Cooperation with Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) within the framework of the “Twinning – Partnerships” program

Odesa National Medical University has been cooperating with Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) for a year as part of the “Twinning – Partnerships” program.

This partnership was created in direct response to the war in Ukraine and aims to help Odesa medical students gain clinical experience that has been interrupted by the ongoing war.

The first three seekers of ONMedU’s higher medical education Yuliya Senkivska (4th year), Serhiy Tarasenko (5th year) and international faculty student Hriuesh Mohamed (4th year) enthusiastically shared their impressions of the 6-week clinical practice at Bartholomew’s Hospital (Barts Health Hospital) , which, by the way, is currently celebrating its 900th anniversary, and in the Royal London Hospital.

Julia and Serhii vividly and emotionally told about their internship, life on the QMUL student campus and acquaintance with the great London in the social networks of the British university.

The stay of our students in London was not limited to clinical practice, which certainly helped them on the way to obtaining the proud title of doctor. They tried to absorb the cultural spirit of the capital of Great Britain and its people.

Julia was very impressed by how friendly people in London are.

“When you need help, they are happy to help you. The team at Queen Mary University made me feel at home there,” says Yulia.

Serhii was a little nervous at first.

“But after talking to the consultants, I felt relieved. It was so nice to learn that people here are so open and ready to help, to give advice, to answer your questions – from junior doctors to experienced doctors,” Serhiy shares his impressions.

Queen Mary University will continue its collaboration with Odesa National Medical University, hoping to recruit a larger group of students for the six-week training at Barts Health Hospital in the coming months.

Speaking about our partnership, Professor Sir Mark Caulfield, Deputy Director of Health at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, said:

“Queen Mary is committed to being the most inclusive university of its kind. Ukraine should be able to train future doctors through direct communication with patients, and since the beginning of the war, due to frequent air raids, these students have had no clinical experience. By offering a six-week attachment to our hospitals, we hope to help Ukraine train the medical professionals it needs.”

Our goal – the post-war revival of Ukraine in general and the education system in particular – can only be achieved together with our partners. And this tandem of institutions of higher medical education will undoubtedly begin a long history of good partnership and success.

See the full interview with our students on the Queen Mary University of London website at the following link: