On September 7, 2020, the new 2020-2021 academic year started at Tbilisi State Medical University in non-distance mode. The solemn first semester students’ greeting ceremony was held in different format, taking into account epidemic situation in the country and recommended by the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia.
The students were greeted online via monitors installed in the TSMU yard by Professor Zurab Vadachkoria, TSMU Rector, Mikheil Chkhenkeli, Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia, Ekaterine Tikaradze, Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, Amiran Gamkrelidze, Director General of National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, Archil Undilashvili, Director of Educational Programs at the Emory University School of Medicine, Professor Gordon Chuchvord, Assistant Dean of Medical Education at Emory University School of Medicine, Professor Merry Jo Lekovich, Vice Chair of Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Giorgi Grigolia, Honorary Doctor of TSMU and Senior Doctor of Surgery Department at Furstenfeldbruck Academic Hospital of LMU, Professor Michael Lenz, TSMU Honorable Doctor and Professor at University of Bonn, Prof. Gunther Bon, Head of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Radio Chemistry, Prof. Wolfgang Buchberger, Head of Institute of Quality and Efficiency in Medicine Department of Public Health, Health Services Research and HTA UMIT - Private University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology, Professor, Dr. Stefan Deflorian, Head of University Clinic and Director of Tyrol Hospitals Union, Mag. Walter Draxl, Director of the West Training Center for Health Professions at Tyrol Hospitals, Dr. Irma Kvitsaridze, Honorary Doctor of TSMU and Senior Doctor at Radiation Therapy and Radio Oncology Center at the Medical University of Innsbruck, Professor Reinhold Lang, Honorary Doctor of TSMU and Head of General and Visceral Surgery Department at Weilhaim Clinic, Professor Sebastien Jocaille, Head of French Language Course of UniMan Academy of Management and Performance, Dr. Otar Tatishvili, TSMU Alumni, Dr. Guga Kashibadze, Head of Tbilisi Burns Center and Professor Levan Ratiani, Director General of TSMU First University Clinic.
Tbilisi State Medical University congratulates all students on the beginning of the new academic year and wishes success.