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General Information

A Brief History of Poland by The World Factbook

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Poland is an ancient nation that was conceived near the middle of the 10th century. Its golden age occurred in the 16th century. During the following century, the strengthening of the gentry and internal disorders weakened the nation. In a series of agreements between 1772 and 1795, Russia, Prussia, and Austria partitioned Poland amongst themselves. Poland regained its independence in 1918 only to be overrun by Germany and the Soviet Union in World War II. It became a Soviet satellite state following the war, but its government was comparatively tolerant and progressive. Labor turmoil in 1980 led to the formation of the independent trade union "Solidarity" that over time became a political force and by 1990 had swept parliamentary elections and the presidency. A "shock therapy" program during the early 1990s enabled the country to transform its economy into one of the most robust in Central Europe, but Poland still faces the lingering challenges of high unemployment, underdeveloped and dilapidated infrastructure, and a poor rural underclass. Solidarity suffered a major defeat in the 2001 parliamentary elections when it failed to elect a single deputy to the lower house of Parliament, and the new leaders of the Solidarity Trade Union subsequently pledged to reduce the Trade Union's political role. Poland joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004. With its transformation to a democratic, market-oriented country largely completed, Poland is an increasingly active member of Euro-Atlantic organizations. Read More.

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About MUL

The Medical University of Lodz was inaugurated on October 1, 2002 as a merger of two Medical Schools: the Medical Academy of Lodz and the Military Medical Academy of Lodz by the Act of the Polish Parliament of July 27, 2002.

The Medical Academy of Lodz was founded on January 1,1950 by separating from the University of Lodz three faculties: Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical.

The Military Medical Academy of Lodz was established by the Order of the Ministry of National Defense of May 1958, however its traditions date back to 1922.

In the course of their existence, the Medical Academy and the Military Medical Academy have graduated over 34,000 physicians, dentists, pharmacists and other medical specialists. The Medical University continues the tradition of both medical schools, being the successor of their rich heritage.

The Medical University is the biggest state medical university in Poland
implementing the following basic tasks:

  • educating students in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and medicine-allied disciplines;
  • educating research staff and conducting research work;
  • conducting postgraduate training of highly qualified health care system staff;
  • participating in health care programs set by the social health care system.

Structure

The teaching, research and clinical structure of the University comprises the following faculties:

  1. The First Faculty of Medicine;
  2. The Second Faculty of Medicine;
  3. Faculty of Dental Medicine;
  4. Faculty of Pharmacy;
  5. Faculty of Health Sciences;
  6. Faculty of Physiotherapy;
  7. Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery;
  8. Faculty of Postgraduate Training;
  9. Military Faculty of Medicine and numerous university general and inter-faculty units;
    7 teaching hospitals;
    77 Departments.

University Teaching Activity

The concept of up-to-date and comprehensive professional training of medical manpower is being improved all the time. The process of education has been focused on preparing specialists for work in various communities and national health care systems. Our educational offer, being gradually and consequently modified and widened, has been adjusted to requirements laid down in the resolutions validated by our Government within the European Union co-operation. Following the entry of Poland into the European Union on May 1, 2004 the University offers a chance of an automatic recognition of the Diploma of most of the faculties within all 25 countries of the European Union. The University employs almost 1300 research and didactic staff, including over 300 independent researchers, i.e. 152 full professors, 133 assistant and associate professors as well as nearly 800 PhD academics.

High interest in studying at our University confirms attractiveness of our educational programs.

In academic year 2005/2006, 4362 candidates have striven to win 1850 places at day, evening and extramural studies with Cosmetology being most popular ( 23 candidates for 1 place ), followed by Pharmacy ( 10 candidates ), Dentistry (9 candidates), Medicine at the Medical Military Faculty and Medical Emergency ( over 5 candidates ).

Currently, almost 6000 students are getting their education within medical and medicine-related areas at various faculties. Our education offer also comprises advanced studies at the Faculty of Postgraduate Training with over 300 postgraduate students commencing their education each year.

The history of medical teaching at the Division of Studies in the English Language started in 2003/2004. In the year 2005/2006 over 120 foreign students from countries such as the USA, Canada, Taiwan, Sweden, Norway, Great Britain have enrolled in medical and dental courses at the Division of Studies in the English Language. In the present academic year about 200 foreign students will be studying:

  • 4 - year MD program,
  • 6 - year MD program,
  • 5 - year DMD program.

Additionally, in academic year 2007/2008 we are planning to start 5 year MSc Pharmacy program.

Recent achievements of the University testify to high educational level of our school. The Medical University provides such a thorough education that upon introduction of the National Postgraduate Medical Licensing Exam (in Polish "LEP - Lekarski Egzamin Pa?stwowy"; Polish equivalent of the USMLE), the graduates of the Faculty of Medicine of the Medical University of Lodz obtained the highest scores among the graduates of all Polish Medical Schools. The quality of our teaching remains one of the highest among Polish universities, many areas being rated in inspections and rankings as excellent. The Medical University of Lodz was classified second of all medical universities in Poland and thirteenth of all state universities in our country. Students of the Medical Faculty are the winners of the most prestigious scientific awards like "Medical Laurels" of Polish Academy of Science or "Primus Inter Pares" - Best Student of the Polish Republic in the Lodz Region.

