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About Study Course

Credit points / ECTS:1 / 1.5
Course supervisor:Vladimirs Voicehovskis
Study type:Full time
Course level:Master's
Target audience:Dentistry
Language:English, Latvian
Branch of science:Medicine; Internal Medicine


1) To learn about the anamnesis compilation principles in determination or exclusion of rheumatologic diseases;
2) To learn the examination principles of peripheral joint and spine mobility;
3) To learn about the nature of a disease (pathogenesis, main mechanism, clinical manifestations), diagnostic (immunological analyses, radiological investigations) and therapy principles, prognosis;
4) To learn how to choose and interpret laboratory and instrumental investigation data, in case of various rheumatologic diseases;
5) To promote the development of students' clinical thinking.


Normal anatomy, histology, normal physiology, biochemistry, basics of medical physics, biology and basics of genetics, microbiology/immunology, internal diseases propaedeutics, skin and mouth mucosa diseases, oral morphology.

Learning outcomes


• To collect targeted anamnesis, to list and describe the musculoskeletal physical examination principles, to define the possible diagnosis assessing treatment safety.
• To define aspects of pathogenesis, diagnosis (classification and diagnostic criteria) and therapy principles of rheumatologic diseases.
• To analyse the obtained information and to define the diagnosis, to assess disease activity and prognosis.
• To do histological interpretation of biopsy results and to describe their application in dentist’s practice – aspects of cooperation with a rheumatologist.
• To describe emergency and urgent situations for rheumatologic patients in dentist’s practice.


The students are able to:
• Communicate with patients, their relatives, co-workers and other persons involved in health care.
• Collect a medical history.
• Perform patient's physical examination.
• Interpret laboratory and imaging results used in rheumatological practice.
• Decide on treatment principles and therapeutic aspects of safety monitoring of rheumatological diseases.
• Summarize the acquired symptoms and present the diagnosis and medical history.


• To evaluate the obtained medical history, physical findings and to determine the diagnosis and the differential diagnosis/es.
• To assemble and justify the necessary laboratory and radiological examination plan for confirmation of the diagnosis and exclusion of the differential diagnosis.
• To interpret laboratory and radiological examination results.
• To be competent in pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment principles and variations of rheumatologic diseases.
• To be able to analyse situations, substantiate, logically formulate and explain own opinion.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2021, Autumn semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Dentistry, ZF9Master’sLimited choice
Dentistry, SSNSF9Master’sLimited choiceJūlija Zepa, Inita Buliņa
Planning period:Year 2022, Spring semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Dentistry, SSNSFz9Master’sLimited choice