Frequently Asked Questions:
1. I have a business idea in health field, where should I start?
Fill in the application form either electronically or by hand and submit it either to the EIH Yerevan office or to one of the TRDP regional offices (see contact information here). You can send the filled-in application form via email to the following email address: [email protected].
2. How do I know if I am eligible to apply?
If you are a doctor, medical resident or other healthcare professional, who wants to open and/or expand private health practices in rural areas of Armenia, Artsakh, and Javakhk, you are eligible to apply.
3. I am not a health professional, but I want to own a private medical practice. Can I apply?
Yes, however, the main acting person in your health facility should have appropriate educational background.
4. What kind of health practices can I propose?
You can propose any private practices related to health. The more innovative your suggestion is for your region or country, the bigger are the chances to be invited for undergoing further steps. Some examples can be a family medicine clinic, diagnostic cabinet, cardiology, endocrinology, orthopedics, and other professionals’ cabinets, dental clinic, pharmacy, and others.
5. What is the maximum amount I can apply for a bank loan?
The EIH program does not have monetary limitations. However, the loan should be viable for the program beneficiary to pay. The program would suggest not to exceed the amount of 5 mln AMD per proposal.
6. Can I propose to establish or expand my practice in major cities?
The EIH program will support only entrepreneurs aiming to establish private practices outside of big cities, such as Yerevan, Gyumri, Vanadzor, Stepanakert, and Akhltskha (Javakhk).
7. I have applied to the program, what is next?
If your business idea is viable, you will be contacted and invited to take part in free-of-charge “Entrepreneurship skills” and “Basics of quality improvement management” courses.
8. Are “Entrepreneurship skills” and “Basics of quality improvement management” courses mandatory?
Yes. The decision of the EIH executive committee on approval or refusal of any suggested idea will be based on a) a sound Business Plan (prepared as a result of the “Entrepreneurship skills” course) and b) a valid Quality Assurance Plan (prepared as a result of the “Basics of quality improvement management” course) submitted by the applicant.
9. Should I pay for “Entrepreneurship skills” and “Basics of quality improvement management” courses?
No. Both “Entrepreneurship skills” and “Basics of quality improvement management” courses are provided free of charge by the American University of Armenia.
10. Is it possible to take courses in my region instead of Yerevan?
EIH courses are held in Yerevan. However, EIH applicants could also pass their “Entrepreneurship skills” course at one of the TRDP regional offices which is closer to their place of residence, and has open spots for the nearest course.
The “Basics of quality improvement management” course is currently being offered only in Yerevan at the American University of Armenia.
11. I was invited to to participate in EIH program courses, does this mean my idea was approved?
No. If you are invited to take part in EIH courses, it means that your idea is viable. Both your Business Plan and Quality Assurance Plan should undergo several stages of approval before the Executive committee makes the final decision for approval.
12. I am a doctor. Will I receive Professional Development credits after the successful completion of the “Entrepreneurship skills” and “Basics of quality improvement management” courses?
The doctors, who successfully complete the “Basics of quality improvement management” course will receive 26 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) credits and a certificate of attendance. The “Entrepreneurship skills” course does not provide any credits, however all participants who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certificate of attendance.
13. Should I attend all classes of the “Entrepreneurship skills” and “Basics of quality improvement management” courses?
Attendance of 90% in the “Entrepreneurship skills” course and 80% in the “Basics of quality improvement management” course is mandatory for each applicant to receive a certificate of attendance (without CPD credits for “Basics of quality improvement management” course) and to be allowed to submit the Business Plan and Quality Assurance Plan. In case of excused absence for more than 10%, but no more than 20% of total course hours and in case of agreement with the trainer, the missed course hours can be completed out of class, via face-to-face meetings or through a skype call.
Attendance of 100% “Basics of quality improvement management” course is mandatory for applicants to receive CPD theoretical credits awarded by The Ministry of Health of Armenia.