The medical faculty of Yerevan State University was founded in 1920, gave first graduates in 1927. In 1930 the medical faculty was reorganised as an independent Yerevan State Medical Institute. In 1980 it received the highest award for training highly qualified specialists and for its great contribution in the field of public health. In 1995 the Institute was reformed into the University and renamed as Yerevan State Medical University after Mkhitar Heratsi. Mkhitar Heratsi – Armenian the Great Master of Medicine played the same role for us as Hippocrates for Greeks, Galen for Romans, Ibn Sina for Arabs.
YSMU is a Government University functioning under the Ministry of Education and Science as a state non-commercial body. The University is enlisted in the Directory of Higher Medical Institutions adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the degree awarded is globally accepted. YSMU is recognised by the Medical Council of India, Act of 1956 (Gazette of India, Part II, S.1, Extra, S. No. 83, dt. 31.12.1956). The Yerevan State Medical University is recognised worldwide. Both native and foreign, successfully work and have gained global acknowledgement due to their knowledge, practical skills and experience. Students from more than 40 countries are at the advantage to complete their graduation from this University. The University in it’s over ninety years of existence has trained more than 30,000 doctors who are practising all over the world. Yerevan State Medical University recognised by the Medical Board of California, USA. In California, more than 500 YSMU graduates are successfully practising. Currently, 1459 International Students are attaining medical education in undergraduate courses from 30 countries. Over 1000 Indian students are pursuing their graduate and post-graduate studies here. According to the “Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Act, 2001” medical graduate has to qualify the FMGE ‘Screening Test’ securing 50% marks or more (MCQ’s with no negative marking). The FMGE ‘Screening Test’ conducted by the National Board of Examinations, New Delhi. Indian students study in YSMU since 1987 batch and are excelling in the field of Medicine.
YSMU is a member of the International Association of Universities, which gives great opportunity in the sphere of development of International relations, students exchange, probation period abroad, participation in grant programs under the aegis of UNESCO joint research work and conferences. The University leadership creates numerous opportunities for lecturers and clinicians to be enrolled in the training courses of US and European universities paying great attention to research, innovation, education and training. In 2004 the Republic of Armenia joined the Bologna process, towards creating the European Higher Education Area. The University employs European Council Directive N36 of 2005 on medical education and all the recommendations of the Bologna declaration. YSMU established a direct partnership in the form of extensive cooperation and exchange program with about 30 universities around the globe.Since its foundation, YSMU demonstrated great respect for fellow institutions of medicine worldwide and has a rich history concerning its activity in the international arena. YSMU is dedicated to training highly qualified specialists not only for the Republic of Armenia and regional countries but also for other countries around the globe (USA, India, European countries).
YSMU is a Government University functioning under the Ministry of Science and Education as a state non-commercial organisation. The structure of the University is that of a traditional European University. The governing bodies of the University are the University Council, the Rector, the Senate and the Student Council. The highest body of the University governing is the Board comprised of 32 members. The highest administrative organ is the University Council, which convenes at least twice a year. The Council makes decisions about the main activities of the University. The Rectorate of the University controls the way the decisions are realised during the intervals between the University Council sessions. The hospitals, clinics and centres are involved in the University Council of Clinics. The Rector of YSMU carries out the direct control of the University Council, the Rectorate and the Board of Clinics. Administration and the faculty function collaboratively in accordance with the University’s regulations and laws. The overwhelming majority of University’s leadership comprises of highly qualified physicians and healthcare professionals having an excellent and lifelong experience as well as expertise in the relevant field of study. The faculty staff and the University employees jointly collaborate for the common goals to be achieved at best.