TMA has established a Clinical Skills Centre, which comes in full compatibility with the requirements of modern medical education and is fully equipped with most up-to-date technologies. Within frames of both, Georgian-taught and English-taught one-step educational programmes (“Medicine” (Geo) and “Medicine” (Eng) respectively), Clinical Skills Centre provides practical skills training within simulated environment, in order to facilitate achievement of necessary clinical competences, intended by the programme outcomes. These practical skills in its’ turn imply performance of practical procedures, communication skills, early exposure to the patient physical examination (within frames of study course – Diagnostics of Internal Medicine) as well as introduction to necessary skills within scope of various clinical disciplines (Internal Diseases, Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology).
The Centre is supplied with mannequins of different functional use, models, moulages and simulators, as well as single use materials for performing invasive and non-invasive procedures and tools, necessary for physical examination of the patient. In order to create most authentic experience, there are simulated wards at the Academy, which is isolated from the observer’s room via one-way mirror glass.
The Centre is equipped with cameras and CCTV monitoring system, which enables recording of student’s ongoing activities and examination processes, which in its turn facilitates remote observation and creates foundation for providing further feedback. Within frames of ongoing activities, students are enabled to exercise independently, using mannequins and standardized patients, in order to develop and master skills, necessary for clinical practice.
Clinical skills training at the Centre is introduced from the first year of education and continues throughout the whole duration of the studies, including clinical stage of education. Innovative teaching and assessment methods are currently implemented and developing further, such as: Standardized/Simulated Patient experiences (SP) and Real Patient experience, with continuously growing pool of participants. At the same time, Clinical Skills Centre is successfully carrying out examinations, which evaluate clinical and practical competences, namely: OSPE (Objectively Structured Practical Exam – on the basic level of education) and OSCE (Objectively Structured Clinical Skills Exam – on the clinical level of education) format examinations.
In addition to above described, Clinical Skills Centre also employs Anatomical Theatre, where students dissect livestock animal organs for strengthening knowledge of Anatomy.
In order to ensure implementation and uninhibited flow of teaching and examination processes, the staff of Clinical Skills Centre closely collaborates with the teaching staff of other disciplines, organizing trainings for SP, as well as OSPE and OSCE evaluators and ensures both qualitative and quantitative renewal of corresponding equipment, in accordance to the requirements of the programme, as well as handles operationalization of Anatomical Theatre.
Code of Conduct at the Clinical Skills and OSCE Center