The Medical Education Technology Centre of Rīga Stradiņš University, launched in the spring of 2013 following vast reconstruction and adjustment works that spanned three years, offers local and international medical and healthcare students the opportunity to use advanced technological features in training and lecture rooms equipped with up-to-date simulator systems and phantoms.
Medical Education Technology Centre Key Facts
- Total area: 7776.8 m2
- 7 fully equipped clinical skill training rooms
- 3 halls, including cardiotrainer halls & gyms
- 24 lecture rooms with smart boards
- 26 lecture rooms for rehabilitation studies
- 2 computerised classrooms
- Conference hall with 262 seats
- 4 meeting rooms
- Computer centre with 24 workstations
- Catering section with 130 seats
- Library with reading room and database access
- Wireless internet connection
- Specifically facilitated access for disabled
The spacious edifice which houses the new Centre is located at 26a Anniņmuižas Blvd in Rīga, only a few minutes away from the main building of RSU. Originally designed in the late 1980s to serve the needs of a paediatric polyclinic, it underwent a substantial transformation to become one of the first intellectual innovation hubs in medicine and healthcare in the Baltics. As Rector Professor Jānis Gardovskis puts it, "the study process will considerably gain in efficiency as long as we keep introducing the recent technological achievements in our University, thus developing new high-quality programmes for international rehabilitation, medical, nursery and public health students".
The Medical Education Technology Centre can also be viewed as another step towards the world-class standard in medical and healthcare education that is the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) used to test future doctors’ theoretical knowledge and practical skills. “Besides that, the computerised lecture and simulator rooms are there to emphasise the development of e-studies in Latvian and English at RSU, so that is why we are putting together an impressive collection of video footage which covers the most essential medical procedures,” adds Professor Guntis Bahs, Dean of RSU Faculty of Medicine.
What makes RSU’s new study base even more special is the clinical skill training facilities to provide students with invaluable practical training in the areas of overall importance to medical and healthcare staff. “It is not only about medical manipulations: this is where communication, computer, time management and research skills can be developed greatly,” says Head of the Centre, Mr Roberts Rezgalis. Patient simulators have been installed to ensure communication training in an environment similar to the doctor’s setting in a clinic; for the medical side of things, students have simulated operating theatres and intensive care units at their disposal. “One of the rooms is entirely dedicated to complex manipulation training such as ultrasonography or endoscopic operations, not to mention the more usual medical procedures like injections, skin stitching and others,” explains Rezgalis.
The Medical Education Technology Centre is part of the educational infrastructure modernisation project for RSU, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The total budget of the project exceeds 5 million Lats (7 million Euros).