Young Doctors Receive Scholarships from the Latvian Medical Foundation
Shortly after the First World Congress of Latvian Physicians, doctors Kristaps and Bertrams Zariņš (USA) founded the non-profit organisation Latvian Medical Foundation (LMF) to support the field of medicine in Latvia. Latvian doctors and students have been able to apply for LMF scholarships for 30 years already. This year, LMF is also supporting young Latvian doctors, and the Zariņi Scholarship for medical study trips has been awarded to aspiring young students from Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU).
The Zariņi Scholarship for medical study trips to the amount of USD 4,000 has been awarded to Līna Lazdiņa, radiology resident and lecturer at the Department of Internal Diseases, RSU Faculty of Medicine. She received the scholarship to gain clinical experience at the Radiotherapy Department of University Hospital Leuven, Belgium. There, Lazdiņa will learn the latest techniques in malignant tumour therapy.
She was recommended for the scholarship by Aija Geriņa-Bērziņa, Head of the Oncology Clinic at P. Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital.
Līna Lazdiņa. Photo from private archive
RSU pathology resident Daira Lapse has been awarded a Zariņi Scholarship to the amount of USD 5,000 to learn new skills in neuropathology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, United Kingdom.
She was recommended for the scholarship by the Head of the Institute of Pathology of Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital, Acting Assistant at the RSU Department of Pathology Jurijs Nazarovs.
Daira Lapse. Photo from private archive
RSU resident in anaesthesiology-resuscitation Darja Smirnova has been awarded a Zariņi Scholarship to the amount of USD 5,000 to deepen her knowledge in renal and liver replacement therapy and learn new techniques to be used in case of sepsis at the International Renal Research Institute Vicenza, San Bortolo Hospital, Italy.
She was recommended by Associate Professor Oļegs Sabeļņikovs, Head of the Department of Clinical Skills and Medical Technologies at RSU.
Darja Smirnova. Photo from private archive
In the summer of 2016, LMF created a Student Scholarship in order to give young people living and studying outside Latvia the opportunity to gain practical experience in Latvia at the Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital or another medical institution and to improve their knowledge and practical skills in medicine. This year, Sarma Ejups (USA) has been awarded this scholarship to the amount of USD 1,250 to gain insight into the Latvian rehabilitation sector at the Vaivari rehabilitation centre. The curator of the scholarship is Dr. Aleksandrs Kalniņš, Board Member of LMF and the Latvian Medical and Dental Association (LĀZA).
Recipient of the LMF Student Scholarship, Sarma Ejups, with LMF Board Members Aleksandrs Kalniņš, Bertrams Zariņš, and Kristaps Zariņš. Photo from the LMF archive
The Zariņš brothers’ name is closely linked with the history of the Latvian Congress of Physicians. LMF has always supported the congresses with a financial donation, and this year it is also supporting the 9th Latvian Congress of Physicians, which will take place from 21 to 24 September, with a donation of USD 5,000.
About the Latvian Medical Foundation
LMF was founded in 1990 as a private non-profit organisation with the aim to support healthcare in Latvia. The Foundation has historically been associated with the Latvian Medical and Dental Association (LĀZA).
Further information about LMF and the various scholarships