GRODNO STATE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY (GRMU)
Why should you study at Grodno State Medical University:
- Grodno State Medical University is one of the leading medical universities in the Republic of Belarus.
- Diplomas of our University are recognized by the World Health Organization, Educational commission for foreign medical graduates, by the medical councils of India, Lithuania, the USA, Sri-Lanka, the Republic of Maldives.
- In 2010 Grodno State Medical University became the first medical institution of higher education in the Republic of Belarus, which implemented and certified the ISO 9001 Quality Management System corresponding to the National Quality Management System (СТБ ISO 9001-2009) and to the German Quality Management System (DIN EN 9001-2008).
- Grodno State Medical University got into the TOP 500 list of the world’s best universities.
- International students have been studying at the university since 1995. And since 2003 university has been providing training in English during the whole period of studying. At present 750 international students from 35 countries of the world study at the university.
- The university works in collaboration with educational and research centres of Poland, Germany, Russia and other countries.
- Our students have opportunities to do practical training abroad.
- Grodno is an ideal place for living and studying. The atmosphere of cosiness and friendliness gives you a sense of safety and comfort. Here you can feel at home.
In the postwar period the social sphere of the Republic of Belarus began to develop actively. In order to improve the health service and to provide medical training and research in western region of Belarus, State Medical Institute in Grodno was established, 250 students were admitted for the academic year 1958/59. Organizational assistance and financial support were provided by the Ministry of Health of the Republic. For instance, in 1963 the Ministry of Health gave thousands of rubles for the purchase of equipment. Local executive authorities and the party leadership of the region had taken a decision on the direction of the personnel, giving the institute buildings, material and technical resources. In 1964 248 physicians graduated, 22 of them with honors. Later many of them have become excellent doctors, bright scientists and teachers. It should be noted that the first students of our university had specific life experience. These were mostly people with secondary specialized medical education who had served in the Soviet Army, by the time of admission they had already had working experience.
In accordance with the curricula and programs approved at that time, training in therapeutic, and then (1979) in the pediatric department was carried out. In the academic year 1959/60, the higher education system of medical practice was introduced, and in 1970-71 – sub-internship and internship. For more than half a century of its existence the Institute, and then the University had trained more than 16 thousands of doctors and nurses with higher education, including about 300 foreigners from 25 countries. Up until the 1990s, student enrolment in the university had been increasing (for example, in 1993 it exceeded 600 people). Subsequently, the number of budget places was reduced. At the same time the demand for health professionals was high, and at the beginning of the XXI century the problem of human resources escalated, especially there was a lack of doctors in rural health facilities. In this connection, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus increased student enrolment greatly.
In 1990s new faculties exclusive for the USSR were opened: nursing (1991 – Full-time, 1996 – extramural studies) and mental health (1993).
Since 1992 the Institute began training specialists for foreign countries, and the export of educational services expanded considerably. In 2008 the faculty of medical diagnostics was organized, which provides training in two specialties “medical diagnostics” and “nursing.” Today there are 5 faculties at the university. The faculties offer training in 5 specialties, clinical residency – in 33, postgraduate department – 20 specialties. First master’s degree holders have been qualified.
In January 2000, the Institute was successfully accredited as University. The new position requires great responsibility. Major efforts are undertaken at the University to improve the quality of medical education. Modern computer technologies are introduced widely in the educational process, the students prepare multimedia presentations, create training videos, participate in role-playing games.
The computerization of the University has been accomplished, computer labs have been equipped, and the educational portal has been created. A three-level academic performance rating has been introduced. PC-based library hall and information databases have been designed. The project “National textbook” is being fulfilled. Teachers publish manuals and textbooks for students. Grading criteria for all courses have been developed. Active forms of learning are used. Monitored independent students’ work is being introduced; theoretical and practical clinical training of students is being upgraded. Future doctors get acquainted with modern computer 4D program functioning on the basis of the Grodno Regional Clinical Hospital. Students and teachers are active members of the Bologna Process. International cooperation is constantly improving. The students have the possibility for taking practical training in Poland and Germany.
Today the University accords special importance to the training of highly professional general practitioners.
Clinical work is an integral part of University life. Undoubtedly, the work of clinicians largely determines the success of the Grodno region, which for several years has been considered one of the best in the country.
Thanks to the scientists of the university, new methods of screening, treatment and rehabilitation were put into practice. So over the past 5 years, the staff of the University received 158 patents for inventions and utility models, 125 positive decisions, 3 certificates for trademarks.
Two teachers of our university were awarded the title “Honorary Doctor of Belarus” (N.I Batvinkov, G.A. Obuchov).
Professor Advisory Centre was created in 2011 in order to improve the quality of medical assistance provided to the population.
