educating and training students to be outstanding physicians and specialists in the life sciences.


The Faculty of Medicine is part of the School of Health Sciences of the University of Thesalia and is dedicated to educating and training undergraduate and postgraduate students to be outstanding physicians and specialists in the life sciences, thoroughly prepared to meet the world’s medical needs. It seeks to attract students of the highest academic calibre who have been educated on volunteerism, altruism, and a genuine desire to help those in need.

The primary educational goals are to teach students to provide outstanding medical care and to be well-prepared for further training and lifelong career development. This education is based upon a solid foundation in the basic sciences, extensive and systematic hands-on clinical training, the principles of evidence-based medicine, and integration of basic science and clinical medicine throughout the curriculum. Special effort is made to prepare students in a way they will develop the necessary skills to continually update their knowledge and healthcare delivery to patients after graduation, and also to prepare them for careers in clinical medicine, medical education and medical research. Thus, graduates are well-prepared to pursue residency training.

A view of the newly built School of Medicine of the University of Thessalia (Biopolis, Larissa)

The pedagogical approach adopted by the faculty includes:

  • traditional classroom-based instruction;
  • hands-on practical training, possibly in a laboratory or in the clinics;
  • observation of surgical procedures;
  • practice in the emergency room; and
  • elementary microsurgical training.

Since 1996, when the first circle of the undergraduate programme was completed, and the first graduates-physicians obtained their diploma, the Medical School of the University of Thessalia yielded more than 560 new physicians to the medical workforce of Greece, most of whom were specialized in Greece, in EU countries and the USA. Today, they staff the Hellenic NHS personnel or work in the private sector. Up to now in the undergaduate programme 1300 students have been enrolled, however, with the decision of the Hellenic Minister of Education from the beginning of the academic year 2008-2009 the number of the students who are enrolled after Panhellenic testing examinations comes up to 80, who will be attending the medical undergraduate course yearly. It is of importance that the School of Health Sciences of the University of Thessalia is ranked fourth in students’ preferences after those for the Universities of Athens, Thessaloniki and Patras.


The ex-Dean of the School, Professor Konstantinos Malizos (2007-2009, 2009-2011)


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