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Among the first faculties at Ivane Javakishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU), founded by the initiative of Ivane Javakishvili and other prominent Georgian scientists and patriots in 1918. Undergraduate education.

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Undergraduate education

  • Among the first faculties at IvaneJavakishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU), founded by the initiative of IvaneJavakishvili and other prominent Georgian scientists and patriots in 1918

Undergraduate education

Undergraduate education

  • In 1930 the Faculty of Medicine was separated from the TSU upon the decision of the state and continued its activity independently as State Medical Institute

  • The return of higher medical education to the university became possible merely in 1994 when Faculty of Medicine in TSU was re-established

Undergraduate education


Students of the Faculty Medicine acquire


  • Medicine

    (MD degree)

  • Dentistry

    (DDM degree);

  • Occupational therapy

    (Bachelor’s degree)

    In total up to 850 students enrolled in all programs.

Undergraduate education


  • Residency

  • Master’s programs

    (public health, epidemiology,

    biomedical sciences - jointly

    with the faculty of exact and natural sciences)

  • PhD


Achievements in technology and medicine

Needs and expectation


Medical Education

Reforms in health care system

Legislation on high Education



WHO,WFME, EU requirements in medical education

Starting point 2006 self evaluation concerning the following aspects
Starting point (2006) - self-evaluation concerning the following aspects:

Mission and goals of the faculty

Curriculum development

Students’ evaluation


Academic staff

Program evaluation

Administration and management

Postgraduate education

Results of the self evaluation
Results of the self-evaluation following aspects:



Self evaluation swot analysis
Self-evaluation (SWOT analysis) following aspects:


Readiness to reform

Problems identified

Additional obstacles:

Deficit of time for reforms

Limited finances

Positive factors:

Legal framework

Vast experience of developed countries

and availability of information

University environment

Assistance and interest of foreign partners

New strategic plan main directions
New strategic plan - main directions following aspects:

New curricula

Development of the structure and system of the faculty/department

Development of new, modern and effective approaches and methods of teaching

Md program
MD Program following aspects:

Duration - 6 years, total number of credits- 360 ECTS (medicine)

Dentistry (DDM) – 5 years, 300 ECTS credits

Structure of the academic program:

Basic biomedical sciences

Behavioral sciences

Social sciences

Clinical sciences

Professional development modules

Practical placement

Reform outline undergraduate education
Reform outline (undergraduate education) following aspects:

  • First 3 years – basic disciplines (anatomy, histology, physiology, etc)

  • Last 3 years clinical clerkships

    Discipline-based approach

    Reform – switching to integrative (system-based) approach

  • Integration of clinical studies to basic medical education in first 3 years

  • Systems: nervous, cardiovascular, gastro-intestinal, etc.

  • Modern teaching methods (passive teaching → active learning, PBL, case studies)

  • Development of information technologies and their active use in teaching and learning process (e-learning, etc)

  • Introducing OSCE

  • Elective disciplines

  • New curricula development (learning objectives/learning outcomes)

Undergraduate education switching to integrative approach

1 2 3 4 5 6 following aspects:

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Undergraduate educationSwitching to integrative approach










Teaching and learning methods
Teaching and learning methods following aspects:


Interactive seminars

Problem based learning

Case study /role playng


Assessment methods





Evaluation clinical skills

Undergraduate education

Challenges in postgraduate following aspects:

education – PhD programs

Phd regulation statute of the tsu faculty of medicine fits to european standards
PhD regulation/statute of the TSU faculty of medicine fits to European standards

  • The PhD student must acquire 180 ECTS credits

  • Average length of studies - 3 years

  • Both research and educational components

    Learning components - 1/3 (60 credits)

    Research component - 2/3 (120 credits)

Educational part of the program
Educational part of the program to European standards

Helps to overcome field-specific and methodological sophistication and includes:

  • PBL course in English for PhD students in medicine - the pilot project in TSU

  • Academic writing in biomedicine

  • Modern research methods in general

  • Modern research methods in the field

  • Research management

    Supervisor – Prof. Zaal Kokaia (Lund University, Sweden)

Undergraduate education

Mandatory prerequisites to the PhD thesis defense to European standards

  • Fulfilling both scientific and educational parts (180 credits)

  • Three scientific publications reflecting results of the research

  • At least one of the 3 papers must be published in an international peer-reviewed journal with an impact factor.

Undergraduate education

Priority areas for collaboration
Priority areas for collaboration to European standards

  • Involvement of international experts (including Georgian physicians and academics practicing abroad) in undergraduate and postgraduate education including CME/CPD (short- and long-term visits)

  • Exchange of students, residents, young faculty members

  • Elaboration of joint modules to be implemented in curriculum

  • Focus on modern teaching methods

Priority areas for collaboration1
Priority areas for collaboration to European standards

  • Development of simulation laboratories and virtual teaching

  • Further development of distance learning and e-learning

  • Telemedicine

  • Enhancing specific language skills among students (English as international scientific language) – teaching in English

Undergraduate education

Thank you! to European standards