Surgeon - Riga Stradiņš University


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genadijs-trofimovics-resSyllabus of postgraduate 2nd level professional study programme “Residency in medicine”

Speciality: Surgeon

Code of speciality: P03

Credit score: 220 CP (330 ECTS)

Duration of programme: 220 weeks

Programme manager: Genādijs Trofimovičs, Associate Professor (pictured)


Goal of the programme: to perform the postgraduate theoretical and practical acquirement and improvement of skills to qualify doctors to be practitioners in general surgery according to requirements of regulation, corresponding to the normative documentations of the Republic of Latvia.

Eligibility: MD degree


  • Theoretical education is based on theoretical seminars (3 seminars per month or 33 seminars per year). According to study program length in different disciplines certain number of seminars is organized

  • Practical education according to the plan of study courses



  • Etiology, pathogenesis, symptoms, diagnostics of surgical diseases, indications to perform conservative and surgical treatment

  • Methods of diagnostics and set of instruments applied in surgery

Practical skills

  • Provide first aid in acute cases for patients suffering from surgical pathology

  • Nominate correct scheme of diagnostics and treatment tactics for patient suffering from surgical pathology

  • Perform diagnostic and curative manipulations


  • Provide surgical assistance according to claims of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia, Health ministry and Association of Surgeons

  • Diagnostics of surgical pathology, conservative and operative treatment in the competence of certified specialist


To acquire educational program in full scale: visits of all rotary disciplines, have to visit 80 % of theoretical activities. Assessment of knowledge: inspection of theoretical and practical knowledge is done at the end of each study course.

At the end of the first study year – practical and theoretical tests should be passed:

  • Theoretical exam – multichoice

  • Test of the practical skills on simulators – practical basics in surgery (knot tying, applying cutaneous and subcutaneous sutures)

At the end of the second study year – practical and theoretical exam should be passed:

  • Theoretical exam – multichoice and exam orally

  • Test of the practical skills – practical basics in laparoscopic surgery (LapSim simulator)

At the end of the fifth study year – Residency state exam should be passed:

  • Theoretical exam – multichoice

  • Test of the practical skills – Laparoscopic appendectomy, cholecistectomy (LapSim simulator)

  • Presentation of scientific research work

Study language: Latvian.

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