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The World Congress of Hungarian Doctors and Health Workers is being organized for the very first time and is set to start on August 26. The aim of this unique initiative is to improve the network of Hungarian doctors and health professionals working abroad and in Hungary, providing a forum to share their professional experiences.

“In our world heavily burdened by the COVID 19 pandemic, it is particularly important that Hungarian doctors and health workers living and working in the Carpathian Basin and scattered all over the world strive to deepen their ties and to establish a Hungarian World Medical Organization, a world network,” says Dr. István Altorjay, President of the Association of Hungarian Medical Societies (MOTESZ), the main organizer of the event.

“The conference is a completely unique initiative, which has practically never been organized in this form before”, underlined Dr. Altorjay.

According to the professor of medicine, as Hungarian doctors can be found in almost all parts of the globe and can even speak the same native language, it is extremely important to create an active and vibrant community among them. Sharing experiences from different regions of the world, he says, is valuable and informative for everyone.

Internist, gastroenterologist and oncologist Dr. István Altorjay. Photo via Facebook.

Dr. Altorjay believes all health workers can benefit from having an insight into other parts of the world, as the examples and ideas they learn can help them in their own endeavors.

The knowledge and examples gained here can also help Hungarian medicine, as doctors living and working in the world’s most developed Western regions “have come into closer contact with a number of techniques that are not yet or only scarcely available in Hungary.”

The professor says the primary objective of the congress is diversity and thematic richness. At the same time, he adds, it is important to perfect and deepen relations and improve cooperation between Hungarians.

The three-day professional conference will feature a wide range of presentations. The morning plenary sessions will include programs on more general topics, such as changes in morbidity and mortality in our time, environment and medicine. It will also address many issues related to the CEE region, such as the lessons of the COVID 19 pandemic, leading epidemiological features of the Visegrád countries from a European perspective, and plans for the future of Hungarian public health screening.

The afternoon sessions will then run in parallel, with presentations on key topics such as the current status, challenges and future of medical education, as well as the latest applications of state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques.

An exciting round table discussion will also be held on the main challenges and ambitions of clinical and basic research, as well as the interpretation of quality indicators.

The conference will be held between August 26-28 in a hybrid format, allowing healthcare professionals to attend the event in person or online.  The lectures will be held in the building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest and will be broadcast live. After registration, they can be followed freely from anywhere in the world.

Featured photo by István Takács/Wikimedia commons