MEDICAL STUDY IN THE HEART OF EUROPE
Comenius University (CU) in Bratislava, founded in 1919, is the oldest and largest university in Slovakia. It has 13 faculties, two of which are medical faculties. It follows the university tradition of Academia Istropolitana established in Bratislava in 1465. CU is named after an outstanding personality in world history — J A Komensky.
CU aspires to be a member of leading European centres of academic excellence and develops its identity as a research and teaching institution of the highest international quality.
The Jessenius Faculty of Medicine of Comenius University (JFMED CU) is located in the City of Martin. The training of medical students in Martin started in 1962. The Faculty of Medicine in Martin was officially established in 1969.
In 1991, the faculty was renamed the Jessenius Faculty of Medicine in honour of an outstanding medieval physician and humanist Jan Jessenius, the Rector of Charles University in Prague, whose ancestors had their roots in Martin. In 1991, the faculty, as the first faculty of medicine in Slovakia, opened medical studies in English to international students.
Over the last 40 years there have been 5,800 graduates from Slovakia and 200 graduates from 30 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Today, there are 963 students of general medicine, out of which 201 are international students from 19 countries, mainly from Norway, Sweden, Germany and the USA.
JFMED CU belongs to medical faculties with a lower number of students. Moreover, the ratio of students to full-time teaching staff is low (presently 963/175). With the exception of lectures, all educational activities are carried out in small study groups — no more than eight students per teacher.
Clinical training of students is carried out at Martin Faculty Hospital, which has 900 beds and 383 physicians.
As for international students, JFMED CU seeks applicants with appropriate academic qualifications, good command of English and the motivation to study. Main condition for students to be admitted is passing the entrance examination in biology and chemistry.
The General Medicine doctor (grade I and II) study programme takes six years. It includes 5,795 hours of theoretical education and practical training. A credit system based on the generally accepted European Credit Transfer System is used.
At the conclusion of study, the successful completion of the state examination and defence of theses are conditions for awarding the degree ‘Doctor of General Medicine’ — Medicinae Universae Doctor (MUDr).
The general medicine programme and grade III (PhD) programmes offered by JFMED CU are accredited by the Accreditation Commission of the Slovak Republic. The specialisation programmes are accredited by the Accreditation Commission of the Ministry of Health.
JFMED CU is on the WHO listing of medical faculties. In 2007, the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation in Washington determined comparability of standards and processes for accreditation of medical schools in Slovakia and the USA.