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The main goal of the Department of Family Medicine is to emphasise the role of primary care and the family physician's approach to problem solving in medicine.

We implement an integrated study course for medical students with basic clinical knowledge, as well as supervising post-graduate education in family medicine. We encourage and supervise research and thesis development in topics related to family medicine. Our lecturers lead and promote the students' research group in family medicine, assisting in writing abstracts for conferences at the national and international level, and are involved in PhD studies, as well as local and international research projects.

Most lecturers in our department are active family physicians, members of international organisations, for example:

  • EGPRN (European General Practice Research Network);
  • EURACT (European Academy of Teachers in General Practice/Family Medicine);
  • EURIPA (The European Rural and Isolated Practitioners Association);
  • WONCA (World Organsisation of Family Doctors).

Scientific conferences

Staff members of the Department of Family Medicine participate in international conferences and seminars on a regular basis.

  • 11th EURIPA Rural Health Forum
    6–8 October, Diocesan Museum, Catania, Italy
    Sandra Gintere, Gunta Tīcmane and Līga Kozlovska, lecturers at the RSU Department of Family Medicine participated in the 11th EURIPA Rural Health Forum.
    More about the Forum



  • The Örenäs Research Group – a cancer research group in primary care
    13–15 October 2022, Sofia, Bulgaria
    orenas_research_group.jpg Ilze Skuja and Vija Siliņa, lecturers at the RSU Department of Family Medicine, represented the University at the annual meeting of the European cancer research group in primary care, Örenäs Research Group. The aim of the event is to plan and implement research projects as an international research group. Participants from Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the UK attended this year's meeting in person.
    The research group is part of the European General Practice Research Network (EGPRN), a network of researchers from 29 countries. It is led by Prof. Michael Harris, who is also currently a Visiting Professor at RSU.
    More about the Örenäs Research Group

  • Family Medicine, EGPRN, 92nd EGPRN Meeting 2021, “Closing evidence gaps in general practice” , 30 April–1 May 2021, Location: Virtual
  • 26th WONCA Europe Conference Virtual, 6–10 July 2021. Practising person centred care
  • 30th Janko Kersnik International EURACT Bled Course, Slovenia, 9–11 September 2021
  • 10th Rural Health Forum, 23–25 September 2021 HYBRID FORUM: FACE TO FACE & VIRTUAL. Understanding our patients – working closely together”
  • 93rd EGPRN meeting in Halle, Germany ,14–17 October 2021. “Fostering clinical research in general practice and family medicine”
  • WONCA 23 rd Scientific World Conference 2021 “Together we own the future“ fully online 22–27 November 2021
  • 90th EGPRN, online meeting "Digital medicine and e-health", 16–17 October
  • EURIPA 1st Rural Health e-Forum 'How Rural and Remote General Practice/Family Medicine is responding to the challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic – now and for the future'. 18–19 September
  • 29th Janko Kersnik International WoncaEurope EURACT Bled Course Slovenia, 8–12 September
  • PDCE (Primary Care Diabetes Europe) North Europe Summit Meeting
    12 February, Stockholm, Sweden


    In the meeting, Latvia and RSU were represented by Vija Siliņa, Sandra Gintere, Līga Kozlovska un Ainis Dzalbs ⇒




Örenäs Research Group – cancer research group in primary care participants


IX EURIPA Rural Health Forum


Main research topics

  • Primary and secondary prevention of non-communicable diseases
  • Multimorbidity 
  • Rational use of medicine
  • Antibiotic resistence
  • Vaccination
  • Patients’ knowledge and engagement 
  • Quality of life and mental health
  • Sexual health and contraception

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