|Faculty of general medicine|
Dean of the faculty of General Medicine
VOLOTOVSKI Alexey Igorevich
The term of study at the faculty of General Medicine – 6 years.
The faculty of General Medicine is the oldest and the most numerous at the Belarusian State Medical University. In the far 1921 the first students entered the rooms of the Medical Faculty of the Belarusian State University. And since 1930 the Faculty of General Medicine has started the history of the Minsk State Medical Institute that in 2001 was renamed to Belarusian State Medical University. For many years the faculty of General Medicine was the only faculty of our university and trained doctors of practically all medical specialties. After the establishment of other faculties the faculty of General Medicine trains mainly specialists providing therapeutic, preventive, sanitary-educative and other forms of medical activity in the field of strengthening and preserving health, diagnostics, treatment, rehabilitation, disease prophylaxis in adult population. Already now BSMU starts getting ready for its 90th anniversary. During the time of our existence the teaching staff of the University has accumulated great pedagogical, clinical and scientific experience giving the young generation of our country a possibility to get higher education on a modern world level.
At present almost 2700 students study at the faculty. Now, over 400 specialists graduate annually from the faculty, as compared to 21 doctors of the 1st release. Since then the faculty has trained over 28 thousand medical specialists, many of them are acknowledged scientists, health care providers, outstanding surgeons, therapeutists and doctors of other specialties. The faculty includes 19 Chairs of the University with 206 permanent workers of the teaching staff, of them 119 teachers have scientific titles and 154 – scientific degrees: 26 Professors and 93 Assistant Professors, 31 Doctors of Science (medicine) and 123 Ph D (medicine). Dear friends, your teachers will be famous scientists and teachers heading the Chairs of the Faculty: Professors G.G. Kondratenko, N.F. Soroka, A.V. Strotsky, S.I. Tretyak. We are proud that most of the teachers of our university have graduated from the Faculty of General Medicine of our Minsk State Medical Institute some time earlier. It is the graduates of the faculty of General Medicine who determine the level of therapeutic and prophylactic care of the population, the state of medical science in the Republic of Belarus.
After entering our University you will have to undergo a long way in vast field of knowledge, to study many disciplines, to pass a great number of credit tests and examinations.
Now it is 70 subjects taught at 55 Chairs of the University. The teaching at the Faculty lasts 6 years. You will be get the specialty “General Medicine”. During the first two years the student acquires natural and medical-biological sciences, the bases of humanitarian and social disciplines. In the third year the tuition is focused on general professional disciplines.
These three years of studies create the bases of theoretical and practical knowledge in specialty and many applied fields of biology and medicine. The 4th, 5th and 6th years are devoted to acquiring the bases of theoretical knowledge and practical skills in specialty.
The students study at 21 clinical bases of the University – the best city multi-profile inpatient and outpatient clinics, specialized therapeutic-diagnostic centers, dispensaries, maternity homes and other health care establishments. They listen to the lectures of leading specialists; under the supervision of experienced teachers they study internal and surgical diseases, obstetrics and gynecology, infectious diseases, dermatovenereology, oncology, neurology and neurosurgery, traumatology and orthopedics and many other disciplines. In the process of teaching great importance is attached to independent work of students with patients, mastering skills of clinical examination, interpretation of laboratory data and special investigation methods.
Every summer, beginning with the 3rd year, the student of the faculty of General Medicine undergoes practical training, when every future doctor has a possibility to apply received during the whole year knowledge directly at clinic. After the 3rd year the students-general practitioners undergo nurse’s practice, after the 4th year – doctor’s out-patient practice, and after the 5th year – doctor’s in-patient practice.
Interesting perspectives are ahead of the students, who are interested in scientific research. During the studies, since the 1st year, the student receives a possibility to attend scientific students’ circles at all Chairs of the University, both theoretical and clinical, to present reports at their sessions.
Especially purposeful students prepare extended scientific papers that are later presented at annual students’ scientific conferences of BSMU, and in case of success – at the Republican contest of students’ scientific works. The students, who achieved excellent success in studies and scientific work, after graduation from the University, are recommended for performing further scientific research at BSMU and leading scientific centers of the Republic of Belarus.
Despite the difficulties in studies the students’ years are the most wonderful period in life of a young person. Every student can try his/her abilities in sports, amateur performances, to become an author and a correspondent of the University newspaper “Vesnik BSMU”.
Over two decades the amateur group “Panacea” has been working at the Faculty. Every day the university students’ club opens its doors for all talented students, the majority of whom are students-general practitioners. The students-general practitioners are the members of BSMU sports teams in basket-ball, volley-ball, foot-ball and many other sports activities.
The administration of the university and dean’s office pays great attention to the students’ every-day life. The students from other towns are provided with comfortable hostel accommodation; the students’ married couples, formed during the studies at the University, are not forgotten either.
The 6th year students complete their studies at sub-internship, a special type of preclinical training in 4 basic directions of the specialty “General Medicine”: therapy, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, anesthesiology and reanimatology.
The study at the Faculty is completed with state examinations in therapy, surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics and social health. After successful passing of the final assessment the graduate receives the diploma and is awarded with qualification “general practitioner”.
The basic duties of the doctor, a graduate of the Faculty of General Medicine – is to render medical aid to adult population of the Republic of Belarus. After 1-year residency a graduate of the faculty of General Medicine, a young doctor, gets the qualification certificate with the right to practice Medicine. He has a further possibility to undergo additional courses of specialized training and get a narrower specialty: gastroenterology, cardiology, pulmanology, oncology, endocrinology, ultrasound examination, etc.
It is indisputable that the choice of future profession and specialty – is one of the most important events in human life. This decision is not always easy to take, sometimes mistakes and disillusions happen. The profession of a doctor is one of the most humane, noble, needed and also the most responsible, requiring to give away all physical and spiritual power. In case the choice has been made, dear friends, you have a unique possibility, having applied all your power and knowledge, to become students of the faculty of General Medicine of the Belarusian State Medical University.