Clinical Skills & Objectively Structured Examination Center

Clinical Skills Centre
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.   

  • Prior entering Clinical Skills Centre, each student of TMA is obliged to dress into a white medical coat, which must be clean and well-fitted.
  • It is allowed to carry into the centre only essential things, required and permitted by the study process
  • Students are obliged to wear clean shoes at the Clinical Skills Centre.
  • Any of the following is strictly prohibited at the Centre:
    • Long and dirty fingernails;
    • Nail extensions;
    • Bold and extravagant manicure (bright, flashy nail polish);
    • Unbound long hair (shoulder length and longer hair must be bound);
    • Non-groomed beard;
    • Any sharp and specific odour;
    • Wearing any type of hat and/or sunglasses;
    • Waring large earrings, necklaces and/or any large size accessories;
    • Wearing ring(s) and/or bracelets;
    • Wearing wristwatch while performing practical activities;
    • Bringing into the Centre any types of food or beverages
  • During practical classes, mobile phones must be kept away and be in SILENT mode and any type of phone communication is allowed outside of the room with the permission of the class instructor (lecturer).
  • In case, if a white coat is left at the Centre by the student, Clinical Skills Centre takes no responsibilities for its’ damage or loss.

Failure to meet above stated regulations will result to following outcomes:

  • Student will be given an official warning
  • The offender will be excluded from the practical class and 0 points will be put in the corresponding block of class activity assessment)

Additional requirements which apply during examination process:
1. During registration process prior examination, student must demonstrate student card
2. no SMART watches, telephones or any other electronic devices are allowed at the Clinical Skills Centre during examination process.
In case of violating any of above stated requirements, student will be dismissed from the examination process and non-appearance will be recorded.

During study and examination processes, personal and prohibited items (coats, backpacks, mobile phones, SMART watches etc.) can be left at the entrance of the Centre, either on the cloak hangers or in safekeeping boxes.