The Pavlov First Saint-Petersburg State Medical University began its journey in the year 1897 as a centre of medical studies for women. It was known as Medical Institute for Women and was the first such institute in all of Europe to provide a scope for higher education exclusively to women. The institute gained popularity soon after its founding and established a standard model of higher education in the medical science field. The departments and clinics introduced advanced methods of learning as well as treatment and became famous for it.
The institute was renamed as The First Medical Institute of Leningrad, also called 1st Med in short in the year 1924 and it was again renamed after the Nobel Prize winning academician I.P. Pavlov in the year 1936. It received its current name in the 1994 when it was granted the status of a university. The three institutes of Chemistry, Pharmacy and Paediatrics were detached from the university and started functioning as independent ones around the 1930s, at around a time when laboratories were also being constructed for the institute. This work came to a halt during the 2nd World War when the students and the experts at the institute provided special care to those affected by the war. Major construction and development took place by the 1980s and the university got its current shape and look.
The first three courses mentioned here are all preceded by a preclinical training which provides guidance regarding basic, pre-medical and introductory aspects of medical sciences. This basic training creates a strong theoretical base in science subjects intrinsically related to any aspect of medicine. Subjects of study include Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Physiology, Histology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Pathological Anatomy, Pathophysiology, Hygiene and more. Those who take up dentistry will be given a more in-depth training in Anatomy, Microbiology, Physiology, Histology, Pathophysiology and Pathological Anatomy.
Students are taught about handling patients and communicating effectively with them during the first years of their study. Some of the subjects taught during the pre-clinical years of study are - Radiology, Introduction (Propedeutics) of Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Introduction (Propedeutics) to Dental diseases and Operative Surgery.