Syllabus of postgraduate 2nd level professional study programme “Residency in medicine”
Speciality: Palliative Care Specialist
Code of speciality: PP26
Credit points: 44 CP (66 ECTS)
Duration of programme: 44 weeks
Programme managers: Diāna Baltiņa, Associate Professor & Anda Jansone, University teacher
Goal of the programme: to provide and enhance theoretical knowledge and practical skills according to the requirements of Palliative Care Speciality in order to obtain the Certificate of Palliative Care Specialist according to normative documentation of the Republic of Latvia.
Eligibility: MD and Certificate in Internal Diseases, Family Medicine, Oncology, General Surgery, Gynaecology, Gerontology, Paediatrics or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
- CONTENT OF THE PROGRAMME
Theoretical education is based on theoretical seminars. According to the study programme length certain number of seminars are organized. Practical education in form of study courses according to the programme.
- STUDY OUTCOMES
Define the principal aims and tasks of palliative care
Understand good deontological practise
Communicate with seriously ill and terminal patients and their relatives
Comprehend legal aspects of palliative and terminal care
Compile documentation (death certificate and other discharges for terminally ill patients)
Prescribe drugs and supportive devices for palliative care, to superintend indications, contraindications and probable complications of drugs used in palliative setting
Be able to provide professional urgent and long-term symptomatic treatment and supportive care
Be able to provide single-handed diagnostics, treatment, care and rehabilitation in palliative setting
Identify and resolve social, mental and existential problems
Communicate with patients, their relatives, colleagues and to break bad news
Consultate patients on non-medical care objects
Communicate with mass media and polititians about the role and needs for palliative care
Consultate other specialists about palliative care and symptomatic therapy
Competencies: to provide symptomatic treatment and palliative care, to consultate other doctors on these issues, to be entitled to prescribe drugs and supportive devices for palliative care, and to advise social workers, other specialists, lawyers and other public servants.
Multi-choice questions and case reports after every study course and the rate of correct answers should be no lower than 75 %. The applicant should complete all the rotation cycles, should attend no less than 75 % of theoretical classes and should present the final work. Residency state exam in the end of the programme.
Study language: Latvian.