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I was lucky enough to train under famoust professors.

Gertruda
Language: English
Country: Lithuania
Typology: health care professionals
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After my my general medical training in Vilnius University I initially trained as a neurologist . I was lucky enough to train under famoust professors. After four years of training, including completion of my MD degree (A study of the effect of hyperbaric oxygen on chronic multiple sclerosis: University ), I became interested in neurological rehabilitation. Unfortunately at that time there was no training at all in neurological rehabilitation and scarcely any interest in the subject. Thus, I diverted into the pharmaceutical industry as a clinical research physician in neurology working on antidepressant and anti-epileptic medication. In early 1986 I was reading the Medical Journal one day and noticed an advertisement for the first training post in neurological rehabilitation based with professor Jablonskis in Vilnius University. I was lucky enough to be appointed to this job, which then led to a senior lectureship in neurological rehabilitation at the University of Vilnius. This enabled me to complete dual training and in 1994 I was accredited in both neurology and rehabilitation medicine. I worked for the next five years as a senior lecturer/consultant neurologist and rehabilitation physician before being appointed to the first of Neurological Rehabilitation in Vilnius University hospital. After my initial appointment in 1994 I was responsible for the formation of the Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Centre at Multiple sclerosis center in Vilnius hospital. This became a nationally and internationally recognised centre of excellence for neurological rehabilitation and for the next years I remained Director of the MS rehabilitation centre. Over the last 17 years or so I have had a number of senior NHS management positions. I was Chief Executive of Rehabilitation which was a NHS organisation bringing together physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, chiropody and clinical psychology staff across Lithuania. Rehabilitation Chief Executive and Medical Director, was responsible not only for rehabilitation and therapy staff but also community services within MS societies, including district nursing, school nursing and the community learning disabilities team. Later I became an executive member in the European MS Platform as a Board of Neurological advicer. This was an innovative organisation, which brought together all the community services as well as psychiatric services in the Europe.


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