The RSU Gynaecology Residency Programme May Not be the Easiest Path, but is Definitely the most Interesting and Dynamic
‘After graduating from the Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) Faculty of Medicine, my next step was to continue my studies and acquire a speciality. I my case this was obstetrics and gynaecology. It wouldn't be quite accurate to say that I knew what speciality I would choose from the very start. At the beginning of my studies, I could see myself in both internal medicine and otolaryngology,’ remembers Zane Rostoka, who is currently a 1st year resident in obstetrics and gynaecology.
I only realised that it wouldn’t happen in my 4th year, when I actively started participating in the RSU Gynaecology and Obstetrics Student Scientific Interest Group. This was definitely a turning point that made me realise in which direction I want to grow and what I want to become.
Being an obstetrician-gynaecologist is an enormously responsible job – it doesn’t only require knowledge and skills in a narrow field of medicine, but rather you need a good understanding in all fields in order to be able to take professional care of a pregnant woman. In this speciality you have responsibility for two people, after all, and any indecisiveness, or hesitation can cost a life, night, or day, weekday, or holiday.
I know that I didn't choose the easiest path, but it is definitely one of the most interesting and dynamic.
During my studies, I deliberately focused on my chosen speciality – I attended conferences, courses, developed research papers, reported on results at conferences both at RSU and internationally, did voluntary work, went on exchanges abroad and even participated in organising the 1st Eastern European Networking Congress for Trainees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. I set my goals high and tirelessly strive towards them.
I felt like I had to qualify for a state-funded study place in the residency programme at any cost, but unfortunately, I didn’t. I was only 0.01 points short of fulfilling my dreams. It's not in my nature to give up, so I started residency studies at RSU for a tuition fee encouraged by the Faculty of Residency.
The support and faith that the Faculty of Medicine showed in me was very meaningful, and already after couple of months I was transferred to a state-funded place.
This was a turning point that made me realise that it is impossible to prepare for all life situations emotionally, so grounding myself will take some time. My advice is to never lose faith in yourself and your dreams, because no mountain is too high, and patience and diligence are the key to everything.
I am not surprised at how much knowledge, skills and competencies I need to acquire, at least for now, because I knew what specialty I was getting into, how much work it would require, and that it would likely be emotionally and physically difficult.
I am convinced by the quality of the RSU Gynaecology Residency programme, which is implemented following European guidelines, because this programme is accredited by the European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (EBCOG).
The sector’s continuous development allows me to keep acquiring and improving my knowledge and skills. Setting priorities and time management are extremely important in order to ensure that there is time not only for work, but also for family and leisure.
I strongly believe that this speciality will give me fulfilment throughout my life!