Belarusian State Medical University is the leading higher medical educational institution of the Republic of Belarus having merited international authority and recognition. The history of the university can be traced back to 1921 when the Medical Faculty was created as a part of the Belarusian State University. The Medical Faculty became an independent educational institution in 1930. Annually Belarusian State Medical University is visited by about 30 delegations from Sweden, Iraq, Japan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Germany, Poland, Azerbaijan, Nigeria, Iran, Turkmenistan, Canada, Lithuania, Israel and other countries.
In 1990 Gomel State Medical University was founded as per resolution of the Council of Ministers and Order of the Minister of Health of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic. It is the youngest of four medical universities in Belarus. Gomel State Medical University has attained the status of a modern university and is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and many other international professional groups. The University has prepared more than 2000 doctors, training foreign students from Africa, Poland, Turkey, Russia, China, Vietnam, Lebanon, Iran, South America, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Newly Independent States and Western Europe.
On October 1, 1958, the Grodno State Medical Institute commenced academic studies (the first lecture was delivered by Prof. D.M.Golub from Minsk in Human Anatomy), and on October 15 the first sitting of the Academic Council took place. To the first Institute administration belonged L.F.Supron – Rector (1958-1962), N.I.Arinchin – Vice-Rector for Research and Academic Affairs (1959-1960), V.I.Garusin – Vice-Rector for Management and Administration (1958-1961), G.I.Kiriliuk – Dean (1958-1962). Over the following 36 years (from 1962 to 1998) the Institute was governed by Prof. Dmitri Maslakov. In 1964 the first 248 medical doctors graduated from the institute, 22 graduates were granted Honors Diplomas. At the beginning of the 1960s the first typical halls of residence were built, in the middle of the 1980s the first hall of residence of bearing-wall construction was put into service. Over the last 50 years, the Institute (and then the university) graduated over 16,000 physicians and graduate nurses. The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus increased considerably enrollment in the University over recent years.
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.