This year, the most celebrated event of the Latvian healthcare sector, the Annual Prize in Medicine, will take place the 11th time, and the ceremony will be broadcast on TV3 on 27 March. Olainfarm Group and The Latvian Medical Association (LMA) calls for the public to honour the medical professionals and cast a vote for the best medics of the year in Latvia. The voting will take place online at www.arstubiedriba.lv/gadabalvamedicina from 25 January to 1 March.
“Our medics form one of the cornerstones of the healthcare system and, consequently, are at the foundations of public and individual health. A number of surveys suggest that genuine gratitude is a strong motivator. We are happy to be a part of such an important event and proudly praise the input of our doctors, nurses and other healthcare specialists. Their wellbeing is of utmost importance during the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, I call upon everyone to contribute their “Thank you” by casting a vote and thus expressing the well-deserved appreciation to your favourite specialists,” says Gundars Bērziņš, Chairperson of the Supervisory Council of the JSC Olainfarm.
This year, the Annual Prize in Medicine will be awarded in 14 nominations. Members of the general public can vote for his/her candidate in nine nominations: General Practitioner of the Year; Specialist of the Year; Dentist of the Year; Physician Assistant of the Year; Pharmacist of the Year, Nurse of the Year, Midwife of the Year, Functional Specialist of the Year and Hospital of the Year.
Following the tradition, the Annual Prize in Medicine will be awarded also in the nominations Junior Doctor of the Year, Personality of the Year in Medicine, Event of the Year in Medicine and Annual Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Medicine. The winners in these nominations are chosen by an LMA expert vote. The winners in the nominations Professor of the Year are determined by the vote of medical students of Rīga Stradiņš University and the University of Latvia.
The Annual Prize in Medicine is organised by LMA in collaboration with the Ministry of Healthcare of Latvia, Latvian Junior Doctors Association and Latvian Nurses Association with the participation of the University of Latvia and Rīga Stradiņš University. The general sponsors of the event are the pharmaceutical companies JSC Olainfarm and Grindeks, other supporters include the pharmaceutical company Silvanols, medical companies Veselības centrs 4, MFD Veselības grupa and Centrālā Laboratorija.
About the Annual Prize in Medicine
The Prize was first awarded in 2008, and has gained prominence ever since. Today, it is the most prestigious award in healthcare in Latvia with an increasing public involvement in honouring the best Latvian medics – propositions for the nomination candidates are received even from abroad. Due to the economic crisis of 2008/2009, the Prize was not awarded in 2010, but the tradition was renewed in 2012. Last year, almost nine thousand people took part in the vote, and the Prize was awarded in 14 nominations. The author of the Prize figurine is the metal sculptor Armands Jēkabsons.