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About Medical University-Plovdiv

The Medical University – Plovdiv, more popular until recently under the name of VMI (meaning Higher Medical Institute), was established in 1945. It includes the Faculties of Medicine, Dental medicine, and Health Care, a Medical College and a hospital of its own with a capacity of 2000 beds. All departments, considered as indispensable for higher medical education according to modern standards, are available - theoretical, pre-clinical and clinical, as well as laboratories, clinics and other units with modern equipment for diagnostics and treatment, research activities and training of medical and dental students. The Central University Library offers the students more than 170 000 volumes in field of medicine in many languages as well as an Internet hall and a local net system (with Medline and Micromedex available). The Medical University issues its own journal called Folia Medica, which is exchanged with more than 326 specialists from over 54 countries included in Medline. Every year over 3800 Bulgarian and foreign students are trained.

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Plovdiv is the second biggest city of Bulgaria. It is one of the oldest towns in Europe with a centuries-old history. It is picturesquely located by the banks of the Maritsa River, around seven unique stone hills in the center of the Thracian Valley. The town is an important administrative, civil, economic and cultural center of the country with a population of over 300 000 inhabitants. The town is a romantic combination of ancient history and modern development.

Medical University-Plovdiv was established in 1945. It is a state high school with four faculties: Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Public Health, Medical College and University Hospital. Medical University - Plovdiv was granted an institutional and program accreditation from the National Accreditation Commission of Republic of Bulgaria-2006-2012.

Medical University - Plovdiv has been assessed as meeting the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 (2009 - 2012). Teaching staff includes medical specialists: 164 full time professors and 518 assistant professors with profound professional knowledge, high scientific achievements and rich teaching experience. Combined with the modern equipment, this is a prerequisite for the perfect mastering of medical knowledge and skills by the future physicians, dentists and other specialists. All departments considered indispensable for higher medical education according to modern standards are available - theoretical, pre-clinical and clinical, as well as laboratories, clinics and other units with modern equipment for diagnostics, treatment, research activities and training of medical and dental students. The students are taught in lecture courses, laboratory classes and clinical training in groups of 6-8 students, seminar classes, tutorials, individual training, etc. The students are stimulated to maintain contacts with their teachers for additional educational information and practical skills

Academic Degree - All programs in MU are full-time studies according to the Ordinance on Uniform state requirements for acquiring of higher education. Every year over 4000 Bulgarian and foreign undergraduate and postgraduate students are trained at the Medical University - Plovdiv. Over 7000 doctors and dentists from 43 countries of Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America obtained their diplomas here.

Academic Recognition and European Education Projects - The international activities of the University follow the programs financed by the European Union: LLP (Comenius, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig, Jean Monnet), 7FP, ATLANTIS, Lion Austrian program (Medical students beyond frontiers) etc.

Harmonization of curricula and study programs with the appropriate European universities resolves the problems with the ECTS introduction, allows mutual recognition of the diplomas and finally increases mobility of the students. The harmonization of the study plans is closely connected with the introduction of new forms of teaching like E-learning and usage of the interactive programs in the training process.

Teaching staff - includes medical specialists: 136 full time professors and 498 assistant professors with profound professional knowledge, high scientific achievements and rich teaching experience. Combined with the modern equipment, this is a prerequisite for the perfect mastering of medical knowledge and skills by the future physicians, dentists and other specialists. The students are taught in lecture courses, laboratory classes and clinical training in groups of 6-8 students, seminar classes, tutorials, individual training, etc. The students are stimulated to maintain contacts with their teachers for additional educational information and practical skills.

Non-resident applicants are organized in English medium groups to study Medicine or study Bulgarian language in one-year course and then continue their education in the chosen academic course.

Knowledge of English is verified by valid TOEFL, diploma from an English language school or test at the University.

Academic Degrees - all programs in MU are full-time studies according to the Ordinance on Uniform state requirements for acquiring of higher education in the specialties "Medicine", "Dental medicine", "Pharmacy".

CODE LIST OF MAJORS 

 ACADEMIC DEGREE

 DURATION OF STUDY

 MEDICAL QUALIFICATION

 Medicine

 Master (MD.)

 6 years - ten semesters and one year clinical rotations

 Physician

 Dental medicine

 Master (MD)

 6 years - ten semesters and nine months practical work

 Dentist

 Pharmacy

 Master

  5 years -nine semesters and six months practical work

 Pharmacist

 Public health Healthcare management

 Bachelor

 Master

 + 2,5 years
 + 1 year

 Manager in healthcare services

  Healthcare:
1. Nurse
2. Midwife

 Bachelor
 Bachelor

 4 years
 4 years

 Nurse
 Midwife

 College specialties

 Professional degree

 3 years

 Laboratory specialists, Kinesitherapist, Ro assistant, Dental technician, Hygiene specialists

Postgraduate education continues from 3 to 5 years depending on the specialty. Trainees in the PGS should sit for practical and theoretical examinations before State commission for a Diploma of a I "Specialist in...." the corresponding specialty.

The Ph.D. degree programs last for 3 years and finish with submission and defense of a thesis. "Lifelong learning" programs each year offer courses with different duration.

Library & Information center is located at 1600 sq.m, housing about 190000 units (printed and electronic), free access, on-line library catalogue, Internet connections with other universities in Bulgaria and abroad, one-day supply of full-text materials through University of Utah state, interlibrary borrowing of books.

The resources of the library and the reading halls' capacity satisfy completely the needs of teachers and students.

Administrative service of students is organized and executed by the Office of Academic Affairs and Educational Services of each faculty.

The hostel houses are with 880 beds in one- or two-bedded rooms, comfortably furnished and with toilet facilities. Meals are provided in the students' refectories ат the hostel and at the university buildings as well as in а-chain of snack bars, refreshment rooms, shops, etc at the surrounding areas.

The sports facilities of the University include an in-door multifunctional sporting hall, tennis courts, football, volleyball and basketball playgrounds, swimming pools, etc. They give opportunities for active sporting activities of the students. Students may join the students' teams - football, volleyball, basketball, aerobics, and tennis.

Foreign citizens have been trained at the Medical University in Plovdiv for over 30 years. Those who have obtained their medical degrees here are nowadays doctors and dentists of authority or pronounced specialists in the system of health care in their home countries. They all feel that they remain to be emotionally and professionally connected with their Alma Mater and they express this commitment of theirs on every occasion possible.

If you really wish to dedicate yourself to the noblest science and profession -medicine, to be trained to treat and help the sick and suffering co-citizens of yours, you

 

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