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Pomeranian Medical University was founded in 1948. Viewed from a historical perspective, a period of 53 years, when compared with the multicentennial tradition of other universities, is short indeed. When one considers that Szczecin was never a seat of schools of higher learning and the establishment of the University took place just after an exceptionally devastating war with local physicians, scientists and teachers missing altogether, one must admit that 50 years of active existence of the University is an outstanding achievement.

Owning to the significant number of professors settling in Szczecin the Pomeranian Medical University became the sole school of higher learning in this town bestowed with full academic powers - to hold doctoral and habilitated doctor studies and grant doctoral degrees. The passion and efforts of the pioneers resulted in an increasing number of students and academic teachers, a widening scope and rising level of specialized health services, and in scientific research of growing importance.

First year students` pledge

In spite of financial and technical difficulties new lecture halls, student hostels and other buildings of social use were erected. These include two new lecture halls in the First and Second State Clinical Hospitals, three new hostels, the "Trans" Student Culture Centre, one sports hall, three vacations centres, etc. Modern buildings for the Department of Clinical Biochemistry and for the Department of Psychiatry were erected.

At present the University has more than 1,370 beds in both State Clinical Hospitals and almost 400 beds in other hospitals in Szczecin. Altogether, there are approximately 1,780 beds in the clinical departments and the number of patients treated yearly exceeds 32,000. Clinical departments of the University, besides offering sophisticated health care services for the Western Pomerania region, also provide basic medical care due to the fact that Szczecin does not possess a municipal hospital. Furthermore, the outpatient departments are an important element of the treatment and services base of the region, acting chiefly as specialized consultancy centres with a yearly number of visits exceeding 160,000. The Pomeranian Medical University has more than 500 faculty and almost 200 technical staff. Among the academic staff are 43 professors and 54 habilitated doctors. Since 1948 8060 physicians and 3314 dentists graduated from the University. 1113 researchers obtained the degree of doctor and 196 of habilitated doctor. Actually University employ 33 professors and 36 extraoridinary professors. The title of doctor honoris causa was granted to 15 renowned scientists. Between 1994-2000 9 of young academic teachers in PMU procure prestigious scholarships of Polish Science Foundation.

Presently the University has 1478 students, including 1012 students of medicine and 466 of dentistry. New, unconventional forms of teaching have been adopted during the academic year 1996/97. These are:

  • extra-mural studies in nursing leading to the title of master
  • studies for English-speaking students from Scandinavia
  • evening full-pay studies in medicine
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Since long the Pomeranian Medical University maintains scientific ties with renowned foreign centres. Apart from previous co-operation with some centres in the European Union, the agreement signed with the Pennsylvania University in Philadelphia may be called the most important. These contacts have resulted in the exchange of junior scientists, as well as in numerous publications in reputable Western journals.

The strongest advantage of the Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin lies in its staff - scientists, teachers and physicians - well-educated and strongly motivated to do a good job, in many instances keeping pace with forefront of world medicine.

Hopefully, some shortcomings as to the facilities and instrumentation may be overcome in the coming years, thanks to the commitment and enthusiasm of the staff of the Pomeranian Medical University. Hopefully, the co-operation with the health service system in the region, as well as with the Ministry and the Scientific Research Committee shall be even better.

The present authorities of the University have set many goals for the incoming years. The most important one is to improve the curriculum by modernizing and making more attractive the forms of teaching so that students graduating from our University be well prepared to meet the needs of their profession, but also call the period of studies as one of the best in their lives.

Students wanting more of their studies may deepen their knowledge and become acquainted with the methodology of scientific research by joining one of some 20 Student Scientific Groups, now with almost 100 members. In December 6-7th, 2000, All-Polish Conference of the Student Scientific Groups was held. Furthermore, members of the Student Scientific Society participate in national and foreign conferences. Following their graduation and an internship of 12 months some of these students join the staff of their Alma Mater each year.

Important centres for information and documentation, indispensable for research activities, are: the Main Library and the Publishing Division of PMU. The Main Library continues to grow since 1949, albeit with varying pace over the years. It has two sections in the Clinical Hospitals, stores more than 260,000 books and offers 584 periodicals.

Scientific, experimental, clinical, historical and bibliographic papers appear in The Annals of the University since 1950. Initially, the Annals were published irregularly in the form of separate collections of papers, but since 1962 they constitute a regular, reviewed scientific publication under the title of Annales Academiae Medicae Stetinensis indexed i.a. in Index Medicus. In principle, the Annals contain condensed versions of doctoral theses, while supplements usually contain habilitated doctor theses. The Publishing Division is the editor of other publications such as handbooks for students, post-graduate education aids, medical and administrative guide-books, growing steadily since 1969.

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The 6-year English Program at the Pomeranian Medical University was established in 1996. Most of the teaching staff has had training in Great Britain, USA and Canada. In 2002 first 15 students of the English Program graduated, and 85% of them passed Medical State Exam in Norway at the first attempt. Next years further 35 students graduated, and all of them passed the exam. However, from 2005 the Medical State Exam in Norway is abolished for Polish medical universities’ graduates due to incorporation of Poland to the European Union.

The The ceremony of conferring PhD diplomas

The students at the University are instructed in small groups, both in pre-clinical and clinical courses. All doctors graduated from the English Program at the Pomeranian Medical University found job places in their countries of origin and have a good reputation. At present 229 students from norway, Sweden, Germany, Canada and the USA are studying at the University.

In the coming academic year (2006/2007) Faculty of Dentistry is opening and in future a 4-year English Program designed for students who plan nostrification (academic recognition) of M.D. diploma at the territiory of the United States and Canada will be initiated.

Students with special interest in a specific field of medicine have an opportunity to expand their knowledge as members of more than 20 Student Scientific Groups. That makes them more familiar with methodologies of scientific research, which could finally lead to a Ph.D. program in their countries of origin. A good example of such a career is Paul Sangar, our graduate from the class 2002 who presented a paper “Selective Screening for Inborn Errors of Metabolism in Romanian Children” during the XXXIII International Meeting of Student's Scientific Society. He successfully applied for a position of Ph.D. student at the Pediatric Research Institute, National Hospital (Rikshospitalet), Oslo, Norway.

The English Program is governed by the Vice-Dean of the English Program who together with members of Dean's Council prepares the curriculum and syllabus, and supervises the educational process. The English Program is a financially independent unit of the University and its funds come from students' registration and tuition fees. Financial means obtained, after subtracting the costs of education and the Program administration, are used for continuous improvement of the standard of teaching. The graduates of the Program receive a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) diploma certifying graduation in medicine from the Medical Faculty or a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) diploma certifying graduation from the Dental Faculty at the Pomeranian Medical University.