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A Brief History of Poland

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Poland is an ancient nation that was conceived near the middle of the 10th century. Its golden age occurred in the 16th century. During the following century, the strengthening of the gentry and internal disorders weakened the nation. In a series of agreements between 1772 and 1795, Russia, Prussia, and Austria partitioned Poland amongst themselves. Poland regained its independence in 1918 only to be overrun by Germany and the Soviet Union in World War II. It became a Soviet satellite state following the war, but its government was comparatively tolerant and progressive. Labor turmoil in 1980 led to the formation of the independent trade union "Solidarity" that over time became a political force and by 1990 had swept parliamentary elections and the presidency. A "shock therapy" program during the early 1990s enabled the country to transform its economy into one of the most robust in Central Europe, but Poland still faces the lingering challenges of high unemployment, underdeveloped and dilapidated infrastructure, and a poor rural underclass. Solidarity suffered a major defeat in the 2001 parliamentary elections when it failed to elect a single deputy to the lower house of Parliament, and the new leaders of the Solidarity Trade Union subsequently pledged to reduce the Trade Union's political role. Poland joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004. With its transformation to a democratic, market-oriented country largely completed, Poland is an increasingly active member of Euro-Atlantic organizations. Read More.

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The Medical University of Silesia in Katowice was established by the Ordinance of the Minister of Health of March 20th 1948 , as a Medical Academy consisting of one School of Medicine and one Division of Dentistry. From the very beginning, the university has enjoyed the status of a state university. Its first seat was Rokitnica Bytomska (presently, Zabrze- Rokitnica), where in the former hospital buildings of the Bracka Company, the Rector’s Office and the library as well as the basic sciences departments were installed. The first clinical sciences departments were situated in the hospitals in Zabrze and Bytom . The subsequent ones, as the university was developing, were established in various other towns of the Silesia region, i.e. Katowice , Lubliniec, Tarnowskie Góry, Chorzów, Tychy , and Sosnowiec . In the 70s of the past century, the university considerably expanded. In 1971, it eventually found its legal seat in Katowice (earlier, in 1964, the Office of the Rector had been transferred to Katowice ). In the same year, the construction of the academic campus in Katowice-Ligota was started and the School of Pharmacy in Sosnowiec was established. Three years later , the School of Nursing was established in Katowice , which was then incorporated into the 2nd School of Medicine in Katowice , established in 1975. In the recent years, the School of Health Care in Katowice (2001) and the School of Public Health in Bytom (2002) were established.


The Medical University of Silesia in Katowice holds an accreditation of the State Accreditation Commission upon which it is authorized to provide education in the fields of medicine, pharmacy, medical analytics, public health, nursing and midwifery. Also, the university holds a certificate of the US Department of Education, upon which it is authorized to provide instruction in English. Studies in English have been conducted in the field of medicine in Katowice since 1996. The five Schools which constitute the Medical University of Silesia train physicians, dentists, pharmacists, medical analysts, bio-technologists, along with specialists in public health, emergency medicine, dietetics, nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, and cosmetology. Within the postgraduate training program, doctoral studies are offered, as well as specialist training and residency programs.

The following three Schools of the Medical University of Silesia are vested with the right to confer the scientific degrees of a PhD and post-doctorate degree (habilitation, dr.hab.) : School of Medicine and Division of Dentistry in Zabrze, School of Medicine in Katowice, School of Pharmacy and Division of Laboratory Medicine in Sosnowiec.


  • School of Medicine and Division of Dentistry in Zabrze : medicine (6-year study) and dentistry (5-year graduate study)
  • School of Medicine in Katowice : medicine (6-year graduate study)
  • School of Pharmacy and Division of Laboratory Medicine in Sosnowiec : pharmacy (5-year masters studies), medical analytics (5-year masters studies, 3-year Cycle-1 studies, and 2-year Cycle-2 complementary masters studies ), cosmetology ( 3-year Cycle-1 studies, and 2-year Cycle-2 complementary masters studies), biotechnology (5-year masters studies), informatics with focus on bioinformatics (3-year Cycle-1 studies)
  • School of Health Care in Katowice : nursing (3.5- year Cycle-1 studies, 2-year Cycle-2 complementary masters studies), midwifery ( 3.5- year Cycle-1 studies, 2-year Cycle-2 complementary masters studies), physiotherapy ( 3-year Cycle-1 studies, 2-year Cycle-2 complementary masters studies, and 5-year uniform masters studies)
  • School of Public Health in Bytom : public health (2-year Cycle-2 complementary masters studies, and 3-year Cycle-1 studies in the specialties of : medical emergency rescue, employee health care, dietetics, epidemiology and biostatistics, environmental health).



Currently, the total number of students given intramural academic instruction in the Medical University of Silesia is 5388 , including:

  • Katowice:
    • 1164 students of the School of Medicine
    • 319 students of medicine in English, and:
    • 1108 students of the School of Health Care
  • Zabrze:
    • 791 students of the School of Medicine
    • and 417 students of the School of Dentistry
  • Sosnowiec:
    • 1468 students of the School of Pharmacy and Division of Laboratory Medicine.
  • Bytom:
    • 440 students of the School of Public Health.

The total number of students of either evening or extramural studies in the fields of medicine, dental medicine (dentistry), pharmacy, or public health, is 732.


