InstructorNils Persson
TypeOnsite Course
PlaceStockholm, Sweden
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Residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology

Application deadline: April 30, 2022
When: Preparatory program starts in September 2022,
Residency program starts September 2023
Where: Stockholm, Sweden

Swedish HealthCare Academy provides residency training programs in Obstetrics & Gynecology. The training period is normally five years for physicians, leading to a certificate of Specialist Qualification issued by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare. The physicians will undergo specialist training in Sweden, in order to return and work in their home countries. The residency training is carried out under excellent academic and clinical guidance at Swedish university hospital clinics. In terms of content and quality, the training complies with Swedish standards. Learning the Swedish language is a requirement for all specialist training programs in Sweden.

Who can apply

To apply for specialist training, you need to fill the following requirements:

  • Medical doctor with a professional degree from a recognized medical school
  • Registered as a medical practitioner in your home country
  • Have a minimum two years working experience as a medical practitioner

About the Specialty

The specialty of geriatrics covers knowledge and skills in independently being able to investigate, diagnose, treat, and follow up acute and chronic conditions in the elderly, as well as knowledge of normal aging and its consequences for functional ability and vulnerability. Geriatrics also means observing several simultaneous illnesses and impairments, as well as assessing the gains from treatment from an individual perspective.

Geriatric health care aims at minimizing the limitations in the ability to stay active that arise as a consequence of illness and aging. Geriatrics implies a focus on the patient’s entire situation: medical, functional, psychological, and social. Work on a team with coordination of efforts between various occupational groups is necessary in order to meet the elderly patient’s complex needs. The area of competence is further characterised by an interprofessional approach where co-ordination of efforts among various forms of health care and responsible authorities is required. This presupposes knowledge of the organisation and operating methods of health care services.

Training structure

The main part of the training in geriatrics is through service within the doctor’s own specialty. Simultaneous additional training covers service within internal medicine and psychiatry and, beyond that, service within one or several other areas of competence.

Theoretical training will involve courses, professional assemblies and literature studies. During the introductory part of the service, resident doctors should obtain theoretical training in gerontology and common medical conditions among the elderly. Continued theoretical training should be adjusted to clinical service as regards time and content.

To acquire a scientific outlook and approach, it is of great importance that resident doctors carry out project work. For this work, resident doctors should have the opportunity to choose a scientifically qualified mentor at a university clinic.

The clinical service should be begun at a geriatrics unit with a focus on general geriatrics. The service should provide experience in stroke and fracture rehabilitation, palliative care, cognitive dysfunction, and acute and chronic medical conditions within general geriatrics. Service at individual residences and in other forms of outpatient care should be included in the training.

Simultaneous additional training aims at giving resident doctors the necessary knowledge of common conditions in the geriatric patient, but which are mainly handled within other units. During simultaneous additional training in an internal medicine unit, it is suitable for resident doctors to immerse themselves in the medical conditions that are common for the elderly within cardiology, respiratory medicine, stroke, renal medicine, endocrinology, and gastroenterology. Service in an emergency clinic is also important. Simultaneous additional training within psychiatry should include general geriatric psychiatry and cognitive disorders, if they cannot be supplied within the main part of training.

Read the complete guidelines for specialist training in geriatrics (from the National Board of Health and Welfare).


  • Language: Swedish required
  • Preparatory program: 2 years
  • Preparatory program includes Swedish language training, including medical Swedish, assistance with application for Swedish medical license, support to fulfill remaining requirements such as register for required courses and tests, prepare for proficiency test, and organise clinical training.
  • Residency program: 5 years
  • Residency program includes theoretical courses, literature studies and scientific project work, as well as clinical training, treating Swedish patients under the guidance of mentors


Upon successful completion of the residency program, the doctor will receive a certificate of Specialist Qualification issued by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare. 

Special requirements

Swedish Medical License

Before you start your specialist training in Sweden, it is a requirement to have a Swedish medical license from the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare. For medical doctors educated outside the EU/EEA, the requirements for obtaining a Swedish Medical license are:

  • Have your education assessed
  • Learn Swedish language
  • Pass a proficiency test
  • Pass a course in Swedish laws and regulations
  • Undergo 6 months clinical training

Read more about the requirements on the website of the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare

Preparatory program

The preparatory program is a two year program that guides you through each step in the process of obtaining a Swedish medical license. Mainly the program consists of intensive language studies to teach you Swedish, but it also provides support to fulfill the remaining requirements to obtain a Swedish medical license. This is a unique and intensive program – designed by Swedish HealthCare – to help international doctors prepare for specialist training in Sweden.

The two year preparatory program includes:

  1. Swedish language course – intensive Swedish language training up to level C1 (CEFR) required by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare
  2. Medical Swedish – additional language training in medical Swedish
  3. Proficiency test – help to prepare for the required proficiency test
  4. Course in Swedish Laws and Regulations – help to register for required course covering Swedish laws and regulations in the Swedish healthcare system
  5. Clinical training – help to organise your required 6 months clinical training
  6. Application process for medical license – assistance in the application process for Swedish medical license, contact and follow-up with the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare

The preparatory program is an intensive and fast paced program which requires high commitment and dedicated full time studies from its participants. The program is designed for motivated international doctors who want to obtain a Swedish medical license in two years. 


This education is exclusively offered as a commissioned education and will be regulated via an agreement between the clinic and the employer/sponsor of the student. 

English test

Doctors applying for residency program must demonstrate their English abilities through an internationally recognized English test. Accepted tests are IELTS Academic and TOEFL. After you have taken the test, request that the testing organisation send your test results directly to Swedish HealthCare (do not send any test results yourself):

IELTS: request IELTS to send your test report form (TRF) to Swedish HealthCare.
TOEFL: request ETS to send your official score report to Swedish HealthCare (code Sweden B411).

Test scores are valid for two years if you have already taken a test. 

Selection process

Invitations for interviews: April 2022
Interviews: April – May 2022
Letters of Acceptance: May – June 2022
Acceptance confirmation deadline: 14 days after send date for Letter of Acceptance
Preparatory program start: September 2022

Student & relocation services

Doctors accepted to residency programs in Sweden will receive assistance from Swedish HealthCare Academy with relocation services. Swedish HealthCare will assist the doctor – and any accompanying family members – to relocate to Sweden. Services include help finding suitable accommodation, help to register with local authorities, applying for personal identification number, open bank accounts, help with placing children in daycare/schools etc.

Swedish HealthCare Academy will assist the doctor in contacts with Swedish authorities, such as prolongation of visas for the doctor and family, and application for specials authorization to the National Board of Health and Welfare. We will also administer all financial issues related to the residency training in Sweden, and communicate regular follow-ups of academic and clinical learning to program partners. Swedish HealthCare Academy provides help and support to the doctor and their family throughout the family’s stay in Sweden. 

How to apply

Apply to the residency program by filling out this application form. (The PDF form works in most browsers. For Firefox, you may need to change the PDF viewer to Adobe Reader, to be able to fill out the form.)

You will need the following documents, in addition to this application form, to complete your application:

  1. Updated CV (including educational and employment periods) in English
  2. Personal letter (including goals and ambitions) in English
  3. Transcript copy in English
  4. Copy of graduation certificate in English
  5. Document in English to verify the full financing of your residency, issued by your sponsor
  6. Two reference letters in English
  7. Copy of valid passport
  8. English test results: TOEFL or IELTS Academic

Send your application form together with all required documents to Application deadline is April 30, 2022

If you have any questions related to the preparatory or residency program, please contact us by e-mail: or telephone: +46 705 127 816.

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