Vitebsk State Medical Institute was established as a hospital-medical institute in November 1, 1934 by Resolution of the Council of People's Commissars of the BSSR. The total number of students on all courses was 250.
MD, Professor Moisei Anisimovich Khazanov, a graduate of the Medical Faculty of the University of Bern (Switzerland) was appointed as the first Rector of the Institute. 12 Professors, well-known in the USSR and abroad medical scientists, started to work with him: Professor Pavel Markovich Gurevich, a graduate of the University of Strasbourg (Alsace - France), became the first dean. In 1938 a hospital-medical institute was renamed into Vitebsk Medical Institute.
Educational process is organized at 63 departments, where 56 doctors and 227 candidates of sciences, including 44 professors and 171 associate professors, work. The educational departments are equipped with modern automatic apparatuses for training, sets of plastic models and phantoms, complex medical-diagnostic equipment. The teaching is supported with skilled pedagogical experience, highly - qualified research activity and great academic means of training. Ratio and 3-stage system of students’ knowledge assessment is used at the university (computer testing, practical skills and interview).
To improve the quality of teaching educative-industrial pharmacy, dental clinic, and control-analytic laboratory were created where students are able to put the accepted knowledge into practice.
Clinical bases of the University are the majority of city clinics containing necessary modern medical-diagnostic equipment. Total bed fund of clinical departments is 4 200 beds. The main clinical bases of the university are Regional Clinical Hospital, Regional Oncological Heath Centre, Hospital of Emergency Medical Help, Regional Children Clinical Hospital, VSMU Clinic and others.