Three Doctors from Bosnia are Finalists of the International Medis Awards Competition

At this year’s seventh consecutive International Medis Awards for Medical Research competition, three doctors from Bosnia and Herzegovina were among the nineteen finalists, and two of them won first place in their disciplines.

At the closing event, which was held virtually due to the pandemic, awards and recognitions for research work were given to the best doctors and pharmacists who, in addition to clinical work, are engaged in research. In the field of intensive care and anesthesiology, the winner was dr. sc. Nermina Rizvanovic from the Department of Anesthesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Care of the Cantonal Hospital Zenica.

She stated that combining research and clinical work is not always easy, especially in a transition country like Bosnia and Herzegovina.

”Research is a very challenging way of learning, but the desire for new evidence keeps me going even when the situation becomes difficult,” she stated.

Among the three finalists, in the field of gynecology, the winner was doc. dr. sc. Igor Hudic from the Clinic for Gynecology and Obstetrics of the University Clinical Center Tuzla.

He and his team investigated the role of progesterone-induced blocking factor (PIBF) as a possible indicator of pregnancy outcome after in vitro fertilization (IVF). This year, the field of gynecology was strongly represented by Bosnia and Herzegovina, and one of the finalists of the International Medis Awards was dr. sc. Martina Dzoic Dominkovic, radiologist from the Department of Radiology at the General Hospital Orašje, who with her team investigated the possible application of a new ultrasound method – elastography in healthy women because elastography was previously used to distinguish benign from malignant breast lesions.

Dr. Dzoic Dominkovic says that it is a great honor for her to be this year’s IMA finalist. For her, this means “that the efforts of young doctors dedicated to research in small hospitals are also recognized,” which is also an inspiration for her further professional development.

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