TSMU was founded on 12 April 1957 as a Ternopil Medical Institute. On July 1, 1992, the institute was named after Ivan Horbachevsky. On December 30, 1997, it received the status of State Medical Academy, and on 17 November 2004, after reorganisation, the institution became Ivan Horbachevsky Ternopil State Medical University. The first rector of the medical institute was Petro Ohii, and the vice-rector Arsen Martyniuk. The regional administration transferred ownership of two buildings to the institute for the use as academic and laboratory facilities, and two dormitories.
University clinic facilities were located in the municipal hospital. At the same time, the Morphology Building, a dormitory, and the Regional Hospital were being built.
The institute had 19 departments, and employed 66 instructors, among them Kostiantyn Kovanov, Rostyslav-Yurii Komarovskyi, Anatolii Lokai, Ivan Sytnyk, Mykola Skakun, and Yevhen Honcharuk. The first class consisted of 210 students.
The institute steadily developed programs and facilities, but the biggest change took place after Ukraine has gained its independence in 1991, when the school started moving towards the European system of education. In 1994, the Institute received IV level of institutional accreditation. In 1995 TSMU added the speciality of Nursing, and in 2000 Pharmacy.
As of 2016, the university offers Bachelor’s level programs in Physical rehabilitation and Nursing; Master’s level programs in Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Nursing; and Ph.D. level programs in specialities Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Biology.
The teaching staff includes over 600 professors, among them 102 Doctors of Science and full professors, and 460 associate professors. The staff includes two Corresponding and one Full Members of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, 11 Merited Scientists of Ukraine, 3 Merited Inventors of Ukraine, 2 Merited Teachers of Ukraine and 4 Merited Doctors of Ukraine.
Over 6530 students are currently enrolled in Ternopil State Medical University, including more than 1977 international students from 53 countries. As of 2016, there are over 700 students from African countries (48% of the total number of international students, including 351 from Nigeria). Students from Asia comprise 21%, and Europe 15% of the total number of international students. The language of instruction for the majority (90%) of international students is English.
Lectures typically take place in one of the 10 large lecture-halls equipped with modern audio-visual systems. Practical and laboratory classes usually consist of 8-12 persons. Clinical training takes place in affiliated hospitals.
TDMU - a higher educational institution that supports leadership in medical education and science is dynamically developing and seeks to become a prestigious and powerful academic research centre for the training of highly educated professionals.
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