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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.

  • PDCE (Primary Care Diabetes Europe) North Europe Summit Meeting
    12 February 2020, 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