Specialty 1-79 01 01 «General Medicine»
The history of General Medicine Faculty – is the history of VSMU as its creation and development are inextricably linked with the development of the university. Earlier the Faculty was ruled by Docent P.M.Gurevich, Professor G.I.Kogan (1937), Professor N.L.Krichevskiy (1939), Docent V.V. Korobko (1939-1941), Docent E.S.Ketiladze (1957-1959), Assistant D.A.Maslakov (1959-1964), Docent N.P.Letkina (1965-1967), Docent A.F.Kotovich (1967-1969), Docent M.M. Pyatkevich (1969-1970), Professor N.F.Lysikov (1970-1976), Docent E.O.Nepokoychitskiy (1971-1976), Professor V.S.Makarenko (1976-1985), Professor Yu.B.Martov (1985-1989), Professor M.A.Nikolskiy (1989-1997).
Since 1997 the faculty was headed by professor N.Yu. Konovalova, who in 2006 passed the torch to Professor V.M. Semenov, and he in his turn to Professor I.V. Gorodetskaya in 2014.
Due to the high qualification of teachers medical students receive modern medical education, which enables them to properly represent our university in all around the World. The duration of studying at the Faculty is 6 years, in the sixth year – Pre-Graduate Internship on specialties: therapy, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, anesthesiology and critical care medicine, pediatrics.
In recent years the number of medical students enrolled at the faculty has increased and there are more than 3300 students including almost 30% who study on a fee-paying basis.
Classes are held at 9 departments of the faculty and 31 university-wide departments. 44 Doctors of Sciences (including 37 Professors), 190 Candidates of Sciences (including 134 senior lecturer) and 342 teachers without a degree give classes.
At the faculty scientific-pedagogical schools are created and successfully functioning, they are run by professors A.N.Kosinets, V.P.Deikalo, N.Yu.Konevalova, M.G.Sachek, V.P.Adaskevich, V.Ya.Bekish, I.I.Burak, I.I.Generalov, V.S.Glushanko, S.N.Zanko, V.I.Kozlovskiy, A.M.Litvyakov, N.G.Lud, O.D.Myadelets, D.K.Novikov, V.M.Semyonov, V.N.Shilenok and others whose names are wide-known in the Republic of Belarus and abroad.
Considerable attention is paid to the implementation and use modern innovative technologies and educational materials of a new generation (multimedia simulators, virtual programs) in the educational process. The teachers of the faculty are actively involved in the work of the laboratory of innovative pedagogy.
All departments of the faculty have implemented and use a rating system for students' knowledge assessing. It allows evaluating their knowledge and skills objectively, as well as increases the motivation to successful development of educational programs.
Particular emphasis is placed on practical training of students. A list of practical skills they have to master during the years of training is given in the “Diary of skills records”. The skills are acquired both during the workshops and during duty in the clinic, starting from the third year of study. From 2014 students of 4-6 courses have been taught an interdisciplinary course “Practical skills and abilities training”, which is organized on the basis of the practical and simulation training center of the University as well as at clinical sites. Every summer, starting from the third year, students of General Medicine Faculty have work practice, after the third year - nursing, after the fourth - medical outpatient, after the fifth - medical clinical. During the practice students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge got at the University directly in a clinic.
Students of the faculty are actively involved in research activities in acadermic scientific societies, which are created and operate at all the departments. They are led by the most experienced teachers. Best fellows after graduating from the University are enrolled in Master's and Doctoral program on the recommendation of the University Council. Elective courses developed in respect to the latest achievements of science and practice and new learning technologies help students to deepen and broaden knowledge also.
After graduation the first place work assignment is based on the ranking of students, their participation in public life of the University and a student scientific society for all years of study. During the first year graduates work as internship doctors under the guidance of experienced teachers, so in fact, still continue their education.
The faculty gives large attention not only educational, scientific and pedagogical work with the students, which is carried out under the supervision of the curators from the Council on pedagogical work. Our students are permanent and active participants of amateur performances, sports competitions, numerous winners of various contests - both University and Republican.
Students of the faculty regularly participate in international exchange programs in the framework of academic mobility.
Every year students of General Medicine Faculty get the Presidential Scholarship. Our students repeatedly became winners of national and international Olympiads.
General Medicine Faculty of VSMU is always notable for a high level of training, high activity in research and social work and high professionalism in medical work.