In celebration of its 250th Anniversary, Semmelweis University is launching a series of interactive, public health-themed programmes called Semmelweis Health Days. Between September 2019 and June 2020, a total of ten events will be open for families, students, university staff, and Hungarian and international visitors to attend. Event days will alternate between Fridays and Saturdays.

Friday programmes, taking place every two months, will offer presentations, interactive programmes, lectures, and screenings for families and individuals of all ages. Saturday programmes, also held in alternating months, will focus on a narrower field of expertise, allowing for a more personalized consultation with participating physicians and practitioners, as well as health screenings.

SEMMELWEIS HEALTH DAYS 2019/2020

SATURDAY – 14 September 2019
Semmelweis Health Days 1. – Mental Health Day
Location:
Semmelweis University Basic Medical Science Center (EOK)1094 Budapest, Tűzoltó utca 37/47.

MAIN EVENTS IN ENGLISH

“Art Brut” Exhibition and Guided Tour

  • Time: ongoing
  • The works of “Art Brut” artists immediately captivate the visitor; the pictures are as strange as they are uplifting. The shockingly frank and courageous depictions of spiritual suffering evoke compassion and admiration, and the expression of extraterrestrial delights can evoke a sense of joy in the viewer.

“It would be great to have someone to talk to…” Mental Health Chats

  • Time: 10am-2pm (every half hour, 1 person/mental health professional)
  • Minimum age: 14
  • During the Mental Health Chats, a team of trained mental health professionals are ready to support individuals who come to them for help and who find themselves struggling with personal difficulties and emotional distress. Through this discussion, individuals have the opportunity to mobilize resources and possibly find a new balance that can help improve their psychological well-being.

Memory Booth

  • Time: Ongoing
  • We provide information on the types, risk factors, genetic background and symptoms of dementia. We are looking forward to seeing you at our booth throughout the event.

ADHD Booth

  • Time: Ongoing
  • Receive valuable information about the various treatment options for ADHD.

Innovative Community Healing Booth
(Awakenings Foundation, Semmelweis University Community Psychiatric Centre)

  • Time: Ongoing
  • What is Community Psychiatry and Addictology? What innovative, powerful opportunities does it offer? What are the benefits of self-help groups? How can we tackle stigma? Can you be a volunteer? You have questions, and we have the answers! Join us as our booth, and download our ASSZERTIVIA app.

CONCERTS

A little morning music…

  • Time: 10:30am and 11am
  • Turns out music and medicine are not so far apart! The third-year medical student and singer, Regina Molnár, will be accompanied by Barnabás Németh, electrical engineer. Their program includes hits of domestic and foreign performers in an unplugged performance.

A little afternoon music…

  • Time: 4pm
  • Félix Takács, student of the Faculty of Medicine gives a flute concert. His program will consist of works by Ersnt Krähmer as well as Antonio Vivaldi.

A little night music… Performance by “Valami Swing”

  • Time: 8pm
  • Turns out music and medicine are not so far apart! Dr. Kata Kiss, lead singer of the band, is currently a resident pediatrician at Bethesda Children’s Hospital. “Valami Swing” created their own style, which they like to call “Hot Jazz & Cool Swing”. Their music stems back to the streets of Paris in the 1920s. This is the original European jazz. It is a virtuosic combination of American jazz, swing, hot club, chanson, including hits, folk music and traditional gypsy music.

FRIDAY – 4 October 2019, 3:00-10:00pm
Semmelweis Health Days 2. – Health Sciences in Daily Life

Location: Semmelweis University Faculty of Health Sciences – 1088 Budapest, Vas u. 17.

MAIN EVENTS IN ENGLISH

Examine the patient! – Clinical simulation in a realistic setting, practice without risks

  • Time: 4 pm onwards
  • Minimum age: 10
  • Interactive demonstrations are held by the simulation of the functions of the human body. Participants can ask questions and take an active part in the basic examination of the “patient”, a simulation dummy. They can use the stethoscope to listen over the heart, lungs and the intestines, measure blood pressure, feel the pulse points of the body and learn about life-threatening conditions.
  • Attendance on “first come first served” basis

Crisis management of mass casualties – simulation (Boston marathon)

  • Time: 7 pm-7.30 pm
  • Minimum age: 10
  • The simulation shows a real-life event that happened in Boston in 2013: detonations at a running race leave a huge number of people injured. The injuries require immediate medical attendance and the accident scene needs to be evacuated as soon as possible. Live human simulation.
  • Attendance on “first come first served” basis (max 100 people)

How does it feel to be old? Do you want to know more about old age and the life of the elderly? Try the Ageing simulator to find out more!

  • Time: 5 pm
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • From ages 18 and up
  • If you are curious to know what it will feel like to walk, move, see and hear as an elderly, come and try the ageing simulator! Gain first hand experience in how ageing works!

Attendance on “first come first served” basis (max 12 people)

 

SATURDAY – 9 November 2019
Semmelweis Health Days 3. – First Aid in the Family

Location: Semmelweis University 1. Department of Paediatrics building1083 Budapest, Bókay János utca 53. and 1083 Budapest, Bókay János utca 54.

MAIN EVENTS IN ENGLISH

Basic resuscitation techniques of infants and young children

  • Time: 11 am
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • From ages 12 and up
  • Location: 1st Department of Paediatrics, Koós Hall
  • Interactive workshop, which enables participants to learn and practice resuscitation techniques on simulation mannequins. The workshop is designed for non-professionals.

Registration is required!

