Swedish HealthCare in partnership with Swedish university hospital clinics administers postgraduate residency training programs in medicine for foreign doctors. The residency training is carried out under excellent academic and clinical guidance and complies with Swedish standards in terms of content and quality. Learning Swedish is a requirement to undergo residency training in Sweden.
The residency training period is normally five years, but first you complete a Preparatory Program – learning Swedish/Medical Swedish and pass a language test (Level C1) as well as taking part in clinical auscultation. The Preparatory Program takes approximately 12-15 months.
To apply for medical residency training, you need to fulfill the following requirements:
Personal interviews for admission will be conducted and are required.
Full proficiency in the Swedish language is a requirement (C1-level) to take part in clinical training in Sweden. This is necessary for a number of reasons:
The process of completing the Preparatory Program takes approximately 15 -18 months (depending on the skills and effort of the candidate).
Residency training is approximately 60 months (5 years).
The content of the postgraduate medical training is equivalent to the Swedish specialist education authorized by the National Board of Health and Welfare. The training is arranged in the same way as for Swedish specialists, involving five years of clinical work (about four years in the specialty concerned and 6-18 months in adjacent specialties).
A limited number of one-week theoretical courses are included. During the education, the doctor will under supervision assist in medical care within the specialist areas covered by the educational plans, in accordance with applicable Swedish laws and regulations. This means that the doctor gradually and in accordance with his/her actual competence will be assigned special tasks. A special supervisor will be appointed. The training program will be designed with regard to the individual needs of the doctor, which may vary according to specialty and the requirements of his home country.