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Australian doctors in Sweden?

Experiences of transition to Swedish med system

tim_monna
post 20.Mar.2010, 12:20 AM
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Joined: 22.Feb.2010

Hi all,

I am currently studying medicine in Australia and am planning on moving to Sweden with my partner in a couple of years after finishing my degree and completing an internship here.

I was just wondering if anyone knew any Australian (or NZ, US, Canadian) doctors who have transitioned to the Swedish medical system? I am aware of the obstacles (ie, langugage test, swedish law test, medical knowledge test + supervised training or 18 month internship) but I just wanted to know if there is anyone out there who has gone through it and what their experiences were.

Also, I understand that specialist training programs in Sweden are currently relatively easy (relative to say Australia) for Swedes to get into due to the migration of workers to Norway/Denmark for better pay, however I was wondering if anyone had any experience of whether such programs are generally (informally) reserved for Swedes?

Cheers.
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Puffin
post 20.Mar.2010, 09:29 AM
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Location: Dalarna
Joined: 5.Apr.2006

There was an australian nurse who used to post here who went through the language training programme for non EU healthcare staff which takes 12-18 months if you are a beginner
http://www.thelocal.se/discuss/index.php?s...c=16700&hl=
http://www.thelocal.se/discuss/index.php?s...c=13778&hl=
The course includes some study visits and work experience in hospitals

You can check out the licening requirements from the National Board of Health and Welfare website
http://www.socialstyrelsen.se/english/appl...rcountries.aspx

Specialist training programmes are relatively easy to get into in Sweden but it does vary a little between speciality and location - some specilities have high demand whereas others have low demand so it would depend a little. Sometimes it is easier to get a placement for specialist training outside of the major cities - many Swedes find it more difficult to move owing to being 2 income households.
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tim_monna
post 20.Mar.2010, 12:26 PM
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Joined: 22.Feb.2010

Cheers, thanks for the reply appreciated.
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