30. September: In response to the various inquiries from Indian students aspiring to study medicine in Georgia, here are the few revised responses from the Georgian authorities for the information of all concerned:
i) How long is Georgia Undergraduate Medical (MD) program for Indian students?
Answer: According to national legislation and related regulations on higher medical education and medical sector benchmarks that are mandatory for state accreditation, the duration of undergraduate MD programs in Georgia is (equivalent to MBBS qualification in India and UK ) six years (360 ECTS) including internship in the 6th year of graduation.
ii) How long is the internship/clinical rotations in medical studies (MD)?
Answer: Up to the 3rd course, students take foundational and foundational pre-clinical subjects and acquire clinical skills in Clinical Skills Centers. Beginning in Year 4, MD students begin clinical rotations (internship). During the 9th-12th In the 5th and 6th semester (years 5 and 6), students complete internships/internships in clinical settings (university hospitals, teaching hospitals, primary care facilities that meet the requirements of national regulations and sector benchmarks in medicine) and in the 6th year includes studies in a clinical setting Completely. Traineeships/internships during this study period comprise 120 ECTS.
iii) Is an Indian (MD) student registered with a professional board or otherwise with an institution authorized to issue an equivalent license to Georgia citizens?
Answer: Indian MD students as well as other MD students regardless of nationality studying in accredited and authorized medical schools/universities under the accredited agency NCEQE (National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement) which is internationally recognized as an accredited agency by World Federation of Medical Education (WFME) are registered by the Georgian Ministry of Education and Science. International accreditation means that all MD diplomas awarded by graduates accredited by NCEQE MD programs in Georgia are recognized worldwide.
According to the legislation of Georgia, graduates of the MD program have the right:
a) to be employed as a resident – a position that may be filled by an MD graduate from a state-recognized higher medical institution, who is to perform the duties of a physician in accordance with the instructions (Article 5 – Law of Georgia on Medical Practice),
b) to complete the postgraduate further training course and, after passing the uniform state examination, to obtain the authorization to practice medicine independently (Article 17, Georgia Medical Practice Act),
c) to pursue doctoral studies (i.e. a three-year research career in biomedical sciences culminating in a PHD) and engage in educational and/or scientific activities (Article 17, Georgia Medical Practice Act).
After passing the NPDQE, graduates are allowed to continue their postgraduate studies/residency in the clinics/hospitals accredited by the Department of Health to conduct such residency programs (in specialized areas of medicine). The National Post Diploma Qualification Examination for MD Graduates is administered by the Medical and Pharmaceutical Regulation Agency working under the direction of the Ministry of Health of Georgia.
Upon completion, the residence permit for independent medical practice is issued by the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Welfare of Georgia (abbr. Ministry of Health of Georgia) regardless of the nationality and citizenship of the graduates of the residence permit.
Education (Article 14 – Law of Georgia on Medical Practice)