Specialist Medical and Dental Training Programs

Specialist Medical Training

 

The quality of healthcare in Sweden is consistently top-ranked internationally. Skåne University Hospital in Lund/Malmö is among the largest university hospitals in Sweden, offering unique expertise in tertiary healthcare, medical training, and frontline research. Specialists are mainly sourced from the Swedish specialist medical training program regulated by the National Board of Health and Welfare. The program offered to international doctors follows the guidelines for the equivalent training of Swedish doctors – a high quality educational program with high demands on the individual. Only excellent performance, achieved goals and completed studies grant a certification of specialization.

The specialist medical training program in Sweden follows the directives set by the National Board of Health and Welfare, with the purpose of building strong quality assurance towards patients and the public in general when trusting a doctor with a specialist title.

Each specialty qualification requires completion of a 5-year-minimum individually defined program which includes hands-on clinical training and external medical courses in a goal-oriented program. Participation in research and quality development work as well as independent scientific work is an integral part of the individual’s development towards certification.

The goals set for each educational planlist the skills and approaches that the specialist training doctor has to develop during the training period. They are also designed to ensure proficiency in how they are expected to express themselves once they have attained their professional status as specialist medical doctor. Goals can be grouped into two overall categories:

  1. Speciality-specific goals indicating the skills and medical approaches needed to be able to conduct tasks independently within the chosen specialisation.
  2. Cross-sectional goals mandatory for all specialisations, e.g. leadership and communication, quality and patient safety assurance, palliative care and disease prevention.

Evaluation of the candidate’s clinical skills development to set goals is done continuously throughout the program by the head of department and the candidate’s supervisor. Progress to each individual goal is formally tested through active daily work in clinical settings, through certifications from external courses as well as practical examinations. Once fulfilment of all goals has been documented, the candidate may request that a certificate for completion of specialist medical training be issued from Skåne University Hospital and the National Board of Health and Welfare.

Because of the program’s unique focus on goal fulfilment, it is not specified how long it takes to achieve a specific interim goal or to complete the full program. However, the fulfilment of goals requires a minimum of five (5) years training. By completing the specialist medical training program in Sweden, doctors obtain a diverse and multi-faceted foundation of theoretical knowledge, practical skills and management skills.

 

Specialist Dental Training

 

Sweden is a world leader in dental health. For example, 65% of Swedish 12-year-olds have never had any cavities in their teeth and Sweden exceeds the WHO goal of having 20 natural teeth at the age of 80 years old. International dentists can gain their specialist qualification in Sweden through Skåne Care’s specialist dental training program, which is provided by the Swedish public dental health organization Folktandvården. Folktandvården Skåne is among the largest public dental care providers in Sweden, offering unique expertise in oral health service, specialist training, and clinical research. The program offered to international dentists follows the guidelines for the equivalent training of Swedish dentists – a high quality educational program with high demands on the individual. Only excellent performance, achieved goals and completed studies grant a certification of specialization.

The specialist dental training program in Sweden follows the directives set by the National Board of Health and Welfare, with the purpose of building strong quality assurance towards patients and the general public when they put their trust in a dentist with a specialist title.

Each specialty qualification requires completion of an individually defined program over a minimum of three years, which includes hands-on clinical training and external dental courses in a goal-oriented program. Participation in research and quality development work as well as independent scientific work is an integral part of the individual’s development towards certification.

Departments must fulfil three formal conditions in order to be authorized for delivery of specialist training, to ensure that program delivery maintains the highest standards:

  • A study director, also a specialist dentist, is responsible for the design and progression of each individual curriculum following the regulations of the National Board of Health and Welfare.
  • Supervisors formally qualified for supervision of dentists in specialist training.
  • Qualified employees who can provide the necessary instructions on activity-specific techniques and approaches.

Specialist dental units are responsible for quality assurance through systematic inspection and evaluation of patient safety, educational conditions, work conditions etc. In addition, an external party without economic and administrative connections to the respective clinic/department will perform inspections to ensure that requirements are fulfilled, and a high-quality standard is guaranteed.

The goals set for each educational plan list the skills and approaches that the specialist training dentist has to develop during the training period. They are also designed to ensure proficiency in how they are expected to express themselves once they have attained their professional status as a specialist dentist. Goals can be grouped into two overall categories:

  1. Specialty-specific goals indicating the skills and dental care approaches needed to be able to conduct tasks independently within the chosen specialisation.
  2. Cross-sectional goals mandatory for all specialisations, e.g. leadership and communication, quality and patient safety assurance, and disease prevention.

The head of clinic and the candidate’s supervisor continuously evaluate the candidate’s clinical skills development to predetermined goals throughout the program.

Progress to each individual goal is formally tested through active daily work in clinical settings, through certifications from external courses as well as practical examinations. Once fulfilment of all goals has been documented, the candidate may request that a certificate for completion of specialist dental training be issued from Folktandvården and the National Board of Health and Welfare.

Because of the program’s unique focus on goal fulfilment, it is not specified how long it takes to achieve a specific interim goal or to complete the full program. However, the fulfilment of goals requires a minimum of three (3) years training. As it is a requirement to communicate fluently in Swedish to interact with patients, the candidates have 12-18 months with intensive Swedish language training. This means that the complete program lasts a minimum of four (4) years in total. By completing the specialist dental training program in Sweden, dentists obtain a diverse and multi-faceted foundation of theoretical knowledge, practical skills and management skills.

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