Lithuanian medical students' association - LiMSA
|| Lithuanian |
Exchange language - English
| Currency (how much is a Bigmac?)
|| LTL or Lt (Litas) |
A Bigmac costs 7 LTL
| Time zone
|| EET (UTC+2) From the end of March |
to the end of October we use daylight saving time
so in that period we have EEST (UTC+3)
| Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people
|| 4 doctors and 8,1 beds
| Member of IFMSA since...
| Number of incoming students per year
|| Approximately 90 students
| Who is our NEO
|| Viltė Sauliūnaitė |
M: +370 624 20130
| Our official website / Facebook page
|| http://www.limsa.lt/ |
LiMSA is a modern public organization that has been established in 1989. Since 1991, LiMSA has been a member of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), that unites about 1.3 million of medical students all over the world.
IFMSA organization is bringing together and representing medical students from all around the world and is recognized by all international organizations (WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNAIDS, UNFPA), and works together with them.
LiMSA operates in Local Comittees in two Medical schools of Lithuania:
- to unite Lithuanian medical students;
- to inspire medical students to educate their personality, gain ethical and humanistic skills, acquire ultimate professional knowledge in order to become good specialists, active citizens, members of the national and global society.
LiMSA always have a big number of members who works and helps to make the exchange experience as best as it can be for the incoming students.
About the country
Lithuania, officially the Republic of Lithuania (Lithuanian: Lietuvos Respublika) is situated on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea and borders Latvia on the north, Belarus on the east and south, Poland and the Kaliningrad region of Russia on the southwest. Lithuania covers an area of about 65,200 square kilometers. It is a country of gently rolling hills, many forests, rivers, streams, and lakes. The whole west fringe of the country (appr. 100 km) is occupied by the amber coastline with marvelous beaches of white sand.
Lithuania has 3,207,060 million inhabitants. It’s largest cities are Vilnius , which is also the capital of Lithuania, Kaunas and Klaipeda. For administrative purposes, Lithuania's 10 provinces are divided into 44 regions. As well, there are urban districts, towns, and rural administrative units called apylinkes . Each level of local government has its own elected officials.
Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the 13–15th centuries
Lithuania is the only Baltic country with nearly eight hundred years of statehood tradition, while its name was first mentioned almost one thousand years ago, in 1009. Wedged at the dividing line of Western and Eastern civilizations, Lithuania battled dramatically for its independence and survival. Once in the Middle Ages, Lithuania was the largest state in the entire Eastern Europe, where crafts and overseas trade prospered. In the aftermath of World War I, Lithuania's Act of Independence was signed on 16 February 1918, declaring the re-establishment of a sovereign state. Starting in 1940, Lithuania was occupied first by the Soviet Union and then by Nazi Germany. As World War II neared its end in 1944 and the Germans retreated, the Soviet Union reoccupied Lithuania. On 11 March 1990, the year before the break-up of the Soviet Union, Lithuania became the first Soviet republic to declare independence. Nowadays Lithuania is a member of NATO and of the European Union, also Member of the Schengen Agreements since 2007. Present-day Lithuania has one of the fastest growing economies in the European Union.
Lithuania has a climate mid-way between maritime and continental. The weather is changeable, with mild, wet summers and cold winters. Winter temperatures are usually below freezing. Rainfall is spread throughout the year, but more rain tends to fall on the coast. Summer is the wettest season and cloudy skies are common even though the temperature is high.
Health care system
After Lithuania has regained its independence, our medical community has started looking for effective ways to improve the health care system and quality of provided services. Nowadays Lithuania healthcare network is comprised of 169 hospitals – including 30 specialized facilities – 868 medical stations, 26 rehabilitation institutions, 149 primary healthcare institutions, 1489 pharmacies and 432 ambulatory institutes. In 2009 there were 27155 hospital beds. Sixty-seven percent of the total number of hospital beds are concentrated in general hospitals. Within this category, the distribution of beds is as follows: psychiatric care: 52% of beds; tuberculosis: 21% of beds; cancer: 13% of beds; in addition there are specialized hospitals for infectious diseases, and skin and sexually transmitted diseases. One resident visits doctors about 6.9 times over the year.
You will attend your practice in Vilnius Santariskiu Hospital and Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kauno Klinikos (former Kaunas Unversity of Medicine Hospital) - hospital that provides the highest level services and have newest technologies.
We have to universities in Lithuania that provides medical studies - Vilnius University, Faculty of Medicine and Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. You can enter university after the High School that takes 12 years. We have 6 years of general studies which involves one semester of internship in it and then we can choose residency, that takes form 3 to 7 more years.
All necessary information can be found on this website http://www.ifmsa.net/public/ecscope.php?id=1
Places to see in Lithuania
Geographical center of Europe
Located in the lake district of the picturesque landscape, Trakai was the administrative, economic and defensive centre of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania at the beginning of the 14th c. The majestic Gothic castle on an island of Galve Lake, the town’s flower, is the only castle surrounded by water in Eastern and Central Europe. Inside the castle, there is the Trakai Historic Museum where visitors can see some intresting old armament collections as well as other historic exhibits. The remains found on the peninsula keep memory of the second castle located in the region. On the territories of the castles, the Annual Festival of Medieval Fightings is held by warrior clubs every June.
