of the Faculty, Doctor
of Medecine, Professor L.G.Sentjurova
School, gymnasia or college are finished. Occupational choice is made: you devote yourself to the medicine. But a question arises again: what will you be in medicine? Internist? Surgeon? Obstetrician/gynecologist? Or, perhaps, to choice a sub-specialty, for example, neurophatologist or psychiatrist? Why, if such a question arose , we have an answer to it: the Faculty of General Medicine (formerly it was named " curative faculty") of Astrakhan Medical Academy. Just here you can get three principal specialties: internist, surgeon, obstetrician/gynecologist, and just the Faculty of General Medicine gives the possibility to get any particular specialty.
November 9, 1918 can be considered as the opening day for the Faculty of General Medicine. This day after the solemn greeting of N.N.Podjapolskij and the oration of the first rector of Astrakhan University S.A.Usov over 2000 students began to study. At that time, besides the Faculty of Nature and Medicine ( the Faculty of General Medicine) the Faculty of History and Philology existed, too. At the beginning classes were being held jointly.
A physician S.P.Zalkind, who had treated nomads and Kalmyks over twenty-five years has been elected the first dean of the Faculty of Medicine on the 21st of September, 1919. At different times the Faculty has been headed by Paskhalov A.P., Artemev N.I., Aljanskij I.S., Rudenko E.I., Sundukov V.A., Tatarinov Ju.S., Suchkov V.B., Arapov A.S., Prikazchikov A.I., Asfandijarov R.I., Bekchanov A.N., Trizno N. N., Khalov Ju.N. Each of them brought his individuality in the interpretation of the Faculty mission. From 2001 Doctor of Medicine Sentjurova Ljudmila Georgievna is the Head of the Faculty of General Medicine Deans office
The Faculty includes twenty-seven departments and two courses. Twenty-nine professors and Doctors of Medicine, six academicians of divers academies and more than one hundred Candidates of Medicine, Life Sciences, Philosophy and Pedagogy.
From the first year the students of General Medicine Faculty are actively accustoming to the medicine. The first two years are rather complicated and satiated with the theory. But, besides lectures, seminars and theoretical classes, the students study the topic "Nursing", where they grasp the ABC of medicine at the bedside. Beginning from the third year the students come to the clinical departments. Clinical centers became more numerous and better equipped. The S.M.Kirov multifield hospital, a building with the gynecological and obstetrics wards in the Alexander-Mariinsk hospital and others came into operation. Here, in teaching hospitals the future doctors under the guidance of experienced specialists - assistants, assistant professors, Professors -thoroughly study all practical skills indispensable to physicians, assist at complicated operations and procedures.
Besides the student training the faculty members are doing a big treatment-and-prophylactic work. In each teaching hospital the instructors of different chairs repeatedly confirm their high professionalism saving human lives.
From the beginning of the Faculty formation each year 200 students were enrolled to the first year of education. When the academy became an educational institution of 1st category, it became possible to enroll to the fist year 400 applicants. Such enrollment stood up to 1987. Overall number of students on budgetary education at the Faculty of General Medicine at present reaches 1200.
At the Faculty students of Astrakhan, Penza, Belgorod regions, Kalmyk, Ingush, Chechen, Daghestan Republics directed on special intake and entered independently are studying.
During eighty years of its existence the Faculty of General Medicine graduated over 18000 physicians on the specialty "treatment-and -prophylaxis". Our graduates work in the vast expanses of the homeland from Baltic Sea to Pacific Ocean(Kaliningrad, Kaluga, Serebrjanye Prudy, Moscow, Penza, Tambov, Tatarija, Kalmykija, Ingushetija, Chechnja, Nizhnij Tagil, Juzhno-Sakhalinsk). And it is not surprising-many years we have had the governmental assignment of the graduates, which have been interrupted only in the last years. Nevertheless, our alumni are demanded not only by practical health care.
A graduate of the Faculty of General Medicine, Professor Jurij Semenovich Tatarinov who had discovered a protein marker alpha-fetoprotein, many years headed the Biochemistry Department of the Russian State Medical University (Moscow). Now his disciple, who graduated from the Faculty of General Medicine of Astrakhan State Medical Academy in 1967 Professor Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Terentev took the baton from him. One more graduate 1968 Professor Stanislav Stepanovich Afanasev is a deputy director of G.N.Gabrichevskij Research Institute (Moscow). In our academy his disciples are working successfully: the rector Professor V.M.Miroshnikov, pro-rectors : Professors A.A.Panov, Ju.V.Kuchin, V.B.Kostenko, Kh.M. Galimzjanov, Heads of Departments: Professors N.N.Trizno, S.A.Zurnadzhan, D.G.Mustafin, L.G.Sentjurova and many others.
At the Faculty, besides academic activity a great scientific activity is observed. The student scientific society is working actively. Each department/chair have a student scientific circle where every one may try his potentialities in research activity.
Many researches have a complex nature, that is, several universities/academies take part in the working-out of the problem. So, scientists of the Astrakhan Medical Academy actively co-operate with Astrakhan Technical University, Astrakhan State University, Russian State Medical University (Moscow) and others. Students take part in scientific researches and give reports both at concluding student conferences and at subject ones.
The spare time students of the General Medicine Faculty spend differently. Somebody is attracted by the silence of library reading rooms, another one is playing sports or participating in the team of " Club of cheerful and ready-witted". Some students at leisure are doing a giant wall newspaper "Colleague", are engaged in the Faculty of Public Professions or are playing in the student theatre.
Medical advanced training, refresher courses are constantly going at the Faculty, new educational technologies are introduced systematically.
After the graduation from the Academy graduates may continue their education in the internship, clinical postgraduate studies( residency), postgraduate studies. At the Faculty there are faculty members working for doctors degree, theses for Doctors and Candidates degrees are yearly defended.
So, you chose the Faculty of General Medicine, the oldest one in ASMA. It is rich in traditions and dynasties. Maybe, your grandmother and grandfather have studied here, and later- your parents did. And if you are the first doctor in your family, we have no doubts: your children and your chidrens children will choice for them
The Faculty of General Medicine of ASMA.