Kirov State Medical Academy, Russia

The History of Kirov State Medical Academy starts on the 2nd of August, 1987, when by the order of the Ministry Council of the USSR an affiliate of Perm State Medical Institute was founded in Vyatka. The resolution of creating the branch was carried after a working visit of a government commission headed by the Minister of Healthcare of RSFSR A.I. Potapov and the rector of Perm SMI E.A. Vagner in Kirov. Thanks to the great support of the first secretary of Kirov Regional Committee of Communist Party of Soviet Union V.V. Bakatin and the head of regional healthcare department G.F. Shulyatiev theaffiliate was given a number of buildings for the placement of theoretical and biology departments, administrative and utility services.

V.A. Zhuravlev, an acting director of a newly founded educational facility was appointed the head of hematology and blood transfusion research institute. In 1989 by the order of the Minister of Healthcare of the Russian Federation he was appointed the head of the affiliate. The affiliate executive group, consisted of two people. The director V.A. Zhuravlev and pro-rector S.L. Sharigin were able to prepare the affiliate for the first academic year in only three months. The first academic departments were created, which included the ones of medical specialization: general anatomy (A.V. Kraev), biology with a course of histology (A.V. Molodyuk), bioinorganic, biophysical chemistry with a course of biochemistry (P.I. Tsapok), childhood diseases (Y.Y. Illek), surgical pathology (V.A. Zhuravlev), internal diseases (E.V.Benenson), Obstetrics and Gynecology (S.A. Dvoryanskii). With the support of regional CPSU bureau and Kirov regional executive committee all the non-resident lecturers were provided with housing, which allowed to form a lecturing staff of the first medical educational facility of higher education in Vyatka within a short time. Together with forming the staff a score of structural departments necessary for educational process were formed: a library, a vivarium, deans offices and an educational unit and many others. On September 1st, 1987 the Kirov affiliate of Perm SMI was opened for students. The process of education was held in two faculties: general medicine and pediatric, and the first dean was appointed A.V. Molodyuk Ph.

In June, 1993 the first group of students graduated from the institute and after passing the state qualification exam in May, 1994 the government of Russian Federation adopted a regulation about foundation of Kirov State Medical Institute. In 1996 in KSMI a faculty of social science was formed to train specialists for facilities of social security, healthcare and education. In 1999 the 8th group of students graduated from the Institute and on the ground of state attestation commission recommendation the Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation assigned the Kirov SMI the status of an Academy. In 2001 a faculty of higher nurse education and a faculty of economics and merchandizing (since 2004 – a faculty of expertise and merchandizing) was created.

In 2002 Kirov State Medical Academy marked 15 years and a 10th group of doctors graduated from the Academy. The same year prof. V.S. Melnikov M.D. became the head of the Academy. The academy traditionally cooperated with practical healthcare, developed scientific and research activity. Two years later Viktor Sergeevich Melnikov died from a severe disease.

In 2004 a 8-storey academic building with spacious lecture halls, cozy rooms and modern laboratories were finished. The rectorate, deans offices and academic departments were settled there. Three comfortable dormitories were built for foreign students. The resource base firmed up, new laboratories with modern equipment were created, a high-qualified lecturing staff was formed.

In September, 2004 prof. I.V. Sheshunov M.D., who is currently the head of the Academy was elected and in 2007 reelected the rector of the Academy. Nowadays Kirov SMA is a modern, rapidly developing educational facility, effectively integrating scientific, educational and medical activities. It is the biggest scientific, educational and medical complex in Kirov region, it is a high-skilled staff of lecturers, scientists and doctors.

In Kirov SMA famous scientific schools were founded: Rheumatology (prof. B.F. Nemtsova), Surgery (prof. V.A. Zhuravlev and prof. V.A. Bakhtin), Pediatrics (prof. Y.Y. Illek), Obstetrics and Gynecology (prof. S.A. Dvoryanskii), Social medicine, Medical ecology and Hygiene (prof. B.A. Petrova), Neurology and Neurosurgery (prof. B.N. Bein). In 2005 prof. V.A. Zhuravlev, who was one of the fathers of Kirov SMA, a merited scientist, honored doctor, prestigious international prizes laureate, honorable citizen of Kirov region, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences corresponding member, was awarded the title “Merited rector of Kirov State Medical Academy”.

Kirov SMA constantly broadens its “geographical boundaries”. Students from different regions of the Russian Federation and even abroad study there: Sudan, Mongolia, Vietnam, Syria, Pakistan, Peru, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine. There is an Anatomical museum in the Academy, in which more than 1000 showpieces are presented. In 2005 the museum of History of the Academy was founded. It shows the stages of Academy’s development, science schools establishment and strengthening of international cooperation.

Material and technical basis is constantly being renewed. The students learn in well-equipped lecture halls, computer classrooms, equipped with up-to-date hardware. The science library of the Academy has a book stock of more than 200 000 items, educational media-library and an electronic database. Manipulative skills center helps students sharpen their skills of doing injections, CPR and many other procedures. Non-resident students of Kirov SMA live in 3 comfortable dormitories. In the short term a new 15-storey students’ hostel will be finished. The Academy has its own food production facility and a printing office with modern equipment.

The Academy cooperates with many regional and municipal medical institutions in Kirov. The Academy has its own clinic, which includes therapeutic and neurological station with 100 beds and a diagnostic center. The clinic and the polyclinic are supplied with modern equipment. Patients’ rooms, laboratories and procedure rooms are renovated according to modern standards.

In 2009 the first group of students was accepted into Stomatology faculty. Kirov SMA employees’ professional level proved to be of high quality. In October, 2008 and in December, 2010 Kirov SMA was the first Kirov educational facility to be granted a diploma of Russian national contest called “Russia’s 100 best products” in “Educational services” nomination”. Besides, the Academy was the first to be registered with Russian chamber of commerce and industry and obtained an accreditation certificate, proving alumni’s high level of education. In 2009 Kirov SMA was granted a certificate of trust by the Russian chamber of commerce and industry, which proves that Kirov SMA is registered in a list of employers, which strictly adhere to employees’ labor rights. In 2011 the Academy received a termless license for educational activity.

At the end of 2011, Kirov State Medical Academy became the first university in Kirov to receive a certificate of management system quality concerning development and provision of educational services for pre-college, higher education and postgraduate educational programs in accordance with the licensing and state accreditation .

Having a diploma of Kirov SMA is becoming more and more prestigious. Its graduates, who have become outstanding doctors, famous scientists, are valued and respected in the region and beyond. ‘Art and humanity, labor and knowledge ” – is not only the motto of the Kirov State Medical Academy, but the commandment of all those who dedicate their lives to medicine and the most humane profession on the Earth – a profession of a doctor.

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