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Kazan State Medical University
Year found: 1804
Legal form State
Country Russia
City Kazan

In the XVIII century on the territory of modern Russia medical schools were established only in Moscow and St. Petersburg. On the 14th of May (2nd of May according to the old calendar) 1814 the first meeting of the Academic Council of the "Department of Doctoral or Medical sciences" of Kazan Imperial University was held, and on this day began the two century long history of KSMU.

The founders of the Medical Faculty and of the first departments were anatomists I.O. Braun (the first elected rector of the University) and E.F. Aristov, therapists F.Kh. Erdman (the first Dean of the Medical Faculty), K.F. Fuchs, N.A. Skandovsky, surgeons P.A. Dubovitskii, F.O. Elacic, A.A. Kitter, obstetrician A.E. Lentovsky. The opening of the Anatomical Theater (1837), the University`s "old" clinic (1840) and of the Physiological Building (1890) played an important role in the development of Medical Faculty.

Throughout the XIX century the Medical Faculty of Kazan University remained the only institution of higher education that trained doctors for the Volga, Ural and Siberian regions.


In the 60-90s of XIX century in Kazan, several Scientific-Medical Schools of National and European level were established, they were associated with the names of famous scientists like anatomists P.F. Lesgaft, V.N. Tonkov, histologist K.A. Arnshtein, physiologists N.O. Kovalevsky, N.A. Mislavsky, A.F. Samoilov, biochemist A.Ya. Danilevsky, pharmacologists A.A. Sokolovsky,

I.M. Dogel`, pathologists A.V. Petrov, N.V. Lyubimov, F.Ya. Chistovich, pathophysiologists V.V. Pashutin, I.G. Savchenko, therapists N.A. Vinogradov, N.I. Kotovschikov, A.N. Kazem-Bek, S.S. Zimnitskiy, surgeons L.L. Levshin, N.I. Studensky, an obstetrician-gynecologist N.N. Phenomenov, psychiatrist V.M. Bekhterev (on the picture) , neurologist L.O. Darkshevich, ophthalmologist E.V. Adamyuk, hygienists A.I. Jacobi, I.P. Skvortsov, M.Ya. Kapustin.

In the year 1900 a clinical campus of the Medical Faculty was built, it included 4 similarly designed buildings and a hospital church in the name of Varsonofev`. This event gave an impulse to the development of new Scientific-Clinical Schools: a dermatovenereologic one (founder A.G. Ge), a pediatric one (P.M. Argutinsky-Dolgoruky, V.K. Menshikov), an obstetric-gynecologic one (S.V. Gruzdev), a surgical one (V.I. Razumovsky).


In the Soviet era the Scientific School of Kazan Medical University was further developed by such distinguished scientists as anatomist V.N. Ternovsky, histologist A.N. Mislavsky, physiologist

A.V. Vishnevsky (on the picture), ophthalmologists V.V. Chirkovsky and A.P. Nesterov, neurologist L.I. Omorkov, hygienist V.V. Miloslavsky.

Among the alumni of the Kazan Medical School are 38 Academicians and Associate Members of the Academy of Sciences and Academy of Medical Sciences of Russia. Among the world`s discoveries made by our graduates: the process of oxidative phosphorylation (V.A. Engelgardt), experimental proof of the involvement of mediators in interneuronal signal transmission (A.V. Kibyakov, 1933), the phenomenon of the scleral sinus blockade (A.P. Nesterov, 1985).

Many prominent healthcare administrators and Ministers of Health of the USSR, Russian Federation and the Republic of Tatarstan are graduates of our University: N.A. Semashko, Z.P. Solov`ev, F.G. Mukhamedyarov, S.V. Kurashov, I.Z. Mukhutdinov, A.D. Tsaregorodov, R.U. Khabriev, K.Sh. Ziyatdinov, A.Z. Farrakhov.

In the year 1930 the Medical Faculty of Kazan State University was transformed into an independent educational institution — an Institute which in the year 1994 acquired the status of a Medical University. During the period of its existence the University has trained about 60 000 specialists, out of which 4493 professional were trained before the year 1917.


Remarkable dates of history KSMU

  • 5th of November (according to the old calendar) 1804 The Emperor Alexander I declares in his royal command to establish a University in the city of Kazan
  • 14th of May (2nd of May according to the old calendar) 1814 — Establishment of the "Department of Doctoral or Medical sciences" of Kazan University
  • 1837 — The Anatomical Theatre was built
  • 1840 — The University Clinic was opened
  • 1858 — The Physiological Laboratory is launched
  • 1893 — The first editions of "The Neurology Newsletter" are published
  • 1900 — The complex of University Clinics starts functioning; the Bacteriological Institute is established on the basis of the Medical Faculty
  • 1901 — The first editions of "Kazan Medical Journal" are published
  • 5th of November, 1930 — the Medical Faculty of Kazan State University is reorganized into Kazan State Medical Institute
  • 1930 — Establishment of the Faculty of Prophylactic Medicine (Sanitary Medicine)
  • 1932 — The Pediatric Faculty is created
  • 1954 — Establishment of the Dental Faculty
  • 1975 — Training at the Pharmaceutical Faculty is launched
  • 1991 — The Faculty of Social Work is established
  • 1994 — The Faculty of Management and Higher Nursing Education starts functioning
  • 29th of April 1994 — Kazan State Medical Institute is reorganized and acquires the status of Kazan State Medical University

Kazan city

Kazan is one of oldest cities in Russia, located on the Volga River, 820 km away from Moscow. It is the capital of Tatarstan which is home to 115 nationalities. Over 50 % of population are tatars, with Russians constituting the second largest population group. Russian and Tatar are the two official languages of the region, with completely equal status. Tatarstan is a secular republic that has over 1,000 registered religious organizations. Islam and Orthodox Christianity are the most widespread. Here you will find mosques, Orthodox, Catholic churches and cathedrals, a synagogue, and other religious buildings and centres.

