RSU launches first military medicine course

Oct 20, 2023

This academic year, Rīga Stradiņš University has started integrating a course called Military Medicine Fundamentals into the Medicine study program. This is not only the first military medicine course in the history of higher education in Latvia, but RSU is also the first university in the Baltic States to integrate this type of content into its curriculum.

The course has been developed in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia and the National Armed Forces. Today, the course was launched officially in a ceremony attended by stakeholders and industry representatives. The event was also graced by the presence of US Ambassador to Latvia Christopher Robinson and representatives of the United States Army Europe and Africa.

"Today we are placing an invaluable opportunity to prepare for very specific future scenarios. The Military Medicine course will be taught to all RSU medical students in their fourth year of studies.

In the future, all medical practitioners will have the knowledge of how to save lives in emergency situations – this includes possible natural or technogenic disasters as well as military conflict," explained RSU Rector Prof. Aigars Pētersons.

The study course is implemented by the team of RSU Military Medicine lecturers who provide theoretical knowledge acquisition and assessment, while the acquisition, development, and assessment of basic military medicine skills is carried out at the RSU Medical Education Technology Centre (METC).


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