Associate Professor, Medical University, Faculty of Dental Medicine of Sofia, Bulgaria
Mature Educators Award 2011
Read what Dr Katrova said on receiving the award in 2011
Dear President, Dear Chairman, Dear Colleagues,
I am especially pleased to stand in front of you and enjoy this opportunity to thank you for having recognized my professional efforts with the most prestigious award for excellence in dental education. I am aware this decision had not been easy for you, having into consideration the longue list of valuable candidatures, most of them my friends and estimable example to follow.
In 1988 when I had just started my career as a junior researcher at the section for public health research methodology of the Faculty of Stomatology of Sofia, the Eastern European countries started their journey of radical social reforms. The freedom and the chance to join the EC required from all of us to overcome the years of isolation. The chance to regain the status of liberal professional encouraged us to look for a new integral concept for the education of the new professional in the fast changing world.
At that moment most of my colleagues had to make a choice between academy and private practice. I followed my heart and the precious advice of my father to keep the education path. Thank you, dear father.
The trend of European integration during the last decades goes along with the trend of globalization: – today our patients are free to seek for dental care everywhere on the globe, our students enjoy the chance to apply, transfer, graduate or start a professional career everywhere on the globe. The task to comply with the global market of dental services’ supply and regional cohesion criteria for standard of care and education under severe economic challenges at local level would be mission impossible for our institution without the sustainable cooperation of advanced dental educators and schools from “old” Europe and all over the world.
The Association for Dental Education in Europe was for me and for my dental school this source of knowledge, shared experience and encouragement which leaded and helped us during the long years of transition and transformations.
Today this organization gave me much more than recognition which I appreciate deeply. From the very first meeting I had the chance to participate in (Budapest 1990) I entered the community of exceptional people who have been allwoys working for advance in education, research and professionalism. I am glad and proud to be part of this process for more than 20 years. At the age of 33 I escaped from the iron curtain to join fellow educators in Budapest from all over the world. Prof. Jolan Banoczy became my mentor. Thank you, dear Jolan.
This first participation started a very fruitful correspondence with European and North American dental schools and resulted in the design of an innovative programme in dental public health. In 1991 the section of public health research methodology became a department of social medicine and community dentistry.
With every meeting and every new contact this programme was improving. The integrating role of this program for professionalism and harmonization in the frame of the subject oriented curriculum was steadily introducing values, good practices and guidelines to the overall dental curriculum in our Faculty based on the experience from ADEE annual meetings.
Please let me say: No one who enters the ADEE community stays the same. The evidences are easily visible, you can meet more and more students attending the ADEE annual meetings attracted by the spirit of freedom, perspective and sound basis of professional education.
The list of people I would like to thank is very long: Prof. Banoczy, Prof. Shanly, Prof. Cohen, Prof. Kenneth Eaton, Prof. Corrado Paganelly, Majella Giles, Prof. Errol Reez, Prof John Scott, Prof. Whitehouse, Prof. Manougue, Prof. Kerstein, Prof. Gorter, Prof. John Clarkson, Prof. Olva Odlum, Prof. Barry Waldman, Prof. Elizabeth Treasurer, Prof. Malcolmes Johnes, Prof. M. Maclaghflin, the Advising committee members and especially Prof. Oliver; all the colleagues with whom I have been working all these years in different working groups on the main topics of the ADEE concepts, my colleagues from the Medical University of Sofia, my students, my family.
Dear colleagues, thank you for sharing your knowledge and your experience with me. Thank you for inspiring our creativity to keep going sometimes against the circumstances. Thank you for your support and understanding when I register at last moment.