The St. Petersburg I. I. Mechnikov State Medical Academy (SPSMA) is a public university located in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. The SPSMA is one of the oldest and largest Russian Higher Medical Schools. Over its 100 years of history, the Academy remains a leading institution of Russia in medicine and training specialists in preventive and clinical medicine. It is often called the Second Medical College in St. Petersburg because of its renaming in 1920 (see below), relative to Saint Petersburg State Medical University, which is called the First Medical College. The university is currently constructing the largest infectious diseases hospital in Saint Petersburg, a title formerly claimed by the Botkin hospital.
The NWSMU has a long tradition of educating Russian and international students. More than 35,000 physicians graduated from the university. Since beginning the international program in 1947 there have been more than 3500 international graduates from more than 50 countries. Currently there is a total student population of over 5,000. There are plans to unite SPSMA with other schools to form a North-Western State Medical University.
The NWSMU was established in 1907 under the direction of academician Vladimir Bekhterev and developed by the Russian Government through the Ministry of Health on the basis of the laws of Russian Federation.
Research work at the University is conducted in accordance with the current trends in the development of biomedical sciences, considerable attention is paid to research in the field of health protection and sanitary and epidemiological welfare of the population. The long-term strategy is focused on the effective transfer of the results of fundamental and applied scientific activities and the creation of a favorable scientific and educational environment that provides continuous training of highly qualified personnel.
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