The Medical University of Silesia in Katowice (SUM in Katowice) is a university established in 1948, modern, caring for the highest quality of education and constantly adapting its educational offer to the needs of the labor market. The university has five faculties located in Katowice Ligota, Zabrze, Bytom and Sosnowiec. part of five faculties in the form of full-time and part-time 1st and 2nd degree studies and uniform master's studies, SUM educates doctors, dentists, pharmacists, medical analysts, medical biotechnologists, as well as specialists in the field of public health, emergency medicine, dietetics, nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, cosmetology, neurobiology, electroradiology, health risk management and medical coaching.
For over 20 years, the University has also been conducting studies in the field of medicine in English, and from the academic year 2014/2015 also in the field of medicine and dentistry. Studies in English were also established in the following fields: pharmacy and medical biotechnology, physiotherapy, nursing, midwifery, public health and dietetics.
The Medical University of Silesia in Katowice educates doctoral students and offers education at postgraduate and MBA studies, as well as training and specialization courses.
SUM obtained 3 authorizations to confer the degree of doctor and 3 authorizations to confer the degree of habilitated doctor in the field of: medical sciences and health sciences, in the following disciplines:
• pharmaceutical sciences,
• medical sciences,
• health sciences.
Focusing on the intensive development of didactics, the University also introduced e-learning to the education process, thanks to which some classes can be carried out remotely via the Internet platform. In addition, some credits and exams are carried out with the use of a web application on tablets and computer workstations in any location of the University. Innovative technologies introduced by the University facilitate studying and access to knowledge - the University therefore makes every effort to meet the expectations of students and create forms of education that are convenient for them.
SUM cooperates with over 80 foreign universities, including Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Italy and Sweden. This cooperation concerns, inter alia, exchange of students, exchange of information in the field of teaching programs as well as exchange and training of teaching staff. The university has established contacts and cooperation with numerous and leading national and foreign centers with which it conducts joint research and exchange of experiences.
The high level of classes at the Medical University of Silesia in Katowice is guaranteed by over 1,300 academic teachers, including approximately independent research and teaching staff. The knowledge and qualifications of SUM employees are appreciated both in Poland and in the world, many of them receive honorary doctorates honoris causa, sit on the authorities of European and Polish scientific societies.
The teaching and research base of the University consists of over 260 departments, clinics, departments and departments located mainly in the cities that are the seats of the faculties, i.e. in Zabrze, Katowice, Sosnowiec and Bytom. Moreover, the University has 5 independent public clinical hospitals in Zabrze and Katowice. The Medical University of Silesia in Katowice has also concluded a total of 65 agreements on providing the University with organizational units necessary to conduct pre-graduate and postgraduate education in medical professions in connection with the provision of health services, and on making the University available for teaching in the field of pre-and post-graduate education in medical professions.
The flagship investment of the Medical University of Silesia in Katowice are Medical Simulation Centers located in three locations. Medical Simulation Centers, created thanks to financial support from the European Union.
In the Didactics and Medical Simulation Center in Katowice, there are six simulation rooms (an operating room, an intensive care room, two hospital emergency rooms, a pediatric room and a delivery room, and an area adapted to simulating pre-hospital events with an ambulance simulator). In addition, the University expanded its base in the field of medical simulation with two new locations in Katowice and Zabrze, intended for students of nursing and midwifery (Katowice) as well as medical and dental-medicine (Zabrze). Thanks to this, students can use the acquired knowledge and train the skills necessary in their future work. At CSM in Zabrze, on five floors, students have 7 simulation rooms at their disposal, equipped with the most modern phantoms. Two rooms equipped with real dental units and phantoms allow you to practice the manual skills of future dentists. Teeth models, the structure of which reflects various clinical cases, allow for learning the treatment of caries, placing fillings or root canal preparation. Modern simulation is not only simulators, but also more and more advanced computer software. Thanks to the partnership agreement with Asseco Poland SA, SUM, as the first university in Poland, launched a laboratory at CSM to learn how to comprehensively operate the IT hospital system. This enables students to acquire the necessary skills in the use of IT tools that they will encounter in hospitals or clinics. Medical simulation classes are also held with the participation of the so-called standardized patients - these are specially employed people who, after completing the appropriate training, play the role of patients. Thanks to this, students learn how to build relationships and appropriate communication with patients and their families, as well as transfer difficult information.
Clinical classes and internships are conducted in modern medical facilities offering patients a wide range of medical services. Thanks to the highly specialized clinical base of SUM, students have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the most technologically advanced equipment that is used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients, and learn from the best specialists in their field. Numerous clinics and clinical departments of SUM are listed in the first places in national rankings as leading centers in many fields.
The constant development of the scientific and didactic base combined with the continuous improvement of the quality of education and supporting young scientists is undoubtedly a huge advantage of the Medical University of Silesia in Katowice.