On behalf of Tbilisi Medical Academy – TMA, let me wholeheartedly welcome you at your new alma mater where we will share years of excellence together with you and our distinguished Faculty members.
Healthcare professionals today are not merely the people who cure patients; as recent COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated, medical doctors and personnel, are truly the heroes of our time. Therefore, equipping our students with the skills to become model physicians, does not only require offering extensive academic knowledge in Medicine, but to equally cultivating broader understanding of personal, social, environmental, economic determinants of health.
I am proud that this academic year, we are continuing to apply number of innovative projects and launch the new ones, consequently we take advantage of using latest technologies in medical education, and at the same time applying such approaches that help students develop their soft skills . Alongside this, we continue to focus on two other core areas- international mobility and research - by offering students an enabling environment for these aims.
We strive to create conditions where pro-active and creative thinking of students are greatly encouraged, because Medicine is not an exact science, but rather a combination of knowledge, experience, critical thinking, fast reaction and sometimes even risks. Above all, we seek to create a welcoming ambiance, where all cultures, beliefs, genders, are equally respected. Year of 2020 truly demonstrated that as Arthur Schopenhuer had said “health is not everything, but everything is nothing without it”. Therefore, being a health professional today, carries even bigger responsibility in a globalized world and is more demanding than ever.
Let me once again use this opportunity and convey my thanks for choosing TMA as a cradle of your medical education and congratulate you upon becoming a new cohort of medical doctors without boundaries.
Thank you and I wish you best of luck in your new and challenging endeavors.