Vitebsk State Order of Peoples' Friendship Medical University

Location: Vitebsk, Poland
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Today educational process is carried out at 7 faculties:

  • Preparatory Training Course
  • General Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Faculty
  • Stomatological Faculty
  • Overseas Students Training Faculty
  • Post-graduate Training Faculty
  • Faculty of Pedagogics and Psychology of Higher School

Educational process is organized at 60 departments, where 57 doctors and 225 candidates of sciences, including 45 professors and 170 assistant professors, work. The educational departments are equipped with modern automatic apparatuses for training, sets of plastic models and phantoms, complex medical-diagnostic equipment. The teaching is supported with skilled pedagogical experience, highly - qualified research activity and great academic means of training.

Ratio and 3-stage system of students’ knowledge assessment is used at the university (computer testing, practical skills and interview).

Clinical Bases of the University

To improve the quality of teaching educative-industrial pharmacy, dental clinic, and control-analytic laboratory were created where students are able to put the accepted knowledge into practice.

Clinical bases of the University are the majority of city clinics containing necessary modern medical-diagnostic equipment. Total bed fund of clinical departments is 4 200 beds. The main clinical bases of the university are Regional Clinical Hospital, Regional Oncological Heath Centre, Hospital of Emergency Medical Help, Regional Children Clinical Hospital, VSMU Clinic and others.

Scientific research

There are 14 scientific-pedagogical schools in medical-biological, clinical, pharmaceutical disciplines at VSMU which make a valuable contribution into contemporary medical and pharmaceutical science and practice development in the Republic of Belarus and CIS countries. Students scientific society has rich traditions and wide experience in the field of young scientists preparation. The scientific activity of VSMU is carried out in the following perspective scientific directions: field and extremal medicine, surgical diseases, medical aids, infection, prophylaxis and treatment of heart-vascular system, traumas, oncology, healthy mother – healthy child, prophylaxis of alcoholism, drug addiction and psychosomatic diseases, internal diseases; organization, management and economy of health care system.

The University edits scientific practical magazines “News of Surgery”, “Bulletin of Pharmacy”, “Immunology, Allergology, Infectology”, “Bulletin of VSMU”, “Maternity and Childhood Protection”, published in large editions newspaper “Medvuzovets”.

Overseas Students Training Faculty

In 1981 by the decision of Ministry of Education and Ministry of Public Health Services of the USSR Vitebsk State Medical Institute was the first in Belarus to receive the right of training medical staff for foreign countries. During the work of the Overseas Students Training Faculty existence 1500 doctors and pharmacists have been prepared and now they are working successfully in 110 countries of the world.

Undergraduate Training

Foreign citizens are offered two forms of training: Russian Medium and English + Russian Medium (General Medicine only). The curriculum of both forms of training is the same except the language of instruction. Educational process is organized on the basis of traditional European curriculum which includes lectures, seminars, laboratory and practical classes. Studying clinical subjects is organized in the form of cycles (1-3 weeks each). Starting from the 5th course additional elective courses are conducted in English (Hospital Surgery, Hospital Therapy, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Anesthesiology and Reanimatology, Infectious Diseases).



Duration of Training

Awarded Qualification

Preparatory Training Course

8-10 months


General Medicine

6 years



5 years



5 years


Postgraduate Training

The graduates may continue their medical education in clinical residency or postgraduate training course in a large number of specialities (Surgery, Pediatrics, Cardiology, Urology, Oncology, Traumatology etc.) Training in clinical residency is carried out according to the Educational Program approved by the Ministry of Health and lasts 2-4 years. It includes theoretical and practical aspects. After completing the course a clinical resident receives the Certificate. Postgraduate Training Course lasts 3-4 years. Research work is conducted individually or in groups of young scientists from various University departments. A post-graduate student passes examinations and after graduation defends a thesis.



International Department, Vitebsk State Medical University,;
                           +375 212 60 14 49; the Republic of Belarus, 210023 Vitebsk, Frunze avenue, 27

International Department

Vitebsk State Medical University 

+375 212 60 14 49 

the Republic of Belarus

210023 Vitebsk

Frunze avenue, 27