Pacific State Medical University, formerly known as VSMU (Vladivostok State Medical University) is a university in Vladivostok in the Far East of Russia.
At the beginning, since 1956 VSMU was the Medical Faculty of the Far Eastern State University, but in 2 years it became Vladivostok State Medical Institute (VSMI). Institute was reorganized into the University in 1995, in 2013 the University was renamed and reorganized into Pacific State Medical University.


Faculties of the Pacific State Medical University:

      • The Medical Faculty
      • The Military Faculty
      • The Military Training Center
      • The Pediatric Faculty
      • The Faculty of Pharmacy
      • The Faculty of Medical Prophylactic and Medical Biochemistry
      • The Pharmaceutical Faculty
      • The Stomatological (dental) Faculty
      • The Higher Nursing Education and Social Work Faculty
      • The Clinical Psychology Faculty
      • The Continuous Medical Education
      • The Postgraduate and Further Degree Studies
      • Pre-University Training

Among the medical Universities of the Far East, PSMU – the only institution that trains doctors at Faculty Medical Prophylactic , providing preventive measures for healthy living of the population of Khabarovsk, Primorsky and Kamchatka Territories, Amur, Sakhalin and Magadan regions, the Republic of Sakha and Chukotka.


As promised, here comes the second installment of my University Life series. This time I am going to focus on what life is like in the dorms. Home sweet home.
The dormitories are connected to the main university buildings by way of an escalator. This is quite nice in the winter when you don’t have to worry about dressing up to go outside just to reach your classes in the morning. There are several dormitory buildings, each with about 10 floors ranging from subterranean basement floors up to (somewhat) lofty vistas of the city. Room, for example, has a nice view out to some of Vladivostok’s northern hills.

Within the two dormitory buildings, the style of rooms can vary to an extent. Some floors have shared hall bathrooms and toilets while others have bathrooms and toilets shared in a suite between two rooms. Two rooms with five people total share one toilet, one shower, and two sinks. This arrangement works fine. The toilet is cleaned every weekday by the dormitory staff, and the shower is cleaned once each week.
The number of people in each room can also vary. Of course, the sizes scale with the number of inhabitants. 

The hallways on each floor have two kitchens, which are shared by all of the students. The kitchens are equipped with a row of sinks and a row of electric burners. Additionally there is a stainless steel countertop for preparation, a microwave, and a hot water dispenser. Using the kitchen is usually not a problem. I don’t often have to wait to be able to cook my food, although there are always some peak times coinciding with dinner.

The hot water dispenser is without a doubt one of the most important features of the kitchens. First, the tap water in Vladivostok in general is not potable. Drinking water must be purchased at the store and hauled back to the dorms, which is a bit of a hassle in itself. However, the hot water dispenser is potable. 
VSMU takes security rather seriously for the dorms. Only students who actually live in the dorms are allowed inside. If you want to invite friends, you must obtain special permission from the security. A security turnstile at each entrance must be used for both leaving and entering, where the student ID badge can be scanned to unlock the turnstile. The dorms also close at night, from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am. 

Blankets and linens for the beds are available to students who live in the dorms. Every Wednesday, sheets can be exchanged for fresh ones. There is also a laundry service that operates five days per week.

About Сity

Vladivostok is a city and seaport located on the Far East of Russia, the capital of Primorye krai and the Far Eastern Federal District, the last station of Trans-Siberian railway.

Vladivostok places of interest
There are more than 600 historical monuments in Vladivostok. The historic center reflects the charm of old times. There are many buildings that were constructed in the 19th century. Various architectural styles reflect both Western and Eastern cultures.
The Zolotoy Bridge (a bridge over Zolotoy Rog Bay) and the Russky Bridge (a bridge to Russky Island), built in preparation for the APEC summit 2012, are among the main new attractions of the city.

Vladivostok museums and galleries:

      • Primorsky State United Museum named after V.K. Arsenyev (Svetlanskaya Street, 20),
      • Military-Historical Museum of the Pacific Fleet (Svetlanskaya Street, 66),
      • Museum “Vladivostok Fortress” (Batareynaya Street, 4a),
      • Museum Complex of the Fort #7 (Lesnaya Street, 155),
      • Memorial Complex “Voroshilov battery” on Russky Island,
      • Memorial Submarine S-56 (Korabelnaya naberezhnaya Street),
      • Memorial Ship-Museum “Krasny vympel” (Korabelnaya naberezhnaya Street) etc.

Vladivostok theaters and other sights:

      • Primorye Regional Academic Drama Theater named after Gorky (Svetlanskaya Street, 49),
      • Primorye Regional Drama Theater of Youth (Svetlanskaya Street, 15a),
      • Primorye Regional Puppet Theater (Petra Velikogo Street, 8),
      • Primorye Regional Philharmonic Hall (Svetlanskaya Street, 13),
      • Circus (Svetlanskaya Street, 103) etc.

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