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 (Ph.D. programs);
- Conducting research and scientific activity;
- Developing postgraduate programs offer.
Medical teaching in English was initiated in 2003/2004. Presently over 770 foreign students from various countries attend 6-year MD (Medicine), Advanced MD and 5-year DMD (Dentistry) programs and over 450 have already graduated. The programs are taught entirely in English and are comprehensive enough to be accepted internationally.
The Medical University of Lodz is listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) which provides information about international medical schools that are recognized by the appropriate government agencies in the countries in which they are located.
In Poland, it is the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
Our University is also listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools with an ECFMG® Sponsor Note. For the graduation years indicated in the Sponsor Note, our students and graduates are eligible to apply to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification and USMLE® as a step towards ECFMG Certification.
Our medical and dentistry diplomas are also subject to automatic recognition in the European Union which Poland joined in May 2004.
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 center 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, Ph.D., 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, Ph.D. 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
The Medical University of Lodz provides the best possible conditions for students in the course of education. The University conducts research characterized by outstanding quality and supports the development of its employees. It responds to the demands of the environment, particularly patients and entities rendering health services, by updating its range of educational and research services. It makes a substantial contribution to the development of the health care system by promoting modern standards of prophylaxis and treatment, and by building long-lasting cooperation with institutions realizing objectives of public health at regional, national and international levels.
The Medical University of Lodz will be recognizable and attractive research and didactic center in the European Research Area focused on the promotion of research and development of innovative pro-health solutions for a society facing epidemiological and socio-demographic issues. The University will become an effectively managed organization taking advantage of specialist information technology systems, which will allow for the optimal management of available resources. Its graduates will be highly desirable and appreciated in the labor market as professionals who are highly qualified in modern Medicine and observe the requirements of professional ethics.
The vision of the university development will be realized in compliance with the Development Strategy of the Medical University of Lodz for the period 2015 – 2020.
In all fields of activity, the Medical University realizes its goals in accordance with traditional academic and cultural values. The University strives to provide high-quality education and research. However, it also maintains the principles of freedom and intellectual property rights. During the education process, the University promotes good attitudes, guided by the patient and respect for patient rights. University employees and students abide by standards of professional ethics and care about the positive image of the University. Key values of the organization include openness, quality, and effectiveness. The Medical University of Lodz is an open institution, which implements quality standards to all areas of its activity and cares about the development of its own resources and its effective application.
The Development Strategy of the Medical University of Lodz will be realized in four strategic areas: education, research, and development, collaboration in the development of the health care service, management, and organizational development.
91 Łódź, Łódź Voivodeship, Poland