The Volgograd State Medical University

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Volgograd State Medical University
Volgogradski gasudarstveni medisinski universitiet
Volgograd State Medical University.jpg
Former names

Stalingrad Medical Institute

Volgograd Medical Academy
Motto Symbolum Sanitatis
Established 1935
Type Public
Officer in charge
Rector - Professor Vladimir I. Petrov
Rector Professor Vladimir I. Petrov
Dean Dr. Dmitry N. Emelianov (For international students)
Administrative staff
763 highly qualified professors and instructors
Students 5000 citizens of Russia and 900 international students
Location Volgograd, Russian Federation
Campus Multiple campuses
Website http://www.volgmed.ru/

Volgograd State Medical University is located in a city called Volgograd which is situated in the southern part of Russia on the west bank of the Volga River. It started as Stalingrad Medical Institute founded in 1935. In 1993 it got the status of the Academy, and in 2003 it was granted the status of the University. It is currently headed by the prominent Russian scientist, Academician of the Russian Academy for Medical Sciences, Professor Vladimir I. Petrov. The university is listed in the WHO list of world medical schools and also in the International Medical education directory provided by FAIMER [1].

The University is accredited by the Russian Ministry for Education for the teaching of both Russian and overseas students. It boasts of a highly qualified teaching staff, advanced researchers and experienced physicians. The University has been training international students since 1962. Since 2000 the Volgograd State Medical University has got an opportunity to teach foreign students in the English language.

Colleges and Departments of the university[edit]

  • College of General Medicine
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Pediatrics
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Medical Biochemistry
  • College of Social Work and Clinical Psychology
  • Department for International Students
  • College for Postgraduate and Continuous Education
  • Department for Foundation Courses

Teaching[edit]

The College of General Medicine and the College of Dentistry has been a hot favorite for most of the foreign students in recent times. They can opt to be trained either in English or Russian medium. However all the foreign students are enrolled into the Russian language course to help them in their daily living and for interacting with patients during their clinical course.

Undergraduate teaching is centered upon theoretical (lectures) and practical classes. Students are divided into several groups and each group consists of 7-8 students. This is very advantageous as it provides a better student - teacher interaction. In every class students are accessed for their knowledge and after every major topic they have to give a test (also known as concluding). At the end of the semester students give a final exam to pass the particular subject. All the lectures, classes and tests are organised on a departmental basis.

Postgraduate training is provided by different colleges of the University; it is available in the following areas: Allergology and Immunology, Cardiology, Clinical Pharmacology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Infectious Diseases, Maxillofacial Surgery, Neurology, Oncology, Surgical Dentistry, Ophthalmology, Orthodontics, Otolaryngology, Pathological Anatomy, Paediatrics, Phthisiology, Preventive Dentistry, Prosthodontics, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Radiotherapy, Dermatology, ST Diseases, Social Hygiene and Public Health, Sports Medicine and Occupational Medicine, Pedodontics, Surgery of Children, Surgery, Therapy (Internal Medicine), Traumatology and Orthopaedics, Urology. There are 4 varieties of post-diploma training: Internship, Residency, and Postgraduate training for Ph.D. The course of studies at the Internship is for 1 year. After graduation the Specialization Certificate is provided. The course of studies at the Residency is 2 years. After graduation the Specialist Certificate is provided. The course of studies at the Ph.D. is from 3 to 5 years. Following the thesis completion the scientific degree Ph.D. (Medicine) is granted [2].

Facilities[edit]

University campus[edit]

The pre-clinical courses are provided at the 4 main buildings of the university while the clinical courses are provided at 15 multiprofile clinics equipped with up-to-date facilities. The main building houses a well-stocked library with over 700 000 books in different languages. International students can also get a lot of information from a variety of journals from UK, US, Germany and so on. To facilitate students the library works till 19:00 in the evening on weekdays. The university also provides free Internet service for all students. Students also have the opportunity to conduct research at the different departments of the university.

Accommodation[edit]

The University provides 3 hostels with most of the facilities for students. Most of these hostels house both Russian and international students. Due to a recent increase in the number of students the hostels are usually full, but however the university houses a special accommodation service which provides students with comfortable flats to rent.

Sports, Social and Cultural facilities[edit]

The university has a department for physical training. It includes a gym, sports ground and an indoor mini stadium. It also rents a swimming pool and a big stadium. During the first two years of study it is compulsory for students to attend physical training after which they can opt for training in different sports. Every year the department conducts competitions for different sports. Other than that every year the Indian students and the Malaysian students conduct cricket and football tournaments respectively.

The many theatres, cinemas, concert halls and museums located in the city make it possible for the international students to learn and enjoy the Russian culture. Every year the international students conduct their national cultural programs and functions, the famous one being - The Indian Vecher, conducted by the Indian students.

The city also has many churches, mosques, synagogue and a Hindu temple which gives an opportunity for the students to observe their traditions.

Student welfare[edit]

The University has a special Department for International students which is in charge of the welfare of the international students, their academics and everyday activities. The department assigns teachers as curators for different groups of students and they are responsible for helping the students with the Russian culture and lifestyle and solving any problems that may arise. The Deans office regularly visit the students during their classes and keep a track of their academic record. The university regularly sends information to the parents regarding their children's academic progress and other activities. The University also arranges invitations for those parents who want to come to Volgograd and see the environment in which their children live and study.

Other activities[edit]

Every semester the university sets aside a day for academically excellent students and such students receive a certificate of excellence from the Dean for International students. Every Newyear the university organises a function with the Rector during which students who excel in extracurricular activities like sports, entertainment etc... are awarded. The University also organises various conferences and seminars throughout the year and interested students may use such opportunities to widen their knowledge.

External links[edit]

University website [3]

Students forum (in Russian) [4]

European universities [5]

Coordinates: 48°42′25″N 44°30′54″E / 48.70694°N 44.51500°E / 48.70694; 44.51500