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Country's name
HCCM (Natioanl Medical Students' State)
Russia country flag.jpg Russia nmo symbol.jpg
Location Russia country location.jpg
Participating cities (LC's) Chelyabinsk, Kyrov, Moscow, Omsk, Perm, Samara, Stavropol, Ufa, Tyumen, Yekaterinburg, Kursk, Saint-Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Izhevsk, Orenburg!
Language Russian, English (not widely spread in population)
Currency Russian Rubles. 1 USD = 33,2 RR 1 EUR = 44,5 RR
Time zone GMT +3 - +13
Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people 5 doctors and 9,2 beds
Member of IFMSA since... 1989
Number of incoming students per year 300
Who are our NEO's Marina Balovneva- NEO-out & Elena Belyantseva NEO-in
Our official website / Forum / Facebook group
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Welcome Note

Dear SCOPEans, Welcome to Russia! We hope that rich history and traditions of our country together with high level of medical knowledge of our doctors will make your exchange useful and unforgettable! All the best, HCCM SCOPE-team


The world's largest and perhaps least understood country definitely deserves the visit of any inquisitive, adventurous person, whether it be for short history- and museum-heavy trip through Moscow and St Petersburg's cultural treasures, or a more wide-ranging trip that could include an almost endless list of destinations: the mountains of the Caucasus, the beaches of the Black Sea, the vast Volga River, the endless tracts of Taiga in Siberia, magical Lake Baikal, or the volcanoes of Kamchatka.

While people often refer to the country simply as Russia, it's actually very much the Russian Federation - taking in over 100 different nationalities and languages, including Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist populations from Chechnya on the Georgian border to Arctic Chukotka, just a short distance from Alaska. Everything exists here on an inhuman scale, whether it's Moscow's vast eight-lane highways or the endless flat scenery of the Russian steppe. The vast distances involved mean that flying around is often the only reasonable way of getting around, although the country's famous Trans-Siberian railway is a great way to see more of the country if time allows.

Our health care system

Russia has a very low standard of compulsory state funded healthcare compared to Western Standards. Medical staff are adequately trained; however their talents cannot be fully used due to the lack of funds and medical equipment available. All citizens are entitled by law to equal access to healthcare, but old Soviet ways still prevail leading to inequality. Healthcare is free and is available to all citizens and registered long-term residents. Private healthcare is also available in the country, which is highly recommended. The Russian government oversees the health service and is trying to equalize the way that healthcare is given.

The hospitals

Hospitals in Russia are equipped with all kinds of modern facilities and equipments. Most of the hospitals offer a complete array of medical care under one roof. Some of the hospitals are even specialized care units like Children’s Clinical Hospital, Heart Care Centers, Cancer Hospitals etc.

The hospitals have well trained doctors and nurses who serve the patients with full dedication and commitment. The major departments of the general hospitals are Cardiology,Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology,Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Urology, Andrology, female urology, Orthopedics, Psychology, Dentistry and more.

Our medical education

Education in medical university or academy takes 6 years. After finals student obtains a diploma. Afterwards every postgraduate student must accomplish 1 or 2 years of postgraduate education (internship or residency consequently) in chosen speciality. During this time he/she works under the supervision of a doctor, attends seminars and lectures, performes clinical or laboratory work and gets no salary but only a scholarship. After 1 or 2 years of education student has to pass final exam in order to obtain doctor's certificate. One is able to work as a doctor on one's own only when certificate is obtained. Specialized secondary education is also available and takes from 2 to 3 years. Graduates are regarded as nurses or medical assistants consequently.

Cultural differences

The national character of Russian people are very controversial. Only Russian can hope for the best but always prepare for the worst. Be prepared to Russia - a country of contrasts and mysterious Russian soul.

Russian traditional dishes

Accommodation & Boarding

Accommodation depends on the LC. In some LCs students stay in hostels, other provide lodging within the host family. Boarding is normally provided at least 1 time per weekdays, but simetimes pocket money may be given instead. In case of staying in a host family boarding is at host's.

Social program

Social program varies upon LC and LEO's team. We'll be glad to offer you museums, sport activities, trips to nearby towns etc. For more information, please, visit (for Russian-speaking students) or some other links: Moscow Kremlin - Museums of St.Petersburg -

Local & National transportation

We have a wide net or railway and air transportation that provides connection within the country and abroad. Each city hss it's own system of public transportation, usually presented by buses, trams and trolleybuses. In bigger cities we have metro as the fastest public transportation. We also have regular trains that can take you for short distance to suburbs? between big cities and smaller ones. Useful links for public transportation service of Russia Sheremetyevo international airport (Moscow) - Domodedovo international airport (Moscow) - Vnukovo international airport (Moscow) - Pulkovo international airport (St.Petersburg) - Koltsovo international airport (Ekaterinburg) - "Ufa" international airport (Ufa) - Chelyabinsk international airport - "Bolshoe Savino international airport (Perm) - Omsk international airport - "Kurumoch" international airport (Samara) - Russian railway system - Moscow metro - St.Petersburg metro - Ekaterinburg metro - metro website -


The enormous size of Russia and the remoteness of many areas from the sea result in the dominance of the humid continental climate, which is prevalent in all parts of the country except for the tundra and the extreme southeast. Mountains in the south obstruct the flow of warm air masses from the Indian Ocean, while the plain of the west and north makes the country open to Arctic and Atlantic influences. Most of Northern European Russia and Siberia has a subarctic climate, with extremely severe winters in the inner regions of Northeast Siberia (mostly the Sakha Republic, where the Northern Pole of Cold is located with the record low temperature of −71.2 °C/−96.2 °F), and more moderate elsewhere. The strip of land along the shore of the Arctic Ocean, as well as the Russian Arctic islands, have a polar climate. The coastal part of Krasnodar Krai on the Black Sea, most notably in Sochi, possesses a humid subtropical climate with mild and wet winters. Winter is dry compared to summer in many regions of East Siberia and the Far East, while other parts of the country experience more even precipitation across seasons. Winter precipitation in most parts of the country usually falls as snow. The region along the Lower Volga and Caspian Sea coast, as well as some areas of southernmost Siberia, possesses a semi-arid climate. Throughout much of the territory there are only two distinct seasons—winter and summer; spring and autumn are usually brief periods of change between extremely low temperatures and extremely high. The coldest month is January (February on the coastline), the warmest usually is July. Great ranges of temperature are typical. In winter, temperatures get colder both from south to north and from west to east. Summers can be quite hot, even in Siberia. The continental interiors are the driest areas.

Social life

Most Russian cities have social lives comparable to New York City’s vibrant scene. In regard to the arts, Russia has always occupied a prominent spot on the world scene. The Bolshoi Theater and Pushkin Art Gallery in Moscow, the Mariinsky Theater and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg – these are considered to be some of the best art institutions in the world. In St. Petersburg alone there are 2,000 libraries, 221 museums, 80 theaters, 100 concert halls, 45 art galleries, 62 movie theaters, and 80 nightclubs, and over 100 concerts, shows and festivals each year. If that isn’t enough to occupy your time, Russians place great importance on friends and family, resulting in anniversary and birthday celebrations that will blow you away.

Exchange conditions

Clinical clerkship. Preclinical clerkship only on special agreement with NEO. Languages Russian, English. Duration of Clerkship: All clerkships last 4 weeks from the 1st calendar day of the desired month. All clinical fields except Psychiatry. Deadline for applications is 5 months before beginning of clekship. Health and accident insurance from your country is mandatory.

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Nizhny Novgorod