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Medical Education and the Organization of Medical Care in the USSR

Ann Intern Med. 1963;58(4):691-696. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-58-4-691
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During a recent visit to the Soviet Union, I had an opportunity to visit the First Medical Institute and to interview K. P. Josephovich of the Semneshko People's Health Institute. In answer to my questions he offered the information on which this report is based.

MEDICAL EDUCATION: Students enter the 6-year medical institutes throughout the nation when they are 17 or 18 years of age and have completed 10 years of secondary school. They devote the first 2 years' study to basic science. Clinical studies begin in their third year and include pharmacology, pathology, surgery, therapy, roentgenology, and microbiology. After


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