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Although preserving life is a central goal of medicine, in the end, death is an unavoidable outcome. Exposure to death and dying had a strong influence on the present life. (Sinclair S., 2011). Palliative care is a holistic approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual (World Health Organisation, 2018).On the other hand interventions are sometimes delivered in a fragmented patteren, i. e. only component of palliative care (e.g. pain medication, home parenteral nutrition, home oxygen, psychotherapy, social work, bereavement support, respite care, physical exercise, assistance with living wills …) are conducted with some populations. This fragmentation also indicates the necessity for palliative care to be fully coordinated and integrated into healthcare delivery within every setting.(Murray et al., 2015).

Students and lecturers of the Pharmacy Programme of the Faculty of Medicine at Vilnius University had an opportunity to attend lectures on interprofessional communication and to participate in a conference about immunisation with a special overview of a pharmacist’s communication with members of the public. The lectures and conference were presented by Afonso Miguel Neves Cavaco, an associate professor from the Department of Social Pharmacy of the Faculty of Pharmacy of Lisbon University in Portugal.

In the early days of the year 2020, a delegation of Vilnius University visited Tel Aviv, Israel. During the visit, members of the group participated in the International Study Fair, met with executives of partner company MD International and conducted motivational interviews with prospective students. Keep reading for more details.

Ortal Berger, born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, who graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Vilnius University (VU) this year with the average of 9.3, does not hide the joy of having two passports, one of which is Lithuanian. He is the first Israeli student from his course, a country who was the only one to pass a license exam in Israel his home country and obtain a license to practice medicine.

For the first time in the history of the Faculty of Medicine about 15 foreign students established an International Students’ Representative (ISR) Group. It became a part of the important organization of Vilnius University – The Students’ Representative at Vilnius University, and its group of the Faculty of Medicine (VU SA MF).

PLOS One is a well-known, peer-reviewed open access scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science since 2006. The journal covers primary research from any discipline within science and medicine. The Faculty of Medicine, together with PLOS One, congratulates Vaidutis Kučinskas, a professor at Vilnius University, on the news, that his paper on the topic of pharmacogenomics is among the 10 percent most cited in this journal.

A delegation from Belarus: Volha Marshalka (Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus, Head of Human Resources and Education Policy department), Anatol Shchastny (Vitebsk State Medical University, Rector), Viktor Snezhitskiy, (Grodno State Medical University, Rector), Maryna Surmach (Grodno State Medical University, Head of Public Health department) and Andrei Famenka (WHO Country Office in Belarus, Project coordinator) came to the Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius University for the first time in order to strengthen cooperation between Lithuania and Belarus in the field of health science. This official visit was organized on behalf of the Institute of Health Science of the Faculty of Medicine at Vilnius University (coordinator – Natalja Fatkulina, PhD, Professor) and WHO County office in Belarus.

On 24–27 September, an international multidimensional event presenting the opportunities offered by Lithuanian institutions of higher education, in particular Vilnius University, was held at Karaganda Medical University in Kazakhstan. This meeting was a part of an EU-funded project to promote study opportunities in Lithuania. The events were actively attended by students and researchers from Karaganda State A.E. Buketov University, Karaganda Technical University, and Karaganda Medical University.

Chimamkpa Udochukwu Ibe, a young Nigerian currently living in Germany, feels proud to have been a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius University in 2018. He enjoyed his studies at the one of the oldest, highly valuable and respected Universities in Europe: “I am sure, that my beloved High School is among the top universities in the world. And this year Vilnius University is celebrating its 440th anniversary. What a great University! I came here, to Vilnius again in order to say: Congratulations my dear ALMA MATER!”.

On the 3rd of September of this year, the community of the Faculty of Medicine at Vilnius University (VU) gathered to spend the early evening together, say “hello” after the summer holidays and meet new members of the community. Although the weather that day was gloomy and rainy, it brightened up unexpectedly when the event started - the nature gave the medics a cozy afternoon.

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,

My name is Yu from dentistry group. As nervous as I am standing here right now and luckily I didn’t forget my beta blocker. I am so proud to be sharing some words with you all.

It is my honour, to stand before you today in this majestic setting and on this auspicious occasion, to share our happiness in becoming the class of 2019 in graduating from Vilnius University Medical Faculty.

Students, PhD students, tutors, researchers, professionals of different specialties of medicine and public health from the Faculty of Medicine at Vilnius University participated in the lecture titled “Adolescence: The beginning of the end”, led by a very famous professor of Loughborough University (UK) Noel Cameron, the best student of the father of international modern auxology James Mourilyan Tanner (UK). He came here at the invitation of a professor at Vilnius University, the head of the Department of Anatomy, Histology and Anthropology, and the chair of the Doctoral Committee for PhD studies in Medicine at Vilnius University, prof. dr. Janina Tutkuviene.

Lecturers at the Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius University participated in medical education training sessions led by an international expert from the USA, Prof Dr Nutan Vaidya, the senior associate dean for the Academic Learning Environment at the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and a professor of psychiatry and behavioural sciences.

20th of March is the International Day of Happiness. United Nations’ General Assembly resolution, published in 2012, notes that one of the inherent human rights is the right to be happy. So a natural question arises - what does it mean to be happy? What makes us feel happy? Is there a universal recipe for happiness?

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