Why Choose Graduate MED?

About Graduate MED Medical Residency Program

We are a team of doctors solving the physician shortage in North America with decades of experience in top US medical institutions. As of this moment, 27% of physicians in the US and Canada are trained abroad and this continued pathway will only grow in importance. The Graduate MED pathway is based at Kazan State Medical University (KSMU). This partnership between KSMU and Graduate MED extends back to 1996 and sets the groundwork for students to become practicing doctors in North America. KSMU is one of the top universities and the third oldest in Russia, with 200 years’ of experience in medical training. Our programs entail a first class medical education at KSMU in the city of Kazan and follow stringent accreditation rules from the Royal College of Canada International (RCCI). We also have visiting surgeons from Yale and other prestigious universities who lecture and mentor on our programs. Through this unique partnership, students from across the globe are able to access an affordable and elite medical education in English.

Our physician-led specialized program is focused on students looking to practice medicine in Canada or the USA. Many are Canadians that understand the difficulty of medical school admissions and the process of Residency Match. Others are international students looking to practice medicine in North America. Enterprising North American students coming out of high school or with some college credits dedicated to pursuing medicine will find the Graduate MED pathway cost and time effective.

One of the biggest stressors after graduating with your MD is applying for and being ranked in residency Match. While we encourage all students to apply for US and Canadian Residency, the Graduate MED pathway allows our students access to the newly accredited Royal Canadian College International (RCCI) Russian Residency Pathway. The advantage of the Graduate MED pathway is an internal residency program with spaces reserved for our MD graduates that is accredited by RCCI. Due to this advantage, Graduate MED will have a very high Match rate for its students.

International students will find that our MD doubles as an MBBS, allowing for the broadest range of possible practice options. Feel secure knowing that you start this program with an advantage on other medical students studying abroad.

Research Opportunities
Kazan State Medical University was rated the third university in the criteria of scientific achievements in the Russian Federation, after Moscow Medical Academy and Russian State Medical University.
KSMU has two doctoral academic councils in 7 specialties.
The only university with its own “Stem Cell Bank” in Russia.
Annually, faculty members organize and present innovative scientific research in regional, national and international conferences, securing grants from Russian Foundation of Fundamental Research and the Russian Humanitarian Scientific Foundation, amongst other international organizations. In addition to that, KSMU founded two journals highly recommended for scientific research publishing.

Basic Science
The most developed scientific areas at KSMU are the departments in fundamental/basic sciences. KSMU’s scientific groups of neurophysiology laboratories of the departments of physiology, medical biophysics and histology work at the highest European level, partaking in cutting edge research such as the finding of the mediator in the neuromuscular synapse, its interaction with postsynaptic membrane, peculiarities of neuron structure and functioning.

Clinical Research
Kazan State Medical University has actively taken part in clinical medical trials in I-IV phases, with more than 25 clinical own sites (cardiology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, neurology, etc.). All clinical sites are accredited for conducting trials and have modern diagnostic and laboratory equipment, to ensure quality of data.

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The absolute strength of the Graduate MED Pathway is the medical residency program and its strong relationship with RCCI and the bonds built shepherding the KSMU Internal Medicine Residency through the rigorous Canadian Accreditation process. RCCI is a non-profit corporation formed by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada that offers the Royal College’s residency training services internationally. The KSMU Internal Medicine Program, with the help of Graduate MED physician-leaders, will be working closely with RCCI to ensure RCCI’s rigorous standards are held.

Graduate MED Advantage

The Graduate MED Pathway is quite simply a secure and effective way to become a practicing doctor in North America. You’ll be unique among your peers in that you thought outside the box and made a decision that led to real value both in your personal and professional life. Important facts:

  • More than 40 KSMU residents have completed clinical internships at Yale School of Medicine
  • KSMU residents have received clinical training at Danbury Hospital via the University of Vermont Partnership
  • Seventeen students completed a 6-week Global Health elective at the University of Makerere in Uganda
  • USA medical students perform elective clerkships in Russia at KSMU
  • Lecture series hosted at KSMU and conducted by Ivy League professors in areas such as biostatistics, tropical medicine, HIV and clinical epidemiology.
  • Fees are much more affordable in comparison to the USA and Caribbean Medical Schools
  • You’re safe – Crime comparison between Russia and the US show Russia is overall safer
  • Yale University accepts Graduate MED students for clinical electives. This is a rare opportunity provided for Graduate MED Path students to gain experience from a top medical university founded a few years before KSMU.
  • Better and more hospital experience than most Caribbean, off-shore school medical schools. KSMU is the third largest school in Russia and accepts nearly 1000 international students a year into various programs of study, there is massive investment in-hospital training and experience uncommon for most Canadians and Americans studying at other off-shore schools
  • Internal Medicine Residency Program Accredited by RICCI

GradMed Medical Doctor Program

A six-year course of study utilizing a subject-based methodology. After completion, students will have passed the US and Canadian Residency qualification exams, allowing them to apply in three different countries for Residency.

Internal Medicine Residency Program

A four-year program based at KSMU that has begun its inaugural 2016 class of residents in partnership with, and under the guidance of Royal College Canada International (RCCI).


Fill out our application form online and a Graduate Med representative will be in contact with you. Find out the things you will need to complete your application here.

Arvin Bagherpour, M.D

Story of Arvin Bagherpour, M.D., Graduate MED

“Graduate MED – My commitment to find a better solution for thousands of students who are looking to offshore schools for their medical education.”