The Medical University of Lodz is the largest public medical university in Poland. Its mission is focused on:
– educating students in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing as well as in other medicine-related disciplines
– educating research staff (PhD programs)
– conducting research and scientific activity
– developing postgraduate programs offer.
Medical teaching in English was initiated in 2003/2004. Presently over 900 foreign students from various countries attend 6-year MD (Medicine), Advanced MD and 5-year DMD (Dentistry) programs and over 600 have already graduated. The programs are taught entirely in English and are comprehensive enough to be accepted internationally.
2002 – the merger of the Military Medical Academy and the civilian Medical Academy
The turn of the 21st century was the time for one of the most important announcements in the history of Medical Higher Education in Lodz. With the authority of the Parliament of Poland, the 27th July 2002 saw the merging of the civilian Medical Academy of Lodz and the Military Medical Academy to create the Medical University of Lodz. By doing so, the most influential institution in Poland for training medical personnel, both for the military and civilian spheres, was formed.This merger of the two independent Lodz institutions was a return to the state of affairs many decades earlier, when there was only a single medical teaching centre providing both civilian and military training. Preparations for the marriage of the two institutions had been taking place since 2000. In December of that year, an inter-institutional integration group was formed, in which representatives from the Medical Academy and the Military Medical Academy sat alongside authorities from the Faculty of Human Health Sciences, University of Lodz.
The Medical University of Lodz began its mission on the 1st of October 2002. Professor Andrzej Lewiński, MD, PhD, graduate and long term academic teacher of the Medical Academy of Lodz, was chosen the first Rector of the new institution with the agreement of the Minister of Health. In April 2003, the Institutional Electoral Committee, according to electoral statutes, awarded Professor Andrzej Lewiński, MD, PhD the position of Rector of the Medical University, which he held until 2008.
Source: 65 years of Medical Higher Education in Lodz by Piotr Machlański and Jerzy Supady