Obstetrics and gynecology department № 2

Adress: 10, Zamkova street, Теrnopil city, 46001

Ternopil regional perinatal centre “Mother and child”

Тел. (0352) 523881

email – akuw_ginek2@tdmu.edu.ua

International students from more than 60 countries have been studying at I Horbachevsky Ternopil State Medical University for more than 10 years and their number is constantly increasing every year: 2-5 students at a course in 1997 to over 1,000 in 2012. The Foreign Students’ Faculty was created to improve organizational and educational work for international students. It consisted of 5 departments, including the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology № 2.

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology № 2 of the Foreign Students’ Faculty was established on June 1, 2009 after the reorganization of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Faculty of Medicine. That department was chaired by a young and enthusiastic specialist Professor Svitlana Heriak. MD. 4 Associated Professors Natalia Bahnii, Olena Stelmakh, Inna Korda, Natalia Petrenko, 1 assistant Professor Iryna Kuziv, laboratory assistants Olha Kislenko and Olesia Komarenets currently work at the department.

All teachers are fluent in the English and Russian languages and proficient in English.

What could the history of the recently created department be? However, for only 6 years the department has achieved a lot of to be proud of, thanks to the persistent work of its staff.

The training rooms have been repaired and proper facilities are now available for students’ studying and teachers’ work. The supplies of the department were replenished with modern equipment (computers, video-complex), that improved the quality of education for theoretical knowledge gaining and skills development.

4th, 5th, 6th year international students in Medicine, 4th year students in Dentistry, Bachelor’s degree 2nd , 3rd , 4th year students in Nursing, and Master’s degree students in Nursing (full-time and distance learning) are enrolled at the department. 4th year students study physiological obstetrics, 5th year students study pathological obstetrics and gynaecology, 6th year students study clinical obstetrics and gynaecology, the students of International Nursing School study nursing care for women during pregnancy, child delivery, in cases of postpartum and gynaecological disorders

Educational process is carried out in accordance with the programs approved by the Central Methodical Office of the Ministry of Public Health of Ukraine. The department staff has developed a powerful methodological support. The guidelines for students and teachers, materials for lectures and workshops, multimedia presentations of lectures, cases and exam test have been prepared for all cycles; Moodle test system have been also completely filled with tests. The staff works persistently to improve the methods and forms of learning involving innovative educational technologies, active forms of learning process. So, the students become more interested in gaining the knowledge, improvement of skills and development of clinical thinking due to the chosen profession.

Successful realization of the curriculum aims to raise a proficient and highly-skilled medical worker. Today it is possible because of the latest information and computer technologies and profound clinical supplies of the department. To practice theoretical knowledge some training case histories of ‘in-patient pregnant and maternity patients’ and ‘gynaecological patients’ have been prepared. The department staff is co-authors of a textbook on nursing skills. A methodological manual in obstetrics for international students is going to be published soon.

Student’s work at the patient’s bedside under the supervision of a teacher, the opportunity to study medical records thoroughly and further interpretation of clinical, laboratory and instrumental investigations help the students to find out the disorder, its causes, to predict and prevent possible complications and to suggest effective treatment options.

For quality training of rising medical workers it is very important to involve students into scientific researches. A scientific group is available at the department. 15 students train there to become scientists in the future. In 2011 a 4th year student gained a victory at the XV International Medical Congress of Students and Young Scientists. It proved the importance of students' scientific involvement. 3 PhD theses have been defended at the department. 3 clinical interns, 3 extended PhD students and 10 Master’s degree students are currently pursuing their degrees at the department.

Extra-genital pathology in obstetrics and gynaecology; management of pregnant women with placenta dysfunction; diagnostics of antiphospholipid syndrome; study of thrombotic and haemorrhagic disorders which cause the miscarriage; diagnosis, treatment and prevention of inflammatory and infectious diseases of muliebria: tumour markers of muliebria; endocrine gynaecology; technique of delivery management at the family delivery room; pathological and premature delivery; gestosis; endometriosis development after delivery and C-section; vaginal delivery management after C-section are the topical issues of the department researches.

Since 2009, the department staff has been working on research on “Development and implementation of effective techniques and means of diagnostics, management and prevention of women's reproductive health disorders and foetus perinatal health.”

