The reorganization and rebranding of the association are currently in progress. The members of the temporary board-council of our association are professors: Sergo Tabagari, Nino Tabagari, Mikheil Okujava, and Ilia Nadareishvili.
The Association of Medical Specialties of Georgia was established in 2006 as a non-governmental and non-profit medical association. Its purpose is to promote and develop cooperation among doctors and medical specialists, to discuss, process, and provide information on problematic issues of medical regulation, and to promote the principles of continuous medical education and continuous professional development among Georgian doctors. It also aims to promote the implementation and dissemination of the experience of the world's leading countries in the healthcare system in Georgia.
The fact that GAMS is the official representative of the European Union in Georgia is of great importance. Based on the agreement with the Association of European Medical Specialties, the Association of Medical Specialties of Georgia has also been granted the right to appoint two representatives from Georgia in various sections of medical specialties within the European Union of Medical Specialists. This allows for a more active involvement of our leading doctors in the European accreditation process, as well as in the development and implementation of the European postgraduate curriculum. Additionally, it grants us the opportunity to participate in primary examinations at various international events alongside the relevant specialty sections. Our association has initiated a project to create a register of doctors and nurses within the medical self-government structure, aiming to reform postgraduate and continuing medical education in Georgia. This reform includes improvements in the teaching process through the introduction of integrated medical education, case-oriented teaching, and the utilization of modern teaching, learning, and evaluation methods. The transformation of postgraduate and continuing education will undoubtedly contribute to the enhancement of the healthcare system in Georgia, ultimately having a positive impact on the health of the population.
Members of the Georgian Association of Medical Specialties (GAMS) actively collaborate with their European and American partners at various meetings and seminars. Clear examples of this collaboration include:
The III, IV, V, VI, VII international conferences of GAMS, "Multidisciplinary Approaches in Neurology" on August 12, 2017, "Current Issues in Neurology and Psychiatry" on February 24, 2018, and "Multidisciplinary Pain Management: Modern Approaches" on September 28-29, 2019, are noteworthy. These conferences were conducted in collaboration with D. Tvildiani Medical University, I. Beritashvili Experimental Medicine Center, and the University of Washington (Seattle). With the support of I. Javakhishvili State University and Tbilisi State Medical University, on February 12, 2022, the first hybrid conference and round table, "Challenges in Neuroscience and Public Health During the COVID-19 Infection - New Approaches," took place. On November 19, 2022, in Telavi, with the support of D. Tvildiani Medical University, another event, "Management of Pain and Cognitive Disorders in the Era of Evidence-Based and Personalized Medicine," was organized. It is worth noting that in the implementation of these activities, the Association of Medical Specialties of Georgia receives active support from the Union of European Medical Specialties, the primary and leading regulatory medical association in Europe, as well as the European Medical Association (EMA), the European Forum for postgraduate medical education and continuing professional education (European CME/CPD Forum)
Examples of the work of UEMS sections involving specialists from Georgia include:
Nadareishvili, I.; Bazas, T.; Petrosillo, N.; Berce, V.; Firth, J.; Mansilha, A.; Leventer, M.; Renieri, A.; Zampolini, M.; Papalois, V. The Medical Community’s Role in Communication Strategies during Health Crises—Perspective from European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). Infect. Dis. Rep. 2023, 15, 370-376. https://doi.org/10.3390/idr15040037 https://doi.org/10.3390/idr15040037
George Chakhava & Nino Kandelaki (2013) Overview of legal aspects of Continuing Medical Education/Continuing Professional Development in Georgia, Journal of European CME, 2:1, 19-23, DOI: 10.3109/21614083.2013.814570 10.3109/21614083.2013.814570
These are the strategic tasks of our association:
Based on the above, we are prepared and eager to cooperate with all interested parties