The School of Medicine at the University of Tampere is one of the most attractive learning environments in Finland in the field of medicine. The School develops its degree programmes with an open mind and in cooperation with medical students.
The School’s basic degree programme leads to its Licentiate Degree in Medicine. Clinical studies are primarily pursued at the Tampere University Hospital, which is located in the immediate vicinity of the School of Medicine.
The School of Medicine is also an internationally competitive research community. In postgraduate academic education and continuing professional education, students earn doctorates in medical science, philosophy and the health sciences as well as graduate as medical specialists and dental specialists.
What marks the distinctiveness of the School of Medicine is that it has possessed an open-minded approach to the implementation of education in medicine ever since it was established. Training in health centres in particular has played a central part in its degree programmes. Some of the basic courses in medicine have been decentralised and are now offered at the Seinäjoki Central Hospital and health care centres in Southern Ostrobothnia. Primarily, courses at the School of Medicine are supplemented by the School's collaboration with the Tampere University Hospital.
The School of Medicine at the University of Tampere was the first institution of higher education in Finland to introduce problem-based learning. At the same time, its curriculum was also renewed: it is now based on a complete integration of clinical, theoretical and clinical-theoretical fields of study. The School of Medicine has also been selected by the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council as a Centre of Excellence in University Education three times.
The medical fields of study at the University of Tampere are now joined together under the School of Medicine. This model serves as an excellent foundation for both research and education, and joint research projects between the different fields of study are characteristic of it. The School’s research groups also have active collaborations with other faculties of medicine both in Finland and abroad, and several of the School's research projects are parts of larger international projects.
The School of Medicine’s teaching hospital and research base is the Tampere University Hospital, which has become established as Finland's second-largest medical centre, serving over 1.2 million people.
Postgraduate academic education is actively pursued at the School of Medicine: its annual number of completed doctoral degrees in medical science is equivalent to the average numbers of those earned at faculties of medicine elsewhere in Finland.
As regards continuing professional education, the School of Medicine is responsible for implementing 50 training programmes leading to the 'medical specialist' qualification and five training programmes leading to the 'dental specialist' title.
Medical students have their own student association called Tampereen Lääketieteen Kandidaattiseura ry (the Society of Medical Students in Tampere). It has had a fruitful collaboration with the School of Medicine from the very beginning of its existence. Students have also been significant actors in developing the content of their studies and studying environment.