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Faculty of Medicine Specialties:

History of the Faculty of Medicine

The history of the Faculty of Medicine is closely connected with the history of the TSMU, as the General medicine faculty (later renamed into the Faculty of Medicine) has existed since 1957,  that is the year of the TSMU foundation.

Two educational buildings housed the departments at the opening of the faculty. The clinical base was provided by the City Hospital that had been functioning then as the Regional Hospital.  The morphological building, Regional Hospital, and a new hostel were under construction. 19 departments began functioning at the TSMU, 66 teachers were working there (including 1 M.D., and 17 Candidates of Med. Sc.). Standing at the starting line there were young teachers-scientists, later on professors, honoured scientists K.V.Kovanov, Yu.T.Komorovsky, A.I. Lokay, I.O.Sytnyk, M.P.Skakun.

624 students studied at three courses then, 210 being first-year students. 120 second- and 224 third-year students moved voluntarily from medical institutes of Ukraine, Russia and other republics of the former USSR. The Dean’s Office and Departments did their utmost to organize the educational and methodical process and to control the level of students’ training.

The 1960-1961 academic year marked the final stage of the TSMU formation. The Morphologic building and the regional polyclinic began functioning. The construction of the TSMU  principal clinical base, the Regional Hospital, was completed. The TSMU numbered 1360 students and 30 departments with 148 teachers working (7 M.Ds and 66 Candidates of Sciences among them).

The first group of 203 physicians with Diploma of the Ternopil State Medical Institute graduated in June, 1961. Later on, 8 graduates became Doctors of Medicine and 19  – Candidates of Medical Sciences. I. Chekman became Doctor of Medicine, Professor, the Head of the Pharmacology Department of O.O. Bohomolets National Medical University. He is a Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Ukrainian Academy of Medical Sciences, the New York Academy of Sciences, Laureate of the State Prize of Ukraine, Honorary Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine. Professor V. Antoniv is the Head of the Otolaryngology Department of the Moscow University of Peoples Friendship, the leader of the Ukrainian National Cultural Society “Slavutych” in Moscow who glorified his Alma Mater. Professor D. Seimivsky is the Head of the Children’s Urology Department at the Kyiv Research Institute of Urology, the Chief Children’s Urologist of the Ukrainian Ministry of Public Health. Professor S. Yakymenko is the Head of the Burning Injury and Eye Plastic Surgery Department at the V.P. Filatov Research Institute of Eye Diseases in Odessa. 1970-80s were marked by new trends in the TSMU activity.

Material and educational scientific base of the TSMU grew considerably for the first ten years. 2 hostels and a vivarium with laboratories were built. 178 teachers (including 13 Doctors of Medicine and 82 Candidates of Medical Sciences) were working at 32 Departments.

In 1972 sports and sanitation camp “Berizka” was set in Bilche-Zolote to improve the students and teachers’ health. The construction of the sports building was finished in 1971. The preventive clinic building was opened in 1989. Due to the construction of the large regional phychoneurological hospital in 1971, the department of Nervous Diseases and Psychiatry could carry out students’ training more effective.

There are some educational museums at the TSMU: the Biology Department Museum, the Anatomy Department Museum, the latter being reputed among the best in Ukraine. The Museum of the Institute History was founded in 1982.  In April 1982, the institute celebrated its 25th anniversary. New hostels for 1000 students had been put into operation by this memorable event. This provided accommodation for all the students and separate rooms were allocated for the student couples.

Independence gave new opportunities and impetus for the development of the TSMU and Faculty, joining market relations and the European educational space. In 1994 the TSMU obtained the highest IV accreditation degree and was granted a license for training 400 students at the Faculty of Medicine.

Professors L.Ya. Kovalchyk, M.A. Andreychyn, Ya.I. Fedoniuk, O.O.Markova, M.I. Shved, S.V. Khmil, S.I. Smiyan, S.N. Vadziuk, S.I. Shkrobot and V.V. Bihuniak are Honorary Workers of Science and Technology of Ukraine. Professor O.M. Yedynak and associate professor V.V. Demianenko were awarded the title of Honorary Inventor of Ukraine.

More than 15,000 doctors graduated from the Faculty of Medicine. Complex restructuring of all the directions of TSMU activity was underway, especially the teaching and learning activities.  It was restructured taking into account the international requirements and qualified characteristic features of specialists.

