Vitebsk State Medical University(VSMU)

Vitebsk State Medical University was founded in November 1934. The first Rector was Professor M. A. Hazanov. The foundation of Medical Faculty was finished by 1941. It included 32 theoretical and clinical departments. The Great Patriotic War broke the work of the Institute for several years. Many teachers and students participated in the defense of the country. The city and the Institute were almost in ruins. The rebuilding of the Institute started in 1946.

Years passed. Medical Institute was expanding; its clinical base was improving. The number of highly qualified specialists, professors and scientific workers was growing. In 1959, the Pharmaceutical Faculty was opened along with the Medical Faculty. A year later the Institute began to train specialists at the postgraduate study courses. In 1963 the Central Scientific Research Laboratory was opened in order to train scientists and highly qualified lecturers. During the last decades the Institute was developing very intensively. In 1984 the Physicians Advanced Training Faculty was established. In October 1993 the Ministry of Public Health of the Republic of Belarus resolved to transfer the Pharmaceutical Advanced Training Faculty to Vitebsk Medical Institute. In 1997 the Preliminary Training Faculty was established.

Since September 1981 Vitebsk State Medical University started to train the overseas students on Preliminary Training, Medical and Pharmaceutical Faculties. The number of foreign students was increasing and in 1997 the Faculty of Overseas Students Training was opened. For the large merits in training physicians for public health of Asia, Africa, Near East and Latin America, the Vitebsk State Medical University was awarded with the Medal of Peoples Friendship by the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. In the beginning of 1999, according to the Republic of Belarus Ministry of Education Vitebsk State Medical University was accredited to a University status.


The University was headed by famous scientists and physicians, talented organizers of public health A.N. Savchenko (1946-1949), I.I. Bogdanovich (1949-1962), G.A. Medvedeva (1962-1965), E.N. Medvedsky (1965-1979), M.G. Sachek (1979-1997). Since 1997 the Rector of Vitebsk State Medical University is a Corresponding Member of Belarus Academy of Medicine, Professor A. N. Kosinets.

At present there are 7 Faculties, 53 Departments, Central Scientific Research Laboratory, Scientific Medical Informational Department, Educational and Methodical Informational Center and Library.

The Medical and Pharmaceutical faculties are training practitioners and pharmaceutists on specialty “Medicine” and “Pharmacy”. The top graduates are studying at clinical residency. At the moment more than 3500 students are studying at the University.

There are 374 lecturers of whom 57 are Professors and 120 – Associate Professors. The scientific degree of Doctor of Sciences have 55 lectures and 210 – are Candidates of Sciences. There are 13 scientific academic schools at the University both on medical-biological, clinical and pharmaceutical disciplines which have introduced a substantial contribution to the development of a modern medical sciences and to the improvement of medical education in the Republic of Belarus and the countries of the former USSR.

There are 3 special Scientific Boards of the doctors and candidates’ thesis defense on different specialties (parasitology, helminthology, drugs technology and pharmacy, pharmaceutical chemistry and pharmacognosy, internal surgery and gastroenterology). Nowadays the University scientists perform researches on 40 perspective medical projects. There are 45 scientific study groups of students. This society of young scientists is one of the famous in Belarus and the nearest countries. The magazines “Surgery News” and “Pharmacy News”, “Immunology” are published by the University.

The overseas students are studying at the University since 1981. For this period of time more than 700 specialists graduated from Vitebsk State Medical University. They successfully work in different institutions and public health of 109 countries of the world. The overseas postgraduates continue to study at the clinical residency and research postgraduate training courses, 11 of them defended their thesis.

The University develops different contacts in the realm of medical education, physicians training, scientific research, methodical and informational exchange with many institutions of Russian Federation and other countries. Republic centers “Infection in Surgery”, Minimal Invasive Surgery, Lipid Center, Central Scientific Research Laboratory of the University are well known abroad. The University is the organizer of the international academic meetings, which stimulate active participation of all the scientists and lectures of the University in the activity of professional international societies and associations. Some of the well-known lecturers and scientists have been elected to the foreign Scientific Academies.

