Department of Pulmonology and Phthisiology
As it is evident from the documents, the first training courses for phthisiologists were organized in 1949, when the first set of advanced training courses for phthisiologists had been launched the same year. The courses were held at the 1st Therapy Department of Belarusian State Institute for Advanced Medical Training. The department was headed by (from 1949 to 1970) professor Andrei Adensky-Pinchuk (1897-1979).
From the 1st January, 1947, Samuil Agranovich, Candidate of Medical Sciences, associate professor, was in charge of the course on tuberculosis. He worked as an associate professor at the Department of Internal Diseases. Afterwards, S.A. Agranovich worked as a vice head of the Department of Tuberculosis of Belarusian State Institute for Advanced Medical Training.
That day, when he was assigned to the post of a vice head of the department, is considered to be the day of the department’s creation. By this time, Z.K.Zagorskaya and assistant M.I.Bobrovskaya had been working at the department. In 1963, Mikhail Lomako, director of the Scientific and Research Institute of Tuberculosis, was appointed temporarily to the post of head of the Department of Tuberculosis (part-time basis). From 1964 to 1983, the department was headed by professor Evgeny Meve (1910 - 1990), Honored Scientist of BSSR, active member of the Great Patriotic War, awarded for the service in battle with 3 orders and 16 medals. In 1980, the department was renamed into the Department of Pulmonology. From 1983 to 2010, the department was headed by professor Valentin Korovkin.
Since 2010, the department has been headed by Elena Lapteva. In 2014, the department was again renamed into the Department of Pulmonology and Phthisiology.
The department offers one-month advanced training courses for physicians:
The training courses are organized in the form of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. The lecturers of the department use multimedia presentations with the interactive response system; the trainees discuss roentgenograms, the results of computer tomography of respiratory organs, spirograms. The trainees have possibilities to master their skills in working with spirometers. The clinical base of the department has all needed conditions for the effective training: the trainees participate at ward rounds in clinics, concilliums; they have practical sessions in radiology rooms.
Specialists of the department together with the specialists from the Republican Hospital of Speleotherapy (the town of Soligorsk) work on the development and implementation of new schemes of speleotherapy of obstructive lung diseases (E.A.Lapteva).
Also, staff of the department studies the peculiarities of clinical application of electronic stethophone, develops modern approaches to the diagnostics and treatment of lung microbacteriosis, improves the method of spirometry.
Since 2010, specialists of the department have published more than 800 research works, educational guides, instructions for use, monographs.
Specialists of the department are members of the Belarusian Respiratory Society and the European Respiratory Society. E.A. Lapteva is a member of the Belarusian Respiratory Society Board.
E.A. Lapteva and I.V.Kovalenko are experts of the Belarusian Institute of Systems Analysis and Information Support of the Scientific and Technical Field. E.A. Lapteva is a visiting expert of the Unitary Enterprise «Center for Examinations and Tests in Healthcare».