The University of Latvia MF was established on September 28, 1919, for the preparation of doctors, but was dissolved in the Soviet era. The UL MF was renewed on December 29, 1997, but it was officially opened on September 4, 1998. 2008/2009 In the academic year, 851 students, including foreigners, were studying at the UL MF. Each year, the number of students in the faculty has grown steadily, and at present, approximately 200 young students are enrolled in the UL MF. The faculty has a total of 122 teaching staff, of which 3 are the actual members of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, 7 corresponding members, 13 professors, 18 associate professors, 21 associate professors, 6 visiting professors, 5 private docents etc.
The LU MF can be studied in the following accredited study programs: the higher professional study program in medicine, bachelor’s and master’s programs in nursing, pharmacy bachelor’s and master’s programs, and a series of doctoral programs. All programs are very up-to-date, based on the latest scientific advances and Scandinavian experience. The study process is democratic and open, it is based on the principle that a student is a student center. In addition to the compulsory study courses, the LU MF offers the widest opportunities within the framework of Part C to study courses that are not directly related to the specialty to be acquired, but will be useful for future professional activities such as foreign languages, psychology, economics and legal subjects.
An integral and essential part of the study is practical classes and practice, which begin already in the 3rd year of study. LU MF students practice in Riga’s leading clinics and medical institutions.
The Faculty of Medicine was established on 28 September 1919 for the preparation of doctors, the first stage of its operation in the UL lasted until 1950, when it was liquidated in the Soviet times. The University of Latvia MF gave a unique opportunity for the first time in the history of Latvia to receive medical education at a national higher education institution at home. A modern educational and research base was created for the development of medical science disciplines and study subjects. The first faculty faculty staff recruited from Terbatas, also from Moscow, Peterburg, students from other institutions of the former Russian Empire, but in some cases they were invited from Sweden, Austria and even the US universities. The first twenty years involved the formation, stabilization and development of the faculty, and ended with the replacement of the first generation. From the years 1920 to 1950, 2863 graduates graduated from the MF, including 2,208 doctors, 752 dentists and dentists, and 53 chemist’s pharmacists. Of them, later, 37 became professors in Latvia, while 24 were abroad (USA, Germany, Canada, Venezuela, Israel, Russia, Brazil).
After several unsuccessful attempts to achieve the dissolution of the Faculty of Medicine and the establishment of a loyal body for the Soviet regime, on June 10, 1950, the order of the Council of Ministers of the USSR on the establishment of the Riga Medical Institute on the basis of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Latvia was issued.
In the academic community and in the medical community, the idea of returning a medical school to the University of Latvia was becoming increasingly realistic. Substantial changes in higher medical education began, breaking up and worsening internal contradictions in the Latvian Academy of Medicine. Democratically-minded and freethinking academic staff gathered around their admirers and on October 22, 1997, they came to the first meeting of the initiative group, which was decided on the restoration of the UL MF. UL MF was renewed on December 29, 1997, but it was officially opened on September 4, 1998, in the Great Hall of the University of Latvia.
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