Ural Federal University (URFU) announced last week that it will begin offering two new programs in 2015 for students interested in pursuing careers in fundamental medicine.
The programs -- Medical Biochemistry and Medical Biophysics -- will each take students six years to complete, Alexey Grandmother, deputy director of the Institute of Natural Sciences at the university, said.
Upon completion, students will receive the qualifications of "doctors of medicine," although they will be considered "specialists" instead of "physicians."
The announcement was made during a meeting of the Educational-Methodical Council on Physics, during which students and scientists at the university were encouraged to write articles to be cited in indexed international scientific databases and journals.
In attendance at the announcement, were representatives from universities in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Tomsk, Tver, Nizhny Novgorod, Nalchik and Rostov-on-Don.