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Vitebsk State Medical University

Vitebsk, Russia


Vitebsk State Medical Institute was established as a Hospital-Medical Institute according to the Resolution of the Council of People's Commissars of the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic on November 1, 1934, it had in total 250 students at all the courses.

The first rector of the Institute was Doctor of Medical Sciences, professor Khazanov Moses Anisimovich, graduate of General Medicine Faculty of Bern University (Switzerland). Along with him 12 professors started their work, these professors were known both in the USSR and abroad as medical scientists: Petrov Nikolai Titovich, Morzon Vladimir Osipovich, Berenstein Felix Yacovlevich, Kogan Henoch Izrailevich, Feschenko Gregory Arkhipovich, Karpilov Gregory Khatskelevich, Furman A.S. – graduates of the 1st and the 2nd Moscow Universities, Kirov Leningrad Military Medical Academy, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Kazan University, Kiev University and other higher educational establishments of the country. Professor Gurevich Pavel Markovich was appointed to be the first Dean, he was a graduate of Strasbourg University (Alsace - France). In 1938 the Hospital-Medical Institute was renamed to Vitebsk Medical Institute.

Seven classes of graduates-doctors graduated from the Institute up to 1941. The Great Patriotic War has stopped the development of the Institute for years. At the beginning of the war the Institute was evacuated to Chelyabinsk, then it was evacuated to Yaroslavl in 1943. Yaroslavl Medical Institute was established on the basis of Vitebsk Medical Institute. Some of the Institute employees went to Minsk in 1944 and participated in the reconstruction of Minsk Medical Institute. The Institute came back to native Vitebsk only in 1946. The Institute was headed by Savchenko Anisim Ivanovich, Deputy Minister of Health of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic from 1946 up to 1950. Students’ scientific society of the Institute was created in 1948. The graduate of the 1st Moscow Medical Institute, professor Bogdanovich Ivan Illarionovich was appointed to be the Rector of the Institute in 1951. Many well-known academicians and professors came from Moscow and Leningrad to work at the Institute in 1952 and 1953, they were Shapurov V.V., Weinberg S.B., Oleshkevich I.B., Goldman L.N., Ketiladze E.S., Yanchur N.M., Marcuse K.L., Maslov P.N., Shostak L.Ya., Sosnovik I.L. and many others. They have created powerful biomedical and clinical Schools of sciences during 10 years, these schools are still honored both in the native country and abroad.

The new main educational building of the Institute was ready in 1959. Pharmaceutical Faculty started to work in the same year, along with the existing General Medicine Faculty. Since 1961 the Institute was headed by professor Medvedeva Glafira Antonovna. Central Research Laboratory was established, hostels № 3 and № 4 were built in 1962. Associate professor Medvetsky Eugeni Nikandrovich was Rector of VSMI from 1965 to 1979. The 5th hostel was built and the construction of laboratorial-theoretical building of VSMI was started during these years. The Preparatory Training Course for applicants who want to be admitted to the Institute was established in 1974.

From 1979 up to 1996 the Institute was headed by Sachek Mikhail Grigoryevich, professor, Honored Scientist of the BSSR. The new laboratorial-theoretical building with a total area of 14 thousand square meters was ready in 1981. Hostels № 1 and № 2 were built in 1986, sports complex and dining building were ready in 1987. Training of doctors and pharmacists for foreign countries took place starting from 1981. According to the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR in 1984 the Institute was awarded the Order of Peoples’ Friendship for great services in training of personnel for practical healthcare, training of personnel for foreign countries and on account of the 50th anniversary. Faculty of Advanced Medical Training was established in 1984.

From 1997 up to 2005 the Institute was headed by Kosinets Alexander Nikolayevich. During this period the Institute has seen profound reformations. The following faculties were established: Overseas Students Training Faculty (in 1997), Faculty of Advanced Training and Personnel Development (in 1997), Faculty of Professional Orientation and Pre-university Education (in 1998), Stomatological Faculty (in 2001), Faculty of Advanced Training in Pedagogics and Psychology (in 2001). The new departments and courses of professional development were organized. Knowledge quality control system was developed and implemented. The system of medical education that is competitive at the world market of educational services was established. The electronic library with computer classrooms connected to the global information sources was created. Clinic of VSMU was established according to the Decree of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus on 10.03.2003.

The Institute has successfully passed the certification and accreditation to the status of higher educational university-type establishment and was modified to Vitebsk State Order of Peoples’ Friendship Medical University in 1998.

