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EDUCATION
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Training Opportunities at the Institute of Hearing Physiology and Pathology
   
The Institute of Hearing Physiology and Pathology (IFPS) in Warsaw provides many training opportunities addressed to both Polish and foreign specialists dealing with hearing, voice, speech, language communication and balance problems, as well as patients and their families. Course participants include otolaryngologists, audiologists, phoniatricians, logopedicians, surdologopedicians, psychologists, biomedical engineering experts and hearing prostheticians. The institute offers pre- and post-graduate training for these specialists.

The pre-graduate training program includes classes for students from the Physiotherapy Faculty of the Second Medical Department of Warsaw's Medical Academy. Beginning in the 2007/2008 academic year, the institute will join a project recently launched at the Marie Curie-Skłodowska University (UMCS) in Lublin and involving the development of a new area of studies, Logopedics and Audiophonology. Some of the classes will be taught with the use of e-learning systems. For many years, jointly with the UMCS, the institute has run the Surdologopedics Studies Center, which enjoys much popularity among those with an interest in this area.

Moreover, in the new academic year, the institute will launch a post-secondary vocational Audiology School that will train hearing prostheticians.

The institute's activities are dominated by specialization-oriented and continuous postgraduate training. The institute is one of the two most important centers in Poland that provide modern specialist training in audiology and phoniatrics.

As part of its continuous education agenda, the institute provides more than 50 research and training courses and workshops a year, both on an intramural basis and using modern data communication methods such as e-learning. For example, in cooperation with the East Tennessee State University in the United States, the institute trains medical technicians as part of the Study of Objective Hearing Testing and Otoacoustic Emissions Workshop. Also, the institute's modern otosurgery training program known as the Otosurgery Academy, enjoys great interest among both Polish and foreign doctors.

Given the versatility and range of the available training opportunities, the institute is a major provider of continuous training for various specialists dealing with hearing, voice, speech, language communication and balance problems.

In its teaching and training activities, the institute uses modern facilities at the IFPS International Center of Hearing and Speech in Kajetany near Warsaw, including a conference room for 140 and three seminar rooms each holding an audience of 60. All the rooms have modern audiovisual equipment and image and sound transmission systems, in addition to internet access.

Also, it is possible to broadcast three-dimensional images from the surgery room to the conference room. As a result, otosurgery training course participants receive the image from the surgery area in real time. The surgery room is connected via internet to one of the world's most advanced laboratories of Head and Neck Clinical Anatomy, so the participants can watch the operation being performed by the otosurgeon running the training course. At the same time, they can perform their own practical exercises. All these kinds of training activities can be broadcast via the internet with the use of e-learning methods. The institute has its own IT platform for managing the e-learning system, the LMS.

The institute has a medical student research club that regularly wins awards at various scientific events. Students of foreign technical colleges can take part in summer internships. In 1996-2007, the institute organized 21 international research and training conferences and workshops; 31 national research and training conferences and workshops with the participation of foreign guests; 108 national research and training conferences and workshops; 96 training courses; and 56 CMKP specialization courses.

Detailed information about the institute's training activities is available from the IFPS
Educational Portal at edu.ifps.org.pl