FIEP Has Supported Advanced Training for Russian Laser Surgeons

04 March 2021

In order to promote domestic laser medical complexes, the RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) has supported the development of the advanced training program on the “Application of laser technologies in aesthetic medicine”. The program was created by the O.K. Skobelkin State Scientific Center of Laser Medicine of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency (FMBA) of Russia at the initiative of the Russian Engineering Club, a Tula-based company that is one of the main suppliers of laser surgical equipment to the Russian market. The training of the pilot group of trainees has been successfully completed and recruitment for the subsequent teams has started.

Aesthetic medicine is one of the most popular applications of laser surgical systems. It is not just a question of cosmetic procedures (removal of skin defects, including congenital defects, rejuvenation, and elimination of fat deposits), but also the treatment of various skin and mucous membrane diseases, including cancer. Laser therapy ensures high-quality results without complications and with a minimal rehabilitation period. However, the effective use of high-tech equipment requires highly skilled operators of laser systems who can optimize the power, length, and duration of the laser beams and other parameters. According to Stanislav Nisimov, Director of the Department of Educational Programs and Professional Skills of the Fund, the aim of the project is to familiarize medical specialists with domestic medical laser systems that allow surgical and cosmetic manipulations to be performed at a high level with excellent functional and aesthetic results. The program promotes the effective use of modern laser equipment by specialists in the field of aesthetic medicine, namely CO2 and diode lasers, and various additional equipment for high-quality medical services.

The Skobelkin State Scientific Center of Laser Medicine, based on which the new program has been developed, is the leading institution in our country engaged in the scientific development of issues related to the application of lasers in clinical and experimental medicine. According to Professor Dmitry Panchenkov, the Center’s chief researcher who led the team of the program developers, it has proved very popular: more people have signed up for the pilot implementation than anticipated, and 2-3 more courses on the program are planned in the near future.

The issues of aesthetic medicine are at the crossroads of many medical specialties. That is why the effective mastery and use of modern laser equipment are essential for cosmetologists, surgeons, plastic surgeons, dermatovenerologists, obstetricians, and gynecologists. “At the same time, understanding the pathogenetic mechanisms and physical processes of interaction between different types of laser radiation and biological tissues is an integral part of mastering the skills of applying aesthetic innovative laser technologies. Knowledge of these issues is a guarantee of quality aesthetic medical services,” said Professor Vladimir Evdokimov, one of the program developers, Deputy Dean of the A.I. Evdokimov Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry. 

According to the authors, the program is very much needed by the industry. There are currently around 300 laser medicine systems on the Russian market, both domestic and imported. There are 71,000 surgeons, 17,000 dermatologists and cosmetologists, and 44,000 obstetricians and gynecologists in the country—over 130,000 specialists in total, of whom approximately 10% are already able to use laser medical systems in their practice. They will now be able to upgrade their qualifications at the O.K. Skobelkin Center. 

The program is designed to compensate for qualification deficits in the market for laser-assisted medical care for four target groups: dermatovenereologists and cosmetologists, plastic surgeons, obstetricians, gynecologists, and surgeons. Graduates will know the methods of selecting laser technology for the treatment of skin and mucosal diseases depending on the clinical situation, as well as master the principles of using laser systems in aesthetic medicine. Doctors working with skin cancer will be taught how to perform organ-preserving surgery using laser medical instruments. At the end of the program, all trainees will gain experience in the practical application of laser plastic systems: some of the sessions will take place on simulators, while others will take place in the operating theatre where the trainees will act as surgical assistants.

All theoretical material is presented as the e-learning course. The lectures are accompanied by video masterclasses demonstrating real surgeries on various clinical cases, self-study literature, and tests for interim control of the learning material.

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The Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs was established in 2010 in accordance with Federal Law No. 211-FZ “On reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.” The Fund aims to develop the innovative infrastructure in the sphere of nanotechnology and implement the educational and infrastructure programs already started by RUSNANO.

The supreme collegial management body of the Fund is the Supervisory Board. Under the Fund’s Charter, the competence of the Supervisory Council, in particular, includes the issues of determining the priority directions of the Fund’s activity, as well as its strategy and budget. The Chairman of the Fund’s Executive Board, the collegial management body, is the Chairman of the Board of Management Company RUSNANO LLC Sergey Kulikov.