One of the first medical schools in the country was established, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences (SUMS), in 1946. The "Institute of Health for Higher Education" was the original name of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. In 1949, this institution became the Faculty of Medicine. The School of Dentistry and the "Nemazee Higher Institute for Nursing" were established in 1954 and 1970, respectively. Later, more schools gradually took shape.
Shiraz University, formerly known as "Pahlavi University," was previously responsible for overseeing all public higher education institutions in the city, both medical and non-medical. The "Ministry of Health, Treatment, and Medical Education" assumed control of medical science education in Iran in 1986 with the goal of better using national medical resources while also advancing healthcare, medical teaching, and research. Therefore, under the new affiliation of "Shiraz University of Medical Sciences" (SUMS), all medical colleges and centers maintained their operations. However, non-medical programs are still provided under Shiraz University's direction.
The following features SUMS:
- 17 Schools
- 63 Research centers
- 41 Public Hospitals (including 14 teaching hospitals)
- 6 Research Incubators
At SUMS, more than 25000 employees and over 900 academic members operate in a variety of capacities, including medicine, therapy, research, and teaching. At the moment, nearly 9000 students are enrolled in SUMS schools and research institutes to pursue studies in a range of academic fields. Iranian applicants are chosen for SUMS through the National Entrance Exam (Konkur), whereas overseas candidates who are not Iranian citizens must apply online after reviewing our A-Z program list. The intellectual atmosphere we have been able to create at SUMS has allowed us to educate outstanding students and send them out into the world to put their knowledge into practice.
SUMS emphasizes both traditional and contemporary, seeking to educate students via top-notch instruction and research. Since its founding, SUMS has served as one of Iran's and the Middle East's largest and most famous colleges, as well as a major player in the area, thanks to the services it provides to both patients and students. SUMS is especially proud of being recognized as the primary center for the following four scientific fields by the Iranian Ministry of Health, Treatment, and Medical Education:
- The hub of Liver Transplantation
- The hub of Clinical Immunology
- The hub of Clinical Microbiology
- The hub of Advanced Electronic Learning