David Tvildiani Medical University


David Tvildiani Medical University (formerly called as AIETI Medical School up to 2011) started functioning in 1992/1993 academic year. It is one of the first non-governmental higher medical education institutions in Georgia. It has AIETI Medical School and Public Health School and offers postgraduate studies. AIETI Medical School is providing MD undergraduate and PhD education programs in Health and Biomedicine. AIETI is included into the WHO AVICENNA Directory for Medicine-BETA and into FAIMER International Medical Education Directory. , it is a member of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), Association of Medical Schools in Europe (AMSE) and Organization for PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences in the European System (ORPHEUS).

MD curriculum is structured on the base of an alternative model of higher medical education (the copyright No. 1-01/21-34, 1997). The duration of the educational process lasts for 6 years. It consists of three stages: Basic Medical Science (2.5 years), Clinical Science (2.5 years), and Clinical Clerkship (1 year). The curriculum consists of single cycles (modules) each concluded by a test which affects the final results obtained in a given discipline. The duration of an academic year makes up 40 weeks (2 semesters). Basic medicine learning courses are horizontally integrated and are in connection with Principles of Physical Examination and Diagnosis and pharmacology (an element of vertical learning), creating 9 modules for learning organ systems. Learning of each system starts with Embryology and is followed by macroscopic (anatomy) and microscopic (histology) structure and principles of normal functioning of each system (physiology and biochemistry), further by  etiology and pathogenesis of diseases of each system (microbiology, pathology – pathologic anatomy, pathophysiology), clinical assessment of pathological processes, typical clinical features of diseases, Principles of Physical Examination and Diagnosis and drug treatment (pharmacology).  

After the completion of the Basic (theoretical) Medical Sciences learning at the end of the fall semester of the 3rd academic year (V semester) a 400-450- question Examination is held covering all Basic Medical Sciences subjects. Having passed the Summative exams in Basic Medicine the students are allowed to move/transfer from the course of Basic (theoretical) Medicine to the course of Clinical Medicine. At the end of the 5th year a 400-500 - question integrated final exam is held simultaneously in all study courses of Clinical Medicine. The Exams are held in a computer- based   or other format. After passing the Summative Exam in Clinical Medicine the students are allowed to move /transfer to the course of General specialization (VI year). On completion of the course in general specialization the students are to pass Final Qualifying oral exams in internal diseases, surgical diseases, gynecology, pediatrics, infectious and nervous disorders/diseases of the nervous system by case-based approach.

Elaboration of Students’ clinical skills is performed on the basis of Clinical Skills, of specific  courses; (5 academic courses, total of 7 credits) and the credit-hours allocation within the formats of all clinical courses (at least 67 credits). The training of student to research  skills  is performed based on 5 academic courses of the principles of  scientific research , which in total equals to 10 credits, of them 6 credits are devoted to theoretical aspects (the scientific study of 1, 2, 3), and the remaining 4 credits to research work.

Within the education course the most prominent and recognized reference- and textbooks are used that are recommended by and used in the leading medical schools/universities of the world. The educational courses are provided by leading specialists of Georgia.

Educational program envisages an 11-credit course of elective subjects also considering the transparency in opting training bases affiliated with Clinical institutions (in Tbilisi, Sachkhere, Lithuania (Klaipeda) at  Clinical Sciences Study).

The rate of DTMU graduates` employment (enrollment in residency etc. programs) is high- about third of MD Program graduates continue their career (working, as well as enrollment in residency/MSc/PhD programs and) in the US and EU countries.


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