There is problem-based teaching, integration in the studying of the theoretical and clinical disciplines at the University. There is a rating estimation of the students’ knowledge. The Educational Methodical Center is coordinating the implementation of modern educational technologies. The specialists of the University have developed modern educational programs in order to train highly qualified medical specialists.

All departments have computer tests, plaster casts and phantoms, modern medical-diagnostic equipment. There are 5 computer classes and 19 video classes at the University. The physician’s practical skills are teaching for students in twenty well-equipped therapeutic and surgical clinics. The University has a big field, which is used for pharmacy specialists training.

The most departments are publishing lectures, recommendations, monographs, scientific works, and conference materials. There is a Central Scientific Research Laboratory with modern equipment for training highly qualified specialists at the University. The Medical Scientific Informational Department has the patent fund, data base “Medicine” (Russia), “Medline” (USA), “International Pharmacy Reports” (USA). All the departments of the University use the medical professional information resources of the Internet. The publishing facilities of the University provide with all the necessary educational and scientific materials. Some clinical and theoretical departments have scientific laboratories.

A number of different youth organizations, sport clubs and art groups work at the Medical University. There are 5 comfortable hostels for students of Vitebsk State Medical University.

One of them is flat type i.e. with attached bathroom, toilet and kitchen. The hostels are centrally heated (air-conditioned). Hostels are fully furnished. The basic occupancy system is two or three students per room.

Separate arrangements for boys and girls.

All the hostels are well guarded with police security. Bed linen is changed once in a week and hostel is cleaned once every day.

The University is well provided with facilities for teaching and learning. There are an excellent library and museum, computer and laboratory facilities, modern equipment, free access to the professional information resources in the Internet, CD-ROM medical database for students, researchers, physicians and pharmacists. The University Library, which contains many books and items of educational material, medical journals, scientific and fiction literature both in English, Russian and many foreign languages. Every University student uses the library free of charge. The library is located in the University new building.

Faculties of the University

At present there are 7 Faculties, 58 Departments, Central Scientific Research Laboratory, Scientific Medical Informational Department, Educational and Methodical Informational Center and Library. All departments have computer tests, plaster casts and phantoms, modern medical-diagnostic equipment. There are 5 computer classes and 19 video classes at the University. The physicians’ practical skills are teaching for students in twenty well-equipped therapeutic and surgical clinics. The University has a big field, which is used for pharmacy specialists training.

  • Medical Faculty
  • Pharmaceutical Faculty
  • Dental Faculty
  • Faculty of Overseas Students Training
  • Faculty of the Post graduate Education in
    Medicine and Pharmacology
  • Faculty of the High Medical School Pedagogy
  • Faculty of the Professional Orientation
  • and Training of Entrants.

International department

Principal directions of work of the department

  • Formation of programs of international cooperation
    • involvement of teaching staff in international cooperation
  • Assurance of cooperation of the departments of the university in the sphere of international cooperation
    • export of educational services
  • Organization of traineeship of VSMU students abroad
    • Organization of admission for foreign students coming to the university by intergovernmental and interuniversity contracts and agreements
    • Organization of admission company for foreign students to the Faculty of    overseas Students Training
    • maintenance of consultations and translations for departments and staff of the university
  • Organization of work of teaching staff from abroad
    • maintenance of representative and informational activity
    • realization of Politics and aims in the sphere of quality within the limits and competence of the department
    • effective application of documents of management system of quality.









(including food, transport expenses etc.)

International projects, seminars, conferences

Currently realized International project

“Quality improvement of medical service using informational technologies for diagnostics of skin cancer and lung cancer”

The named project is realized at Vitebsk State Medical University (international number of the project: LLB-2-242)

The project will be realized in the frames of the “Program of cooperation of European partnership”

Beneficiary of the project is Belarusian National Technical University (Minsk, the Republic of Belarus). Partners of the project: the Republican National Center of oncology named after N.N. Alexandrov (Minsk, the Republic of Belarus), educational establishment “Vitebsk State Order of Peoples’ Friendship Medical University” (Vitebsk, the Republic of Belarus), Vilnusuniversity, Faculty of mathematics and informatics (Lithuania, Vilnus).

