Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Stavropol State Medical University where I very briefly studied 1965-1968


 Me and my Soviet Fiancée (wife)

 Our son Olyeg, said to have died at birth on 10 September 1968, and I was prevented from returning to my medical studies, but my son was found alive two years later!  

To this day I never met him!



Stavropol State Medical University, 310 Mira Str., Stavropol, 355017, Russia.
Rector — Professor Koshel Vladimir Ivanovich
Foreign Students Hostel Address:
8 Morozova str., Stavropol, 355017, Russia
Tel. +7 (8652) 34-45-51
Vice Rector of International and Interregional Affairs — Amlaev Karen Robertovich
Tel.: +78652 — 74−81−34 (3216)
Dean of Foreign Students' Faculty — Stoyana Vassilievna Znamenskaya
Tel. +7 (8652) 370925 Tel. / Fax +7 (8652)370692
Head of the International Affairs and Marketing Department — Oksana V. Vladimirova


ed1.jpgYou have chosen Stavropol State Medical University — you have made a right choice!
It is well known that the medical profession is one of the most important, popular, and respected ones. The ancient Latin proverb says, «Omnium artium medicīna nobilissĭma est» — «Medicine is the noblest of all arts».
The training at Stavropol State Medical University is doubtless prestigious.
The academic clinics, own methodical and scientific schools guarantee excellent knowledge and a high level of professional medical training of the specialists.

Rector of StSMU D. M. S., Professor Vladimir Ivanovich Koshel

General Information

Stavropol State Medical University was founded in 1938. Since that time thousands of highly skilled specialists working all over the world were prepared at the University. Their successful career growth is the pride of our University. The University is situated in the large administrative, industrial, agricultural, scientific and cultural centre — the city of Stavropol which is considered a pearl of the South of Russia. Throughout several centuries the representatives of more than 100 nationalities with their original culture and traditions live there in peace and confidence. Nowadays, the University is one of the authoritative educational and scientific medical centres of our country. In 2010 all activity spheres of the University were licensed and the State Accreditation Certificate was received.

Admission Procedure

It is necessary to provide the University with the following required documents at admission:
  • Application for admission;
  • Personal particulars;
  • Original of Secondary Education Certificate (equal to A-level with the grades by Biology, Physics, Chemistry) and its verified copy. (Note that educational certificate has to be officially translated into Russian language, verified and notarized in the Russian Embassy or Consulate in the native country of the applicant);
  • Health certificate (about physical and mental fitness, -ТВ, STD, HIV, absence of drug and alcohol abuse, list of vaccination, results of AIDS test) signed and sealed by the district or family doctor;
  • 12 photos of size 3×4 cm;
  • Valid passport with the Russian entrance VISA and Immigration card (to be registered during 3 days after arrival in the Visa Service Department of the University).
Nostrification of documents should be lead in the Federal Service on Supervision in Education and Science (Moscow).
The foreign citizens admitting on a quota submit the original of the Direction.
All translations into Russian should be executed according to the name and surname specified in the entrance Visa.



Q. What is the duration of the undergraduate medical course in Russia? What is the degree awarded?
A. The duration of the undergraduate medical course in Russia is 6 years (English Medium), or 7 years (Russian Medium). The Degree awarded is MD (Physician). Unlike the MBBS, which is a Bachelor Degree (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery), the Degree of MD (Physician) is a Master Degree in general medicine (Doctor of Medicine, Physician). Just as in the USA, UK, Australia and other Western Countries, the first medical degree awarded in Russia too is the Master Degree. It is not a post graduate degree and is not to be confused with the Post Graduate Degree of MD/MS awarded in India and a few other countries.

Q. Is the Russian undergraduate medical degree recognized in India?
A. Yes. The Degree awarded by those medical universities in Russia which are approved under the provisions of the Indian Medical Council Act 1956, are recognized in India. According to the Regulations framed by the Medical Council of India (MCI), an Indian citizen desirous of joining an undergraduate medical course in any foreign country shall first obtain an eligibility certificate from the MCI before joining the course. After successful completion of the course, the student shall have to qualify a screening test conducted by the National Board of Examinations in order to get registration from the MCI.

Q. What are the advantages of choosing a Russian medical university for study?
A. There are many advantages in choosing the study in Russia such as:
  • Russian universities do not charge any capitation fees, nor do they take any donation.
  • The annual tuition fees and the total cost of study in Russia are very reasonable and much less in comparison to a private medical college in India or any other country.
  • The medium of instruction is English.
  • International students are taught in batches of 8 to 12 in a class.
  • Russian medical universities are well established and many are listed among the top medical universities in the world.
  • The teaching faculty is all highly qualified.
  • All Universities are equipped with the most modern diagnostic and teaching aids.

