3871 : ACADEMIC ISSUES OF FAMILY MEDICINE IN GEORGIA: TBILISI-COLUMBIA, MO PARTNERSHIP

Author(s): 
Tataradze, Revaz; Simonia, Gaiane; Avaliani, Zaza; Chabashvili, Naira; Blair, Patricia; Blake. Robert, Gabunia. Tamar
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Oral Presentation
During Soviet and early Post-Soviet period Family Medicine was not considered an independent medical discipline. Therefore, there was no academic institution for this specially. As the first step of academic activities in this sphere can be considered formation of the department of polyclinic and emergency medicine at Tbilisi State Medical Institute (now University - TSMU) in 1986. It was viewed as an analogue and predecessor of Western-type Departments of Family Medicine. Teaching curriculum consisted of: syndrome-based diagnostics in ambulatory settings, primary and secondary prevention, continuous medical care, principles of emergency care, widespread pathologies (adjacent to internal medicine). Main issues of research were epidemiology of cardiovascular and other non communicable diseases, early detection, primary and secondary prevention. The basis was thus created for establishing Family Medicine as medical specialty. The major role in this was played by FM specialist training supported by British Government, MFP visit in Georgia 1997, contacts of TSMU with Columbia-Missouri Medical School and its department of Family and Community Medicine established through NGO ACTS International, which resulted in regular provision of newest medical literature, exchange visits of faculty and students. In the view of further development of these contacts it is planned to establish joint MU-TSMU Family Medicine Residency Program in Georgia. Hopefully, PHC development general project in Georgia will consider necessity of development of family medicine academic background and will support TSMU efforts in this direction, which are supported by Georgian Family Medicine Association.
Topic: Education/Teaching