VNMU began as Vinnitsa Pharmaceutical Institute (1921-1936), and later became Vinnitsa branch of All-Ukrainian Institute of Extra-Mural Medical Education (1930), and reorganized in 1932 as Evening Industrial Medical Institute with two faculties – medical-preventive and pediatric and in 1934 as Vinnitsa Medical Institute (1934).
In 1994 the faculty of Dentistry was organized, and Vinnitsa Medical Institute was accredited as a University on Level IV, the highest level of accreditation by Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine № 408, dated 15.06.94. The Institute was re-named to Vinnitsa State Pirogov Memorial Medical University. By 2000, the faculty of Pharmacy was organized.
By 2002, taking into account nation-wide and international recognition of results of its activity VSMU was awarded National University status by Decree of the President of Ukraine L.D. Kuchma (June 19, 2002, #560/2002), supporting specialities ”General Medicine“, “Pediatrics”, “Dentistry”, “Pharmacy”, “Clinical Pharmacy”, “Medical Psychology.”
VNMU is known nationally and internationally for its high quality of specialist training, and was rated by the International Personnel Academy ranking of schools of higher education as one of the best institutions in Ukraine in 1995, 1997, and 2000. For 1997 and 2000, VNMU was determined to be among the best educational medical establishments and was awarded with a special Diploma. The goal for VNMU has been to improve its material base, create favorable learning conditions for students, student tutoring, for scientific-pedagogical personnel and to improve methodical-educational and research activity.
There are 6 faculties: two Medical – training for the specialties of general medicine, pediatrics, medical psychology, Dental – for dentistry specialty, Pharmacy – specialty pharmacy and clinical pharmacy, Faculty of Postgraduate Education provides various forms of postgraduate training of physicians in 33 specialties.
At present, contingent of university’s students is as follows (including foreign nationals): students – 6560 (including – 1030 part-time training), interns – 2149 (during 2012), MSc. course PG students – 63, post-graduate students – 110, PG students for doctor’s degree – 1, clinical residents – 103, Faculty of Postgraduate Studies students – 2568 (during 2012).
Today, NVMU has a teaching staff of 812 persons, with yearly enrolment of 4,000 students, including almost 2,000 in postgraduate education, representing specialties: Medicine, Paediatrics, Medical Psychology, Dentistry, Pharmacy, including specialty clinical pharmacy, and Postgraduate Education for physicians in more than 50 specialties. The University also provides preparatory training to help both citizens of Ukraine and foreign nationals enter institutions of higher education.
Since 1961 university trains foreign nationals. Since then, different forms of training covered more than 6500 foreign graduates from 106 countries worldwide. As of 01/01/2013 at the University study 1334 foreign citizens.
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