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

Speciality: Rheumatologist

Code of speciality: A012

Credit score: 132 CP (198 ECTS)

Duration of programme: 132 weeks

Programme manager: Helēna Mikažāne, Professor


Goal of the programme: to provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills according to the demands of the regulations of the speciality of Rheumatology.

Eligibility: MD degree, certificate of Internist.


Theoretical education is based on theoretical seminars. According to the study programme length certain number of seminars are organized. Practical education in the form of study courses according to the programme.


Extended and broadened knowledge and understanding of rheumatology (musculoskeletal connective tissue system and autoimmune connective tissue diseases). The knowledge will comply with requirements for speciality certification and meet high standards in the field, both scientifically and professionally. It will ensure creative thinking in clinical practice and research, as well as improve abilities for working in multidisciplinary fields. Ability to recognize and define rheumatic disorders. Knowledge in etiopathogenesis, diagnostics, diferential diagnostics, treatment and prophylaxis of the rheumatic disturbances and illnesses accordingly to the regulations of the specialty.

Skills that will allow working safely, effectively, ethically and independently in clinical cases of rheumatic disorders, illness; to be able to perform appropriate diagnostic procedures, perform differential diagnosis and treatment medical technologies (procedures, medical equipment, techniques, medicine) work in different medical therapy directions, crisis therapy, skills to create the therapeutical physician-patient relationship.

Competencies: knowledge, skills and attitude for clinical work, research, public education via mass media, comprehension of teamwork, the way it works, diseases diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention, crisis situations and their solving; as well as the management and supervision of the multidisciplinary team, to supervise physician and medical support personal.


Knowledge tests after each study course. State residency exam at the end of the programme.

Study language: Latvian.