My interest in rheumatology dates back to my student years. In 1981, I completed a six-year study course in the Faculty of Medicine of the Medical University of Gdańsk. After graduation, I completed a 12-month internship at different departments of the Medical University of Gdańsk while simultaneously working at the Outpatient Clinic and Hospital of the Gdańsk Shipyard.
Striving to provide care to patients with rheumatic diseases, I had to complete a specialty in internal medicine. My pursuit of this started when I began working at the Railway Hospital in Tczew a year after the completion of my postgraduate internship. As one of the hospital physicians was a rheumatologist, I had the opportunity to be involved in the treatment of patients with rheumatic diseases from the very start.
I then moved to Grudziądz, where I collaborated with another rheumatologist at the Internal Medicine Department of the Municipal Hospital. In those years, most Polish patients with rheumatic diseases were diagnosed and treated at internal medicine departments. In 1985, I passed my first specialty examination and pursued a specialty in rheumatology at the current Nicolaus Copernicus University Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz. My specialty internships were at the Rheumatology Clinic in Bydgoszcz and the Institute of Rheumatology in Warsaw.