Medical education is an important prerequisite for future successful medical practice. Reforms occurring in the country, internationalization, and requirements of integrative learning is arising from the necessity of medical education to concur with international standards.
Presented undergraduate MD curriculum will assist in international acknowledgment of medical education taken in the country, and further, uninterrupted employment of medical graduates, also ensuring to offer higher quality medical services within the country.
The curriculum is based on a sector benchmark, which is corresponding to WFME standards. The compatibility of the quality of basic medical education and successful medical practice, based on international standards is important for ensuring the optimal performance of any country’s health care system.
The goal of the program is to educate highly qualified medical doctors, who will be competitive both within the country and abroad.
The educational program has the following objectives: Provide the students with knowledge and understanding of:
- the basic biomedical sciences;
- the behavioral and social sciences;
- Public health;
- Medical ethics, human rights and medical jurisprudence relevant to the practice of medicine;
- The clinical sciences, including clinical skills with respect to diagnostic procedures, practical procedures, communication;
- Treatment and prevention of disease, health promotion, rehabilitation;
- Clinical reasoning and problem-solving;
- The ability to undertake lifelong learning;
- In addition, demonstrate professionalism required for the medical practitioner.
Program Structure credits
- Specialty mandatory education courses/ modules - 306 credits
- Among them basic education courses – 137 credits
- Clinical education courses – 169 credits
- Scientific skills mandatory courses – 12 credits
- Specialty elective courses – 12 credits
- General mandatory courses – 9 credits
- General elective courses – 5credits
- Clinical skills mandatory curses (among them in modules) - 21 credits
Methods of achieving learning outcomes (learning methodology)
The goals and tasks of the learning defined within the educational program will be achieved through the integration of theoretical and practical teaching.
The purpose of the lectures is to review basic topics of the learning program in theoretical light and provide students with mandatory literature and information on the methodological foundations of the discipline under study.
The purpose of the practice sessions is to help the student to enhance the theoretical knowledge obtained earlier; comprehend the essence and significance of the issue under study adequately and identify the capacities for its practical application; develop skills for analyzing and assessing objectively the factors influencing the preparation and approval of the decisions with respect to the subjects, also skills to be used for practical activities and independent work. During the training process, particular attention is paid to using active methods of instruction.
Study, teaching and evaluation
Integration of theoretical and practical training, and development of clinical skills at a virtual simulation center and in a clinical environment (for the junior as well as senior students). The university gives preferences to new technologies during the teaching process.
The teaching is carried out by using the following methods:
Discussion/debates, the group work, case study, the demonstrative method, and the explanatory method.
After completing the educational program, the graduates shall be able to demonstrate the clinical skills acquired during the training process, independently, on the simulators or under supervision with the patient.
It is very important to apply the following forms of instruction during the training process:
- Interactive lectures, seminars;
- interim exams;
- Bedside teaching;
- Training on simulators and molds;
- Role play of the patient and the physician;
- Laboratory study;
- Clinical rotations in clinics.
Within medical education, considerable significance is attached to the development of clinical skills.
In this regard, different kinds of simulators illustrating actual disease, a diagnostic or therapeutic procedure will be applied.
An essential requirement is to develop scientific research skills for students. It is important that students not only learn how to assess scientific information critically but also to learn the basic principles for organizing, conducting and analyzing the research and presenting its outcomes. The students attend and participate in the scientific conferences organized by the university.
While assessing the knowledge and skills, there should be used oral and written tests, objective structured practical examination (OSPE), objectively structured clinical examination (OSCE) - utilizing standardized patients and/or simulators, presentation, presentations, abstract-thesis.