Q. Is it necessary to learn the Russian language even for the English Medium course?
A. Yes. The Russian language is taught as part of the curriculum in order to prepare the student to be able to converse with the local patients and hospital staff as they do not speak English. Moreover, knowledge of the local language is always an asset for communication with shopkeepers and others or while taking the local transport.

Q. Is the Russian Postgraduate Medical Degree recognized in India or elsewhere in the world?
A. Universities in Russia awarding postgraduate degrees are listed in the «World Directory of Medical Schools” published by the World Health Organization (WHO). This means that their degrees are recognized worldwide. Students from these universities can write screening exams like the USMLE of USA, PLAB of UK, AMC of Australia, etc., and on passing, are eligible to work in the respective countries. Some countries in the Gulf, Maldives and a few others directly recognize the Russian degrees & students can take up appointments in these countries without writing any screening exams. The MCI does not have a system in place presently for recognition of a Postgraduate degree from any country in the world. The student can however legally suffix the foreign PG qualification to his / her name, engage in private practice or work in any private hospital in India as per the PG qualification, but will not be able to work in a government hospital or in an academic position.

Q. Are the students provided hostel accommodation? What facilities do the hostels provide?
A. Students are accommodated in International hostels managed by the university. The rooms can accommodate 2 to 3 students each depending on its size. Each student will get a table, a chair, a bed and a cupboard. Bed linen, pillow and blankets are provided by the university and are changed once a week. The hostels are centrally heated in winters. Every floor of the hostel has adequate toilets and bath with running hot & cold water. Each floor has a kitchen with burners / hot plates, cutting tables, washing sinks, etc. where students can cook their own meal. The hostels employ cleaning staff to maintain the areas of public use such as corridors, halls, kitchens, toilets, etc., while maintaining the cleanliness and tidiness of the room is the student’s own responsibility.

Q. Can a student open a Bank Account in Russia? Are there any other means of sending money to the student in Russia?
A. Yes, the student can open a Bank account in Russia after his / her passport and local address has been registered with the immigration authorities. Money can be directly transferred to the student’s bank account from a bank in your country. There are also convenient ATM facilities in Russia from which students can withdraw money using Debit Cards or Travel Currency Debit Cards which are issued by some banks and other authorized institutions.

Q. How does a student keep in touch with his / her parents?
A. Mobile phones are widely used in Russia and are convenient for the student. Mobile networks in Russia work on the GSM system. The student can purchase a SIM card for the mobile phone as soon as the registration procedure is completed. Internet facilities are also available in Russia for keeping in touch through e-mail.

Q. What are the facilities available to a student in case he falls sick?
A. The Russian Government has made it mandatory for foreign students to take a medical insurance policy to cover the cost of treatment including medication in case of hospitalization for any ailment. The premium for such a policy varies between $100 to $150 per year. For normal or routine cases not requiring hospitalization, the student can consult doctors at the university hospitals, but the cost of medicines will have to be borne by the student.

Q. How is the safety and security of the students in Russia ensured?
A. Russia is a very safe country for all its residents including foreign citizens. Just as in every country in the world, the general safety of the Russian as well as foreign citizens is entrusted to the Police Department. The universities and their hostels are guarded by their own internal security departments.
The police patrols the streets constantly, paying special attention to the security of international students. All students are issued Identification cards by the university. They are expected to carry their ID cards and a copy of their passport with them at all times when moving outside the hostel, & produce them when and if asked to do so by the police.

Q. Is Russia cold throughout the year? How does a student from other countries cope with the conditions?
A. Russia is not cold throughout the year. It has four distinct seasons — summer is from May to August, autumn — from September to November, winter — from December to February and spring — from March to April. Summer temperatures average +25°С while winter temperatures can be about -25°C.
All establishments in Russia like homes, hostels, classrooms and shops as well as all means of transport like buses, taxis, trains etc. are centrally heated. It is therefore not a problem for the foreign students to cope with the extreme winter temperatures. They need only ensure adequate protection from exposure to the cold by wearing warm clothing, gloves & woolen headgear when moving around outdoors.

Q. When do the students get their vacations?
A. Undergraduate medical students get winter holidays from January 25th to February 9th and summer holidays from July 5th to August 30th each year.
There is no specific vacation period for Post graduate students.
Most students utilize the summer vacations to go back to their countries. The hostels remain open for those who would like to stay back.

Q. Is there any ragging in Russia?
A. Ragging is severely discouraged in Russia & considered to be a criminal offence. Anyone found guilty of ragging can be suspended or expelled from the university or deported from the country.

Q. Can the students' parents visit their children in the university in Russia?
A. Yes, parents are most welcome to Russia to meet their children. Universities consider it a privilege to meet the parents and are eager to show them around the university to see for themselves the infrastructure, the sophisticated teaching and diagnostic aids and the well-equipped laboratories, clinical and surgical facilities, etc.

