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About Study Course

Credit points / ECTS:2 / 3
Course supervisor:Valdis Ģībietis
Study type:Full time
Course level:Master's
Target audience:Medicine
Language:English, Latvian
Branch of science:Clinical Medicine; Internal Medicine


Introduction to Clinical Medicine:
1. Instruct students on medical history documentation – chief complaint, history of present illness, past medical history.
2. Develop bedside physical examination skills according to the clinical case – the interview, inspection, palpation, percussion, auscultation.
3. Teach the ways of combining patient subjective experience in an illness with the data from physical examination and come to a possible diagnosis.

1. Learn about hematological patients examination methods. Learn to recognise and define changes in red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.
2. Learn to define anemia, recognise symptoms and signs of anemia. Learn laboratory diagnostic of anemia, laboratory classification of anemia.
3. Learn types of bleeding disorders, symptoms and signs, laboratory diagnostic methods.


Student has attended at least 5 Medical Communication classes before starting current course.
Normal anatomy, histology, normal physiology, biochemistry and principles of medical physics, biology and basics of genetics.
Normal hematopoesis. Normal blood counts. Normal blood coagulation/hemostasis.

Learning outcomes


On course completion, the students will know how to:
• structurally interview and record patient medical history;
• perform clinical examination according to presented disease/condition;
• objectivize pacient's subjective experience with a condition;
• explain terminology used in the clinical setting.


Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
• communicate with patients, their relatives, colleagues, other persons involved in the process of health care;
• specify the complaints, medical history, structurally interviewing and recording history data;
• perform components of physical examination – inspection, palpation, percussion, auscultation;
• interpret lung functional testing – spirometry.


1. Evaluate symptoms, reveal interconnections between pathologies.
2. Analyse situations, substantiate, logically formulate and explain their opinion.
3. Evaluate lung functional examination data, relate it to the certain clinical case.
4. Evaluate blood test results, recognise main hematology disorders, attribute to a specific clinical case and general examination data.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2023, Autumn semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Medicine, SSNMFz4Master’sRequiredLilija Ķēniņa, Anhelina Herasymova, Jūlija Černišenko, Arturs Uzars, Dārta Balode, Daria Chub, Eva Moreino, Arta Legzdiņa, Aļona Vikentjeva, Valdis Ģībietis
Planning period:Year 2024, Spring semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Medicine, MF4Master’sRequired
Medicine, SSNMF4Master’sRequiredDaria Chub