Medical Education in Russia.

It is well known in Russia that medicine is the most difficult subject
to study but lots of people still want to become doctors. Although it's
not a well-paid job and it's hard work, it is still prestigious.

There is a great number of medical schools in Russia. Applicants have to
pass three entrance exams to get into medical school. Usually they are
chemistry, biology and Russian literature. When students apply for a
place at a medical school they also have to specify what area they want
to specialize in - whether he wants to join the faculty of medicine,
pediatrics, or dentistry or others.

Medical education in Russia is very competitive. There are up to 10
candidates for each place at medical school. The entrance exams take
place over 10 days in July. Each year medical high school takes in
average 1000 students divided between faculties, or departments.
Students who fail at these exams can reapply the next year. As the exams
are very difficult many students have extra tuition to prepare
themselves while they are still at school.

Medical education takes six years in Russia. The first two years are
preclinical-students study anatomy, physiology, physics, histology and
also philosophy. From the beginning of the course they spend one day a
week in hospital, where nursing assistants teach students how to take
patients' blood, pressure and temperature and to give injections.
Students also learn how to talk to patients.

The third year is a transitional year between the preclinical and
clinical years. Students learn pathology, pharmacology, general surgery
and general medicine. At the end of the third year all students take a
six-week practical course. They perform the duties of nurses.

The fourth and the fifth years are clinical. Students have tutorials in
the mornings, then see patients and have lectures in the afternoons.
They change departments every two or three weeks. After the fourth year
students have a practical course lasting eight weeks, during which they
work as doctors' assistants at the therapeutical, surgical, obstetric
and gynecological, and others departments. After the fifth year they
take a six-week practical course in out-patients' clinics1.

In the sixth year students work on chosen specialization almost as real
doctors under the supervision of specialists

All of the lectures, tutorials and lime on the wards2 are compulsory).
If students miss one they have to work off these hours during their free
time. If they don't they are not allowed to pass the exams. Some exams
can be passed only once these are called state exams. Students can have
three attempts at other exams.

Upon completion of the sixth year, having passed state examinations,
graduates receive their diploma. Having a doctor's diploma they work
under the supervision of experienced specialists in clinics. After
one-year internship they receive a certificate of specialization. After
qualifying students do one or two years of residency Postgraduate
training which includes three years of research (leads after successful
defending of one's thesis3 to a Candidate of Sciences (Medicine) Degree.


an out-patient clinic  ;

a ward [w : d]   ;

thesis  .

Mind some subjects that medical student study:

Anatomy is the science that deals with the structure of the human and
animal body.

Biology studies the living things.

Microbiology is devoted to the study of minute living organisms.

Histology is dedicated to the study of different kinds of tissue.

Physiology studies the normal function of living things and the organs.

Surgery deals with treatment by operations.

Pathology studies the causes, the symptoms and treatment of diseases.

Pharmacology deals with the action of drugs.