Corporate Fund “University Medical Center” becoming an Academic Medical Center
the strategic goal of the Nazarbayev University, UMC is part of the
Nazarbayev University Integrated Academic Health System (NU
Medicine), the purpose of which is to promote healthcare in Kazakhstan
through the integration of clinical, educational and research activities.
of UMC’s Strategic and Operational Plans for 2019-2023, and guided by the
recommendations of its strategic partner, the University of Pittsburgh Medical
Center (UPMC), the transformation of UMC into an Academic Medical
Center is underway.
The creation of
the Academic Medical Center is intended to make UMC a center of excellence,
developing a patient-centered system of care with synergy between research,
education, and clinical activities.
Since 2021, structural
integration has been carried out. The National Scientific Center for Motherhood
and Childhood (NSCMCh) and the Republican Diagnostic Center (RDC) merged into a
single UMC clinical base that is now divided into a hospital and an outpatient
clinic. For the convenience of patients and employees of UMC, a transition was
built and put into operation between the buildings of the NSCMCh and the RDC.
The activities of all clinical divisions of the UMC are based on the
principles of the Clinical Academic Department, which combines inpatient and
outpatient care by profile. Clinical academic departments operate on the basis
of the trinity, performing both innovative clinical tasks, educational
programs, and realizing scientific research. The activities of UMC employees
are carried out according to unified clinical protocols, standard operating
procedures and operational internal regulations.
The mechanism of “dual appointment” of employees of
UMC, Nazarbayev University and its subsidiaries (both at the level of
management, and in clinical, educational and scientific activities) is also
applied to intensify the processes of integration. For example, NUSOM associate
professors are involved in leading positions in pediatrics, obstetrics and
gynecology, clinical laboratory diagnostics and pathology.
Thus, associate professors of NUSOM are involved in leading positions in
pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, clinical laboratory diagnostics and
In total, UMC has 8 clinical academic departments:
1) Department of Pediatrics; director – Dimitri Poddighe (associate
professor of NUSOM);
2) Department of Women’s Health; director – Bapayeva G.B., doctor of
medical sciences, doctor of the highest category in obstetrics and gynecology
3) Department of Laboratory Medicine, Pathology and Genetics; director –
Matthew Tanko (associate professor of NUSOM);
4) Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care; director – Ibrayev
T.E., doctor of the highest category in the specialty “Anesthesiology and
5) Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine; director – Dautov T.B.,
doctor of medical sciences, doctor of the highest category in the specialty
6) Department of Internal Medicine; director – Nabiyev A.N., candidate
of medical sciences, doctor of the highest qualification category in the
specialty “Public Health”;
7) Department of Pediatric Surgery; director – D.B. Dzhenalayev, doctor
of medical sciences, doctor of the highest category in the specialty
8) Department of Surgery (established on March 1, 2022); director –
Asabayev Amangeldi Shakirovich, doctor of medical sciences, professor, doctor
of the highest category.
The structural functional unit in the CAD is subdivisions called
“programs”, created in the areas of clinical activity of the CAD. The program
manager directly organizes and implements activities aimed at integrating the
clinic, education and science. Accordingly, UMC staff are involved in the
clinical training of NUSOM medical students, resident physicians, and
collaborative clinical and scientific research.
The UMC Nursing Service has been centralized. Nursing personnel from
departments managed by physicians have been separated into an independent
service that manages the UMC Clinical Base (inpatient and outpatient clinics).
A multi-level gradation of nursing professionals has been introduced
according to the level of competence. Medical functions are gradually delegated
to Nursing professionals. On the basis of NUSOM, various capacity-building
programs for UMC nursing staff are regularly implemented. For example, a
5-month Professional Development Program (PDP) has been offered since 2016 and
an accelerated 2-year Bachelor of Applied Nursing program for UMC nurses since
UMC acts as a unique platform in the development of the scientific and
educational potential of Kazakhstan. Thus, UMC trains students of NUSOM, residents of NUSOM programs (5
specialties), as well as national residency programs (14 specialties).
In addition, educational programs of advanced training for specialists
of regional medical organizations, including nurses, are implemented, in which
more than 1,000 specialists are trained annually. Master classes are held
involving leading specialists from foreign universities and clinics.
In general, the creation of an integrated academic healthcare system of
Nazarbayev University is aimed at:
training of highly specialized competitive healthcare personnel through
the introduction of progressive educational technologies;
effective clinical activity based on international standards of quality
and patient safety;
development of research potential in health care.
In the future, the
transfer of gained experience to other medical organizations in the country
will significantly improve the quality of training of medical personnel and
increase the competitiveness of medicine in Kazakhstan at the international