The role of medical universities and the importance of education and training of personnel in this sphere were discussed during the third day of the 4th National Conference "Bulgaria – a Destination for Medical and Health Tourism", which was held from 30th June to 2nd July 2016 in Kamchia Resort near Varna.
The discussions were focused on the need and demand for medical and healthcare professionals still rising in the field of tourism. MU-Varna was presented by Assoc. Prof. Klara Dokova - Vice Dean of the Faculty of Public Health, Prof. Dr. Dimitrichka Bliznakova - Director of the Medical College, and Assoc. Prof. Silvia Borisova - Head of the Department of Health Care. They presented a paper entitled "Training Healthcare Tourism Personnel - a Common Concern of Businesses and Universities", presented by Assoc. Prof. Dokova.
During the remaining days of the conference the topics discussed were current legislation and legal regulations, logistics and coordination between different departments, use of the natural resources available in our country, as well as perspectives and best practices in Bulgaria.
The conference was held under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with the Ministries of Health, Foreign Affairs, Education and Science, Environment and Water, Labour and Social Policy, and was attended by representatives of the Bulgarian Medical Association, Bulgarian Pharmaceutical Union, physicians, representatives of municipalities, hospitals, hotels and tour operators.