Spirit of the new time called forth positive changes in upbringing, national and patriotic activity, as well as in the spiritual life. The system of tutors and students’ self-governing was regulated. The brass band and choir, dancing group, ensemble of folk instruments and sports sections were popular then. The students participated actively in the Club of Talented Youth, amateur theatre and discussing club. There was its own picture-gallery. A new generation of poets was growing among the teachers and students. Poetic anthologies by Lesia Romanchuk (a member of the Ukrainian Society of Writers), Valeriy Didukh, Roman Ladyka were published. Material and technical basis underwent considerable changes. In particular, all the buildings were reconstructed and modernized. The hostels were repaired, the network of students’ cafes and canteens was arranged. In 1998 the Sport-Health Centre “Berizka”, where the teachers and students of the TSMU could rest, was renovated. In 2001 a new sport-health centre “Chervona Kalyna” 28 km from Ternopil was bought.

In 2005, basing on theoretical departments 4 research institutes, namely of Morphology; Medical and Biologic Problems; M.P.Skakun Pharmacology, Hygiene and Medical Biochemistry; Modelling and Analysis of Pathologic Processes were formed at the order of the Rector Prof. Kovalchuk L. Ya.

The TSMU material and technical basis have increased greatly in the last 15 years. All the departments, as well as the library with 4 reading halls and branches at clinical departments, in educational and research institutes, have been computerized. There has been organized the computer centre and 39 computer Internet-connected classes.

The TSMU teachers have made about 250 instructional multimedia compact disks with electronic textbooks, video films, and test programmes, altogether more than 23700 items.

Basing on the foreign experience, the TSMU, and the Faculty of Medicine, in particular, has introduced the new organization forms of training according to the credit-modular system. “One subject a day” principle, the lines of practical skills, practical-oriented Z-system of education, semester test control of students’ knowledge in the TSMU independent test center are being introduced into the training process.  The network training system on the basis of Internet technologies, similar to the European one (Medical University of Vienna), is unprecedented in Ukraine. The formation of the independent test center helps to prevent corruption efforts in the TSMU. Matriculae of practical skills,  daily distance test control on the basis of “Moodle” technologies; Objective Structured Clinical Examination  (OSCE) to check the mastering of practical skills by the senior students.

The cooperation of clinical departments and practitioners of the municipal medical institutions, which provide the clinical basis, is in progress. High-skilled professors, associate professors, and teachers, involved in the practical medical activity, contribute much to rendering proper medical aid to the population of the city and the region.

During the 2011/12 academic year, the recruitment of students in a newly opened “Medical and preventive care” specialty (licensed amount of 50 people) took place for the first time. There was granted a license to conduct training for the “Bachelor” academic degree in “Human Health” specialty (licensed amount of 30 people) and in the “Biology” specialty (licensed amount of 30 people). A re-accreditation and extension of the licensed number of training specialists in “General Medicine” specialty increased its number from 400 to 500 people. In 2014, an extension of the licensed number of training specialists in “General Medicine” specialty increased to 700 people.

As resulting from the state testing “Krok” (“Step”) system, the students of the Faculty of Medicine (including specialty “General Medicine”) are always ranking high among the higher medical educational institutions of Ukraine.

MBBS study is carried out at its best in Ternopil State Medical University. Foreigner students come at Ternopil State Medical University to study medicine every year. Ternopil is the ideal place for foreigners to study medicine because of its highly qualified staff with English speaking skills.

Medicine study of Ternopil State Medical University is very famous in Ukraine and other countries of Europe. Ternopil State Medical University is a very famous university in Europe. Ternopil State Medical University of medical provides European standard of education with minimum tuition fee. The tuition fee is affordable for all the communities of the world. The low tuition fee of Ternopil state medical is purposefully, and the mission is the promotion of international standard of medical education to all communities of the world. The low tuition fee of Ukrainian medical universities is because of a great number of medical scientists in universities. Extensive research is being carried out by them. Ternopil State Medical University is one of the leading universities in conducting researches. Most of the remarkable scientists of Ukraine have been serving in this university.

Since the time of the Faculty foundation, the following deans have run it:

1958 -1960 – Candidate of Med. Sc., Ass. Prof. A.Y. Valchuk

1960 -1962 – M.D., Prof. O.A. Yarosh

1962 -1969 – M.D., Prof.  O.N. Liulka

1969 -1975 – Ass. Prof. H.H. Konopelko

1975 -1990 – M.D., Prof. A.Yu. Franchuk

1990 -1998 – Ass. Prof. M.S. Tvorko

1998- 1998 – M.D., Prof. K.A. Posokhova

1998 -2000 – M.D., Prof. M.I. Shved

2000 – 2003 – M.D., Prof. M.S. Hnatiuk

2003 -2006 – M.D., Prof. A.D. Bedeniuk

2006 – 2007 – M.D., Prof. K.A. Posokhova

2007 – 2014 – M.D., Prof. A.H. Shulhay

from 2014  –    M.D., Prof. O.R. Boiarchuk

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