Finnish universities employ an electronic management system (KOPI) for theoretical training. KOPI is a database jointly managed by the University of Helsinki, the University of Eastern Finland, the University of Oulu, Tampere University, and the University of Turku.
Training providers use the KOPI database to apply for the approval of field-specific training sessions. Training sessions are approved at the university under whose remit the training is organised. A link to the training approval application form is available at the bottom of this page.
Search for approved courses in the KOPI system (in Finnish)
Training providers must carefully read the following instructions before completing the application form.
Requirements pertaining to training providers, content and duration
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many local, national and international training sessions have either been cancelled or transferred online. This has caused problems for specialists close to graduation.
Verification of attendance has emerged as a central question. As an example of traditional conferences, the Finnish Medical Convention delivers certificates to attendees who have verified their entrance to the teaching facility using a barcode reader, and who submit a feedback form. From among international conferences, AMEE sends a certificate to all who have paid the registration fee. The maximum number of acceptable training hours for one conference day is six (6) hours (definition by Duodecim).
On 24 November 2020, the University of Helsinki’s steering group for specialist training in medicine and dentistry approved a proposal by a working group appointed by it on the approval of virtual training sessions and their recordings as theoretical training in specialist training in medicine and dentistry on the basis of international practices:
Recommendation: The same number of hours can be recognised for virtual training sessions and conferences as traditional ones. When making the decision, the party or person responsible for the training will assess whether the criteria for adult education set by the EACMME are met. When approving completed hours retroactively, the party or person responsible for the training can, at their discretion, request a summary from the specialising doctor on whether they achieved their personal learning outcomes and how the training session affected their practices.
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