Postgraduate Medical Education (PME) Project
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- Duration of studies
- Trainee selection process
- Specialty curriculum authority
- Licensing authority
- Areas of specialization
- Legal references
Duration of studies
Medical education and training are organized into three phases:
- Medical school
- Basic clinical training (general practice): 21 months. This training is compulsory and consists of the following: surgery (6 months), internal medicine (6 months), psychiatry (3 months), and family medicine (6 months).
- Specialist training: 5 years minimum
Trainee selection process
Access to the basic clinical training is direct and compulsory. At the end of this training, the physician’s knowledge is assessed by senior colleagues and tested in a written and practical examination. After successful completion of this program, the physician obtains a license to practice (full registration), which is granted by the National Board of Health and Welfare. Once the license to practice is granted, the physician is entitled to apply for a post to start specialist training. There is strong competition for specialist training posts.
Specialty curriculum authority
The National Board of Health and Welfare is the specialty curriculum authority that grants physicians their formal certification as specialists. The National Board of Health and Welfare receives assistance from various specialist societies (within the Swedish Medical Association and the Swedish Society of Medicine) in establishing the official descriptions and content of the specialties.
The Swedish Medical Association, in cooperation with the Swedish Society of Medicine, runs a program to review and evaluate the quality of training in different departments. Participation is voluntary.
National Board of Health and Welfare
S - 10630 STOCKHOLM
Areas of specialization
- Community Medicine (Social Medicine)
- Family Medicine
- Industrial Health (Occupational Health)
- Infectious Diseases
- Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation
- Student Health
- Clinical Laboratory Specialties:
- Clinical Chemistry
- Clinical Cytology
- Clinical Immunology
- Clinical Genetics (Medical Genetics)
- Clinical Neurophysiology
- Clinical Pathology (Anatomical Pathology)
- Clinical Pharmacology
- Clinical Physiology
- Clinical Virology
- Coagulations & Bleeding Disorders
- Forensic Medicine
- Transfusions Medicine
- Internal Medicine Specialties:
- Internal Medicine
- Occupational and Environmental Medicine
- Renal Medicine (Nephrology)
- Respiratory Medicine
- Paediatric Specialties:
- Child & Adolescent Allergology
- Child & Adolescent Cardiology
- Child & Adolescent Neurology
- Psychiatric Specialties:
- Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
- Forensic Psychiatry
- Radiological Specialties:
- Child & Adolescent Radiology
- Diagnostic Radiology
- Surgical Specialties:
- Anaesthetics, including Intensive Care
- General Surgery
- Gynaecological Oncology
- Hand Surgery
- Neurological Surgery
- Obstetrics & Gynaecology
- Paedriatics Surgery
- Plastic Surgery
- Thoracic Surgery
- The Ordinance on Competence to pursue a Profession within Health and Medical Services (1984:545). (SFS) 1993:1662.
- The Ordinance (1984:542). (SFS) 1992:1562.
- The Ordinance (SFS) 1993:1646.
- The Ordinance (1993:100), (SFS) 1993: 1400.
- The Ordinance (SFS) 1993:1651.
- The Ordinance (SOSFS) 1994:12.