In 2020, within frames of Erasmus+ Capacity Building opportunities for Higher Education (CBHE) Petre Shotadze Tbilisi Medical Academy (TMA) obtained funding to implement and coordinate international project SAFEMED+ (Simulation in Undergraduate MEDical Education for Improvement of SAFEty and Quality of Patient Care).
The project is designed and developed by TMA and serves to tackle important challenges, towards undergraduate medical education in Georgia, Armenia and Ukraine by enhancing practical training and development of medical professionals particularly.
The project itself dates back from 2016, when after careful analysis of national and regional priorities, as well as common needs of undergraduate medical education at the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) of aforementioned countries, TMA staff initiated to development of a project, which in its turn would address prevailing challenges, yet provide bespoke solutions for given concerns of participating institutions.
Within frames of 2019-2020 call a decision was made to apply several structural and substantial modifications to previously introduced SAFEMED and reframe it as SAFEMED+ which in its turn would facilitate to development and delivery of tailor-made applications for partner institutions.
One of the most significant amendment, which is worth to be highlighted was the change of leading institution. This year this important duty was undertaken by TMA, substituting envisioned coordinator for previous calls – University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), yet as a trusted and experienced partner, USC remained to be an important player within consortia.
SAFEMED+ brings together following Universities from Partner countries:
Petre Shotadze Tbilisi Medical Academy (Coordinator) (TMA, Georgia)
Tbilisi State Medical University (TSMU, Georgia)
Ternopil State Medical University (Ukraine)
University of Bialystok (Ukraine)
Yerevan State Medical University (Armenia)
Haybusak University of Yerevan (Armenia)
Partner country Universities are associated by the following EU HEIs:
Vilnius University (VU, Lithuania)
University of Catania (UOC, Italy)
University of Santiago de Compostela (USC, Spain)
Among other major areas of prospective activities, the project plan implies following:
Addition of simulations to the essential core of the project, which in its turn envisions development of all necessary types of simulations, applicable at the undergraduate stage of medical education.
Aside of medical simulations, project aims to develop clinical lines, in order to ensure assessment and monitoring of clinical competencies, obtained throughout the whole duration of the studies. Such approach towards development of Competence-Based Medical Education (CBME) within undergraduate medical education is again rather innovative for the region, which in its’ turn reflects the requirements of updated National Benchmark Document. And CAN Meds Competences Framework
Hereby, must be mentioned that definition of “Clinical Skills” had also been expanded. Current formulation of this term in its’ turn considers not only ability to perform manipulations or carry out procedures, but also draws particular attention to development of communication skills and relevant professional qualities.
By the end of the project, following outcomes are expected to be achieved:
Development of an universal platform for partner HEIs for exchange of knowledge and experiences;
Implementation of simulation-based learning methodologies within the undergraduate medical curriculum
Development and improvement of existing equipment at the Clinical Skills Centres
Preparation and training of standardized patient pool.
Full-fledged implementation of OSCE examination methodology
Introduction of CBME methodologies and preparation for their comprehensive
Development and implementation of Clinical Line concept among participating HEIs, with some background experience of competence-based teaching and application of CBME methodologies throughout envisioned period.
All above suggested clearly states, that students and graduates, prepared in accordance to such approach will be better prepared for medical practice and contribute to maintenance and enhancement of patient safety and quality of care.
Within frames of Erasmus+ CBHE projects (Capacity Building for Higher Education, KA2), TMA is member of a Consortia, which aims to set peer review instruments and goals for medical (health) education, as well as facilitate to implementation of innovations and exchange of good practices. The project is funded by the EU and involves participants from Georgia, Eastern Partnership, Asia and EU.
Raising awareness on peer review process as an effective instrument for substantiating ongoing improvements in academic and administrative domains of medical schools in targeted partner countries and beyond.
Establishing a multinational peer review board (MPRB).
Establishing and building consistency for a continuous peer-review process of academic programs and processes and administrative policies, procedures and actions across the targeted partner countries and beyond.
Capacity building of faculty members and administrative staff in: a. conducting effective self-assessment tasks; and b. peer reviewing of their vis-à-vis.
Establishing an annual scientific-practical journal of “Peer Review in Medical/Health Education for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (PRIMED-EECA)”.
Enhancing internationalization of HEIs in partner countries.
Disseminating the information on project achievements and other final products (actual review reports, PRIMED-EECA, case-reports, recommendations, etc.) to participant institutions in program and partner countries as well as respective ministries and national agencies concerned about health/education in EECA at large.
In the frames of project TMA is engaged in collaboration with following members of Consortia:
BAU International University, Batumi (BAU IUB) (Georgia)
Petre Shotadze Tbilisi Medical Academy (TMA) (Georgia)
Georgian National University (SEU) (Georgia)
“Nicolae Testemițanu” State University of Medicine and Pharmacy (SUMPh) (Moldova)
Technical University of Moldova (TUM) (Moldova)
International Sakharov Environmental Institute of Belarusian State University (ISEI BSU) (Belarus)
Grodno State Medical University (GrSMU) (Belarus)
Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medical University (NMU) (Kazakhstan)
Karaganda State Medical University (KSMU) (Kazakhstan)
Avicenna Tajik State Medical University (ATSMU) (Tajikistan)
Khatlon State Medical University (KhSMU) (Tajikistan)
Medical University – Sofia (MU-Sofia) (Bulgaria)
Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LUHS) (Lithuania)