Removing foreign objects from the respiratory tract of infants and young children

  • Time: 11 am
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • From ages 12 and up
  • Location: 1st Department of Paediatrics, Geffert Hall
  • Interactive workshop, which enables participants to learn and practice removing foreign objects from the respiratory tract on simulation mannequins. The workshop is designed for non-professionals.

Registration is required!

Basic resuscitation tecniques of adults and the use of the defibrillator

  • Time: 3 pm
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • From ages 12 and up
  • Location: 1st Department of Paediatrics, Koós Hall
  • Anyone can save lives! Basic resuscitation skills are easy to learn for everyone. With the guidance and help of Semmelweis University’s professional team of emergency medicine you can learn resuscitation techniques and the use of the automatic defibrillator, which are the one of the cornerstones of modern first aid and health culture. Come and join us in the workshop!

Registration is required!

Hand washing and hand disinfection techniques

  • Time: 10 am
  • Duration: 120 minutes
  • From ages 3 and up
  • Location: 1st Department of Paediatrics, 1st floor in front of the library 
  • Ignác Semmelweis saved a lot of lives with hand hygiene when he discovered that puerperal fever could be prevented by thoroughly washing ones hands and properly applying  hand hygiene. Today, we are all aware that several infectious diseases can be prevented by thorough hand washing. Participants at the workshop can test how thoroughly they can wash their hands and later on can master the technique of proper hand washing.  

Attendance on “first come first served” basis. (max 50 people)

 

FRIDAY – 6 December 2019, 3:00-10:00pm
Semmelweis Health Days 4. – From Molecules to Surgery in Space

Location: Semmelweis University Basic Medical Science Center (EOK)1094 Budapest, Tűzoltó utca 37/47.

MAIN EVENTS IN ENGLISH

An organized chaos: fist-fight of neurons in the brain

  • Time: 5 pm
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • From ages 14 and up
  • Max. number of participants: 150
  • Location: Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, Lenhossék-lecture hall, 1094 Budapest, Tűzoltó u. 58.
  • Researchers have been long overwhelmed by the development, structure and functioning of the nervous system. Billions of neurons talk simultaneously which represents codes of orders. This paramount challenge is achieved by rigorous rules which give the floor to selected participants to talk – or to let to talk. A tenfold number of further participants are included to maintain function only. Science experienced a quantum leap in the last decades when previously inconceivable techniques allowed researchers to investigate the nervous system with efficacy and precision. Yes, you can surely drive a handful of neurons mad by switching the light on.


Crime scene investigation for roleplayers – registration required!

  • Time: 5.10 pm
  • Duration: 35-40 minutes
  • From ages 14 and up
  • Number of participants: 5-15
  • Location: Department of Forensic and Insurance Medicine, Photo lab, 1091 Budapest, Üllői út 93.
  • Interactive ppt session, where participants can follow through the investigation on the scene of a fictional death case, acting as the members of the CSI group.

Registration

To drink or not to drink? And if we do what should we drink?

  • Time: 2-5 pm
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • From ages 14 and up
  • Max. number of participants: 150
  • Location: NET building, 1098 Budapest, Nagyvárad tér 4.
  • Why do long-distance runners or those training intensively die unexpectedly? Is water a poison? How to take good care of our kidneys? Shall we or shall we not drink, and if we do, what should we drink? How much does the kidney extract, and how? When choosing our partner, why is it important to know even his/her kidneys? Are kidneys really miracle-working organs? Is it possible to observe glomerular filtration live? How many people suffer from kidney problems in Hungary? Is it possible to predict life expectancy from urine? Is studying kidneys still a worthy research project?


E Molecules that have changed the world – registration required!

  • Time: 7 pm
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • From ages 14 and up
  • Max. number of participants: 20
  • Location: Basic Medical Science Center (EOK), 1094 Budapest, Tűzoltó u. 37-47
  • Although now we take the abundant supply of medicines for granted, lots of effort of the past two centuries has led to the development of our current drug supply. Through a few drug molecules and their history, the lecture offers insight into why organic chemistry is important for pharmacists, how new molecules are designed with the help of modelling techniques, what challenges can arise when creating new molecules, how the structure of molecules can be studied, how and at what target point medicines work in the human body and how complex and creative the work is that leads to the production of new drugs. After the 30-minute-long presentation participants will have the opportunity to try and build the model of an agent of a drug available in pharmacies with the help of a building kit and following the instructions on distributed cards, thus making chemistry more concrete. Depending on the number of participants, some molecules will be drawn on the computer, which could be viewed in different graphic settings on the projector screen. Although the molecules built by the participants cannot be taken home, they will be offered free modelling software that can be installed on PCs, Android of Mac Os devices.

Registration

SATURDAY – 4 January 2020
Semmelweis Health Days 5. – Oncology Day

Location: TBA


SATURDAY – 8 February 2020
Semmelweis Health Days 6. – Buda Health Days

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SATURDAY – 7 MARCH 2020
Semmelweis Health Day 7. – Prevention in Paediatrics

Locations:


FRIDAY – 3 April 2020, 3:00-10:00pm
Semmelweis Health Days 8. – Healing from Head to Toe

Location: In various locations in the University’s Outer Clinical Block


SATURDAY – 25 April 2020
Semmelweis Health Days 9. – Family Sport Day and Semmelweis Staff Picnic

Locations:


FRIDAY – 5 JUNE 2020, 3:00-10:00pm
Semmelweis Health Days 10. – Medicine Up-close

Location: In various locations in the University’s Inner Clinical Block