Saint Petersburg Medico-Social Institute, Russia

The St. Petersburg I. I. Mechnikov State Medical Academy is one of the oldest and most well known centres of learning in Russia. Started in 1907, it still remains as a major centre of training students interested in making a career in medicine by providing them knowledge about clinical and preventative medicine. It is also referred to as the Second Medical College in St. Petersburg because of the presence of the Saint Petersburg State Medical University which is called the First Medical College.

The efforts of academician Vladimir Bekhterev to start a medical college were supported by the Ministry of Health in accordance with the laws of the Russian Federation. It started off as the Medical Faculty of PsychoNeurological Institute in 1907 and started developing with time. Around 1994-1995, it was named as the Saint Petersburg Medical Social Institute and was added to WHO’s list of medical schools worldwide. In 2011, it was renamed as North-West State Medical University.

The MBBS degree awarded the university is recognised by the World Health Organisation, is recognized by the UFGMC, USECFMG, by the Indian Medical Council as well as that of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland and many other countries. Presently, there are a close of 2000 international students at the university who have arrived from 32 different nations.

Since most courses are delivered in Russian, international students are first admitted to a Preparatory Faculty where they are trained in Russian for a year, following which they can choose their specialisations in either General Medicine or Dentistry or Medical and Preventive Work. The course on Dentistry lasts for 5 years while the other two take 6 years for completion. Phd courses are 3 years long while those willing to undertake internships have to spend anything between 1 to 3 years at the university. The institute is tied up with significant universities in countries such as Italy, Germany, Belgium, United States, China, Hungary, Japan, etc.

Training for Medicine, Dentistry and Pediatrics programs contains preclinical period (1-3 years) with basic, premedical and introductory medical disciplines, and clinical training (4-6 years; for Dentristry – since spring semester of the 3rdyear till 5th year). Basic and premedical course includes the theoretic basis of medical specialities (Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Anatomy, Histology, Physiology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Informatics, Pathological Anatomy, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Hygiene).

Educational work at the University is based onthe concept of the multi-stage system of specialists training on the programs of various levels of medical education. There is University education training, training in the programs of higher education, as well as post-graduate training of doctors.University encloses 112 departments, which are consolidated in 9 faculties: Faculty of general medicine (consists of 24 departments), medical-prophylactic Faculty (consists of 29 departments), the surgical Faculty (consists of 13 departments), therapeutic faculty (consists of 15 departments), the pediatric Faculty (consists of 10 departments), medical – biological Faculty (consists of 10 departments), the Faculty of foreign students, the Faculty of education for nurses, health care and social work (consists of 5 departments), dentistry faculty (consists of 6 departments).

The Academy campus is located in the central part of the city in a green from spring to autumn wonderful park having area of 40000 square meters. There are 50 beautiful buildings with fabulous architecture on its territory. The Peter the Great Hospital (2000 beds) was built in 1903.

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