Focusing on promoting Family Medicine in the former Soviet Union, our goal is to teach a “New Paradigm” in medical education; medical education that is evidence based, practical, relevant, and patient centered.
Working through medical education is a way Agape can introduce compassionate, quality medical care. Agape is creating a network of like-minded medical institutions that are working to improve medical care, not only in the former Soviet Union, but around the world. Currently, we are partnering with: John Peter Smith, Department of Family Medicine; University of Utah, Department of Family Medicine; University of North Texas Health Science Center, PRIME, an organization that teaches “whole person” medicine located in the UK; MONIKI, Moscow Oblast Regional Training Hospital System and the Department of Family Medicine, and several others.
In combination with colleagues from these institutions, Agape offers many courses to medical professionals that teach: quality, evidence based practical medical skills; all doctors to value their patients and ask about emotional and family issues; how to take a “spiritual” history and gently, but boldly, share their faith with patients; and English, enabling them to read and understand the latest medical discoveries and methods. Through discussions of the material taught in these courses and the relationships that develop, we are often able to share the Gospel.
Plans for the future involve a growing network of partnerships between former Soviet Union and western medical centers that have a common goal of improving medical care not only in the former Soviet Union, but around the world. Agape is working towards introducing an ongoing course in medical schools that teach compassion, like inquiring about emotional and family issues and treating patients with Christian values.