New methods of treatment of inflammatory diseases of muliebria, peroxidation disorders in pregnant women with subclinical hypothyroidism, anaemia, extra-genital pathology, foetoplacental dysfunction in the pregnant, foetal growth retardation syndrome, prevention of foetal distress in women with metabolic disorders, prevention of preterm rupture of membranes in women with risk for miscarriage, management of pregnant women with hypertension with underlying lipid metabolism disorders depending on the hemodynamic types of circulation, birth chanal preparation for delivery, management of premature delivery in membrane rupture to delivery interval, prevention of bleeding in the early postpartum period, prevention of septic complications in women after obstetric surgeries, correction of menopausal disorders in women with benign uterine tumours, etc. have been developed due to the researches conducted. Their results are presented in 4 advisory circulars and 10 implementation statements.

The research achievements were presented in many international, national and regional scientific forums, conferences, congresses, were published in the scientific literature, were also implemented into maternity facilities of the region and Ukraine. To implement the new methods of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of obstetric and gynaecological pathology the regional and district scientific conferences were held at the department, which the leading experts of Ukraine participated in.

The department is based in the Regional Clinical Perinatal Centre “Mother and Child”, III level of medical facility providing care for women and newborns, which has an extensive experience in management of obstetric and gynaecological disorders in the city and region. The department staff is involved into the implementation of European standards on mother and child assistance; the perinatal centre was designated as a "Baby Friendly Hospital".

The perinatal centre has 195 beds, two maternity wards, consisting of 65 beds, with the latest equipment, the Department of Obstetrics and Extragenital Pathology, consisting of 50 beds, the Resuscitation and Intensive Care Department, the Neonatal Care Department, the Neonatal Resuscitation and Intensive Care Department, the Women’s Clinic and Reproductive Centre, two Departments of Gynaecology consisting of 80 beds, the Department of Prenatal Diagnostics, clinical, biochemical, bacteriological laboratories. Department staff is involved into management of women with complicated obstetric and gynaecological disorders, and also takes part at clinical conferences on anatomical disorders and study the cases of perinatal and maternal mortality.

The department staff improves their skills all the time. In 2011, they gained the highest and first category in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. S.M. Heriak was specializing in perinatal foetal health, heart diseases in pregnancy, endocrine gynaecology, Korda I.V. – in ultrasound obstetrics and gynaecology diagnostics, Bahnii N.I. – in colposcopy, Stelmakh O.Ye. – in laparoscopy and innovative technologies in infertility treatment, Petrenko N.V. – in foetus perinatal health (Maternal and Child Health, Salzburg, Austria), planned parenthood and reproductive health, took part at international exchange programme in the Grant McEwan University (Edmonton, Canada).

The future prospects of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology №2 are: professional development of young, enthusiastic researchers who have already had some scientific achievements in obstetrics and gynaecology; further expansion and implementation of information technologies into the educational process to ensure continuous communication between teacher and student, phantom equipment for improvement of students’ skills, motivation of students to gain knowledge and develop skills in contemporary medicine due to the accumulation, systematization, analysis, saving and use of information from various sources, to deepen their knowledge and improve skills by persistent self-development to become highly qualified doctors. The new methods of diagnostics and management of obstetric and gynaecological disorders are implemented and the department staff improves their skills on specific obstetric or gynaecological pathology in the leading medical centres of Ukraine and Europe for further development of current aspects in obstetric care of females.


Head of department SvitlanaHeryak,

MD, DSc, professor.


1996 – graduate the Ternopil State Medical Academy by specialty "Medicine" with honors.

Research activity:

Defense candidate manuscript " Correction of hemodynamic status and lipid peroxidation in pregnant women with iron deficiency anemia " in 1999.

In 2008, defended his doctoral thesis "Structural and functional disorders in the system of pregnancy and childbirth in women with subclinical hypothyroidism: prevention, treatment and prediction of complications"

Member of the Presidium of the Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Ukraine,

Secretary of the Coordination Board regional departments “Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Ukraine”.

Member of the Specialized Scientific Council Д 58.601.02.

Supervisor of 4 master project

Supervisor of three candidates of medical sciences.