Since 2005 the University is headed by Deikalo Valery Petrovich. At present time VSMU has 7 faculties where more than 7,000 students and trainees are trained. The University has 63 departments, staffed by 56 Doctors of Sciences and 227 Candidates of Sciences including 44 professors and 171 associate professors. Since 2010 training for getting Master's degree is carried out at the University. The degrees awarded on the graduation from Vitebsk State Medical University are recognized by World Health Organization (WHO), Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG, Philadelphia, USA), Lithuanian Centre for Higher Education Quality Assessment (Lithuania), Ministry of Education and Higher Education of the Republic of Lebanon, Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS, Dallas, USA), Medical Councils of India, Sri Lanka, Ireland, etc.

The University carries out training of higher qualified scientific personnel. Many employees of the University were awarded the State Prizes and Awards: Francis Skarina Medal (the employees are Zanko S.N., Okorokov A.N., Podpalov V.P.), Medal "For Labor Deserts" (the employee is Shilenok V.N.), Honorary Degree "Honoured Science Worker of the Republic of Belarus" (the employee is Sachek M.G.), Honorary Certificate of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus (the employee is Krishtopov L.E.). The names of Sachek M.G., Zanko S.N., Semenov V.M., Adaskevich V.P., Kozlovski V.I., Novikov D.K., Novikova V.I., Konevalova N.Yu., Myadelets O.D., Zhebentyaev A.I., Gurina N.S., Alekseyenko Yu.V., Litvyakov A.M., Lud N.G., Krylov Yu.V., Pimanov S.I., Okorokov A.N. and many others are known throughout the world.

The morphological building was put into operation in 2010. It was the 30th anniversary of work of Overseas Students Training Faculty at Vitebsk State Medical University in November of 2011. At present time students from 29 countries of the world study at the university. The medical library of VSMU was put into operation in 2011. The two-sided student exchange projects on the basis of Departments of Pharmaceutical Faculties take place annually within a framework of Cooperation Agreement with Martsinkovski Poznan Medical University (the Republic of Poland), in these projects students get graduate education.

The authorities of VSMU have signed the Protocol of joint action on the establishment of VSMU branch in Sri-Lanka within a framework of collaboration with PATHE Academy (Sri-Lanka) in 2007. The Agreement for mutual cooperation with Gdansk Medical Academy (the Republic of Poland) was signed in 2008. The cooperation with Argentine University Maimonides has been established in 2009.

More than 14,000 physicians and more than 6,000 pharmacists graduated from the University. The University graduates are excellent organizers and leaders in the sphere of practical public healthcare, Heads of departments, Senior doctors at present time. Anischenko K.N., Stepanenko N.I., Orekhovski V.M., Kolbanov V.V., Romanenkov A.S. held senior positions in the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus. Drobyshevskaya I.M. was the Minister of Health. Govorushkin S.N. and Lektorov V.N. were Chairmen of the Healthcare Committees of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus. Kosinets A.N. was Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus (2005-2007), at present time he is Chairman of Vitebsk Regional Executive Committee. Derkach Yu.N. is Head of Department of Healthcare of Vitebsk Regional Executive Committee. All the Director Generals of unitary enterprises "Pharmacy" and the leaders in this field (Shalaeva M.G., Kupriyanov V.V., Gritsevich N.N., Sosonkina V.F., Godovalnikov G.V., Reutsky L.A., Kiseleva S.N., Filipenko Z.A., Ustyugova S.K.) are our graduates. Rector of Gomel Medical University Lyzikov A.N. is a graduate of VSMU. At present time in the Russian Federation there are five generals who are our graduates. Main Military Medical Directorate of the Russian Federation is headed by Colonel-General Chyzh I.M. Administration of Medical Service of Military establishment of the Republic of Belarus is headed by our graduate Colonel Bogdanov L.A., Central Military Hospital is headed by Sawitski S.F.

According to the Decree of the President of the country Vitebsk State Order of Peoples’ Friendship Medical University was awarded Honorary State Banner of the Republic of Belarus in 2009 for the outstanding achievements in the socio-cultural sphere and a great contribution to the development of the health care system by means of preparing of physicians, pharmaceutists and scientific personnel.

According to the decision of Regional Executive Committee № 226 dated 07.04.2010 EE "Vitebsk State Order of Peoples’ Friendship Medical University" was put on the Vitebsk region Honours Board as the winner of the competition among educational and scientific establishments.

