First Moscow State Medical University

First Moscow State Medical University (MSMU, officially I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, informally Moscow Medical Academy or Sechenov University; Russian: Первый Московский государственный медицинский университет имени И. М. Сеченова) is the oldest medical university in Russia, located in Moscow.[1][2]

I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Sechenov University)
Первый Московский государственный медицинский университет имени И. М. Сеченова (Сеченовский университет)
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MottoPrimus inter pares
Established1758 (de facto), 1755 (de jure)
RectorPetr Vitalevich Glybochko

55°43′41″N 37°34′30″E / 55.72806°N 37.57500°E / 55.72806; 37.57500Coordinates: 55°43′41″N 37°34′30″E / 55.72806°N 37.57500°E / 55.72806; 37.57500
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The university was founded in 1758 as medical faculty of Imperial Moscow University as the first medical school in Russia.[2] The institution separated from the Moscow State University and became independent in 1930. The university was renamed after Russian physiologist, Ivan Sechenov, in 1955. It was known as I.M. Sechenov First Moscow Institute of Medicine until 1990, and I.M. Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy from 1990 to 2010.[1]

MSMU is located at Devichye Pole, a historical medical campus, in Moscow.[2]


Coin of the Bank of Russia (silver, 3 rubles, reverse), series "Science", 250th anniversary of the Moscow Sechenov Medical Academy. Monument to Ivan Sechenov on Bolshaya Pirogovskaya Street in Moscow

The university was inaugurated as the Imperial Moscow University (Moscow State University since 1917) in 1755. It is named after Ivan Sechenov, a doctoral graduate of Moscow Imperial, who is known as the "father of Russian physiology." The institution became independent in 1930 and acquired full university status in 2010.[2] It celebrated its 260th anniversary in 2018.[1]

The academy is a center for training, certification and further education for medical staff and pharmacists.

It has 20 buildings with classrooms and lecture halls, a clinical center, a research center, library, publishing section, a video-photo department, laboratories, botanical garden and several students' hostels.

About 1500 graduates are involved in post-graduate training as part of internship (primary specialization), clinical internship (residency), covering all clinical specialities, or post-graduate courses.

There are 160 chairs at the university. It collaborates with various international organizations including the International Association of the University Programs for Health Management, the World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and General Practitioners, the American International Alliance on Health Problems, the European Association of Management in Health Care, the World Academy of Medical Education.


First Moscow State Medical University, 2011
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Pediatrics
  • Faculty of Preventive Medicine
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Postgraduate Professional Training of Physicians
  • Preparatory Department for International Applicants
  • Institute of Professional Education
  • Center of Master's Programs

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The University history". Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Московский государственный медицинский университет им И.М. Сеченова. RIA Novosti (in Russian). 18 November 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2018.

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