Provides scientific leadership graduate student, two Masters, two search engines, two medical residents

Research interests:

improving obstetric care through:

1. Introduction of new methods to stop bleeding.

2. Introduction of new methods of maintenance and treatment of preterm labor.

3. Treatment of cervical pathology and chronic viral inflammation of the genitals.

4. Prenatal care and delivery at extragenital pathology.

5. In practice introduced advances in science, including new treatments developed at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology №2 Ternopil State Medical University. AND I. Gorbachevskogo, which received patents.

6. The application of modern methods of prevention and treatment of thromboembolic complications in intensive care.

7. Emergency conditions in obstetrics and gynecology.

8. Using kangaroos for nursing preterm infants

Publications and ratings:

Author of over 150 scientific works, 1 monograph, 2 manuals

Bahniy Nataliya,

MD, PhD, Associate professor.


She graduated from the Ternopil State Medical Institute by specialty "Medicine" with honors at 1995.


Candidate of Medical Sciences since 2000. Dissertation on "Prevention of septic complications in women with gestational pyelonephritis" defended in October 1999. The rank of associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Department № 2 Faculty of Foreign Students was awarded in 2010.

Research interests.

Main directions of scientific and practical activities related to the development and study of new effective methods of diagnosis and treatment of pathological processes of cervical, endometrial hyperplastic states, management of deliveries according to the modern principles.

Publications and ratings:

The author, co-author of 57 publications. Co-author of the textbook "Practical nursing" (2012).

AssociateProfessor –



GgraduatedfromtheTernopilStateMedicalInstitutein 1991.


CandidateofMedicalSciencessince 1999.

Thesison "Clinical and pathogenetic aspects of appliance enterosorptionandimmunocorrectionin complex treatmentof purulent adnexitis" defendedinMarch 1999

Experienceofteachinginhighereducationalinstitutions III-IV accreditationlevel 15years, includingTernopil State University for 15 years.

SinceSeptember 2000 - AssistantProfessorofObstetricsandGynecologydepartment of MedicalFaculty,

From 2.06.2010 AssociateProfessorofobstetricsandgynecology department № 2.

Research interests:

Maindirectionsofscientificandpracticalactivitiesrelatedtothedevelopmentandstudyofneweffectivemethodsofdiagnosisandtreatmentofpathologicalprocessesofcervical, endometrialhyperplasticstates, reproductive health

Publications and ratings:

Trere are 50publications, including 35scientificarticlespublishedinprofessionaljournals.


Current Position

Assistant Professor

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology №2

Ternopil State Medical University


Ph.D. (Obstetrics and Gynecology), Vinnitsa State Medical University, Ukraine, 2001.

Dissertation: Preventive therapy of purulent-septic complications in women with risk factors after caesarian section operation.

MD, Diploma of Higher Education, Ternopil State Medical University, Ukraine, 1993.

Professional EXPERIENCE

Total physician experience: 22 years (Obstetrics and Gynecology)

2010-present – Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology№2, Ternopil State Medical University, Ukraine;

2001-2010 – Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology№2, Ternopil State Medical University, Ukraine;

1998-2001 – Postgraduate (PhD) Student, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ternopil State Medical University, Ukraine;

1996 – 1998 – Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician,Rivne Municipal Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital, Ukraine;

1993–1996 Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ternopil State Medical University, Ukraine.


2009 - Postgraduate Training: Distance teaching. Ternopil State Medical University, Ukraine.

2008 - Postgraduate Training: Informational technologies and computer systems. Ternopil State Medical University, Ukraine.

1998 - Postgraduate Training: Hysteroscopy for evaluation and treatment.

Kiev Postgraduate Studies Medical Academy, Ukraine.

1998 - Postgraduate Training: Family planning. Kiev Postgraduate Studies Medical Academy, Ukraine.

1998 - Postgraduate Training: Hormonal therapy. Kiev Postgraduate Studies Medical Academy, Ukraine.

1997 - Postgraduate Training: Instrumental and laboratory diagnostics in gynecology practice. Ternopil State Medical University, Ukraine.

1996 - Postgraduate Training: Laparoscopy for evaluation and treatment.

Ternopil State Medical University, Ukraine.