ACTUALITY: Currently, there is growth of cancer of skin and lungs, which is the ethnic problem. The project activates bilateral cross-border cooperation leading national health care institutions in the field of oncology, who will receive innovative, efficient, based on the use of information technology tool that allows to conduct the qualitative diagnosis of diseases of the skin and lungs, taking into account the features of the disease. To ensure the quality of diagnosis it is planned to develop large international database of information relating to the diagnosis of skin cancer and lung cancer.

AIM: The project aims to improve the health care system in the Republic of Belarus and the partner countries and to promote intercultural communication leading scientific institutions and health care institutions and expansion of professional knowledge and diagnostic capabilities in the field of oncology specialists participating countries.

RESULTS AND PRODUCTS: The project will improve the quality of services in health care system in the early diagnosis of lung cancer and skin through the use of information technology. The unified database will be developed. Scientific and medical staff from Belarus and Lithuania will participate in joint training, which beneficially affect the quality of medical services.


Structural units


The Library is one of the leading structural divisions of the University, its informational and cultural center. The Library provides informational supply of educational process, research work, managing and marketing activities.

The Library procures and organizes its collection including books, periodicals, thesis and abstracts in general medicine and pharmacy, natural sciences, it also provides access to e-resources. The medical recourses collection of VSMU library is the largest one in Vitebsk region.

The library is available not only for students, trainees, lecturers, administrative staff of the University, professors and researchers, but also for the doctors and pharmacists of Vitebsk region.


Club of International Friendship

Club of International Friendship operates as a structural unit of Overseas Students Training Faculty of VSMU, it is headed by Dean of OSTF. The Club is located at the international hostel of VSMU number 1 at the address Pobedy Avenue 5/1. Direct regulation of the work of Club of International Friendship is provided by Deputy Dean of OSTF on social and international work.

Functions and Responsibilities of Club of International Friendship:


  1. Providing conditions for the development and maintenance of international friendship between foreign and Byelorussian students of VSMU;
  2. Maintenance of close cooperation between Byelorussian representatives of the Trade Union Committee of VSMU students, Belarusian Republican Youth Union, VSMU students club and VSMU students sports club with foreign students when participating in joint events;
  3. Organization of social, psychological, communicative adaptation both of arriving new-comers and studying foreign students;
  4. provision and coordination of informational work with foreign students on educational, cultural, sports and health and other aspects of VSMU students’ life, this work must be done by Chairman and Deputies Chairmen of Counsels of fraternities of different countries;
  5. Organization of joint leisure activities for foreign and Belorussian students at the extracurricular time and during holidays;
  6. Organizing of meetings, conversations, contests, different discussions of foreign and Byelorussian students on cultural, interethnic and international problems;
  7. Provision of a place for foreign and Belorussian students’ planning of social events (charity events and concerts, visits to Vitebsk and Vitebsk region orphanages, etc.);
  8. Organization of international holidays, Days of fraternities, exhibitions of fraternities, cultural activities related to meetings of ambassadors of foreign countries with the involvement of foreign and Belorussian students.

Activities of Club of International Friendship are regulated with Statutes of Club of International Friendship and are conducted according to the plan approved by Vice-rector of Educational Work and Foreign Affairs of VSMU.

Cultural life in VSMU

Cultural life of the University is multinational in character.Each year students have several sport programs at  their  disposal: cricket tournament, chess competition,  football championship and other sport events. The immerse  number of cultural festivals and celebrations, which  take  place all-the-year-round, demonstrate international cultural diversity. The annual festival “Student Autumn”,  National Cuisine Feasts, Faculty  Days, National Student Union Holidays with a wide range of cultural activities present a  perfect chance for foreign students to display their skills and abilities.

The variety of Belarusian country sides and landscapes offer many interesting excursion traveling tours around the country to all tastes. Students may enjoy this kind of activities all year round.

The University maintains strong relations with parents. For parent’s convenience and peace of mind the administration staff communicated with parents whatever possible, by phone, fax and e-mail to keep them abreast of their children’s progress.


Believing that Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world the Vitebsk State Medical University – Model United Nations has provided the students the opportunity to attend quality international college/university level programs that bring together the next generation of international leaders. The VSMU-UN Body is a nonprofit organization which implements strategies of the UN and also is powered by the direct support by the European and North American UN associated bodies.

