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Study Medicine at Georgian American University

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Program name: MEDICINE

University name: Georgian American University

Faculty: Medicine

Program supervisor: Professor Shorena Tukvadze, MD, PhD


University address: 10 Merab Aleksidze Str., 0160, Tbilisi, Georgia   

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Medicine Program Overview

In the 2016/2017 academic year, GAU added the Undergraduate Medical Doctor (MD) Program, which is designed to meet the challenges of training competitive and highly qualified doctors of tomorrow. The GAU Undergraduate MD Program integrates basic science and clinical experience with comprehensive theoretical study and independent research throughout the years of medical school.

The Medical School seeks to attract students who are passionate to improve the health of the world’s people through Innovation, leadership, and research. GAU Undergraduate MD Program provides education in clinical and biomedical sciences along with study and independent research. The program is flexible and designed to accommodate the unique interests and goals of students.

GAU Medical School meets recognized standards of excellence in education with modern facilities to explore, practice, and achieve the highest standards in professional skills. The program is designed to take advantage of students’ preferred approaches to learning. Issues of medical ethics are integrated throughout the six-year curriculum, and an extensive computer network provides access to the latest computerized teaching tools and the internet. Students gain essential knowledge and skills through a variety of learning methods that are directly associated with how they will be practically applied throughout their careers. Interactive classes foster creative problem-solving skills and teamwork. Clinical opportunities are available throughout Georgia, preparing students for medical practice.

The program provides invaluable insight and feedback throughout the entire 6 years that help improve the learning process.

Medicine Program Scope and Description

The undergraduate MD program is based on the ETCS system. It is student-oriented and is based on the
academic workload needed for the student to achieve to goals of the program
Undergraduate Medical Doctor programs duration is 6 years (12 semesters) and it consists of 360
credits (ETC). 1 ETC credit equals 30 astronomical hours
Depending on the student’s individual workload, the number of credits per year may be less than 60
credits or more, but should not exceed 75 credits.

The student workload in the program includes contact and independent work and includes:
Total Hours – 10800
Independent Hours – 5023
Contact hours Total – 5206
Lecture hours – 837
Seminar/practical work hours – 4369
Assessment – 571

The program consists of 4 phases:

Phase I – “From Cell to Body” (I-II yrs)

The foundation Phase covers fundamental concepts about the structure and function of the human body,
the main concepts of biomedical sciences. During the first two years of study students will start learning
with Introduction to the structure of Human Body, Gene, Cell and Tissue, Scientific reasoning, Clinical and Professional Skills (Communication and Procedural skills, Medical Ethics). These integrated modules
will be taught using different teaching methods (interactive lectures, role-playing, practical work,
working in simulation Labs, etc). Students learn key practical skills (interviewing patients) in clinical
settings. Simulation engages students in experiential learning; students use virtual dissection to
investigate the regional anatomy of clinical cases and manage high-fidelity mannequin case scenarios
related to the regional anatomy. PBL (problem-based learning) sessions are delivered as a longitudinal
course for 2nd-year students.

Phase II – Mechanisms of Health and Disease (III yr)

During the second phase (preclinical year) the main emphasis is placed on Introduction to Clinical
Medicine (Physical Diagnosis and Clinical Skills), basic Pathology, and Pharmacology. This Phase
focuses on the most common symptoms and signs of diseases that best illustrate basic principles.
Students start mastering physical diagnosis. This year students are trained in diagnostic thinking
through case-based discussions related to different topics of medicine, integrating their knowledge and
preparing for understanding clinical subjects next year. In the Professional Development longitudinal
module, they are engaged in clinical problem solving using different clinical scenarios (clinical
reasoning course) emphasizing thoughtful analysis and synthesis of information and its clinical

Phase III – “Clinical Medicine”(IV-V yrs)

During 4th and 5th years, students learn main clinical subjects (clinical rotations) – Internal Medicine
(system-based), Surgery, Obstetrics, and Gynecology, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry,
Radiology, ENT, etc. In parallel, they are continuously trained Clinical and Professional Skills
comprising professional behavior in Clinical Skills Lab and clinical settings. These modules are taught
in clinical settings (Ambulatory settings and in Hospitals). At the end of each clerkship students pass
the integrated exam (OSCE).

Phase IV – “Preparing for Practice” (VI yr)

Year 6 (graduation) – during the graduating year students have clinical attachments mastering and gaining
necessary competencies. According to integration principles and spiral curriculum requirements, they
revisit basic subjects (Clinical Pharmacology and Medical Genetics). Students work in small groups and
are assigned to a variety of clinical activities in various inpatient and outpatient settings oriented to prepare
graduating students for their future specialization in residency. By the end of the year, students pass the final
integrated exam (OSCE).

MD program mandatory credits – 336 ECTS
MD program elective credits – 24 ECTS

Program Goals

The aim of the program is to raise a medical professional in accordance with modern standards, which
will be able to apply principles of evidence-based medicine in practice, use relevantly principles of
ethics, research, and communication in practice; and be able to establish self and continue development
within a constantly changing professional environment.

Sphere of Employment

According to Georgia current legislation, a graduate of one cycle MD program is not allowed to run
the independent medical practice, she/he can get be employed as a junior doctor, implying performing
the duties of a doctor according to the instructions and under the supervision of an independent medical
practitioner (The Law of Georgia on Medical Practice, Article5). A graduate holding a higher medical
institution diploma have the right to: a) complete postgraduate training program (residency) to
acquire the right to perform an independent medical practice after passing a state certification
examination; b) carry out research (Master, Ph.D.) and teaching activities in the theoretical fields of
medicine, or other fields of health care that does not imply an independent medical practice (The Law of
Georgia on Medical Activity, Article 17).

Learning Outcomes and Competencies

  • Students will define pathological processes and their expected outcomes using the fundamental knowledge of biomedical science.
  • Students will evaluate the clinical case, consult patients, define diagnosis and manage the state of the patient based on the knowledge of clinical sciences and fundamental principles of the field.
  • Students will evaluate disease-related social and psychological aspects by use of the basic knowledge of behavioral and psychosocial sciences.
  • Students will use evidence-based principles, up-to-date scientific information, and research methods in medical practice and scientific research.
  • Students will define and conduct disease preventive measures and promote health considering public healthcare principles for effective work in the healthcare system.
  • Students will use ethical and legal principles in scientific and clinical practice.
  • Students will effectively communicate with the patient, family members of the patient, colleagues, and other persons concerned.
  • Students will obtain, analyze and distribute medical information by effective use of informational technologies.
  • Students will perform particular laboratory and medical manipulations.
  • The student will demonstrate professionalism.
MedicineMedical Doctor (MD)360 ECTS6 years, 12 semestersEnglish$ 4 980  USD

Register Now!!! and Begin Your Journey Towards Becoming a Certified Medical Doctor!

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The documents required to obtain admission:

  • Copy of the passport;
  • School certificate (Equivalent to A level for Undergraduate Applicants / BA degree Diploma (for MA degree applicants) along with transcript;
  • Application fee payment receipt.
  • Video Interview (Ask us for details of this interview)
  • The student’s E-mail address and contact details

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