Faculty of Medicine
RSU Faculty of Medicine is the richest in traditions, offering a high quality and modern medical education which is highly valued in Latvia and worldwide.
Unlike medical studies at most European institutions of higher education, studies at Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) Faculty of Medicine are more integrated with clinical practice. Students learn the basics of the profession at RSU clinical hospitals and the main medical treatment and scientific institutions in Latvia: P. Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital, Children’s Clinical University Hospital, Riga East University Hospital, Hospital of Traumatology and Orthopaedics.
Being a physician is not only a profession but also a life choice and momentous decision and a student feels happy when they manage to make the dream about working in medicine come true with hard work, self-discipline and willpower. A physician’s work is also the taking on of responsibility – towards a patient’s health, taking their life in your own hands and having it on your conscience. A physician’s work provides huge satisfaction and real joy about a job that is well done, a person’s health has been improved or a patient’s life has been saved. All of these emotional, professional and ethical values are valued highly at RSU Faculty of Medicine. We supplement them with a modern study environment, cutting-edgetechnologies and our biggest asset – the experience of outstanding specialists and teaching staff in all fields of medicine and their friendly approach towards the students. Striving for excellence in our profession and in life in general!
prof. Guntis Bahs, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine
RSU Faculty of Medicine is becoming increasingly popular among foreign students due to its competitive education and tuition fees in Europe, offering a full professional education programme so that graduates can successfully continue their education in the residency programmes of the chosen speciality or master’s study programmes in the field of medicine in Latvia or other member states of the European Union.
RSU Faculty of Medicine is working on a development plan for medical studies for the next five years, with the aim to become the leading medical education centre in the Baltic region. Modern study technologies used by leading medical institutions of higher education in the world will be introduced, as well as an exemplary study process and quality standards for examinations.
The departments within the Faculty of Medicine coordinate the training of students in all clinical and theoretical medical disciplines. In cooperation with the institutions of higher education and scientific institutes in other countries the faculty departments have become scientific schools and research centres, ensuring the professional quality of the RSU academic teaching staff.
Starting with the second year of studies the students of the Faculty of Medicine have the option of acquiring in-depth knowledge in paediatrics. Placements in clinical patient care, internal diseases, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology are also included in the study process to supplement theoretical knowledge with practical skills.
Graduates and teaching staff of RSU Faculty of Medicine are working successfully in Latvian and foreign clinics, research institutes and international health protection organisations.
- Post-graduate programmes
History of the faculty
The Faculty of Medicine was founded in 1919, as part of the University of Latvia. In 1950 the Faculty of Medicine was separated from the University of Latvia and Riga Medical Institute was founded as an independent institution of higher education with the university as its base. From 1990 onwards, when RMI was renamed as the Medical Academy of Latvia, and still today- as the cornerstone of Rīga Stradiņš University - the Faculty of Medicine continues its pedagogic and scientific work.