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It’s a true blessing to be the chancellor of one of the most prestigious and honored Medical Universities in Iran, among the most ancient and rooted cultures of the world.

With thousands of years of experience, Iranian medical science is a practice as old as humanity. Many lasting figures of medicine emerged during this time; the list includes but is not limited to Boozarjomehr, Avicenna, Razi, and Jozajani, all of whom have contributed greatly to the world of medical science. Modern medicine is deeply rooted in the doctrines of Avicenna and many other Iranian scientists’.

Roughly 150 years ago during the era of Nasereddin Shah, Iran’s Prime Minister Amir Kabir introduced the country to a formal path for academic medicine. He was an intellectual who was interested in his country’s progress and was the cause for many of the vast changes in financial and governmental systems of the time. Among his important contributions was the founding of “Darolfonoon,” a structure where students in different majors (including medicine) were trained.

During the 1970’s, universities’ advancements grew considerably. Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences (SBUMS), for example, started its mission under the title of “Melli University”. Following the victory of the Islamic Revolution, and the rapid quantitative and qualitative developments of centers for higher education, it swiftly developed the programs. Today, SBUMSincludes twelve major schools, twelve educational hospitals, four research institutes, and sixty-two research centers, among which seven are working with World Health Organization (WHO).

Over the years, the university has trained thousands of students in different levels, undergraduate and graduate levels in various fields of specialty as PhDs, specialty, sub-specialty, fellowships, among others, who are presently providing health-related services to Iran, as well as many other countries.

Since 1988, and following the merging of Ministry of Health with Medical Education, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences has been honored to have the responsibility of providing, maintaining, and promoting the health of more than 5.25 million residents within the Iranian capital of Tehran, as well as neighboring cities in Eastern and Southern Tehran Provinces, together with training students of many different health-related majors.

These services are in the form of primary health care (PHC), covering the urban and rural areas in different levels including health houses, urban and rural health centers, public hospitals, and specialty hospitals related to the university. The medical education program at SBUMS, as the first pilot university, was reviewed between 1999 and 2004. In 2004, after horizontal and vertical merges in the program, critical revisions were accomplished. As a result, the revisions made at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical are now used as a model by other medical universities throughout Iran. In this program, the educational contents are divided into core and non-core divisions. This program also emphasizes the community-based activities, presence in real fields, and training based on the needs of society.

Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, owning precious experience in the field of education, announces its willingness to initiate beneficial communications with other scientific/research institutions that provide health services and welcomes any activity related to promoting the society’s health and advancements in medical education.


Alireza Zali, MD, Chancellor

Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences


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