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Kazan State Medical University

About Kazan State Medical University

Kazan State Medical University today is a multifunctional multi-level state higher medical school, which sees its mission in providing high quality educational, scientific and clinical activities corresponding to the level of the best domestic and foreign medical schools, based on the development and implementation of innovative technologies, implementation of an effective social partnership between KSMU, society, the health care system and the region aimed at improving the health of the population Nia and increase its longevity.

  • KSMU is an open university: here every tenth student is a foreign citizen, every fourth student from regions of Russia;
  • KSMU is the recognized leader in the country in the development and implementation of new educational technologies;
  • KSMU is the leading scientific schools of Russia, relevant research, effective implementation;
  • KSMU is a center for developing new medical, pharmaceutical and social technologies of the 21st century, integrated into the innovation sectors of the region, having experience in implementing targeted programs;
  • KSMU is a cohesive team of employees and students, in which conditions are created to meet the needs of the individual in educational, scientific, creative activities.

KSMU today

  • more than 6000 students, residents, graduate students
  • 9 faculties
  • 67 departments
  • more than 1500 employees


The date of foundation of the university is May 14, 1814. On May 14, 2014, the oldest medical school in Russia, Kazan State Medical University, celebrated its 200th anniversary.

Kazan Medical University is a multifunctional multi-level state higher medical school that meets the needs of society and the individual in higher medical education, the development of biomedical sciences, and scientific medical knowledge. The date of creation of Kazan State Medical University (KSMU) is considered to be May 14, 1814, when the first meeting of the council of the medical department of the Imperial Kazan University was held.By the decree of the Council of People's Commissars of the RSFSR of 05.11.1930 No. 132, an educational institution receives the status of an independent institute with medical and sanitary-hygienic faculties. Later the following faculties were opened: pediatric (1932), dental (1956), pharmaceutical (1975), postgraduate education (1993), social work (1991) and management and higher nursing education (1994), for work with foreign students (2014) and biomedical (2014).

More than 30 academicians and corresponding members of the Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Medical Sciences of Russia are among graduates of Kazan Medical School.

April 24, 1994 Kazan State Medical Institute received university status.

Currently, Kazan State Medical University is included in the system of higher education and scientific research of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation.


According to the rating held by the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation together with the State Research Institution “Higher School of Economics” , KSMU ranks 21-28 among all universities of the Russian Federation and the first among universities of the Republic of Tatarstan.

According to the latest rankings of world universities from the NRA "ReitOR" website, KSMU is among the leaders of scientific and publishing activity in 35th place among all universities in the country and in 3rd place among medical universities and 24th in the "Top 38" of the best regional universities in Russia.

According to the results of the ranking of universities in Russia, conducted by the European Scientific and Industrial Chamber ARES-2017, KSMU takes the 30th position, the third among medical universities in the country and the second among higher educational institutions of the Republic of Tatarstan.

More than 30 academicians and corresponding members of the Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Medical Sciences of Russia are among graduates of Kazan Medical School.

Kazan State Medical University is the only member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in the Russian Federation and Eastern Europe (the college represents the interests of the entire Canadian medical community, sets educational standards, procedures for admission of doctors to professional activities in Canada), which has been accredited and trains graduates of Canadian medical schools and the USA.

KSMU is the leading scientific schools of Russia and relevant research. Under the guidance of world-famous scientists, heart and liver transplants are carried out in Kazan. The university has 58 scientific schools: molecular genetics, molecular physiology, cell and tissue technology, oncology, cardiovascular diseases, preventive environment, endocrinology, neurology and neuroscience, pediatrics, reproductive health, psychiatry and addictions, pharmacology and pharmaceutical chemistry, critical technologies in medicine. Equipped with the most modern equipment, the Central Research Laboratory works actively, has its own stem cell bank . The scientific and educational centers “Molecular and Cellular Medicine”, “Fundamental and Applied Neurophysiology”, “Development of New Drugs and Drug Substance Delivery Systems ” were created.


The year of construction is 1985, the number of floors is 9, the number of residents is about 193, the total area is 4995.2. There is a library and a reading room, 82.5 square meters, an audience of 76.9 square meters, a gymnasium, a laundry room (laundry), internet access in libraries or in the reading room.

Teaching system

The curriculum for General Medicine (M.D equivalent to M.B.B.S), Dentistry and Pharmacy are righteously extensive and updated. Each subject begins with studying of the disease and emphasis is laid on epidemiology, aetiology, pathogenesis, pathological physiology, pathological morphology, clinical picture, methods of laboratory and instrumental examination of a patient, diagnoses, differential diagnoses, complication, prognosis, treatment and prevention. Latin terms are given according to the International Nomenclature of different specialties. During the period of training students are taught special subjects: in succession they learn theoretical (from 1st to 3rd year) and clinical fundamentals (from 4th to 6th year) and acquire necessary practical skills. Every stage of training builds a foundation to climb up to the next level. The teaching process includes approach, beginning with lectures proceeded by laboratory and practical work at hospitals along with in depth examination of patients, clinical duties etc. Along with meticulous teaching equal emphasis is laid on colloquial, tests, quizzes, examinations, state examinations, final Interdisciplinary test, oral answers, laboratory and written works, MCQ-tests, recording of case histories also form the part of day-to-day activity.


The modern scientific library is an information unit of Kazan State Medical University, combining in its work the traditional forms and methods of library and bibliographic service with new information technologies. Its activities are subordinated to the task of higher and secondary vocational education , and includes a support of the educational process, ensuring research activities, participation in the educational university process, methodical work.

     The priority directions in the work of the library are the formation of information and library resources and the organization of access to them. More than 10 thousand readers served by the library are available - a library fund with more than 700 thousand documents on medical subjects, socio-humanitarian disciplines on traditional and electronic media, a catalog system , including electronic (more than 370 thousand bibliographic descriptions) , 4 passes and 3 reading rooms for 245 seatswith open access to various types of publications, with a computer park of 51 units.

 Rector Message

Kazan State Medical University is one of the best medical universities in Russia. It is the main medical school in Tatarstan and provides doctors and nurses for the region with population of more than three million people. Our University has nine faculties which have a strong emphasis on health and biomedical sciences but our strengths is combining fundamental science with teaching practical skills. Within our school you will encounter a great diversity of leading edge researchers working on a huge variety of topics.

Kazan Medical University is justifiably an International University. Nearly six hundred students from thirty countries all around the world are studying here and for half of them the learning language is English. Moreover, we have a large amount of students who came from neighbor and remote regions of the Russian Federation. We are proud that Kazan Medical School is attractive for young people from different parts of the world. Therefore our priority is to be supportive and careful to international students.

Education in Kazan Medical University is highly-rated — we are in the top ten in the list of medical universities in the Russian Federation. Students consider KSMU as a desirable place to study and acknowledge our high-grade teaching.

Choosing a university is one of the most important and challenging decisions of your life. I wish you every success in your study in our university and hope that it will be an exciting, challenging and diverse place to be!

Rector Professor Aleksey Sozinov

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