Students practice and work at the N. Burdenko Penza Regional Clinical Hospital and at the Penza Regional Clinical Centre for Specialised Types of Medical Care, where they deal directly with patients infected with coronavirus in the "red zone".
Vladimir Kichenko is a 6th-year student of the Medical Institute of the Penza State University. Now he's working as a nurse. He admits that the patients' state is serious, but he was not afraid to practice in those conditions during the pandemic.
"When I entered the Medical Institute, I was aware of what I would become," Vladimir says. "Patients thank us. They see that all the department's employees have to work much harder".
Due to the difficult epidemiological situation, the PSU Medical Institute teachers and N. Burdenko Penza Regional Clinical Hospital's maxillofacial surgery department doctors also join the fight against COVID-19. Assistance in countering coronavirus infection is provided by: Marat Lebedev, head of the maxillofacial surgery department, assistant professor of the PSU maxillofacial surgery department, Candidate of Medicine, Maksim Kolin, the department doctor, senior teacher of the PSU department, and GarikAmbaryan, the department doctor, the PSU department assistant. Doctors had to master a new specialty for that cause.
"Of course, our work involves risks, but we do it consciously so as not to endanger others," Marat Lebedev notes.