Dean's Welcome

Welcome from the Dean

The history of higher education in Debrecen goes back to the 16th century. The city established the Calvinist College of Debrecen in 1538. The College became soon the most important cultural center of the whole country, where a great number of writers, scientists and politicians received their education. In the 18th century the schools of Law and Theology were founded and although no separate School of Medicine existed, physicians were also trained in the College. The Faculty of Medicine is rooted in this spiritual heritage. The present day Debrecen is also famous for its schools and higher educational establishments. The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Debrecen was Central Europe's first campus medical school. It was in the year of the millennium (1896) of Hungary's foundation when the establishment of a modern University was decided upon in Debrecen. The University was officially inaugurated on October 23, 1918 and at that time consisted of four faculties: Arts, Science, Theology and Medicine. The Faculty of Medicine became an independent University Medical School under the supervision of the Ministry of Health in 1951. In 2000 the formerly independent universities of Debrecen formed the University of Debrecen, therefore today the Faculty of Medicine is part of the University of Debrecen. It has 22 departments of basic sciences and 25 clinical departments specializing in various fields e.g. clinical chemistry, internal medicine, surgery, orthopedics, radiology, neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, cardiology and pulmonology, otorhino-laryngology, dermatology, ophthalmology, stomatology and urology. Our hospitals serve as city hospitals for Debrecen therefore students may also obtain their clinical training here. The Faculty of Medicine started MD training in English in 1987 with 49 students. The current number of students in the English Program exceeds 1500. Besides educating medical students, the Faculty also coordinates the B.Sc. in Medical Diagnostics and M.Sc. programs in Clinical Laboratory Research, Molecular Biology and Nutrition.

The curriculum described in this Bulletin provides a firm background for a future physician. Learning all these subjects

Prof. Dr. László Mátyus

Updated: 2017.12.13.

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