The Atlanta - Tbilisi Healthcare Partnership
November 27, 2000
Ambassador Yalowitz to Open First Session of Satellite Based Medical
Distance Learning Program for Georgian Physicians
Tbilisi-On November 27th, U.S. Ambassador Kenneth S. Yalowitz and the Georgian Minister of Health, Avandil Jorbenadze will give opening remarks at the first session of a comprehensive satellite based medical distance learning project. This project was developed for Georgian physicians by International Medical Programs (IMP), a US based group of International Healthcare experts. Funds were designated for this project by the U.S. Congress in an effort lead jointly by former Congressman Gerald Solomon and Congressman Michael McNulty of New York. It was developed in affiliation with the US Department of Defense's Partnership for Peace Program (PIMS).
The IMP programs will cover five specific areas that have been identified by Georgian military and civilian physicians as being their major priorities, and were developed collaboratively in both the U.S. and Georgia. They will utilize the most advanced telecommunications and satellite technology, permitting unlimited access to the physicians and program presentation with immediate and simultaneous interaction between the Georgian participants and the U.S. experts.
The initial IMP program will be centered on Cardiovascular Disease, including an important segment on risk and prevention. It will be presented in three sessions at the National Information and Learning Center (NILC) in a new auditorium recently remodeled and established by IMP for the NILC. Registrants will include more than 100 physicians from all regions of Georgia, who will receive a certificate of attendance for completion of this course. Future sessions presented on a monthly basis, will cover chest trauma, radiation accidents and injuries, and emergency medicine.
The IMP Programs use the new telecommunications technologies that enhance learning capabilities and provide unlimited access to information, which represents a new approach to distance learning and long distance education. The U.S. and Georgia cyberspace connection and interaction will be watched carefully by the international community, as experts now realize that this program, unique to Georgia, can have significant applications worldwide. This will be the first of a series of programs that IMP plans to develop in this region, working with PIMS, to help support and rebuild healthcare infrastructure.
The principals directly involved in developing the project in Georgia included Archil Kobaladze M.D. and Zviad Kirtava M.D. in Tbilisi, Dan Weiner MD in New York, James Strickler MD in Hanover, New Hampshire; Anthony Tartaglia MD, in Albany, New York; and Kenneth Walker MD in Atlanta, Georgia. Invaluable assistance was also provided by many members of the Georgian civilian and military medical community.
The Partnership for Health Foundation results from a joint effort first sponsored by USAID in Georgia, in 1992. In 1995, the NILC was established in close cooperation with Emory University. NILC is the site where doctors from all across Georgia can gain access to all types of medical information. It has also been the test bed site for projects involving the World Health Organization, NASA and now the IMP-PIMS project. The IMP project in Tbilisi involves four sites that are linked by high bandwidth wireless
communication with equipment provided by PIMS and IMP.
INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL PROGRAMS (IMP)
International Medical Programs (IMP) designs, produces and transmits Programs
for professional medical education and patient information, worldwide to assist in maintaining and developing healthcare infrastructure. IMP utilizes the new interactive telecommunication technologies for distribution, to provide worldwide access and enhances their programs, teaching capabilities. The IMP International Health Communications Network will be maintained by IMP to support its diverse long distance education and informational activities.
IMP/PIMS/US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
In 1999 IMP began implementation of a series of programs, and establishing a long distance health education network in selected regions in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union under the sponsorship of the US Department of Defense under the Partnership for Peace (PIMS) programs. Three million dollars was allocated in the Defense Budget to International Medical Programs for this Project, which involves the conversion of a segment of the existing NATO satellite system for use in nonmilitary programs. This will be the first initiative in the area and teaching by NATO and the US Department of Defense; who foresee in their future expansion of activities an important strategic partnership with IMP.
