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About Study Course

Credit points / ECTS:6 / 9
Course supervisor:Jānis Vilmanis
Study type:Full time
Course level:Master's
Target audience:Medicine
Language:English, Latvian
Branch of science:Clinical Medicine; Surgery


To master practical skills in examination and treatment, pre-operative and post-operative care of surgical patients, as well as to master the diagnostic methods, tools and equipment, practical skills used in surgery, when performing diagnostic and therapeutic manipulations, as well as practical application of therapeutic methods (surgeries) to patients of surgical profile.


Study courses Introduction to Surgery, Surgical Diseases I, Surgical Diseases II.

Learning outcomes


• To understand and analyse clinical, laboratory and radiological methods of examination of surgical patients.
• To know the principles of provision of emergency assistance in surgical situations.
• To recognise symptoms and know the algorithms of development of surgical diseases – examination and treatment tactics in surgical situations.
• To know aseptic and antiseptic principles in the surgical department, operation theatre and during surgical manipulations.


Should learn the following skills during the placement rotation:
• to perform a physical examination of the patient – visual examination, palpation, percussion, auscultation and derived methods;
• to determine indications for and to perform a transfusion of blood and blood substitutes;
• to perform local anaesthesia;
• to do primary surgical treatment of wounds;
• to make sutures of different types;
• to remove sutures;
• to do bandaging;
• to do surgical treatment of a soft tissue infection (abscess, phlegmon, erysipelas, post-surgical infections);
• to perform a rectal examination;
• to catheterise a urinary bladder of a man and a woman;
• to follow aseptic and antiseptic principles in different clinical placement situations, including washing hands before a surgical and invasive manipulation;
• it is desirable to learn how to perform puncture of the pleural cavity and ascites and to perform palpation of mammary glands.


To use the obtained knowledge for diagnosing surgical diseases and making their differential diagnosis, as well as to know how to perform diagnostic and surgical manipulations.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2023, Autumn semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Medicine, SSNMF11Master’sRequired
Medicine, MF11Master’sRequired
Pediatrics, MFp 11Master’sRequired
Planning period:Year 2024, Spring semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Medicine, MF12Master’sRequired
Medicine, SSNMFz11Master’sRequired