Curonian Spit (Neringa) is a long and narrow sand peninsula that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. This natural wonder, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, still exists today solely due to human efforts to counter the natural erosion process. The Neringa landscape is truly unique, dominated by picturesque sand dunes and pristine beaches. The area has a distinct ethnographic flavour, characterised by wooden fishermen cottages and the local speciality of smoked fish. Those looking for a quiet seaside vacation in picturesque surroundings will most definitely be not disappointed.
The Hill of Crosses
The Hill of Crosses near Siauliai city is the world’s unique historic site where, except for some intervals, people have been continuously building crosses since the 19th c. asking for celestial help or paying back for it. Nowadays, there are over 200,000 crosses that have been counted on the site including fine artifacts by local folk artists as well as plain wooden crosses. At the Hill of Crosses, one can also see pope John Paul’s II cross made by a Lithuanian folk artist and built during the pope’s visit to Lituania in 1993.
Grutas Park - Exhibition of Soviet Culture
At the gate to Grutas Park you will be met by Soviet militiamen and soldiers: you will see them every-where in the park. While looking at the Soviet monuments in the open air, you will feel as if you are in a Siberian concentration camp the territory is surrounded by a moat and a barbed wire fence with watch-towers.
The atmosphere of a Soviet canteen permeates the park cafe: the food is served in metal bowls, while the aluminium cutlery has for some time been an unusual souvenir.
Park of Europe - Geographical Centre of Europe
Europos Parkas was founded in 1991 by Lithuanian sculptor Gintaras Karosas. The exhibition spans an area of 55 hectares and is visited by over 60,000 people annually.
The goal of the museum is to give an artistic significance to the geographic centre (as determined by the French National Geographic Institute in 1989) of the European continent and to present the best of Lithuanian and international modern art achievements. While enjoying the treasured landscape of the park, you will at the same time discover the admirable world of art.
Folk Life Museum
The Open Air Museum of Lithuania in Rumšiškės is an exposition in the open air. The core exhibits of this museum include dwelling houses, farmstead buildings and folk art monuments transferred from all ethnographic regions of Lithuania and reassembled in a 175-ha area, in a beautiful location near the Kaunas Man-made Sea and Praviena rivulet. Some of the buildings were constructed 200 years ago and earlier. They acquaint visitors with the mode of life as well as housing construction and equipment techniques of people during various periods. 140 buildings are exposed as farmsteads and villages while town’s buildings are grouped around a square. The majority of interior expositions display restored household articles and furniture, cloths, kitchen utensils and tools typical to one or other period.
Accommodation and Boarding
Where you stay will depend on the LC to which you are coming to your exchange. Please check the pages of the different LC's for more information.
Social program depends on LC, please check the LC's page for more information.
The biggest cultural difference that sets us apart from the rest of the world is basketball:
“Basketball is the most important thing in Lithuania, more than anything else,” said Maurizio Gherardini, a long-time follower of the international game and now managing director of Canada’s national teams. “Basketball is not only the sport, basketball is life philosophy, it’s religion. They are all basketball people, they know the game, they are all coaches, they are all players, you feel and smell basketball everywhere. So every time you have an international competition, you have thousands of Lithuanians coming, wherever the competition is.
“It’s not just sport . . . it’s a country that found a way to present itself to the rest of the world from it.”
Vilnius arena before the game
Local transport in Lithuania
There are domestic airports at Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanda. There are not many domestic flights.
Side of road: Right
Road quality: There is a good network of roads within the country.
Modern four-lane motorways connect Vilnius with Klaipeda, Kaunas and Panevezys.
Car hire: Available from local and international firms.
Documentation: Most European nationals should be in possession of EU pink format driving licences. Otherwise, a national driving licence is sufficient, if supported by photo-bearing ID.
Getting around towns and cities:
Public transport in urban districts includes buses and trolleybuses, which usually run from 05:00 to 23:00. Minibuses are less crowded but more expensive. Taxis display illuminated Taksi signs and can be hailed in the street, found at taxi ranks or ordered by phone.
Lithuanian Railways (website: www.litrail.lt) provides good connections from Vilnius to Kaunas, Klaipeda and Siauliai.
Local ferries connect Klaipeda and the Curonian Spit. Klaipeda is home to two yacht clubs.
Make sure to bring your ISIC if you are a EU citizen, you will get great discounts on transportation.
Drugs, alcohol and smoking
In Lithuania it is illegal to take any kind of recreational drugs. The legal drinking age is 18 for alcoholic drinks. Note that smoking is not allowed in public places, unless explicitly specified (e.g. some café bars and restaurants have separate areas for smokers).
Cities offered for exchange
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