THE IMP PROGRAM FOR LONG DISTANCE MEDICAL EDUCATION IN THE REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA
An IMP assessment team of international medical experts traveled to Georgia and conferred with leading Georgian civilian and military medical professionals to determine the subject content of the first series of interactive educational programs. The subjects selected were Cardiovascular Disease, Tuberculosis, Emergency Medicine, Blunt Chest Trauma, and Nuclear Radiation Accidents and Injuries. The programs were prepared by experts in the US to be delivered in a series of sessions in Tibilisi commencing in November 2000. The initial program will be in Cardiovascular Medicine on
November 27th, 28th and 29th at the National Institute of Learning presented by International Medical Programs and jointly sponsored by PIMS (Partnership for Peace) This Project in post graduate medical education is the first of its kind in the world and represents a new comprehensive and unique application of the new telecommunications satellite technology in distance learning. It will become the new standard in this field worldwide.
All IMP programs for this project have been developed in a similar modular
manner for presentation of the subject material
Module 1-Basic Core Curriculum
The basic curriculum is presented in streaming video format. The chapters will be downloaded into a server in Tbilisi, where the program participants will be able to pre study them using a Georgian translation of the script and a bibliography. These chapters will each be individually viewed during the first session with live commentary, and interactive participation between the US consultants and Georgian participants in Tbilisi
Module 2-Procedures and Applications
a presentation of a select number of procedures that are associated with either diagnosis or treatment in the subject area. There will be live real time commentary by the US consultants who are performing the procedures, in addition to interactive discussion between these experts and the program participants in Tbilisi.
Module 3-Medical Decision Making
The Consultants will present to the Georgian participants a series of clinical cases via satellite involving making choices of diagnosis and treatment in those cases based on information they have acquired in their study of the core curriculum.
Module 4-Consultant Panel
A panel of recognized experts in the field, from selected institutions in the US, will participate in a presentation and interactive discussion with the Georgian physicians about new developments and future directions in that particular subject area.
Certificate of Attendance
This three-day course is divided and developed into a Basic and Advanced course so that they will be relevant material for physicians at all levels in Cardiology. A certificate of attendance and course completion will be given to the full time participants.
Cardiac Program-Nov27th, 28th and 29th at the NILC
Monday Nov 27th (5-7:30 PM)
Subject: Core Curriculum and Medical Decision Making
Tuesday November 28th (5-7:30 PM)
Subject; Risk and Prevention
Invasive Cardiovascular Procedures
Wednesday Nov 29th (5-7:30PM)
Subject; Interactive Expert Panel
Future and New Directions in Cardiology
FOUNDERS AND PRINCIPALS OF INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL PROGRAMS
Daniel L. Weiner MD - has developed medical programs in response to International emergencies world - wide for the past 25 years as medical director of the International Rescue Committee and as Consultant to the UN and US State Department in Africa, Asia, Near East, and Europe. He was most recently active in the former Yugoslavia, Eastern Europe and Russia. He is a Plastic Surgeon formerly Professor and Chairman of that Department at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Anthony P.Tartaglia MD - an internationally renowned Hematologist and Professor of Medicine at Albany Medical College, he developed and directed a comprehensive program of international medical exchange and education during his tenure as Dean at Albany, establishing institutional relationships worldwide. The first National Cancer Center in Poland, established in 1993-95 was a direct result of Dr. Tartaglia's initiative and direction. He has been a member of important state medical regulatory Boards, and the National Medical Educational Committee.
James C.Strickler MD -Professor of Medicine and Community and Family Medicine. Served for 9 years a Dean at the Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover New Hampshire Co-Chair of the
Board of Directors of the International Rescue Committee and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Health Council.
Archil Kobaladze <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Zviad Kirtava <email@example.com>
James A Hendrick <firstname.lastname@example.org>
James C. Strickler <James.C.Strickler@Dartmouth.EDU>
Anthony Tartaglia <email@example.com>
Dan Weiner <AeroDoc6@aol.com>
National Information Learning Centre [http://www.nilc.org.ge/]
Partnership for Peace Information Management System
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