OPENING SPEECH FOR THE LECTURE BY PROFESSOR DR DANIELLA E.C.C.O.H KINGSLEY-GODWIN AT THE MEDICAL COLLEGE, TRAKIA UNIVERSITY, STARA ZAGORA, BULGARIA, EUROPE, ON 18 OCTOBER 2019
Dear Professor Hristina Milcheva, Director, Medical College, Trakia University, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, Europe.
Dear Staff and Students of the Medical College, Trakia University, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, Europe.
Dear Staff and Students of the Medical Faculty, Trakia University, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, Europe.
Dear Staff and Students of the University Hospital, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, Europe.
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen.
I am deeply honoured to be invited to the Medical College, Trakia University, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, Europe to deliver a lecture on Medical Innovations which is one of the areas of my professional and specialist interests in medicine. So I would like to thank Professor Hristina Milcheva, Director of the Medical College for her kind invitation. It is therefore a pleasure for me to present the lecture on “Medical innovation for the future and beyond: Dealing with problems facing healthcare professionals in a changing world” in this wonderful city of Stara Zagora, which I have a great emotional attachment to from my time in the city in the 1980s as a medical student at the Higher Medical Institute (Medical Faculty), and today, in your excellent Medical College. However, before I deliver the lecture, I would like to first say few things about my background and my journey from London, England to Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, and again the return journey!
I always consider myself a humanitarian, as I like to help other human beings right from my childhood to adulthood. So when I was in primary and high schools, including my further education studies in England and other parts of the World, I had great affinity for science subjects, as well as the humanities and social sciences. This meant that apart from scoring high excellent grades in physics, chemistry, biology, maths and general scientific subjects, I also scored excellent marks in history, geography, economics, commerce and others. Consequently, I am always interested in the historical perspectives of different people in all the continents of the World, and the human and physical geography that shape those people, including their locations, features, cultures, languages etc.
In England, when I was learning about the history of Europe, I was interested in the history of the Balkan peninsular in particular and especially in the history of Bulgaria, its language, culture and society. I particularly noted that despite all the hardships and oppressions that Bulgarian people suffered over the past centuries, they managed to preserve their culture, history, religion and amongst others they showed how the act of forgiveness can survive and bring about peace to their society.
As I am from a professional international services background, I had the opportunities and privilege of studying in different countries. So when the chance came for me to continue my higher medical degree studies in Bulgaria, I was very happy about it, as it will give me the opportunity to know the country better and gain an additional language – the Bulgarian language.
As in the 1980s all foreign students studying in Bulgaria undertake their various courses only in Bulgarian language, it was a required mandatory rule that all students must obtain at least a B2 or above competence in Bulgarian language and undertake other subjects in the Bulgarian Language before starting their different courses.
Firstly I did the preparatory year for medicine, where I undertook courses in Bulgarian Language, with an extra programme in Bulgarian Literature, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and History of Bulgaria etc., where the language of instruction and teaching was in Bulgarian language. My memorable event in Plovdiv was during the medical course, I was chosen as the best student in my group in the Bulgarian Course to prepare and make presentation in Bulgarian Language about the human lungs and liver. I was very honoured to undertake my research projects on the human lungs and liver, and I prepared and gave the presentation in Bulgarian Language during the annual celebration of the Bulgarian Alphabet Day during the 1982/1983 academic year, in front of the Rector and all the staff and students of the Higher Medical Institute, Plovdiv, Bulgaria and staff from the university teaching hospitals in Plovdiv, similar to the event we are having today in the Medical College, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. This gave me the useful experience of presenting my work and projects to any audience of Bulgarian healthcare professionals and student, and in my public speaking throughout my career internationally in different languages.
Secondly, during my master’s degree course in medicine at the higher medical institute, Plovdiv, I enjoyed studying medicine in Bulgarian language. After some years, in Plovdiv Higher Medical Institute, I came to study in the Higher Medical Institute in Stara Zagora, under Professor Gospodinov, who was the Rector of the Institute during the 1980s.
The Stara Zagora Higher Medical Institute was equally very good, and I started my clinical training there in the third year of the medical degree course. The facilities in Stara Zagora Higher Medical Institute provided me with great opportunities, and I learnt a lot, and gained valuable experience in pathology, internal medicine, surgery and all medical studies. My memorable events in Stara Zagora are both in my studies and the act of kindness expressed towards me by the cosmopolitan society in the city of Stara Zagora.
Again due to change of circumstances, my medical studies continued in Bucharest, Romania and from there back to the United Kingdom. I therefore had the opportunities to study in very prestigious medical universities and schools in Europe and in the United Kingdom with excellent teaching and learning facilities and methods.
Throughout these international studies in medicine, I have always maintained contacts and worked with colleagues in Bulgaria, and all the other countries I had lived in, studied in and also worked in. Most importantly, my memories of Stara Zagora still become very significant amongst all the other places I had been. Hence I am here today to present to you my lecture on “Innovations in “Medical innovations for the future and beyond: Dealing with problems facing healthcare professionals in a changing world” in this wonderful and cosmopolitan city of Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, Europe. The lecture today will deal with the issues in medical innovations and explores the new innovations in medicine in 2019 and the trends in 2020 and also in meeting the challenges facing healthcare professionals in the 21st century.
I would also like to say that I have the lecture slides in both English Language and Bulgarian Language so that all the people present in the lecture can follow in the proceedings. Again, I also have this opening speech in Bulgarian Language for those who would like to read it in Bulgarian. Equally the abstract of the lecture and my short biography are also in both Bulgarian and English Languages for ease of reference. More copies of the documents can be obtained by contacting email@example.com .
Many thanks for your attention.
Professor Dr Daniella E.C.C.O.H. Kingsley-Godwin
18 October 2019
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