Kazan State Medical University (KSMU) is one of the leading and oldest medical schools in Russia. Established in 1814 as a Medical Faculty of Kazan Emperor University, KSMU currently is a multi-level state educational institution of Russian Ministry of Healthcare that exceeds standards in medical education through the continued development of biomedical and clinical sciences in order to improve population health.
Being home to 5500 students, residents and 1800 staff members, KSMU consists of nine faculties and medical-pharmaceutical college which offer specialty programs as well as bachelor and postgraduate degree programs in Clinical Medicine, Basic Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Social Work. With modern laboratories, numerous well-equipped teaching hospitals and dedicated faculty members, KSMU provides an excellent environment for training of competitive medical doctors, scientists, pharmacists and social workers with competencies matching the highest international standards.
For more than 200 years KSMU has significantly contributed to advances in biomedical science and the translation of basic science achievements to clinical medicine. The scientific schools of Physiology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Pharmacology & Pharmacy, Internal Medicine, Public Health, Hygiene, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology are widely recognized at national and international levels. KSMU greatly promotes the propagation of new technologies in the international medical community through continuous professional development of specialists, organization of scientific conferences and congresses founded on the basis of cooperation with healthcare authorities towards the development of new standards for diagnosis and treatment.
Today more than 1000 international students from 57 countries are represented at KSMU, which equates to eighteen percent of the enrolled population. KSMU is actively involved in global health, the UN Academic Impact Initiative, and the International Federation of Medical Students Association activities. KSMU provides excellent opportunities for its students and faculty members to undergo extensive clinical and scientific trainings in more than 30 countries world-wide. According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities-European Standard ARES-2016, KSMU placed third among all medical schools in Russia.
KSMU mission is to provide the highest quality education in science and clinical skills equivalent to the leading international medical schools worldwide based on the implementation of research, innovative technology, and the realization of an effective model of social partnerships between KSMU and the greater community and public healthcare systems.
Kazan State Medical University of Russia is the first overseas site established within WCHN/UVMCOM Global Health program. 2012-2017 period was marked by productive collaboration in Global Health between KSMU and WCHN/UVMCOM. This cooperation not only expands horizons for the parties on Global Health arena, but also enriches clinical and intercultural knowledge of participants.
KSMU developed first in Russia and Europe 6-week Global health elective offering extensive clinical rotations, basic and applied research projects, unique socio-cultural program for junior and senior medical students. During these years KSMU welcomed 12 talented and highly-motivated medical students from UVMCOM and Ross University Medical School, whereas selected KSMU young faculty members and residents underwent clinical clerkships at WCHN. At 2010 KSMU leadership established Annual Scholarships to support Global Health electives in Uganda giving good basis for development of fruitful tripartite collaboration between KSMU, Makerere University and WCHN/UVMCOM. Over past years, 22 outstanding KSMU graduates and residents underwent extensive GH rotations at Uganda and obtained invaluable clinical and cultural experience. At 2017 KSMU launched partnership with School of Medicine of Iberoamericana University and scholarship for GH electives in Dominican Republic within Global Health framework.
Annual orientation sessions and education courses in Tropical and Evidence-Based Medicine given by Dr. Majid Sadigh inspired hundreds of KSMU students, residents, Kazan doctors. Many of the listeners reconsidered their role in medicine, now willing to contribute more to those who are in need. The Global Health Program alumni are now starting to make difference in the healthcare by becoming young lecturers at KSMU and skillful clinicians at Kazan hospitals. They become truly mature doctors, acknowledging the full value of the medical profession, which is to save people despite the borders, politics, and one’s own interests. In April 2016, KSMU delegation participated in celebration of “Global Health Day” hosted by UVMCOM. The celebration highlights included a Dean’s Distinguished Lecture on Global Health delivered by Rector of KSMU, professor Alexey Sozinov.
KSMU highly appreciates WCHN/UVMCOM Global Health program partnership for beautiful and valuable experience in exchanging views and ideas, for contribution to medical education development. In May 2017 Director of WCHN/UVMCOM Global Health, Dr. Majid Sadigh was elected to the post of Vice-Chair of KSMU International Scientific Board certifying an appreciation of his input in medical science and education, global health, and development of international collaboration.
KSMU community truly believes that Global Health program has great potential and already starts to make difference for people’s health around the world.