InstructorHelena Vackelin
TypeOnsite Course
PlaceStockholm, Sweden
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Residency in Rehabilitation

Application deadline: XXXX, 2017
When: Preparatory program starts in January 2018,
Residency program starts January 2020
Where: Stockholm, Sweden

Swedish HealthCare Academy provides residency training programs in medicine. 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 physiotherapy and rehabilitation encompasses in-depth knowledge and skills in investigating patients with considerable functional impairments and in leading, coordinating, and implementing qualified rehabilitation activities based on a bio-psycho-social approach. The point of departure for both investigation and rehabilitation measures is a holistic approach including an analysis of function, capabilities and participation, taking into consideration both personal factors and factors affecting the patient’s surroundings. The general term rehabilitation stands for complex, up-to-date, coordinated activities of the medical, psychological, pedagogical and social type. The aim is to eliminate, reduce or compensate for serious impairments to function and activity ability caused by illnesses and injuries.

Training structure

Residency doctors in physiotherapy and rehabilitation should initially be trained in interdisciplinary team work in a specialised rehabilitation unit. The objective is that residency doctors will eventually be able to lead their teams in the evaluation, prioritisation and planning of rehabilitation activities. This also includes training in the keeping of documentation and also in various forms of contacts with other rehabilitation partners inside and outside the medical care system.

When basic knowledge of the primary areas in the specialty of neurological and pain rehabilitation has been acquired, it is suitable that the residency doctors begin their in-service training through clinical service primarily within internal medical, psychiatric and neurological operations. Suitable areas for other service or auscultation could include adult habilitation, orthopaedics, rheumatology, neurophysiology, neurosurgery plus occupational and environmental medicine. Specialist training should be concluded with a period in which the residency doctors are given the opportunity to independently lead a rehabilitation team. It is important that residency doctors are given the opportunity to participate in courses within the primary areas of the specialty as an integrated element of their specialist medical training. In addition, residency doctors should participate in further training both internally at the clinics and externally throughout their entire period of specialist training, as well as being allocated time for knowledge acquisition and in-depth study of the literature.

In consultation with their mentors, residency doctors should also carry out an in-dependent development or exploration project, as well as being afforded the opportunity to instruct patients and their next of kin, as well as co-workers, under supervision.

Read the complete guidelines for specialist training in rehabilitation (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: August 2017
Interviews: September – October 2017
Letters of Acceptance: October – November 2017
Acceptance confirmation deadline: 14 days after send date for Letter of Acceptance
Preparatory program start: January 2018 

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 XXXX, 2017.

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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Residency in Rehabilitation