Founded in 1758 as the medical facility of the Moscow Imperial University, MSMU is the oldest medical school in Russia. It is named after Ivan Sechenov, a doctoral graduate of Moscow Imperial and who is known as the ‘father of Russian physiology’. The institution became independent in 1930, celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2008, and acquired full university status in 2011.
The faculties of MSMU are General Medicine (taught in English as well as Russian), Pharmacy (taught in French and Russian), Preventative Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Research. The faculty of Dentistry confers a Doctor of Dentistry title to students upon completion of a five year course.
As well as a core of seven research institutes and over 30 laboratories, with advances in technology four new research institutions have been added in the 21st century, including Healthcare Management. In understanding the intertwined relationship between the worlds of science and business, MSMU also has a dedicated interdisciplinary Science Park.
Established in 1918, the Research Institute of Phthisiopulmonology is a leading centre nationwide in the ongoing fight against tuberculosis. In 2013, the facility hosted a conference on preventing and diagnosing TB in children and adolescents.
SMU's campus is located in central Moscow between a bend in the Moskva river. It is a short walk from the Luzhniki Stadium, a 78,000 seater arena which was host to the 2008 Champions League Final.
The most famous person to have ever attended the institution was Anton Chekov, who began writing short stories to pay for his tuition, and is now considered to be one of the greatest novelists and playwrights in history. Other notable graduates of MSMU are clinician Sergey Botkin, neuropsychiatrist Sergei Korsakoff, and surgeon Nikolay Sklifosovsky.