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SSMU Timeline 

  • 1878 –Alexander II established Tomsk Imperial University as the Faculty of Medicine
  • 1888 June, 22 –The official opening date
  • 1930 –The Faculty of Medicine of Tomsk State University was reorganized into Tomsk Medical Institute
  • 1992 –Tomsk Medical Institute received university status and changed its name to Siberian State Medical University 


Siberian State Medical University
 is one of the leading medical universities in Russia. Its history dates back to 1878, when the Emperor Alexander II founded the first university in the Asian part of Russia. Imperial Tomsk University opened in 1888 with only one faculty – the Faculty of Medicine. 

Today SSMU is among top three Russian medical schools, number one medical school located outside the capital of Russia, offers the greatest number of state-funded seats on the territory beyond the Ural Mountains. In 2017 SSMU received the status of the only flagship university among all Russian medical schools. In 2017 the Russian government selected SSMU for the national project on education export among other 39 universities. SSMU is one of the two medical universities on the list together with Sechenov University.  

Over its 135 years’ history the University has become one of the best educational, scientific and medical complexes in Russia for training and certification of healthcare professionals in the field of surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, pathology, histology, pharmacology, microbiology and many others. Today over 5,000 students from 55 regions of the Russian Federation and 28 overseas countries enroll annually in SSMU to earn their medical degree.

Over 80% of SSMU academic faculty are scientific scholars. The students have a unique opportunity to have their clinical practice at the University teaching hospital, which annually admits over 20,000 patients from all over Russia. The teaching hospital is equipped with the cutting-edge equipment and most advanced technologies: 128-slice CT scanner, MRI, gamma-camera, endoscopic and ultra sound machines and other.

SSMU research library is the largest specialized library in Siberia and the only open-access library in Tomsk. It is the best Russian medical library according to the annual national medical library rankings 2016 by the Academy of Evidence-based medicine.

The knowledge gained during the studies is put into practice in one of two European accredited training simulation centers in Russia (accreditation by SESAM). 

SSMU museum complex provides the students with an opportunity to be trained with the help of unique exhibits. The collection has been gathered for 120 years and some exhibits cannot be found anywhere in the world but here.

Among the SSMU graduates are the leading doctors of Russian and foreign clinics: more than 800 doctors, 42 academicians, 2 presidents of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (Nikolay Burdenk and Vladimir Timakov), Minister of Health of the Russian Federation, Deputy Minister of Education of the Russian Federation (Lyudmila Ogorodova).

In 2015 SSMU became the first medical school that received accreditation of Skolkovo Technology Park.