Trauma Doctor / Orthopaedist - Riga Stradiņš University

Trauma Doctor / Orthopaedist

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

Speciality: Trauma Doctor / Orthopaedist

Code of speciality: P13

Credit score: 220 CP (330 ECTS)

Duration of programme: 220 weeks

Programme manager: Halina Jodzēviča, Assistant Professor


Goal of the programme: to provide for acquisition and improvement of the theoretical knowledge and practical skills according to the accredited programme in the area of Orthopaedic surgery, to prepare for unassisted, qualified practical and scientific work in the frame of the Orthopaedic speciality and for certification in this speciality in accordance with the respective normative acts of the Republic of Latvia.

Eligibility: MD degree


Residents acquire and improve their theoretical knowledge by attending problem lectures organized by RSU Faculty of Continuing Education according to the Continuing medical education programme. During the study courses residents study literature and participate in various forums within the speciality frame. Practical experience is acquired at leading clinics in Latvia, equipped with up-to-date equipment for diagnostics and treatment according to EU standards, under the guidance of leading specialists, professors, assistant professors in orthopedy (192 ECTS) and in sub-specialities: surgery, urology, thoracic and vascular surgery, neurosurgery, plastic and microsurgery, intensive care, rheimatology. The required practical skills are acquired, in accordance to the definition of the Orthopaedic speciality, by treating patients in clinics, by taking part or performing independently surgery operations and manipulations, by being on duty in clinics under the supervision of the residency manager. Facilitation of the personal development; paedagogical practice – residents take part in teaching activities starting from the first year of studies; research – starting from the fourth year residents begin scientific research activities.


During the studies and the training course, the residents acquire the orthopaedic-specific knowledge on traumatic disorders of children and adult body movements and voice apparatus, on related illness, inherited pathologies, acute surgical and internal organ disorders, on diagnostic and treatment methods, ethyopathogenesis, caring of individuals, in the context of a family and society. Practical skills will be acquired that are needed for performing surgical operations and manipulations in the process of treatment persons with trauma or orthopedic patients. Principles of scientific work will be learned on the level of contemporary science providing for competent analysis of relationships, assessment and resolution of problems typical for orthopedics.

Skills that will allow to work safely, effectively, ethically and independently in clinical cases of orthopaedic disorders and illness; to be able to perform appropriate diagnostic procedures, evaluate the patient state, perform differential diagnosis and treatment procedures.

Competencies: knowledge, skills and attitude for clinical work, research and paedagogical practice.


Residents prepare reports on the achieved results twice a year and at the end of each study course in sub-speciality describing the manipulations they have learned and the theoretical knowledge they have acquired. After finishing Postgraduate studies according to the Continuing medical education programme, residents have to pass joint oral and written Residency state exam including certification on the Orthopaedic speciality. The developed scientific research work has to be reported prior to the mentioned examination.

Study language: Latvian.

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