Reseach work

Last week an international scientific team of the Stavropol State Medical University provided together with a scientific team of the Sheep Institute Stavropol a pilot animal experiment on Osteoporotic Sheep in preparing the next experiments using neural-crest-related stem cells in Regenerative Periodontology
The aim of this pilot animal experiment was to analyze the osseointegration for newly developed ceramic dental implants (Carident AG, Switzerland) together with newly developed human-derived bone substitutes (Osteograft, ARGON Medical Devices GmbH and Co KG, Germany) in an Osteoporotic sheep model on lower jaw of the animals.
Animal handling and surgical procedures were conducted according to the European Community Guidelines for the care and use of laboratory animals (DE 86/609/CEE) and approved by approved by the local ethical committee at the Stavropol State Medical University School. Two young female Caucasian sheep with an average body weight of 27 kg were used in this study. Six months prior to the study, animals had been neutered by ovariectomy to induce osteoporosis.
Two experimental models have been used:
  1. Alveolar bone healing following tooth extraction: The second and third mandibular frontal teeth were selected as the experimental sites, as the roots of these teeth resemble those of the human teeth. Two implants (one control and one from test group) were placed into mandibular postextraction ridges of each of the two sheep. A standard surgical procedure for implant placement was adopted under sterile conditions at all times.
  2. Implant Placement Surgery and grafting procedures in non-extraction sites
Two treatments were provided to each animal, which were as follows:
grafted sites: Carident implant, 4,4 mm x 12 mm together with Osteograft bone substitute as a filler were inserted and then covered with a resorbable natural human-derived membrane (Fascia lata, Osteograft).
non-grafted sites: Carident implant, 4,4 mm x 12 mm without bone substitutes
Primary closure was achieved at the extraction sites using a resorbable suture material (Vicryl 4−0, Ethicon).
Carident implants are new prototype dental implants. They are registered and have therefore CE mark. The test implants were supplied by the Carident AG, Switzerland).
Osteograft is a new prototype human derived bone substitute. It is registered and has therefore CE mark. The test material was supplied by the ARGON & Co KG, Bingen, Germany).
On the next day CT investigation has been provided.

3D reconstruction of the osteoporotic sheep model using CT.

Students' life in University

Foreign students are trained in two languages: Russian and English.
After summer holidays classes start again.
The New Year celebration is the most interesting event in the University social life.
We live, study and enjoy life.

Near the hostel, where we live.

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Video about StSMU
Our graduates work in different places of our country and abroad, they are the trademark of the University. Many of them head scientific research institutes, laboratories, faculties and higher school chairs.

The University has 75 chairs where 97 Doctors of Sciences, more than 300 Candidates of Sciences, 47 Honoured Physicians of the Russian Federation, 4 Honoured Scientists of the Russian Federation work. There are 7 faculties in the University where 4 500 Russian and foreign students from 33 countries of the world are trained. In 2011 in Stavropol State Medical University new lines for preparation of specialists are opened: defectology, biology, biotechnology, physical training for persons with health deviations, economics, social work.

Many scientific research papers having great value for practical public health submitted to various congresses have found wide international recognition.

Stavropol State Medical University is one of the few Russian medical universities recognized by the Medical Council of India. The University is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools published by the World Health Organization (WHO) which enables our graduates to hold a job in any country of the world after taking national examinations. The activity of the University has been marked by high international award «Earthmaker”, which testifies belonging to community of world leaders of various industries, sciences, cultures and national health services. It is awarded with the Diploma and the Gold Medal as the winner of the competitions «The European Quality” in the nomination of «100 Best Higher Schools”, the Kannes Silver Medal «For Dynamic Development” and the title «Flagman of XXI Century”, the Gold Medal of the International Biography Center and the Gold Diploma of the World Sciences International Forum, the winner of the All-Russia Economy Project «Modernization Leaders” in the nomination «Enterprise of the Year 2010”.
Students of the University are encouraged to participate in different research projects, working within the «Students and Young Researchers Society” showing their results at annual conferences and often winning prizes in all-Russian or international fora.
The University has 7 computer classes, a modern library, which numbers about 500 000 copies of books and periodicals, its own editions, the newspaper «Medicus” and a scientific practice magazine. There is an Internet centre within the library.
Lecture-rooms, laboratories and libraries do not limit the student’s life. The University has 4 students' hostels, a sports complex with a swimming pool, gyms and sauna. There is a sports camp on the Black Sea coast of the North Caucasus, where our teachers and students have a rest every year.
Students have an opportunity to take an active part in national festivals, parties.