The last five years has been fruitful for our university.
In 2012 GrSMU was accredited as a scientific organization. The website of our library became the winner of the CIS competition among sites of medical libraries “TopMed”.
In 2013 the laboratory of molecular genetic investigation was opened. GrSMU became the winner of the competition “Brand of the Year – 2013” in the nomination “Science and Education”. The first in Belarus medical laboratory for practical training was opened. Anatomical exposition “Grodno cabinet of curiosities” resumed its work.
The University was awarded the Certificate of Merit from Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus for its significant contribution to the implementation of the government social policy and training of highly qualified medical professionals.
GrSMU received the status of an expert in the field of education and science, becoming an accredited member of the international program “Global World Communicator (GWC) “Education and Science”. Grodno State Medical University magazine is included in the bibliographic database “E-library”.
Admission Committee works with the help of ACS “Entrant” software.
The library introduced the electronic delivery of books.
In 2014, the University was included into the list of the best universities of the CIS countries, as well as in the top 500 best universities in the world rankings as a result of Worldwide Professional University Rankings RankPro (rating of the International Council of Scientists).
Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound Workshop and virtual laparoscopic surgery workshops were opened in practical training lab.
GrSMU won the professional contest “Brand of the Year – 2014” in the category “Export”.
In 2015, Professor Advisory Centre moved to the renovated building. Refresher courses in 5 specialties were organized. Electronic record of students’ academic performance was introduced. GrSMU magazine is indexed in 14 international databases. Electronic version of the magazine was given the international serial number. The cooperation agreement with Russian Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (VINITI RAS) was signed.
The University has a lot of plans for further development in the field of education and science.
Faculty of General Medicine
For many years the Faculty of General Medicine was the only faculty of the university and trained physicians of almost all medical specialties. The number of first graduates amounted to 248. At present, 500-600 young specialists graduate from the Faculty every year. Special emphasis is given to the training of specialists providing medical and prophylactic care in the sphere of diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation of adult population.
Faculty of Pediatrics
The Faculty of Pediatrics was established in 1979. The stages of instruction were gradually formed. Two Departments of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatric Surgery were opened. Specialized Children Diseases courses were introduced into the full course of studies of pediatric students.
The Faculty of Pediatrics offers four majors: Pediatrics, Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Gynecology.
Faculty of Medical Diagnostics
Graduates specialized in 1-79 01 06 “Nursing” can work as: head of nursing hospital; head of health unit or medical and obstetric center; head nurse; chief department nurse; lecturer of special medical discipline and methodologist of medical college; chief laboratory assistants of scientific laboratories and clinical departments of higher medical and pharmaceutical educational institutions.
Graduates specialized in 1-79 01 04 “Medical Diagnostics” can work as: radiologist (radiotherapist and CAT radiologist), ultrasound specialist, functional diagnostics specialist, laboratory diagnostics specialist, and after advanced training course – Magnetic Resonance Tomography specialist and Nuclear specialist.
459 diagnosticians were graduated over the period of 10 years, of them 26 with Honors, 2 students received Grant of the President of the Republic of Belarus for the support of the talented youth.
Faculty of Mental Health Medicine
The Faculty of Mental Health Medicine was established at the Grodno State Medical University in 1993 and is currently the only such faculty in the Republic of Belarus. The constituent departments of the faculty are as follows: Department of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Department of General Pedagogy and Psychology, Department of Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy. The graduates of the Faculty are employed in the position of psychiatrists, addiction psychiatrists, psychotherapists. Many of them have Ph.D. degrees, many of them are chief medical officers at psychiatric and addiction medical institutions.
Medical Faculty for International Students
There are students from 33 countries of the world studying at the University. The majority is from Sri-Lanka (609), India (184), Nigeria (147), and Turkmenistan (97). 1081 students are taught with English as a medium of instruction and 120 students are taught with Russian as a medium of instruction. At the 1st year of studies there are 285 students, at 2nd year of studies – 301 students, at 3rd year – 235 students, at 4th year – 116 students, at 5th year – 136 students, and at 6th year – 128 students. At the Faculty the students are trained in the specialty (major) General Medicine with Russian and English as a medium of instruction. Diplomas of our University are recognized by the WHO; the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and Medical Councils of India, Lithuania, the United States of America. The graduates of our University confirm their qualification in the USA, Great Britain, Australia, India, Syria, Pakistan, Germany, Poland and many other countries.
International students study at the Faculty of General Medicine
The training period covers 6 years.
In case of successful completion of the whole course of study the graduates are granted the International Diploma and awarded the title “Doctor of Medicine”.
The head of Milemir company Dr. Rama Sah with the former rector Victor Snezhitsky