The Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry is principal university for preparing dentists and one of the leading universities in Russia for training in the specialty “Medicine.” The university has a 93-year history, which dates back to the first dental schools that have emerged in Russia in the 19th century.
The university counts its history from 2 April 1922, when the State Institute of Dentistry (GIZ) was founded. In 1927, GIZ was renamed the State Institute of Dentistry and Odontology (GISO). GISO pursued postgraduate specialty dentists, organized dental care to the population, engaged in scientific research. In 1932 GISO was renamed the State Scientific-Research Institute of Dentistry and Odontology.
In 1949, after several re-organizations, the Moscow Medical Stomatological Institute (MMSI), was created which became a scientific advisory center on all matters of dentistry.
In 1999, the institute received a university status and became known as the Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry (MSUMD). The university has an unofficial name applied in common parlance, “the 3rd Medical University.”