The department was founded in January, 1980, according to the decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, as Department of Internal Diseases No. 3 with the view of training advanced therapists of Kyiv region.
In 1990 it became the Department of Internal Diseases and Rheumatology. The first head of the department was Full Professor Drozdov D. D.
Since January, 1990 the department has been headed by the Academician of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, Honoured Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine, Laureate of the State Prize of Ukraine, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Full Professor Volodymyr M. Kovalenko.
The staff members carried out the training courses in Tashkent, Bukhara, Andizhan, Samarkand, Daugavpils, Sevastopol, Chernihiv, Luts’k, Zhytomyr, L’viv and others.
Since the department’s foundation its staff members have trained more than 6.000 advanced therapists and rheumatologists.