David Tvildiani Medical University (DTMU) was founded by Dr. Dimitri Tvildiani in the year 1992/93. It is the first higher medical education institution in Georgia which started providing education in English. It is also the most favoured destination for foreign students who wish to study MBBS, in Georgia. At David Tvildiani Medical University (DTMU), the quality of sstudents’ knowledge is checked using the original self-designed computer-based assessment program including the complicacy number test questions. Learning of Basic Medical Disciplines is system-oriented, while that of Clinical Medical Disciplines is Problem and System - oriented.
Successfully operating based on USMLE programs David Tvildiani Medical University (DTMU) provides original academic curricula that represent three stage system of medical education.
Stage 1 Basic Medical Science includes: Human Anatomy, Histology & Embryology, Medical Physiology, medical Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Medical Pharmacology, Microbiology, Immunology, Medical Genetics, Pathology, Behavioral Science, Biostatistics, Principles of Clinical Diagnosis, Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Methods.
Stage 2 Deals with Clinical Medical disciplines, e.g. Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, Psychiatry, in parallel with the acquisition of nursing practical skills.
Stage 3 Proceeds within the format of general specialization and is concluded by the state graduation (Qualifying) Examination on which basic students are awarded the Diploma of general Physician (M.D).
According to the Law of Georgia on Higher Education graduates of a Medical School/Institution must carry on in post diploma continuing education. The David Tvildiani Medical University (DTMU) graduates beneficially accomplish residency and other post graduate continuing education programs in different countries all over the world.
Among numerous factors contributing to medical progress, an important role is assigned to perfection of the system of continued medical education and training of the personnel for high qualification. In the 1990s, the Georgian Medical Postgraduate foundation was established in Tbilisi, Georgia (Dr. Dm. Tvildiani), which enrolled over 200 young physicians aimed at passing the US Medical Licensing Examination(operating in more than 80 countries) with subsequent completion of medical residency program in the USA or other countries. The foundation effectively provided the members with all necessary programs, textbooks and other aids. However, it turned out next to impossible to master the program independently, with only few students being able to pass. This caused an urgent need to found a special, radically new school of higher medical education.
In 1992/1993, the David Tvildiani Medical University (DTMU) started functioning under the patronage of Acad. David Tvildiani and Dr. Dimitri Tvildiani. It is one of the first non-governmental higher medical education institutions in Georgia. Since 2011 David Tvildiani Medical University (DTMU) was renamed after the academician David Tvildiani in David Tvildiani Medical University. The university has one faculty - the Faculty of General Medicine. The duration of the educational process lasts for 6 years. It consists of three stages: Basic Medical Science (2.5 years), Clinical Science (2.5 years), Pre-diploma Specialization (Clinical Clerkship - one year). The curriculum consists of single cycles each concluded by a test which affects the final results obtained in a given discipline. The duration of an academic year makes up 40 weeks (2 semesters). The end of year examination is conducted in the form of test according to the quotas in all the subjects taken within the year. The quality of student’s knowledge is checked using the original self-designed computer-based assessment program including the complicacy number test questions. Learning of Basic Medical disciplines is system-oriented, while that of Clinical Medical Disciplines is Problem and System - oriented. According to the results of the course examination a student may have the fee discount. The final score is also influenced by the results of oral examinations taken throughout the year. Selection examinations are conducted for DTMU`s students and graduates aimed to pass the USMLE Steps. A student has to obtain the threshold exceeding score to be admitted as a candidate for the USMLE financed by the School.
DTMU is included into the WHO AVICENNA Directory for medicine, it is a member of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), Association of Medical Schools in Europe (AMSE) and Organization for PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences in the European System (ORPHEUS).
A large number of the graduates have already
completed or are currently doing the residency or other proficiency courses, working as physicians in prominent USA and European Universities and Clinics.The absolute majority of the graduates have been employed in the professional field, while many more successfully passed the international exams (USMLE, PLAB, MCI) and are currently developing their skills at clinics and research centers of the USA, Germany, Britain, Sweden and other countries. A number of the graduates have returned to the School as efficient teachers. Some have earned their PhD degree.
The Mission of the David Tvildiani Medical University (DTMU) is to provide scientifically-oriented Higher Medical Education based on the best international experience.
In ensuring the accomplishment of the mission we are guided by the following principles as to:
Duration: 6 years (including internship) The duration of the MBBS course in David Tvildiani Medical University (DTMU) is six years which consist of three stages:
The curriculum consists of single cycles each concluded by a test which affects the final results obtained in a given discipline. The duration of an academic year makes up 40 weeks (2 semesters). The end of year examination is conducted in the form of test according to the quotas in all the subjects taken within the year.
Abroad study in MBBS The Daphne Hare Medical Library, an organic component of the educational process at the Medical School `DTMU` was established in 1995 based on the generous donation from USA libraries, organized by the late Dr. Daphne Hare.The library contains over 5000 volumes representing almost all branches of medicine, the top place being occupied by up-to-date medical textbooks, manuals, guides, audio-video aids, which serve as, an integral part of the school academic curricula. Computers provide quick access to every book or any other item kept within the library funds. This collection, popular with the medical professionals in Georgia, is open to everyone who seeks to acquire knowledge in medical field.