermatologist, Austria  

Sexually transmitted diseases – A Challenge for Physician/Patient Relations

1.8 million individuals worldwide became newly infected with HIV in 2016 – about 5,000 new infections per day – this includes 160,000 children (<15 years). WHO estimates that 62 million new infections of gonorrhea occur annually, so STDs still remain major problems in public health. The master class will include principles concerning transmission, diagnosis, and treatment, but we will focus mainly on the difficulties in physicians-patients relations in this subtle issue. Patients feel ashamed, they rarely tell the whole truth in the beginning, they rarely act contributing in detecting further partners who also may spread the disease. Openness in the class will help to treat our patients with empathy and clarity.