This year, the main theme of International Days was “End of Life Care Education for Health Care Students: Challenges and Opportunities.” In terms of the Discussion (11.05) and the Lecture Day (12.05), participants spoke about palliative care, jointly seeking answers to such complex but crucial questions as: How to talk about death? What to say to the patients and their relatives? How to deal with patient death? As part of the discussion, academic staff members and health care professionals spoke about the current situation in the field of End-of-Life Care, comparing the situation in Latvia and abroad, the place of this topic in health care education, and mutual cooperation possibilities, while, on the Lecture Day, guests and students from different study programmes had the opportunity to hear lectures on such topics as choosing the right painkiller, CPR ethical and legal issues, body-mind connection, virtual environment in patient care, etc.
This year, the International Days brought together more than 300 participants from different universities, hospitals, and other organizations:
Our greatest thanks goes to our wonderful Student Council and its representatives – 1st-year students Jānis Freibergs (“Treatment”) and Valērija Kuzmicka (“Nursing”) for their responsiveness, bright ideas and active involvement in planning and hosting International Days events.
We express our sincere gratitude to all the speakers for their courage and for sharing their knowledge, experience, and research results. We are also thankful to all the listeners for their interest, questions and involvement in the discussion.
We were truly delighted to receive all your kind words and supportive comments! Your feedback shows that we succeeded in implementing our ambitious idea of a widely attended event bringing together enterprising intellectual people from different countries – learners, teaching staff and specialists, with the aim to learn, discuss, share best practices and draw inspiration.