Neurosurgeon - Riga Stradiņš University


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Syllabus of postgraduate 2nd level professional study programme “Residency in medicine”

Speciality: Neurosurgeon

Code of speciality: P04

Credit score: 264 CP (396 ECTS)

Duration of programme: 264 weeks

Programme Director: Rolfs Ozols, Assistant


Goal of the programme: to provide the trainee with a broad knowledge base, the necessary operative and procedural skills and experience required by the By-Law of Speciality for physician who is going to be certified in neurosurgery.

Eligibility: MD degree.


  • To accomplish the theoretical part of training, the trainee must attend lectures (one per month), seminars (3 per month, 33 per year), and obtain experience in teaching and research

  • A trainee must complete the following rotation periods: during the 1st year of training – surgery, traumatology un orthopedics, oro-mandibulo-facial surgery, anaesthesiology and reanimatology, neiroradiology, ophthalmology, neurology, emergency medicine, forensic medicine, rehabilitology, otorhinolaringology; during the 2nd year of training – paediatric neurosurgery and paediatric surgery (included into course of paediatric neurosurgery), neurooncology and neuropathology; during the 3rd year of training – paediatric neurosurgery, neurooncology and neuropathology

  • From the 2nd year of the programme the training must comprise a dedicated outpatient and hospital management of patients at neurosurgical clinic (department); there will be annual trainee assessment in neurosurgery.



According to UEMS (European Union of Medical Specialists) Training Charter, a trainee has knowledge that provides the diagnosis, the operative, and non-operative management (i. e. prevention, diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, intensive care, and rehabilitation) of patients with pathological processes that affect the central, peripheral (and autonomic) nervous system, including their supporting structures and vascular supply as well as the operative and non-operative management of pain; he/she has prepared and submitted for publication at least one scientific paper.


The trainee has skills to use all medical technologies that are necessary for the implementation of independent neurosurgical practice (prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of pathology of human nervous system) according to current state of art in neurosurgery and equipment available; to use properly experience gained during rotation periods, and to fill in medical records according to national legislation.


The trainee is prepared for independent neurosurgical practice, self criticism, standing on medical ethics, critical assessment of his / her own learning curve, clinical studies, participation in education of colleagues, and self-directed learning which will eventually lead to continued professional development.


Knowledge tests after study courses. Residency state exam consisting of evaluation of completed content of the programme, the evaluation of research project, and assessment of konowledge.

Study language: Latvian.

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