Residency in Family Medicine
The Family Medicine Residency Program is a three-year full-time program, aimed at training family physicians. This Program offers education in accordance with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) core competencies.
Continuity of comprehensive care for the diverse patient population family physicians serve is foundational to the speciality. Access, accountability, effectiveness and efficiency are essential elements of the discipline. The coordination of patient care and leadership of advanced primary care practices and evolving health care systems are additional vital roles for family physicians.
Campus: Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, NUSOM building, hospitals
Language: English, Kazakh, Russian
Delivery mode: Full time
Duration: 3 years
Career: Residency graduates continue working as physicians.
In correspondence to the 40th Anniversary of the Alma-Ata Declaration, after the WHO Global Conference in Primary Care held in October 2018 in Astana, representatives of governments declared:’ We are convinced that strengthening primary health care (PHC) is the most inclusive, effective and efficient approach to enhance people’s physical and mental health, as well as social well-being and that PHC is a cornerstone of a sustainable health system for universal health coverage (UHC) and health-related Sustainable Development.
The aims of the Nazarbayev University School of Medicine’s Family Medicine Residency are to:
How to apply
STEP 1. Create your personal account
Register on www.admissions.nu.edu.kz portal to create a Personal Account. Read the instructions about the application procedure given in your Personal account.
STEP 2. Complete your Application Form and attach the required documents
Fill out the application form and attach the required documents:
STEP 3. Pay an application fee
The application fee is paid online via your personal account with a bank card.
The amount to pay is 5 000 tenge. All application fees are non-refundable.
Step 4. Finish the registration process
Finish the registration process by pressing the “Submit application” button. After submission applicants can’t change their applications.
Step 5. Upload IELTS/TOEFL certificates
Upload IELTS/TOEFL certificates in your personal account in the section "Upload IELTS/TOEFL" and fill up the required information about the certificate.
Check your e-mail for notifications from the NU Admissions Department and your personal account to learn about your application status.
If you experience any difficulties with the registration or online application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Refer to your IIN and/or Applicant ID while sending us your requests.
List of documents to be submitted by the applicants
Important dates for those who are applying for the 2023-2024 academic year
Application periods for residency program:
The final deadline for submission of IELTS/TOEFL, GRE/GMAT certificates:
The start of orientation week (for newly enrolled students): to be announced soon
First day of classes: to be announced soon
Status assigned to the candidate
All registered candidates can check the status of their application in the Personal account. Description of the status below is presented in the order of assignment to the candidate in the Personal account.
Application in processing. This is interim status, which means that the application is being processed. Admissions Committee will evaluate the application and inform the candidate on further steps/stages. Notification on final results will be sent to your email address.
Does not meet entry requirements. The status is assigned to the candidates who do not meet the minimum entry requirements. It is given after checking the application forms and the documents by the Admissions Department.
Disqualified. The status is assigned to candidates who are disqualified for gross violations of the conditions of the competition. For example, provided deliberately false information.
Rejected by Admissions Committee. At one of the competition stages, the Admissions Committee decided to reject the candidate’s application.
Transfer to another program. At the stage of an application screening the Admissions Committee has decided to recommend the candidate for consideration by the Admissions Committee of another program within the same School.
Pending. Candidate’s application is pending.
Waiting list. The Admissions Committee has finished reviewing the candidate’s application and made a decision to put you on a waiting list. Such candidates should expect notification from the University, as there is a possibility that if other candidates reject to study, they may be sent an invitation letter to study.
Recommended for admission to Zero Year of Graduate programs. The Admissions Committee has decided to recommend the candidate for the Zero Year of Graduate program. “Zero Year of Graduate programs” is a two-semester full-time program for candidates, who do not meet the language requirements for direct admission to Master’s programs, with intensive language, academic and research preparation for Master’s programs.
Recommended for admission to program. Admissions Committee has decided to recommend candidate for the program without going through the Zero Year of Graduate programs.
Recommended for conditional admission. The Admissions Committee has decided to recommend a candidate for the conditional admission with a requirement to fulfill the condition by the deadline specified in the notification.
Withdrawn. Candidate decided to withdraw from the competition.
Accepted Program admission offer. The status is assigned to candidates who received offer letter, signed Enrollment confirmation form and fulfilled all the сonditions of the University indicated in the offer letter.
Accepted Zero Year of Graduate programs admission offer. The status is assigned to candidates who received offer letter to Zero Year of Graduate program, signed Enrollment confirmation form and fulfilled all the сonditions of the University indicated in the offer letter.
Refused admission offer. The candidate was recommended for admission, but refused to study.
Refused in favor of another NU program. The status is applicable for those candidates, who applied for several graduate programs at NU. The status is assigned when the candidate chooses another program.
Deferred. The status is assigned to candidates who were accepted for the program, but decided to postpone their studies until the next year.
Did not submit the documents/Refused. The status assigned to candidates who did not provide originals of the documents by the stated deadline, which means that the candidate refuses to study at University.
Did not come to Orientation week/Refused. The status is assigned to candidates who accepted the offer letter, provided hard copies of documents, but did not participate in Orientation week. The vacant place, if available, can be offered to the candidates in the Waiting list.
Enrolled to program. The status is assigned to candidates who enrolled to the main program by the Decision of the Provost. Candidate officially became a student.
Enrolled to Zero Year of Graduate programs. The status is assigned to candidates who enrolled to the Zero Year of Graduate program by the Decision of the Provost. Candidate officially became a student.
Postgraduate Level (PL) –Year 1
The “Intern” year (1st-year Residents) focuses on the clinical experience with patients affected with acute and chronic illnesses in several inpatient and outpatient departments and primary care centres, with appropriate supervision from UMC Attending Physicians and/or NUSOM Faculty.
The residents will pass through a series of 4-week rotations at inpatient and outpatient departments,
Postgraduate Level (PL) - Year 2
The second year will be devoted to acquiring additional clinical skills, developing more independence, and gaining more experience in leadership and supervision.
Supervisory roles will be provided on inpatient and outpatient services, in both general and subspecialty medical and surgical teams. New skill sets will be developed also in the Medical Centre for Mental Health Problems (MCMHP), located in Astana’s hospitals outside the UMC. The remaining part of the year will consist of further subspecialties rotations, including outpatient clinics and longitudinal clinic experiences, as a foundation for family medicine practice.
Moreover, the Residents will be encouraged to cultivate and broaden their potential research interests, through mentored and individual quality improvement and NUSOM research projects.
Postgraduate Level (PL) - Year 3
The third year will emphasize supervisory experiences in the inpatient general and subspecialty general medical and surgical teams, as well as in primary care centres. In this regard, part of the year will consist of elective rotations (which allow each Resident to shape own clinical training and to concentrate on areas of interest and career-specific experiences) or will be focused on longitudinal experiences that may continue in primary care settings.
In the former case, substantial research and elective time will be provided to the Residents, in order to explore their specific skills, prepare for their future careers and eventually to enter in specific Academic Programs. In the latter case, also community service opportunities will be available and encouraged, like rotations in either a rural practice or an urban community.