The University helps in the realization of "Project of health promotion in Vitebsk region" in conjunction with Department of Healthcare of Vitebsk Regional Executive Committee.

Morphological Body

From 1997 to 2005, led by Alexander Kosinets, , the University has experienced major transformation. In 1998, the Institute has been accredited and certified by the status of higher education and university-type renamed Vitebsk State Medal of Peoples' Friendship Medical University . In 2001, opened a dental faculty . In 2003, the clinic was open VSMU .

In 2010, commissioned morphological University building and medical library. Currently there are 7 VSMU faculties based on 63 departments. The University has 56 doctors and 227 candidates of sciences, of which 44 - professors and 171- lecturers.


  • At the medical faculty are trained physicians in four specialties : internal medicine , surgery, obstetrics and gynecology , anesthesiology and critical care medicine. The faculty consists of 8 departments.
  • At the Pharmaceutical Faculty pharmacists are trained in the specialty "pharmacy" for the Republic of Belarus , as well as Master of Pharmacy for foreign countries.
  • The Dental faculty consists of 10 departments. At the faculty are trained dentists. The faculty consists of 3 chairs.
  • Faculty training foreign citizens ( FPIG ) prepares doctors of medicine and dentistry and pharmacy masters for foreign countries. The faculty includes Russian language department.
  • Faculty of guidance and prevocational training ( FPDP ) is preparing students to pass the centralized testing. The faculty consists of three departments , including the Department of the Belarusian and Russian languages FPDP , which are taught discipline , " the Belarusian language . Professional vocabulary " for all domestic students.
  • Faculty training in pedagogy and psychology conducts training and retraining of teachers of educational institutions of medical specialization in " Vocational training " with the qualification "Teacher". The faculty consists of the Department of Psychology and Pedagogy , Teaching students from other faculties discipline " foundations of psychology and pedagogy ", " ethics " and " medical psychology ".
  • On faculty of training and retraining specialists gain knowledge about the latest achievements of science and advanced experience in the field of medicine and pharmacy [13]. The faculty consists of 6 departments.


  • 1934 - 1946 Ph.D., Professor Moses Khazanov Anisimovich.
  • 1946 - 1950 Anisim I. Savchenko, who at the time was also the Deputy Minister of Health of the BSSR.
  • 1951 - 1961 Professor Ivan Bogdanovic Illarionovich.
  • 1961 - 1965 Professor Medvedev Glaphira Antonovna.
  • 1965 - 1979 PhD, Associate Professor Eugene Medvetsky Nikandrovich.
  • 1979 - 1996 Ph.D., Professor Michael G. Sachek.
  • 1997 - 2005 Ph.D., Professor Kosinets Alexander, currently holds the position of Chairman of the Vitebsk Regional Executive Committee.
  • 2005 – Dr. MD, professor Valery Deikalo.

Cultural Life

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 Belorussian countryside’s 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 parents’ 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.

Material & Technical Basis

59 departments are in the University, 62 doctors and 206 Candidates of Science work here, 43 of them are Professors and 163 are Docents. All the departments are equipped with up-to-date automated teaching aids, with sets of moulages and phantoms, with complex diagnosis and treatment equipment. Great pedagogical experience, professional research work and good teaching aids are the ground for teaching process. Ranked and three-stage system of knowledge evaluation (computer testing, practical training and oral interviewing) is introduced for all the departments. Educational-technical drug-store, stomatolgical clinic, experimental-analytical laboratory are being created to improve the quality of education and to help our students to consolidate their knowledge on practice.

Most patient care institutions of Vitebsk are clinical bases of the University and they all have modern medical and diagnosis equipment at their disposal. The main clinical bases of the University are Regional clinical hospital, Regional oncological clinic, First aid clinic, and Regional clinic for children, Clinic of VSMU and others. The excellent library of the university is open for every student and has great fond of books in Russian and other foreign languages at its disposal. Most books are of educational and scientific-research character; these are unique publications of lections, recommendation literature, monographies, scientific works and materials from conferences, published by different departments.

The unique electronic library was created on the basis of VSMU in 2003. The center is equipped with new computers with high speed Internet linkup.

Students and the staff of the University have access to the materials of the Department of scientific information, the database “Medicine” (Russia), “Medline” (USA), “International pharmaceutical reports” (USA) and many more.

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