Department of Family Medicine
The Department of Family Medicine, which belongs to the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LUHS) Medical Academy, is a scientific and practical base for residents of family medicine. The Department has two modules which are based on theoretical teaching as well as practical training for students from Public Health, Medicine, Nursing and faculty of Odontology.
Residency training programme consists of 16 specialized cycles. The longest cycle is Family Medicine. It lasts approximately 1.5 years and it is divided into several areas of activities. Such as work at the Family Medicine Clinic where residens improve their theoretical knowledge and practical skills, then 3 months - at private clinic, where residents are introduced to work planning, structure and the principles of work, clinical practice. Also 3 months at outpatient department with a big number of patients. 3 months – medical practice at rural area.
Each resident has a residency supervisor - a family doctor who he works with. According to resident‘s skills, knowledge, activity, capability of working with the patients, a certain level of independency will be given. Currently Family Medicine Clinic has several rooms where residents work independently, however, the help and advice will be given by a doctor when it will be necessary.
There are a theoretical course at Family Medicine where residents are introduced to the principals of the research project conduct. One of the obligatory component in the Residency training programme – research project. Literature reading using a critical view, the project‘s planning and conduct in a correct manner, gathered data analysis ad preparation for publication – skills which are essential nowadays in a family doctors practice. And these skills will be gained durring all Residency training programme. The residents of Family Medicine must prepare, conduct, summarize and present their Research Project which has been carried out in primary health care, or publish at least one article in a refereed journal, whithin 3 years of residency
Clinic staff takes part in International research projects, based on a evaluation of the primary health care, also focusing on family medicine capabilities and efficiency:
-FP7-HEALTH-2009-single-stage Euprimecare – „Qality and costs of primary care in Europe“ project No. 241595;
-FP-7 HEALTH-2010-single-stage CERCA „Community-embedded Reproductive health Care for Adolescents“;
- Lithuania - Swiss Cooperation Programme project CH-3-ŠMM-01/07 "Family doctors training in consuling patients about healthy lifestyles"
- LUHS-VDU project TABESORI - Cross-sectoral cooperation in addressing the health problems of social isolated groups in the population.
Primary health care service is beeing provided at the Family medicine Clinic which is located in Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kauno Clinics Department (Eivenių str. 2, Kaunas) and at the Family Medicine Clinic Division (Vytautas Ave. 49, Kaunas) for patients who are registered at the Clinc, however, for non-registered patients the urgent assistance can be provided if needed
If the patients who has an acute medical problems which occurs when family doctor is off-duty, patient will be directed to the emergency room.
The clinic provides prenatal health care, preventive child health care and immunizations. Patient can be consulted by the psychiatrist and psychologist if needed.
There are preventive programs ongoing in the clinic (cervical, prostate and colorectal cancer programs, breast cancer preventive program and cardiovascular disease preventive program)
Durring Family Clinic off-duty hours patients are directed to the Kaunas Hospital emergency department. Durring the weekend and holidays patient may get family doctor‘s on-call consultation by phone.