Who we are

The DEEP-RAFT consortium is comprised of 4 academic partners, combining high cardiology expertise and over a decade experience in contemporary medical education, such as SBL and co-creative approaches to educational design. The consortium is led by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, since the overall project and educational technologies coordination are headed by Medical Education Informatics Associate Professor Panagiotis Bamidis and the overall clinical education and outreach is led by cardiology Assistant Professor George Giannakoulas. The consortium and its positioning ensure a wide reach across the Eastearn Europe, accessing diverse healthcare systems and approaches, based on partners’ existing networking (e.g. AUTH’s Medbiquitous international links and ePBLnet’s Eastern European networks).

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) is the largest university in Greece, serving as the metropolitan University for southern Europe. AUTH leads DEEP-RAFT with the Faculty of Health Sciences (Cardiology Dept., Lab of Medical Physics). AUTH’s past projects’ portfolio includes mEducator Error: Reference source not found, CHILDRENHEALTH Error: Reference source not found (clinical studies on childrens’ cardiovascular diseases from obesity), and the “ePBLnet” (TEMPUS) project Error: Reference source not found. AUTH is a member of MedBiquitous Learning Objects Working Group & the 1st School in Greece and SE Europe to institutionally incorporate virtual patients (vp.med.auth.gr). Beyond Project Coordination, AUTH shall be responsible for the core educational material selection, digital educational content creation, coordination of educational and outreach activities and implementation of them in Greece.

David Tvildiani Medical University (DTMU) DTMU mission is to provide scientifically-oriented Higher Medical Education based on the best International experience. Originally AIETI Medical School, DTMU is the first non-governmental highest educational Medical Institution in Georgia established in 1989. Today it represents a research institution, providing PhD programme since 2011. It is one of the leaders in Medical Education in the region, and DTMU graduates now hold leading positions both in Georgia and abroad, many of them in USA and EU. DTMU shall be responsible for all Georgian national activities, including educational content customization, outreach activities and local healthcare system insights, dissemination and impact activities.

Karaganda State Medical University (KSMU) was founded in 1950. The University has become one of leading medical education institutions in teaching and scientific research in the former USSR and the Republic of Kazakhstan. KSMU has been actively involved into the development of National Medical Curriculum and policy making in medical education and health care in Kazakhstan. Since 2005, the University has been continuously certified by National Quality Assurance UK and NQA – Russia to confirm to ISO 9001-2008 standard in its undergraduate and postgraduate medical education programmes, research, management of library and information resources. KSMU is included into World Directory of Medical Schools of the World Health Organization and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME). It is an institutional member of the Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME), Organization of PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences in the European System (ORPHEUS), European University Association (EUA). KSMU has experience on several state and externally funded programs such as the state programme on modernization the medical education of the Ministry of Health, the WAVES Erasmus+ European network and the ePBLnet Tempus European network promoting active learning through problem-based learning and virtual patients in junior years of medical school. KSMU shall be responsible for all Kazakhstan national activities, including educational content customization, outreach activities and local healthcare system insights, dissemination and impact activities.


Zaporozhye State Medical University (ZSMU) is a self-governing, multi-profile higher educational institution of the IV-th (top) level of accreditation. The University trains Bachelors, MDs and Masters of Pharmacy for Ukraine and foreign countries, more than 10000 students in 8 faculties. ZSMU is certified in accordance with the international standard ISO 9001-2008. According to the institutional strategy, ZSMU tends to integration into the European educational space through participation in international projects and grant programs for staff and students of the University. ZSMU has been participating in a global tuberculosis research program of Fondation Mérieux (France) studying the problem of molecular-genetic identification of tuberculosis and its resistance. ZSMU supports the implementation of new ways of teaching and learning, aiming to achieve the European level of health care system. In this regard, ZSMU has already participated in 2 EC funded projects, incl. ePBLnet and TAME regarding active medical learning using virtual patients and created Medical Educational Centre (MEC) to disseminate PBL technology in Ukraine. MEC in ZSMU is the centre of enhancement, implementation and dissemination of educational technologies, incl. developing the professional skills of teaching staff as well as working in international network of educational centres. ZSMU shall be responsible for all Ukraine national activities, including educational content customization, outreach activities and local healthcare system insights, dissemination and impact activities.

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DeepRaft Project, funded by Independent medical educational grants to support innovative educational and quality improvement initiatives in AF and VTE (EQUATE), Pfizer grant ID:42537945