Welcome to Iran! The land known for its people’s hospitality! We are proud to offer you the opportunity to experience medicine in a brand new way! You will see extraordinary cases here that cannot be seen elsewhere!
Welcome to Iran! The land known for its people’s hospitality! We are proud to offer you the opportunity to experience medicine in a brand new way! You will see extraordinary cases and high-level care here that cannot be seen elsewhere!
Medical Sciences in Iran have a long history, from the Academy of Gundeshapur in 3rd century AD, to the most prominent physician of the medieval Islamic period; Avicenna. But now, there are 57 medical schools and 763 government-funded hospitals in Iran. According to the recent estimations, there are about 5.2 general practitioners, 5 specialists’ and 15.6 hospital beds per 10,000 people. Basic insurance coverage is at 92% and immunization coverage in children at 99.2%. In recent years with the healthcare system reform act, out of pocket expenditure of patients have decreased substantially. Although, access and availability of health care continues to be an issue in lesser developed provinces, where health indices are also lower as compared to national averages. The demographic and epidemiological transition underway will have a significant effect on the pattern of morbidity and mortality in the near and distant future, especially as it affects the emergence of chronic non-communicable diseases and the health problems of Iranian aging population.
Iran has been very successful in training/educating the necessary human resources for its health system. Today the largest healthcare delivery network is owned and run by the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME) which is in charge of both provision of healthcare services and medical education. Undergraduate medical education in Iran is a 7-year program; all high school graduates participate in a national exam held in five areas: mathematical sciences, experimental sciences, law and humanities, arts and foreign languages. As medicine is the most pursued program for the participants of the experimental sciences section, it is extremely competitive. The medical education curricula is determined by the ministry of health and it generally includes 2.5 years of basic sciences, 2-3 years of clerkships in hospitals and 1.5 years of internship. After graduation there are 2 years of service in rural or under-developed areas. There is a national residency exam and those accepted, will choose a university according to their score and will start their residency in affiliated hospitals of that university for 4 years. Most hospitals and primary health centers in Iran are affiliated to and under the supervision of universities, which are in charge of policymaking, production and distribution of pharmaceuticals, research and development, as well as healthcare provision and medical education. This integrated approach allows for a higher quality of patient care through management of patients by the faculty members and a broader education opportunity, since most of the hospitals are secondary or tertiary centers.
Transportation in Iran is very cheap. In larger cities, there is an extensive network of subway lines. In most LCs, there are buses available from dormitories to the university campus or affiliated hospitals. Plus, lodgings are usually chosen carefully to provide you with convenient transportation means.