Within 50 years the University trains foreign students. During this time the University has prepared 1,200 physicians, residents and interns for 77 countries of Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Stavropol State Medical University is listed in the World Directory of medical schools published by the World Health Organization (WHO) that gives the chance to graduates to get a job in any country of the world after passing the national exam.
In 2005, the English-speaking Medium was opened in the University, where the training is conducted in English. The University has the modern material and technical base, allowing to provide a high educational level. Four buildings of the University are equipped with modern learning and medical technics, computer classes, and electronic library.
The training is carried out according to the curricula that are specially adapted to the national programs of foreign students and authorized by the Ministry of Health and Social Development of Russia. The University has 4 educational buildings, a dentistry out-patient department, an eye microsurgery clinic and a borderline psychic disorders clinic.

The majority of clinical departments are located on the grounds of the regional and city medical establishments and they are equipped with modern diagnostic and medical facilities.

The General Medicine Faculty
General Medicine is the field of medicine that covers the health problems of 18 year old persons and older, except dentistry. Variety of pathology, its variability under the influence of environmental factors and society lead to the revealing of new diseases that require a doctor’s expert knowledge and high skills.
The General Medicine Faculty is the oldest one at our university. The teaching of the speciality «General Medicine» at Stavropol State Medical University takes place in more than 40 departments. The academic process is carried out by highly qualified specialists. The teaching staff of the Faculty consists of 32 professors, 29 associate professors and 56 Candidates of Medical Sciences. The faculty is proud of its students. The overwhelming majority of doctors working in the Stavropol Region are the graduates of the General Medicine Faculty.
The course of study at the faculty is 6 years. During two years students master the humanitarian and medicobiological subjects. From the third course students begin to study clinical disciplines, such as Propaedeutics of Internal Diseases and General Surgery. Senior students study Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Neurology, Urology, Traumatology, Dermatovenerology, Otorhinolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Phthisiatry, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Clinical Pharmacology, Forensic Medicine, Physiotherapy. Every academic year, students of the General Medicine Faculty have Medical Practice. The graduates of the Faculty are awarded the qualification of «Physician «in speciality «General Medicine». They have the opportunity to get a specialization in any field of health service, except Dentistry.
The Faculty of Pediatrics
Pediatrics is the science about children, their development, and the morphological and functional maturation of the organism, specific responses to any external factors and diseases, which are specific to childhood. Pediatric service covers all childish population aged from birth to 18 years old. Unlike most other clinical specialties, a pediatrician must not only know and be able to treat children’s diseases, but to understand the regularities of formation of the child’s body; they must be able to recognize abnormalities in the development of a healthy child to prevent the diseases in time. In addition, a number of diseases are found only in childhood, so as a rule the doctors of the other specialties are not fully mastered the concepts and skills of their treatment.
The Faculty of Pediatrics of Stavropol State Medical University was opened in 1973. Annually more than 100 students are admitted to the first course.
Over 37 years of existence more than 3100 pediatricians have been prepared and issued at the Faculty. Within past five years about 15% of graduates from the Faculty have received the Diploma with Honours. The course of training at the Faculty lasts 6 years. The academic process is carried out in several stages. Humanitarian subjects such as Native History, Philosophy, Law, Economics, History of Medicine, Sociology, Political Science and medico-biological subjects including Biology, Human Anatomy, Histology, General, Bioorganic and Biological Chemistry, Microbiology, Normal and Pathological Physiology, Pathological Anatomy, Pharmacology are studied in the first three years. In the third year, students study Propaedeutics of Children Diseases, Propaedeutics of Internal Diseases, and General Surgery. Starting the fourth year, the academic process moves to the clinical departments located in hospitals and clinics.
Graduates of the Faculty acquire the qualification of «Pediatrician» and the possibility of further specialization in any field of health service.
The Faculty of Dentistry
Dentistry is a branch of medicine studying the structure and functioning of the teeth, their illnesses, their methods of prevention and treatment, as well as diseases of the mouth, jaws and the border areas of the face and neck. There is no other field of medicine developing so rapidly as dentistry. Nowadays it became possible to recover even the very damaged teeth and to do their implantation, high-quality filling materials, modern tools for the treatment of teeth and bite correction came to life.
The Faculty of Dentistry of Stavropol State Medical University was founded in 1958. Within 50 years' period of its existence there were prepared and issued to work more than 5 thousand of doctors. The bases of the faculty are equipped with modern facilities, specialized classrooms, which give all types of qualified dental care. The total area of academic, laboratory and clinical bases, attributable to one student is over 18 sq ms, which allows to provide each student with the workplace at special departments. The course of study at the Faculty is 5 years. During first two years students study humanitarian and medico biological disciplines. The second year students start studying Propedeutics of Dental Diseases. Within 3−5 courses the students gain knowledge in dental and clinical disciplines. Training takes place on the ground of the children and adults' dental clinics of the University, of the city’s clinics and dental hospitals. Starting from the 2 year the students undergo the Medical Practice to obtain and consolidate practical skills.