A diploma of the Medical University of Silesia has been granted to as many as 32,095 alumni, including:

  • 26,036 physicians and dentists
  • 3,646 pharmacists, medical analysts, and cosmetologists
  • 2,172 nurses and physiotherapists
  • 241 public health specialists


Student Union

represents students in faculty councils and in the Senate of the university, gives opinion on study curricula and study schedules, assists students in social and maintenance matters, participates in organization of events related to scientific research, as well as sports and cultural events;.

International Medical Students Association –IFMSA Poland , Branch Office in Silesia

deals with students’ international co-operation, research & social programs, academic instruction & medical education. It also organizes students’ holiday trainings abroad, scientific exchange (including internships), and scientific conferences for students and young physicians.

Polish Students’ Association

plays an important role in integration of the whole students’ community and helps solve its problems; This Association is involved in numerous projects, such as preparatory courses for candidates to medical universities; it organizes Stage-1 ( within the university) students’ scientific contests like Primus inter Pares (the best student) and Primus Ekspert Medyk (the best medical expert); participates in organization of the “FAMA” student singers’ contest, at a regional level; organizes plenary sessions; takes up charity actions;

Students’ Sports Association

in the Department of Physical Education & Sports in Zabrze-Rokitnica

Students’ Scientific Society

It is open to those students who wish to participate in scientific research within over 100 students’ scientific interests groups, organized within university departments. The supervising officers in charge of such groups are experienced academic teachers. Students Scientific Society organizes annual scientific conferences to present the results of research activity of its members, both at the university and national levels. The best research papers have been published for almost 30 years in the university periodicals: “Annales Societatis Doctrinae Studentium” and “Annales Academiae Medicae Silesiensis”.


Since the 2005/2006 academic year, the Medical University of Silesia in Katowice has been participating in the Socrates/Erasmus international exchange program for undergraduate & graduate students, postgraduate doctoral students, and academic teachers. Co-operation agreements in this matter have already been signed with as many as 20 medical universities from such countries as : the Czech Republic , Denmark , Estonia , France , the Netherlands , Germany , Slovakia , Hungary , Italy , Romania , Turkey . In all of the Schools of the Medical University of Silesia, the European Credit Transfer System, indispensable for international exchange, has been implemented. The university also participates in multi-center clinical research programs as well as in the projects within 6th European Union Framework Program. Many of the university departments and clinics work in close co-operation with European research centers and research institutions from other parts of the world, such as US, Canada , Japan .


Currently, the number of the academic staff members providing education and conducting research in all the years of study and in all the fields of study is 1449 academic teachers, in total , including 235 independent researchers and 1214 other academic staff members.

Many of the representatives of the academic staff are involved in the work of establishments acting outside the university, e.g. committees of the Polish Academy of Sciences, scientific institutes and societies, and also, national specialist supervisory bodies.

The university offers diversified forms of academic instruction, e.g. it provides an opportunity for students to pursue an individual course of study, adjusted to students’ individual needs. It has implemented the tutorial system (“master to student), facultative courses, and integrated lectures . The quality and effectiveness of the instruction provided by the Medical University of Silesia can be confirmed by the fact that its numerous students receive grants of the Minister of Health, year by year, in recognition of their excellent academic performance.

Faculty Members of the Medical University of Silesia: c.f electronic database .


The educational & research base along with the clinical infrastructure of the Medical University of Silesia comprises over 200 organizational units, in total, (i.e. departments, clinics, clinical departments, colleges, and other units ), located mainly in towns which are legal seats of the respective Schools of the university, i.e. in Zabrze, Katowice, Sosnowiec, and Bytom. The Schools have at their disposal well-equipped lecture halls, seminar rooms, and classrooms. The practical training in clinical subjects is provided by the clinical sciences departments. The university has 7 university hospitals: 2 in Zabrze , and 5 in Katowice . The clinical sciences departments of the Medical University of Silesia are also based on the infrastructure of 10 other health care institutions in Katowice , Zabrze , Bytom , Sosnowiec , Tychy , Tarnowskie Góry, and Ruda Śląska.

The research activity of the Medical University of Silesia involves both the basic medical sciences and the clinical disciplines, such as: medicine, dental medicine (dentistry), medical biology, and pharmaceutical sciences. The clinics and clinical departments of the Medical University of Silesia rank high in the medical services domestic market and they are given top places in various national ranking lists as the best centers in many medical & surgical areas, such as cardio-surgery, cardiology, invasive cardiology, angioplasty, electro-cardiology, hematology, advanced specialist surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, nephrology, and gastroenterology.


The Library of the Medical University of Silesia has gathered approximately 149,000 volumes of books and over 29,000 volumes of specialist medical magazines, deposited mainly in the Main Library in Katowice and its office branches in the university schools in Katowice-Ligota, Zabrze , Zabrze-Rokitnica, and Sosnowiec . All of the university libraries have reading rooms, both traditional and computerized . The Library operates within the ALEPH integrated library-information system, which enables full service of the readers who seek information on any title deposited in any of the university libraries (including on-line orders, monitoring of the inflow of books and magazines). The library catalogues are available through the university library network , and also via the Internet , from a PC. Thanks to the medical databases, such as Medline, Embase, SCI-Expanded, the Library of the Medical University of Silesia provides access to the electronic version of research publications, and also offers instruction how to use medical databases and the Internet.

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Last Modification: 03-13-2011

Source: University Main Library, February1st ,2006
Updated by: Izabela Koźmińska-Życzkowska, PR Officer
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