The concept of global medicine and the internationalization of higher education has been deeply rooted in the University of Zagreb Medical School since its foundation in 1917. The founders of our School came from different European centers of academic excellence and transferred their expertise to the newly fledged institution. Since that time, the Zagreb Medical School has tried to preserve and maintain this continuity in transferring the latest trends in medical education and teaching by adding to it the specific creative component of its faculty. In so doing, it has thus achieved its present integration into the international community of medical schools.
In its determination to raise the standards of medical education and introduce a new culture of teaching, the present management of the Zagreb Medical School decided to join the growing number of medical schools in Central and Eastern Europe which offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs in English by establishing its own English program. The Medical Studies in English program is primarily aimed at foreign citizens and candidates from the Croatian diaspora who are willing to pursue their academic career in medicine abroad or in the country of their ancestors.
In Summer 2002, after extensive preparations and marketing analysis, the project for the establishment of medical studies in English was proposed to the Senate of the University of Zagreb. September 20, 2002 marked the formal initiation of the English language program in medicine when the University Senate officially approved the proposed program. The program attracted the first generation of students in the academic year 2003-04 and welcomes all applicants who are willing to study medicine in a stimulating environment that strives to incorporate the best features of Western medical education.
Conscious of the urgency to implement changes that wouldl affect both the national and English medical curricula, our faculty designed some new courses and case-based modules. These were developed conjointly by basic scientists and clinical practitioners, thus cutting across departmental barriers and divisions. Furthermore, through an extensive collaboration project with Harvard Medical International, which has served worldwide as a catalyst for the continued improvement in medical education, we have created a redesigned six-year curriculum that enables students to acquire a broad knowledge base, while taking into account the need to reduce information overload. We are also aware of the students' need to be equipped with specific skills in basic clinical procedures, as well as to acquire knowledge that will help them develop into life-long learners responsible for their further education. Finally, we have ensured that our prospective graduates acquire adequate attitudes towards patients, particularly that they become familiar with major theories and principles which govern ethical decisions related to the management of patients as well as of major ethical dilemmas in medicine.
To conclude, let me remind you that your choice of medical school will affect your entire life. This website is intended to help you decide whether the Medical Studies in English program at the University of Zagreb Medical School will meet your expectations. We sincerely hope it will and look forward to receiving you open-heartedly into our academic community.
Prof.dr.sc. Davor Milicic