Graduates of the Faculty of Dentistry acquire the specialty of «Dentist» and the ability to pass the following specializations: Therapeutic Stomatology, Dentistry, Orthopedic Stomatology, Surgical Stomatology, Maxillofacial Surgery and Children Dentistry.
The Foreign Students' Faculty
In 1961 Stavropol State Medical University started admitting international students and since that time more than 1200 physicians, residents and fellows from 77 countries of Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America have graduated from the University.
Stavropol State Medical University is one of the few Russian medical universities recognized by the Medical Council of India. The University is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools published by the World Health Organization which enables our graduates to hold a job in any country of the world after taking national examinations.
Our graduates work in different places of the world; they are the trademark of the Faculty. Many of them head scientific research institutes, laboratories, faculties and higher school chairs.
Nowadays, more than 500 foreign students from 33 countries of the world are trained at three faculties of the University: General Medicine, Pediatrics and Dentistry. There are the Preparatory Courses, the Faculty of Advanced Training for Doctors and the Professional Skill Improvement Faculty for teachers of medical schools and colleges. The Post Graduate Faculty, one of the largest in Russia, annually trains over 5000 physicians in 72 specialties.
Beginning from 2005, English-speaking foreign students are taught in English what enables them to begin studies without preliminary training at the Preparatory Courses. The training is carried out according to the curricula that are specially adapted to the national programs of foreign students and authorized by the Ministry of Health and Social Development of Russia.
The foreign students are encouraged to participate in different research projects, working within the «Students and Young Researchers Society» showing their results at annual conferences and often winning prizes in all-Russian or international fora.
The University possesses all conditions necessary for successful acquiring of medical knowledge. The foreign students individually perform laboratory and clinical tests and take advantage of modern learning technologies. With transition to the general practitioners' training, they spend more time in the outpatients' departments where they get acquainted with the health care organization, see patients, learn emergency medicine and assist in various diagnostic procedures.
The Faculty of Pre-University Education, The Small Medical Academy
The medical profession has very strict and serious requirements for those who decided to devote their life to medicine. In addition, a huge amount of the educational material the medical students have to study from the very first days of school means that applicants must have strong and deep knowledge in core subjects.
The main task of the Faculty of Pre-University Education of Stavropol State Medical University is to help to the prospective applicants in their quest to become the students of the Medical University.
The main aspects of the Pre-University Education Faculty are preparing of the trainees according to the General State Examination programs, the organization of the Open Days for high school graduates, contests and quizzes, competitions, interaction with general region institutions, the coordination of all career oriented work at the University. The Small Medical Academy began its work since 2010. It was established according to the Academic Council decision. Training in the SMA gives an opportunity for 9−11 grade schoolchildren to become better acquainted with the medical profession and obtain the research work skills, to meet the prominent scientists and clinicians, to learn about the past and the future of medicine, to visit departments and museums of the University, to be adapted to the training conditions of the University. Training in the SMA is free of charge, except preparatory courses in general subjects.
Extracurricular Activities of Students
Students' life is not limited to lectures, practical classes, tests and exams. Studying at the University students can continue and develop their hobbies by: singing, performing arts, choreography, folk, playing in a «KVN» team, participate in the volunteer movement, carrying out the research work. To keep themselves in a good physical form, they may go in for sports to one of the sections, and of course, they may demonstrate their leadership in the implementation of projects of the University Students' Union.
The University created the conditions for improvement of the students' health. The Center of Students' Health is opened at our University, where the specialists carry out constant monitoring of the students' health indicators during the whole period of study at the University.
Stavropol State Medical University is the only educational establishment in our city, which has a sanatorium, where the students receive comprehensive treatment, or improve their health. Annually within summer vacations, our students have a rest in a sport camp at the Black Sea coast. The University has a sport complex with 25-meters' swimming pool, two sport halls, three gyms, and an outdoor basketball court.
One of the main components of health of the young people is their nutrition. For this purpose, canteens and refreshment rooms are opened in the educational buildings and students' hostels. The University has four students' hostels with furnished apartments for 2−3 persons. Kitchens are equipped with all necessary facilities. There are shower rooms, washing rooms at the hostels.
In addition to the basic scholarship, the University Council scholarship, Rector’s scholarship, Students Scientific Society scholarship were established. The social grants for the orphans, for the disabled groups I and II, for the poor and other socially disadvantaged students are also established.

