We would like to inform you that while the threat of the COVID-19 infection remains, the University, in line with the decisions made by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, has decided to extend the deadline for conducting studies and work remotely via on-line measures until the midnight of 13 April with a possibility to extend this deadline as well if needed.

Restrictions on accessing University’s infrastructure remain the same.

The International Day of Happiness is celebrated worldwide every year on 20 March. The 2020 International Day of Happiness campaign theme is “Happiness For All, Together”. Associate Professor Lina Zabulienė, an endocrinologist at the Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius University, and dietician Edita Saukaitytė-Butvilė would like to share their thoughts on this occasion.

A group of Finnish medical students studying medicine at Vilnius University created a special organisation for Finnish medical students in Lithuania. The current members of the board of the organisation are Nina Luomakoski (chairperson), Jenni Tynkkynen (vice-chairperson), Silja Valkama (secretary), Ida Koivisto (representative for events), and Reetta Pakkanen (fund manager).

His name is José Geraldo de Andrade Neto and he is from sunny Brazil. The first-year student of medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius University has already started his 2nd semester in a very optimistic mood. Even though he is the first male from this exotic country to study at the Faculty, there are a few females from Brazil studying in later courses. They are always ready to help Jose with his not very easy, but as he puts it, absolutely interesting, studies. He feels happy being a part of a large academic community: “I chose Vilnius University because of its significant reputation abroad and because of its openness to students from all over the world”.

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.

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