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The School - History

The School of Medicine is one of the four Schools of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

It was founded in 1942, during the German occupation of Greece. Its establishment took place 17 years after the foundation of Aristotle University. The cause of such a delay should be attributed, beyond others, to the opposition of the local medical force at those years. The medical students of the first academic year (1942-43) encountered the number of 385, and were mainly males - 274 students. According to the chronicles entitled “63 years of Medical School”: some of the major problems that the fledging Medical School had to face were the difficulty of the elected professors to move from Athens, the dismissal and their reappointment after country’s liberation and the minimal infrastructure of the School. The initial professors were: N. Michalakeas, A. Kotsaftis, S. Samaras, N. Klisiounis, K. Iliakis, G. Pangkalos, G. Hatzivassiliou, G. Deligiannis, K. Alexandridis, M. Petzetakis, P. Fotinos and S. Veras.

The main goal of the School of Medicine of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Aristotle University is to educate the medical students as well as to provide Greece health professionals with the highest scientific standards. An additional aim is to make high quality research either by itself or in collaboration with other Greek and international research centers. During their undergraduate studies the students participate in various research programs of laboratories and departments. These outcomes are mainly presented in the annual Medical Congress of the School of Medicine.

The main educational goal of the School is the dissemination of ethical values that govern the medical practice to students as well as to ensure that the young medical doctors will acquire all scientific knowledge which will enable them to diagnose and effectively manage medical problems after obtaining their degree. Moreover, the faculty of the School of Medicine is the stuff of several hospitals as well as other units of the National Health System, and thus provides an important social work.

The undergraduate curriculum of the School of Medicine consists of six years; the first five years are divided into semesters. During the first two years, the courses are mainly dedicated to basic sciences, while the involvement to the clinical practice initiates at third year.  Upon successful completion of the studies, the students receive the Medical Degree (Ptychion Iatrikes) (which is in agreement with point 5.1.1 of the 5th Annex of the EU Directive 2005/36/EC) and authorizes the medical profession practice both in the Public as well as Private Sector.

The School of Medicine offers eighteen Postgraduate Programmes. Some of them are Interdepartmental / Interinstitutional Postgraduate Programs where the School of Medicine is the Host School. Moreover, the School of Medicine participates in six more Interdepartmental / Interinstitutional Postgraduate Programs where it is just a Coactive School.

The organization of School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki has nine Sectors: Anatomy and Pathology, Physiology and Pharmacology, Biological Sciences and Preventive Medicine, Radiology - Medical Physics and Informatics, Sensory Organs, Child’s Health, Neurosciences, Surgery, and Internal Medicine.

The School of Medicine of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is one of the most important and well-established Schools of Greece, both quantitatively and qualitatively, comprising the biggest School in the country regarding its enrollment, having more than 4.000 registered students, 58 departments and 26 laboratories.

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