Aristotle. History. His role in medicine

Aristotle was born in 384 B. C. in Stageira in Macedonia. His father, Nicomachus, was the court physician to the king of Macedonia. Aristotle probably received extensive training in biology and medicine from his father. These were his preferred fields, although Aristotle studied and wrote about all the sciences.
236px-Aristotle_by_Raphael.jpg As a youth, Aristotle distinguished himself as a student at Plato’s Academy in Athens. He was even named to be Plato’s successor, but declined the position due to doctrinal differences. Aristotle later commented that, although he loved Plato, he loved the truth more.
In contrast to his teacher Plato, who considered the physical world of becoming to be an imperfect, ephemeral and illusory reflection of the spiritual world of being, Aristotle affirmed the essential reality of the physical world, and said that the senses must be trusted as the primary sources of valid knowledge. Aristotle’s philosophy was empirical and experiential; he believed in approaching Nature with an open mind to learn Her secrets.
Experimentation and observation were the cornerstones of Aristotle’s science. He affirmed the precedence of facts over theory by declaring that if newly discovered facts contradicted a previously held theory, the theory had to be modified or discarded to accommodate them. In Aristotle, we can see the origins of modern science and the scientific method.
Although he greatly loved medicine and probably even practiced it on occasion, Aristotle most distinguished himself in the field of biology. An avid natural historian who tirelessly studied and catalogued many species of plants and animals, Aristotle was the father of comparative anatomy and physiology, and of later theories of evolution and embryology.
Aristotle’s personal philosophy and ethics center on the virtue of reason and the Golden Mean. Aristotle believed that the highest virtue that a man could have came from the proper exercise of his reason. He believed that all true happiness and morality came from adhering to the Golden Mean of moderation in all things.
Aristotle’s most important contribution to the theory of Greek Medicine was his doctrine of the Four Basic Qualities: Hot, Cold, Wet, and Dry. Later philosopher-physicians would apply these qualities to characterize the Four Elements, Four Humors, and Four Temperaments. The Four Basic Qualities are the foundations for all notions of balance and homeostasis in Greek Medicine.
Aristotle later founded his own school of philosophy, the Lyceum, which was patterned after Plato’s Academy. However, his teachings were to be spread far and wide through the conquests of his most illustrious pupil, Alexander the Great.
The early Church fathers vastly preferred the spiritual, otherworldly philosophy of Plato and the Neo-Platonists over Aristotle, who was esteemed chiefly as a logician. But in the High Middle Ages, Muslim philosopher-Physicians like Avicenna and Averroes brought a newfound appreciation for other aspects of Aristotle’s science and philosophy.
And so, Aristotle’s teachings on biology, medicine and the natural sciences were finally accepted by the Church and incorporated into the medieval worldview. But, as with Galen, much of his work was blindly accepted as dogma and never questioned until the Renaissance. Like Galen, Aristotle, although impressive, was not infallible.

Anniversary events

1. Dec. 20, 2016 in the reading room of scientific library opened the book exhibition «The Great philosopher and scientist- Aristotle», dedicated to the 2400-th anniversary of Aristotle.


2. Philosophy and the Humanities Department. Lecture on the subject: «Aristotle — study of formal logic».

A public lecture held on February 29th. This event was arranged by the members of the Department for Philosophy and Humanities.
Professor T. B. Sergeyeva noted Aristotle’s huge impact on the spiritual life and the development of science. Pro f. K. R. Amlaev (Pro-Rector for International and Interregional Affairs) spoke about the partnership established between our University and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece).
The main part of the lecture included presentations delivered by scientists among whom philosophers like T. B. Sergeeva, S. R. Agirbov, A. N. Esev V. P. Petushkov, and V. V. Arutyunyan are to be mentioned. In their speeches these experts focused on specific aspects of the philosophical system developed by Aristotle — Metaphysics, Ethics, Aesthetics, Logic, Polity. Besides, the students were shown a film and video clips, and slides depicting specific features of the ancient culture.
The audience attending the lecture involved over 300 students of all departments, the teaching staff as well as the members of the University Administration.

Structure of Training

Academic Year Structure
• 1 st autumn semester lasts from 01.09 up to 15.01 incl. exams.
• 2nd spring semester lasts from 1.02 up to 30.06 incl. exams.
Main Faculties and Duration of the Courses:
General Medicine — 6 years; Dentistry — 5 years; Paediatrics — 6 years;
Preparatory Courses for Russian Medium — 1 year.
Post-Diploma Training:
Clinical Internship — 1 year,
Residency — 2 years or more;
Aspiranture — 3−4 years;
Doctoranture — 5 years.
Offered Degrees:
• Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
• Master of Science (M.Sc.)
• Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
• Doctor of Science (D.Sc.)
Main Specialties in Post-Diploma Training:
Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Otorhinolaryngology, Internal Diseases, Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Paediatrics, Infectious Diseases, Dermatovenereology, Psychiatry, Traumatology and Orthopaedics, Phthisiatry, Surgery, Urology, Surgical and Therapeutic Stomatology, Orthodontics, etc.

