General medicine is the medical specialty dealing with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of adult diseases. In the first two years the curriculum principally covers theoretical courses (Biochemistry, Biology, Physics, Anatomy, Histology, Physiology etc.). The third year of studies comprises preclinical courses (Pathophysiology, Pathology) and prepares students for the study of clinical courses (Surgery, Internal Medicine). In the fourth and fifth years, students undertake internships at individual clinics and departments. The last year of studies is devoted to pre-graduation practical training, during which students work at clinics and departments under the supervision of experienced doctors. In the course of their studies, students also complete nine weeks of practical training (during vacation periods) during which they gradually acquaint themselves with the operation of health care facilities and practical procedures. The studies are completed with state examinations in five subjects.