The Faculty of General Medicine was founded in 1954. It is the biggest faculty of the Academy and consists of 45 theoretical and clinical departments located in the main building of the Academy and 10 teaching hospitals.
The total number of student at the Faculty is more than 2000, including 1000 foreign students. The duration of studies is 6 years.
For the first 2,5 years of training students are mainly focused on theoretical subjects at the departments of biology, medical physics, chemistry, biochemistry, human anatomy, histology, physiology, pathology, microbiology, Latin and foreign languages, social sciences. During the last 3,5 years students are offered extensive practical training in various fields of therapy, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, public health and prevention. One of the most distinguished features of our medical education is a full every day student-to-patient contact at all clinical classes. This provides unique opportunity for students to be well skilled in modern diagnostic and treatment approaches.
Development of research skills based on modern methodology and up-to-date equipment is another important part of the program. All departments of the Faculty provide facilities for students to be involved in research under the guidance of the Students Scientific and Research Association led by the tutors from the Faculty.
The teaching staff of the Faculty pays much attention to acquainting students with life-threatening emergency conditions. For this purpose the Academy has organized a special training centre, well-equipped with modern phantoms and computerized models enabling students to simulate different kinds of emergency conditions and learn how to deal with them.
Graduates of the Faculty work in all regions of Russia — from the Baltic Sea to the Pacific Ocean, and world-wide from Canada to Australia.