The physician group of students at the Institute consists of clinicians of different specialties, while the non-physician group consists mainly of other in-service medical personnel. Eligibility for oral defense of the master thesis at the Institute requires acceptance or publication of the student’s master’s thesis in a journal that is included in the Sciences Citation Index (SCI), or, if rejected, acceptance or publication in a journal included in Index Medicus, and at least two and at least two and a half years of study at the institute collectively.