ESTD.: 1958 | TYPE: Government | AFFILIATION: WHO | RECOGNITION: MCI
GrSMU is as a successor of the first medical school in Belarus, the Grodno Medical Academy, established in 1775 by Antoni Tyzenhaus, former mayor of Grodno, for improving almost nonexistent healthcare system in the city. Jean-Emmanuel Gilibert, French botanist, Freemason and medical doctor, became its first rector. Under his rule were trained first doctors (former illiterate peasants), built botanical garden and a chemist's shop. The academy progressed quickly, so soon in 1781 it was reorganized into the Medicine Faculty of Vilna University.
The medical school was renovated only during Soviet-era time in 1958. Firstly, it was a small university, but with one of the best theoretical and practical base in . Officially got its university status only in 2000.
Nowadays, the university has 6 faculties:
There are 45 departments of university spread across the city. Main building, completed in 1974, located at Gorkogo st. 80. Many of the departments are located at the state hospitals to provide for students practical experience. The university has 4 student hostels, 2 gyms, scientific library. Also, GrSMU contains some research laboratories, hepatological centre, computer centre