International Collaboration

Nowadays our University maintains international partnerships with health care institutions and universities around the world.
The collaborative work in our University is carried out in 3 principal fields: education, research and patient care.
StSMU is the member of Russian-Chinese Association of Medical Universities

Our main international partners

  1. Azerbaijan Medical University, Azerbaijan Republic, Baku
    Areas of mutual interest: Education, Science, Professional experience exchange
  2. Institute of Microbiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic, Prague
    Areas of mutual interest: Research work, participation in conferences, Bilateral research projects
  3. The Institute of Advanced Medicine of the Czech Republic, The Czech Republic, Prague
    Areas of mutual interest: Sharing experiences on further education, scientific-research relations
  4. Armenian Medical Institute of the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan
    Areas of mutual interest: Exchange of information in innovative technologies in the field of education, the implementation of joint research work, the development of modern methods of teaching medicine
  5. St. Teresa’s Medical University, Republic of Armenia, Yerevan
    Areas of mutual interest: Exchange of experience in the field of education
  6. Yerevan State Medical University, Republic of Armenia, Yerevan
    Areas of mutual interest: Exchange of experience in the field of education
  7. Profit Artashansk’s Organization of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia, Artashat
    Areas of mutual interest: Exchange of information in innovative technologies in the field of education, the implementation of joint research work, the development of modern methods of teaching medicine
  8. Belarusian State Medical University, Belarus Republic, Minsk
    Areas of mutual interest: Cooperation in the field of education and scientific investigations, Bilateral reseaches in clinical pharmacology
  9. Tristy universitie of Italy, Italyan Republic
    Areas of mutual interest: Cooperation on the field of scientific investigations, exchange programs.
  10. University of Franche-Comte, Besancon, France
    Areas of mutual interest: Cooperation on the field of scientific investigations in Nevrology, exchange programs.
  11. Medical University of Astana, Astana, Kazakhstan
    Areas of mutual interest: exchange programs.
  12. Collective agreement on cooperation between the 6th Russian universities, including StGMU and 7 Japanese universities
    Areas of mutual interest: Cooperation in scientific investigations, exchange programs.
  13. University of Aristotle in Thessaloniki, Greece
    The areas of mutual interest: mutual relations and cooperation in teaching and research activities in different academic fields.

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International Science in University

Professor W. Grimm (Stavropol State Medical University) and his colleagues Professor T. Dittmar (University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany) and Assistant Professor D. Wieder (University of Bielefeld, Germany), using on-line conference connection from stem cell laboratory of StSMU, have grown 13 samples criofrozed stem cells.

The research team from Department of Pathology and Microbiology of StSMU took part in this project either.
To minimize the risk of contamination by mycoplasma the method of storage without liquid nitrogen was used.

As a cooling agent culture medium 199 with the indicator of the cell cultures and extract of Lucerna, increasing the proliferative activity of stem cells derived from the human palate, and improving surviving of cell cultures was used.
After four days the stem cells derived from the human palate developed into cell spheroids after which the research team collected the necessary number of cells by centrifugation.


More than 60 years IFMSA existed and guided by medical students worldwide. The International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA) was founded in 1951. It is the world’s oldest and largest independent organization representing associations of medical students all over the world. It currently maintains 123 National Member Organizations from more than 100 countries across six continents with over 1,2 million students represented worldwide. IFMSA is recognized as a non-governmental organization within the United Nations' system and the World Health Organization and as well, it works with the World Medical Association.
IFMSA was created to impact the world and to empower its members in taking their vision and ideas, and making them a reality. IFMSA has inspired generations of medical students to develop the leadership abilities and skills to take on challenges and to improve the world around them in a crucial period of their career. Engaging in IFMSA encourages both professional and personal collaborations irrespective of geographical, social, cultural, religious, racial, sexual and political differences. As a result, future doctors are becoming more culturally aware and sensitive physicians.
A world in which all medical students are united for global health and equipped with the knowledge, skills and values to take on health leadership roles locally and globally.
IFMSA unites medical students worldwide to lead initiatives that impact positively the communities we serve. IFMSA represents the opinions and ideas of future health professionals in the field of global health, and works in collaboration with external partners. IFMSA builds capacity through training, project and exchanges opportunities, while embracing cultural diversity so as to shape a sustainable and healthy future.
  • To expose all medical students to humanitarian and health issues, providing them with the opportunity to educate themselves and their peers;
  • To facilitate partnerships between the medical students' community and international organization working on health, education and social issues;
  • To give all medical students the opportunity to take part in clinical and research exchange around the world;
  • To provide a network that links active medical students across the globe, including student leaders, project managers and activists, so that they can learn from and be motivated by each other;
  • To provide an international framework in which medical student projects can be realized;
  • To empower and train medical students to become advocates in leading social change.
Every year students of the Stavropol State Medical University participate in exchange programs of IFMSA and IADS. Students from all over the world come to our University during a year for practice or reseach work .

Students’s Exchange in StSMU in 2014.

