The department was established in September 1957. Its first head was professor Spivak Rivekka Yakovlevna (1957-1960), a graduate of the Kharkov Medical Institute.
1960-1962 years. The department was supervised by associate professor Serebryanaya Sofia Pavlovna, also a graduate of the Kharkov Medical Institute.
During the next 10 years (1962-71) the head of the department was professor Lashchevker Matvey Veniaminovich – a graduate of the Odessa Medical Institute.
1971-1976 years. The department was headed by professor Savina Polina Nikolaevna, who graduated from the Tomsk Medical Institute.
In 1976-83 years the department was headed by professor Benenson Efim Vladimirovich, a graduate of the Sverdlovsk Medical Institute. During this period, the staff of the department began scientific research on the problem of clinical immunology and rheumatology. Under the guidance of professor Benenson E.V. 1 doctoral and 4 candidate dissertations were completed.
More than 20 years, from 1983 to 2003 years the head of the department was professor Ivanova Raifa Latifovna – graduate of the first issue of the Semipalatinsk Medical Institute. Under her leadership, 4 doctoral and 26 candidate dissertations were defended. She continues active creative work. She is an Honored Professor of the Semey State University.
Since 2003 the department is headed by Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Zhumadilova Zauresh Kenzhekhanovna – graduate of the Semipalatinsk Medical Institute. After defending her candidate dissertation in 1989, she worked as an assistant at the Department of Hospital Therapy. In 1993 she received the academic title of Associate Professor. In 2004 she successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on the specialty "rheumatology". In 2006 she was awarded the title of Professor. She conducts extensive advisory work in the cardiorheumatological, gastroenterological, resuscitation departments of the University hospital. In 2016-2017 years Professor Zhumadilova Z.K. was the chairman of the Dissertation Council on the specialty "Medicine". She is the author of more than 100 scientific and educational-methodical works, 1 monograph. She has 5 certificates for the invention and 6 rationalization proposals. Under the direction of Zhumadilova Z.K. 1 PhD doctoral, 3 candidate dissertations, and 3 master's work were defended.
The great contribution to the training of doctors was made by associate professors Pishchagina L.A., Romanova E.V., Ovsyannikova R.S., Ualiyeva T.M., Ospanova Sh.N., Nemtsov B.F., Maltsev V.G., Vainsvayg P.M., Alibekova R.I., Kurumbaev R.R., Pivina L.M., assistants Geilikman E.M., Drabkina E.M., Vinogradov N.I., Kornienkova A.A., Vise-Khripunova M.A., Omarbekova Zh.E., Urazalina Zh.M., Batenova G.B.
Kaskabaeva Alida Sharipovna has headed the department of faculty therapy since 2018. After graduating from the Semipalatinsk State Medical Institute with a degree in general medicine in 1994, she studied in clinical residency and since 1998 in postgraduate studies in the specialty Internal Diseases. She defended her master's thesis in rheumatology in March 2002. After graduating from the postgraduate course she was accepted as an assistant of the department of hospital therapy. Since 2009 – Associate Professor of the Department of Internal Diseases №1. She worked as a responsible educational associate professor in the discipline "Internal Diseases" of the 4th year General medicine faculty. She underwent advanced training at the seminars “Development of communicative skills of students in clinical departments”, “Trainer-expert of communication skills”, the results of which introduced patient-centered counseling for 4th year students in the department.
Department of faculty therapy is the leading chair of the university. Clinical lectures and practical exercises are highly appreciated by the students. Innovative methods of teaching are introduced: classes with a standardized patient, a mini-clinical exam, integrated classes. Communicative skills are practiced in the Simulation class. The department conducts scientific research devoted to the study actual problems of cardiology, rheumatology, nephrology, clinical immunology and gastroenterology. Traditionally, the department has a student scientific circle. At the final scientific conferences students were awarded diplomas of winners. Every year the staff of the department takes prizes in the final rating of the university.
Employees of the department conduct a large medical and advisory work not only in the clinic, but also in the medical institutions of the city and the districts of the region.
At the present time the following specialists work at the department: professor Zhumadilova Z.K., associate professors and candidates of medical sciences Shahanov T.E., Kapanova G.K., Kaskabaeva A.Sh., as well as experienced teachers and candidates of medical sciences Muzdubaeva Zh.E., Barkibaeva N.R., Botabaeva A.S., Selgazina M.B., Khaibullina A.I., Kalimoldina G.K., laboratory assistants Dauenova R.S., Kesdykbaeva A.M.