TEACHING experience

Total teaching experience: 16 years of Obstetrics and Gynecology teaching to medical students and nurses at the Ternopil State Medical University (Ukraine).

Courses taught:

    • Pathological obstetrics (Ternopil State Medical University, Ukraine).
    • Obstetrics (Ternopil State Medical University, Ukraine).
    • Gynecology (Ternopil State Medical University, Ukraine).
    • Childbearing family (Ternopil State Medical University, Ukraine).
    • Health assessment (Ternopil State Medical University, Ukraine).
    • Health assessment practicum (Ternopil State Medical University, Ukraine).
    • General care of patients (Ternopil State Medical University, Ukraine).


My interests are in the area of assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Particular interests are centered in the following fields:

1) In vitrofertilization (IVF).

2) Improvements of IVF, such as ICSI, ZIFT, GIFT and PGD.

Research skills:

    • Animal surgery and handling.
    • The light and fluorescence microscopy,
    • Cell culturing technique (growing, trypsinization, preservation).
    • Manufacturing and analysis of smears.
    • Western blot analysis.
    • Histochemical staining.
    • Immunoassay analysis (ELISA).
    • Polimerase chain reaction.
    • Gel electrophoresis.
    • Chemiluminescence technique.

Professional Memberships

Membership in Ukrainian Obstetrics and Gynecology Association, 2003 – present

Research interests:Main directions of scientific and practical activities related to the development and study of new effective methods of diagnosis and treatment of infertility and miscarriage.

Publications and ratings: Author, co-author of 53 publications.

Co-author of the textbook "Practical nursing" (2012).

Petrenko Nataliia

MMed, MD, PhD, BSN, MSN, Associate professor.


2003 – graduate the Ternopil State Medical Academy by specialty "Medicine" with honors at 1995.

2003-2005 – intership and mastering program by speciality ”Obstetric and gynecology”

2005-2007 – Clinical intership by speciality ”Obstetric and gynecology”

2014 graduate TSMU by speciality “Bachelor degree in Nursing” with honors

2012 – training by USAID «Healthy woman of Ukraine» in «Family planning and reproductive health»,

since 2014 national trainer from contraception

2013, 9-15 june – postgraduate training “Maternal and Infant Health” (Salzburg Columbia University Seminar)

2014, 4-25 October – training by international exchange in MacEwan University (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

2016, May 5 - June 4 - training by international exchange in Saskatchewan Polytechnic (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada)

Research activity:

2008, November 5 - Defense candidate manuscript " Clinical-patogenetic aspects of diagnostics and treatment of violations

of the reproductive system depending on the function of thyroid gland " in

2015 awarded the rank of associate professor of obstetric and gynecology department # 2

Supervisor of 6 master project

Research interest:

Endocrine gynecology, modern method of family planning

Publications and Ratings:

The author, co-author 87 scientific work and 6 certificates of registration of copyright

Ratushnyak Nataliia


Graduate Ternopil Volodymyr Hnatiuk National Pedagogical University

Educational work.

Students of Foreign students’ faculty at IV, V, VI courses, Faculty of Dentistry, Institute of Nursing according to ADN, BSN, RN-BSN program, junior specialist, bachelor and distance form of training for Bachelor and Master degrees are teaching at the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department № 2.

Teaching at the department is conducted in English and Russian.

The successful realization of the training program is possible thanks equipped clinical base of the department which is localized at Ternopil regional perinatal center" Mother and Child ".

Studying is carried out in accordance with the programs approved by the Central methodical office of Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

Computer programs, methodical instructions, real life situations, tests type "Step 2" are used in educational process.

Workshops, methodological development and lectures constantly updated and improved.

Scientific work

The Department is working on an interdepartmental research:

" Development and implementation of effective methods of diagnosis, treatment and prevention disorders of women's reproductive health and perinatal care of the fetus", approved in 2009.

The scientific interests of the Department include:

Improving methods of childbirth in the delivery room of family type

Management of Labor and Delivery Complications,

Management of pregnancy and childbirth in with preeclampsia and extragenital pathology.

The effect of sorbents, antioxidants and immunomodulators on prophylaxis and treatment of postpartum purulent-septic diseases and inflammatory processes of women's reproductive organs women's genitals

The problems of endometriosis, including its progression after delivery and Cesarean section