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Duration of studies

Medical education and training are organized into three phases:

  1. Medical school
  2. 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).
  3. 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.

Licensing authority

National Board of Health and Welfare
tel: +46-8-555.530.00
fax: +46-8-555.53420


Areas of specialization

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[last update: March 1, 2010]