City of Tourists

In 2014, TripAdvisor named Kazan one of the most rapidly developing tourist destinations. The capital of Tatarstan, visited by over 1,000,000 tourists every year, was rated third in Europe and eighth in the world. The number of engaging excursions and tours around the sights of Kazan and neighbouring areas is simply astounding.

City of Sports

Kazan is one of the most well-equipped cities of Russia in terms of sports infrastructure. In 2009, an online survey deemed Kazan Russias sports capital. Kazan has hosted multiple sports events at national and international level, including two field hockey world championships (2005 and 2011), the summer World Student Games (2013), fencing world championships (2014), and others. In 2018, the capital of Tatarstan will host football World Cup matches.

Dynamic City

There is a great number of sports grounds and active leisure facilities in Kazan. There are sports facilities to play hockey or go skating, skating rinks, and aqua parks with swimming pools and rides. Those who are into active leisure would enjoy a rope park and a karting centre.

What to See

Kazan Planetarium is the only one of its kind in Russia to be located within the territory of a university (Kazan Federal University): it offers amazing guided tours, popular science videos with special effects, astronomic observations, and romantic evenings. Visiting a tropical butterfly park is a good way to become immersed into a carefree, warm summer atmosphere. Here you can also visit a terrarium and a petting zoo (where you can feed animals).

Near the City

The island town of Sviyazhsk is a fortress town on an island 30 km away from Kazan, built in 1551 by Ivan the Great troops in only 4 weeks. The historical and architectural complex of Sviyazhsk includes four monasteries, three churches, two cathedrals, a bell tower, and a monument to victims of political repressions. In addition to frequent guided tours, the island often hosts music festivals, stage performances, and an annual archery and crossbow tournament. 
Blue Lakes is a very famous recreation spot for both locals and visitors. Water basins that are 2-18 metres deep are fed with underground waters and do not freeze in winter. The waters are completely transparent and rich in salts. The bottom is covered with saline silt mud. Swimming in Blue Lakes is not only a pleasure, but it is also very good for you.

Pharmacy in English Medium 5 years

International students may live in the students` dorm or have an apartment or a room arranged for them by the University.

 But the living conditions are rather Spartan: two or three persons to a room, eight rooms on each floor, one kitchen, two toilets, shower in the basement. Students cannot select their rooms. The number of rooms is limited, and, therefore, early applications will be given priority. In addition, some students may be uncomfortable with the rather strict dormitory rules.

Off-campus apartments Rent amounts depends on the location, size and condition of the apartment. As a rule, apartments offered for rent are supplied with furniture and basic household appliances (refrigerator, TV, telephone).

Current average prices start at RUR 8,000 for one-room apartments and 10,000 for two-room apartments. Telephone charges are not included in the rent.

Family stay. The best choice in terms of improving language proficiency is staying with a host family.


Academic research work of the university covers a wide range of areas in clinical elaboration on the problems of physiology and pathology of the cardiovascular system, diagnostics and treatment of malignant neoplasm, age peculiarities of child`s organism in the normal state and pathological, solving of the modern problems of dental diseases, problems in diagnostics and prophylactic of infectious diseases, development of the scientific care of women`s illnesses, mothers, fetus and newborn, hygiene of labor, and the basics of pharmacy.

Traditionally the most strongly developed scientific areas at the university are the fundamental developments. The scientific groups of neurophysiological laboratories of the departments of physiology, medical physics and histology work on the highest European level. During the last year we`ve got priority data of mechanism of release of the mediator in the neuromuscular synapse, its interaction with postsynaptic membrane, peculiarities of neuron structure and functioning.

The department of biochemistry, headed by academician D. Zubairov created and proved the theory of continued blood coagulation and worked out technology of getting human blood preparations for clinical tests. This work was recognized by the State premium of Russian Federation.

The premium and diploma was given by the Academy of Science to recognize the program "Blood circulation in the brain", the university also received State premiums from the Tatarstan Republic in the areas of science and technology for physiology and pharmacology, 5 premiums VDNH, medals from Check Academy of Science named after I. Gavki and Y. Purkinie for the achievements in biophysics, premiums from the European and Russian linguistic competitions for introducing the theory of the convergent development of languages of the euro-american area, as well as the encouragement premium from the Fund of Soros.

The department of pharmacology with chemical laboratories elaborated and approbated medicine from phosphororganic compounds. Now they are investigating pharmacological characteristics of some antiblastomic preparations. During the last years university has developed and introduced into the clinical practice the following preparations "Ksimedon", "Fibronektin", "Fosphobenzid", "Glizifon", "Mefopran", "Tetramezin", `Bacterial ribonucleasa".

Members of the staff participate in the development of six international programs. For the last five years more than 200 reports were presented at the international conferences, symposiums and conferences (France, Germany, Turkey, Switzerland, Check Republic, England, USA, Holland, Italy, France, China).

University is extensively developing academic contacts with scientists in USA, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Check Republic and France.

There are three scientific councils which supervise the process of defending the thesis in 9 specializations: internal diseases, cardiology, hygiene, pediatrics, pathological physiology, normal physiology, dentistry, pharmaceutics, organization of healthcare. Student scientific society works regularly and is quite active. Especially for the distinguished students special scholarships named after remarkable scientists of the Kazan medical school are being given out.

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