Science and Research

The Medical University of Lodz is one of the leading medical research centers in Poland. In one academic year over a hundred research grants are awarded, as well as numerous research contracts. At present over 300 individual research projects are being conducted, of which over 100 are new ones and more than 200 are continued.

The Medical University of Lodz has been carrying extensive international scientific cooperation with such foreign academic and research centers as:

  • The Catholic University in Nijmegen, Netherlands;
  • The Human Craniofacial Institute in Dallas, USA;
  • The Horward Hughes Medical Center, USA;
  • The Centre for Homeopathy Education and Development in Paris, France;
  • The University of British Columbia, Canada;
  • The University in Bielefeld, Germany;
  • The Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel.

Within this co-operation over 500 short official visits of research and teaching staff to 46 universities took place, 22 staff members received foreign scholarships and 49 foreign scientists representing leading European and world-famous teaching and research centers were invited to our University. Furthermore, the majority of University chairs, clinics and departments directly co-operate with foreign centers through staff exchange programs (workshops).

Clinical Activity

At present, the Medical University has over 1600 hospital beds in seven Teaching Hospitals that provide medical services for patients, being the essential base for research work and undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Moreover, 34 hospital wards and departments with almost 1200 beds localized in non-University municipal hospitals are used by the Medical University. The University Teaching Hospitals and University-affiliated departments constitute a basic source for highly specialized diagnostic and treatment services provided by more than 1250 medical professionals including 750 specialists with professors and associate professors who take care of health needs of the Lodz region community and promote health-related programs. Each year, more than 55 000 patients are hospitalized in our hospital departments, and over 50 000 patients in university-affiliated wards.

High level of diagnostic and treatment services rendered by Medical University hospitals is reflected by its position in the most popular hospital ranking. In the nationwide classification, our 36 hospital departments ranked among the top ten in their specialties.

Students' Academic Activities

Students of the Medical University take part in international academic exchange programs. In 2005/2006 academic year 29 students from 6 faculties continued studies at 15 European universities within the ERASMUS/SOCRATES program. Students' Scientific Society has been involved in active popularization of research work among students, organization of scientific conferences and co-ordination of over 50 Students' Scientific Groups.

Programs

6-YEAR MD PROGRAM IN ENGLISH

The Medical University of Lodz is fully accredited in Poland and in the European Union. Successful completion of a 6-year MD program allows for an automatic recognition of a diploma in all member states of the European Union.

4-YEAR MD PROGRAM IN ENGLISH

Under present US and Canadian regulations, those students of the University who wish to practice medicine in the USA or Canada are subject to the jurisdiction of ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) which administers the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE). It is a three phase exam held in the European Centers as well as in North America. The Clinical Skills Assessment examination is administered only in a center located in the United States. The ECFMG supervises the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) carried out by the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER).

Information on the English language teaching curriculum of the Medical University of Lód1 has been passed to IMED, the source of most current data on medical schools all over the world, in November 2004.

The Medical University of Lód1 is recognized by the US Department of Education (code: OPE ID Number : 03850500, and DUNS Number 368200841). Students at our University are therefore entitled to receive the financial aid under TITLE IV of the Higher Education Act, that includes Stafford Loans. To receive funds from federal programs you must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen. An eligible non-citizen should have an eight or nine-digit Alien Registration Number.

5-YEAR DMD PROGRAM IN ENGLISH

The Medical University of Lodz is fully accredited in Poland and in the European Union. Successful completion of a 5-year D MD program allows for an automatic recognition of a diploma in all member states of the European Union.

PAYMENTS

Tuition fees 2009/2010

Medical Studies
Direct recruitment 4-year MD 6-year MD 5-year DMD
6 250 EUR/ term 5 500 EUR/term 6 500 EUR/term

Admission Criteria

6-YEAR PROGRAM - designed for high school/secondary school graduates wishing to complete both their pre-clinical and clinical education in European country. The program is based on the EU medical curriculum.

The candidates are expected to excel in basic science courses in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics.

Advance placements (AP) or honors in biology, chemistry and physics would be highly recommended.

4-YEAR MEDICAL CURRICULUM - as a part of the 6 year program, is tailor-made for those college/university graduates who meet the following admission criteria:

Chemistry/general (I and II) 8 credits incl.lab.
Chemistry/organic (I and II) 8 credits incl.lab.
Biology (I and II) 8 credits incl.lab.
Physics (I and II) 8 credits incl.lab.

Each candidate should demonstrate a record of at least 2 years of college/university full time academic education. MCAT scores or equivalent will be an advantage, as well as the science majors in biology, physics and chemistry.

Written and spoken English competency is required and must be proved on respective graduation document however one of the English language international certificates like CAE,CPE,TOEFL,IELTS for non-native speakers would be an asset.

Total 6 years / 12 semester of medical education is the state /EU standard to confer medical degree.


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