The I.M. Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy (MMA) is the oldest and the largest national medical higher educational institution. The MMA forefather was the medical faculty of Imperial Moscow University opened by efforts of the Great Russian scientist M.V. Lomonosov. The first six students began their studies at the faculty in 1758. In 1930, the medical faculty was separated from Moscow State University to become the 1st Moscow Medical Institute. In 1990, in order to create perfect elite education and deeper integrated research, the country's most powerful medical institute was reorganised as the Medical Academy. Nowadays, the Academy places the leading role in the development of medical science and training, certification, and advanced training of medical.
The members of the staff of the Academy are engaged as experts and consultants of the World Health Organisation. According to UNESCO international rating the Moscow Medical Academy takes the second place pharmaceutical and scientific personnel. after Rene Descartes Academy of Medical Sciences. MMA is arguably the best medical school in Russia. The MMA Diploma is recognized by WHO and the Medical Councils of many countries. The degrees of the Academy open the doors to European countries, the USA and Canada.
The Academy comprises: 11 faculties, 115 academic departments, scientific research and clinical centres, an editorial and publishing section, 18 clinics, a library, and other subdivisions. Moscow Medical Academy has 69 buildings for studies, classrooms and lecture halls, the clinical centre with 18 diverse clinics for 3080 patients, a large united scientific centre, several research institutes, the fundamental library, the laboratories, the botanical garden, and the stadium. The total area of the Academy training and laboratory premises exceeds 200,000 sq m or 25 sq m per student. There are four student hostels for 1,770 people. The Academy has been collaborating with 40 therapeutic-prophylactic and apothecary institutions, the research centres and institutes in Moscow. About 8000 students from Russia and foreign countries have studied annually in the Academy. They are trained in Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Dentistry (since 2001).
The I.M. Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy has gained a considerable experience in the international students training. Since 1949 to date over 2000 specialists from 87 countries have been trained there. In 2001 about 900 foreign citizens were students of the Academy. The excellent Preparatory course, the hostel with comfortable living conditions, a division with instructions conducted in English have brought the MMA training standards close to those of the best higher medical educational institutions of the member-countries of European Community.