The program will take place in Budapest, Boston and online from July 2023 and run through June 2026. The first workshop, hosted by Semmelweis University, launched on 17 July 2023.

The program, designed and delivered by Harvard Medical School Postgraduate Medical Education, will help participants develop skills essential to pursue high-quality clinical research. Organizers encouraged young clinicians, PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, and residents with previous scientific activity and an interest in improving those skills to apply in the first place.

During the nine-month program, 57 experts from Hungary, Romania, Czechia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Turkey who gained admission for the 2023-2024 academic year will actively participate in live workshops and webinars, complete individual and team assignments.

A quarter of those admitted come from cardiology, along with participants from the fields of oncology, pediatrics, gynecology, dentistry, radiology, pharmacology, psychology, neurology, pulmonology, anesthesiology, gastroenterology and urology.

Participants will learn from top experts including Scott D. Solomon M.D., a world-renowned cardiologist and professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and Ajay K. Singh, senior associate dean for Harvard Medical School Postgraduate Medical Education.

On behalf of Semmelweis University, dr. Béla Merkely, rector and director of the Heart and Vascular Centre in Városmajor, dr. Zoltán Ungvári, professor at the Institute of Public Health, and dr. Péter Hegyi, director of the Centre for Translational Medicine will participate/give lectures.

Through this joint training and its participants, scientific cooperation between the United States and our region can become even stronger

, said dr. Béla Merkely at an agreement ceremony between Semmelweis University and Harvard Medical School Postgraduate Medical Education last December. He highlighted the importance of being an active member of the global academic and scientific communities adding that cross-border partnership is one of the key missions and strengths of Semmelweis University.

Semmelweis University will announce the call for applications for the 2024/2025 and 2025/2026 academic years as well: interest expressed in participation is already high. The Foundation for National Health Care and Medical Education will contribute 50% of the tuition costs for fifty participants in each annual program, or $250,000 per year for this purpose.