21 students of StSMU were on practice in foregn Universities and clinics in Serbia, Catalonia, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, Croatia, Thailand, Bolgaria, Romany, Greece, Germany, Montenegro, Azerbaijan.
8 students from Turkey, Slovenia, Italy, Tunisia, Chekh Republic and Bulgaria had practice at our University this year.
Rok Petrovčič, Slovenia
Exchange programme in Stavropol was one of the most amazing things I have had in my life. We spent one month doing practice in diferent departments from burns surgery to ambulance team. We got good insight in Russian medicine and learnt a lot of practical skills. We were not bored in our free time! We traveled to Dombay and Kislovodsk and had great picnic at the lake. We were acommodated in hostel near great market, where we could buy good natural food from Caucasus. People in Stavropol were very polite with us and we had a lot of friendly talks with citizens in the streets. It was really awesome month in great city with nice people.

International Students

International Students' Society of Rescuers was organised in Stavropol State Medical University in 2014. Students study the base of the first aid in different emergency situations, provide volunteer actions in schools, teach pupils to render aid in cases of emergency — fractures, loss of consciousness, airway obstruction, wounds and so on.





The Russian Medical Competition on rendering the first and emergency aid Asclepius 2015 took place in StSMU on May 15−16. The teams from 9 medical Universities of Russia, including StSMU took part in competition. The Russian Medical Competition is urged to draw attention to the problem of first aid both in Russia and all over the world.

Within the Russian Medical Competition the students competed in the medical biathlon where showed the skills of CPR, the catheterization and probing, the intubation of a trachea and release of respiratory tract in emergency situations; collection of the medicine chest due to the task; presentations of the Universities in the days of the Second World War. The second day of competitions passed outdoors. The students became the witnesses to «the accident with passengers at the bus», its explosion and attack. They helped the victims who were represented by the students of StSMU with special training and make up. Further the representatives of the Ministry for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters held a master class on the scheme of suppression the accident at hazardous chemical site, after that the teams competed. Then the participants and guests ate «field-kitchen” at the lunch time. After that another stage of the Russian Medical Competition was carried out. It was the competition «The accidents» where students of StSMU represented the victims of drowning, hanging, cut off limb, sting of the snake and victims with traumas, caused by electricity.
The victorious teams were awarded by valuable prizes. All teams were handed letters of thanks addressed to the Rectors of Universities and Diplomas for the victory in the different nominations of the Russian Medical Competition.

University Clinics

1. Clinic of Endoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery of Stavropol State Medical University
Director — Professor E. H. Baichorov
The clinic provides specialized surgical care.
Currently on the basis of short-stay department the operations are performed in the following diseases: cholelithiasis (calculous cholecystitis), abdominal hernias, gastroesophageal reflux disease and hiatal hernia, morbid obesity, type 2 diabetes, gynecological and urological diseases.
From January 2014 second clinic was opend where complex and significant volume of manipulations and operations is provided.

2. Eye Microsurgery Clinic of Stavropol State Medical University
Eye Microsurgery Clinic is the base of the Ophthalmology Department where students and postgraduates are prepared and where specialized eye care to the population of the Stavropol Region as well as scientific researches in the field of ophthalmology are provided.
Director — Gadjiev Salautdin Djalalovich

3. Border States Clinic of Stavropol State Medical University
The clinic provides diagnostic and treatment in the field of mental health: border psychiatry, psychotherapy, psychosomatic medicine and clinical psychology. We deal with medication, psychotherapy and medication-free treatment of patients suffering from neurotic disorders (depression, neurosis, anxiety disorders), psychosomatic disorders (headache, hypertension, cerebral ischemia and heart, gastrointestinal disorders, and others), vascular disorders of the brain and heart, consequences of traumatic brain injury, menopausal disorders and gerontology.
Director — Boev Igor Victorovich

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  1. One very sad incident that happened last night motivated me to post the above just to prove to myself how much I did sacrifice myself in order to serve my family in France, Mauritius and the United Kingdom 1968-2016 and in the United Kingdom (48 years of service, dedication and unflinching loyalty!)to be finally accused by my own blood of causing mischief to my own loved ones. Very sad ending, but, that's life!
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  2. Russian system of education

    Modern state of Russian education.

    After the Great October Socialist Revolution of 1917 in Russia education became free. At the present time there function 662 state institutions of higher education.

    Since 1992 because of the transition to market economy in Russian education as in economy in whole there has appeared a private sector. Today there are 3000 of private educational institutions of higher professional education in Russia.

    Since 2000 till the present time the Russian system of education has been passing on to the European models, the main features of which are regulated by the Bolognese agreements. This model provides for the transition to a two-level system of higher education: the first is Bachelor's programme (4 years), the second stage is Master's programme (2 years). From 2011/2012 academic year documents accepting to Russian educational institutions is realized only to a two-level system of training. Training of specialists is preserved only for several specialities, list of which is approved by the government of the Russian Federation.