The VSMU-UN advances understanding of the United Nations and contemporary international issues. We positively affect the lives of participants and prepare them to be better global citizens through quality educational experiences that emphasize collaboration and cooperative resolution of conflict. We envision a world comprised of civically engaged people who strive for peaceful, multi-lateral conflict resolution and equitable, sustainable human development.

Although becoming a Doctor is one of the best ways we can serve the humanity, unfortunately learning medicine and becoming a doctor is seen as a profession which has not got much weight in the hands of international affairs and laws. The primary objective of the VSMU-UN is to build bridges between international affairs and medical studies since we believe in the depth of medical law. The Vitebsk State Medical University MUN community sets a common ground to the delegates from all around the world to use their diplomatic skills and bring up new resolutions to the modern issues in the world. We also enhance the ability and provide the delegates the chance to attend internationally recognized MUN conferences, medical associated conferences, seminars, cultural and social activities all around the world.  We support and do train the well-wishers who wants to join our community to look at the world in a different eye. Through these experiences – during preparation, in committee sessions, and even in hallway caucuses – students develop an appreciation of differing viewpoints, experience the challenges of negotiation, see the rewards of cooperation, broaden their world view, increase their intellectual abilities and discover the human side of international relations and diplomacy.

On our way to our primary goals we do recruit volunteers who could serve as organizing committee members, chair persons for conferences and also Delegates who would love to experience the world in a new way.
If interested do not hesitate to contact the VSMU-UN.


Clinic of Vitebsk State Medical University

Administrative Staff of the Clinic

The Clinic of Vitebsk State Medical University provides a wide range of paid medical services. All prices are obtained approval from Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus. Professors and associate professors of VSMU receive patients in pediatrics, gynecology, cardiology, oncology, neurology, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, vascular surgery, internal medicine, allergology and immunology, traumatology and orthopedics, urology, hematology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, endocrinology. Any patient can attend a professor or associate professor by previous appointment by telephone. By the Order of the Minister of Health of the Republic of Belarus Postoyalko L.A. in March 2003 Vitebsk branch of the Scientific Research Clinical Institute of Radiation Medicine and Endocrinology Clinic was reorganized and Clinic of VSMU was created. It was composed of the following departments: consultative polyclinic, functional diagnostics, therapeutic, physical therapy and clinical diagnostic laboratory. In September 2003 the Republican lipid treatment and diagnostic center of metabolic therapy was attached to the Clinic. Clinic of VSMU today is a modern medical diagnostic center that meets the standards of the highest level.


Editorial and Publishing Center VSMU (EPC)


Address: 210023, Belarus, Vitebsk, Frunze Avenue, 23

In February 20, 2000 on the basis of copying equipment unit the university Editorial and Publishing (EPC) Center of VSMU was created. Currently, the employees of the Center are I.A.Borisov, N.B. Ginko, S.A. Kushnerova, S.E. Aglobleva, L.P. Bagretsova, L.A. Petrova, O.A. Sushko, I.M. Minochkina, V.A. Belousov. The Center has a license for printing activities. Such technical equipment as isographs, copiers, sheet collators, stitching machines, thermal binders, shredders, computers enable to provide the University with educational and scientific literature and blanks as well.

The university staff have prepared and EPC issued lecture courses, manuals on almost all disciplines of medicine and pharmacy, including lecture materials, case studies, practical skills, tests, that correspond to the three-stage knowledge and skills assessment.

100 titles of educational and scientific literature in an edition of 100 to 1,000 copies are published annually. The published literature is sent to the university library and sold in the university newsstand.

EPC publishes the following journals:

  • “Novosti Hirurgii”;
  • “Vestnik VSMU”;
  • “Vestnik Pharmacy”;
  • “Okhranamaterinstva i detstva”

EPC offers medical students and professionals in Medicine and Pharmacy:

  • Monographs
  • Abstracts
  • Collections
  • Instructions
  • Electronic books, including books in English
  • Scientific journals
  • Educational literature in English

Academic literature on specialties “General Medicine”, “Pharmacy” and “Dentistry” is offered as well.


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