Department of Internal Diseases
Department of Internal Diseases is one of the largest units of RSU. At our department, students of all medical fields study Internal Diseases from 2nd through 6th Academic Year.
Clinical bases of the Department are established in several medical institutions of Riga:
- Riga East Clinical University hospital;
- P. Stradiņa Clinical University Hospital;
- Latvian Maritime Medicine Centre;
- The Orto Clinic;
- The Gastro Clinic.
From 2001, the Department is led by the full member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences (LAS), Professor Aivars Lejnieks. All in all, 71 people work at the Department, of which 18 are professors and associate professors, 10 academic teaching stuff (assistant professors), 2 lecturers, 31 assistants and 10 administrative staff. Anita Laizāne leads the Administration Department.
The academic staff of the Department is active in scientific research and clinical projects. We host and present promotional papers in several fields of Internal Diseases: cardiology, pneumonology, endocrinology, haematology, oncology, nephrology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, medical communication, etc.
Everyone at our Department is well-versed and open to any questions and problems that may arise during the study process.
The academic process of the Department is based on a module system:
- Medical communication – resp. of doc. Vladimirs Voicehovskis;
- Clinical and physical examination (propaedeutic) – resp. of dr. Sergejs Babikovs;
- Cardiology – resp. of prof. Oskars Kalējs;
- Gastroenterology – resp. of prof. Juris Pokrotnieks;
- Endocrinology – resp. of assoc. prof. Ilze Konrāde;
- Nephrology – resp. of prof. Aivars Pētersons;
- Pneumonology – resp. of assoc. prof. Inga Stuķēna;
- Haematology – resp. of prof. Sandra Lejniece (LAS correspondent member);
- Oncology – resp. of assoc. prof. Iveta Kudaba.
From the first day of studies, we offer students to take part in the scientific process of our Department by applying for therapy, oncology or cardiology scientific groups. Every year we host Student Olympics – “Cor Nostrum” and “The Golden Stethoscope”, the latter hosted in the name of prof. J. Anšelevičs. Many members of our department are experts at the Latvian Academy of Science. They are successful in scientific research co-funded by the European Science funding initiatives. Department of Internal Diseases communicates globally with universities, scientists, professional groups for science, research and teaching, takes part in the EU mobility programmes (Erasmus, experience exchange, “shadowing”).
Results of our research are available in scientific publications. The academic staff of our department holds many International and Latvian patent rights. In the last several years we published medical and study guides and monographies for various specialities.
Priority research areas of the department
- Cardiovascular diseases, primary and secondary prevention, risk assessment
- Diabetes mellitus, complications
- Arterial hypertension
- Metabolic syndrome
- Quality of life
- Endothelial dysfunction
- Kidney injury, Renal replacement therapy
- Joint, musculoskeletal, connective tissue disorders
- Mechanisms of viral pathogenesis in rheumatic disease
- Breast cancer