Theoretical training

The University of Helsinki uses an electronic system to manage theoretical training activities. Course applications (applications for specialist credits) are also made via the system. See the link below.

Course applications

  • Applications for the approval of courses as theoretical training must be submitted before the course begins, preferably at least six weeks before the training (but no later than on the day before it). The processing of applications lasts approximately five to six weeks.
  • Faculties have agreed with each other that course organisers must apply in advance to the training unit responsible for planning and implementing the training for the approval of the course as theoretical training.
  • Fully external organisers must request approval from the closest training unit organising specialist training in the speciality.
  • The training organiser must collect feedback on the training. If requested, the organiser must provide a summary of the feedback (including the number of participants) to the Faculty for assessment purposes.
  • The responsibility for planning the training must be borne by at least a specialist in the field or a medical association. The training can also be accepted as specialist training in other specialities.
  • A course approved by one training unit will be approved as theoretical training in all other training units.
  • Courses and training events should be announced in good time (e.g., in the training calendars of Duodecim and the Finnish Medical Association as well as the Finnish Medical Journal).
  • When applying for hours of administrative training common to all specialities, the option Hallinnollinen koulutus kaikille aloille must be selected on the application form.
  • If the training is in radiation protection and is common to all specialities, the option Säteilysuojelukoulutus must be selected on the form.

The following must be taken into account when completing the application form:

  1. A manufacturer or other corporate enterprise cannot be the sole provider of training. Private companies must plan and organise the training in collaboration with a medical partner such as a university, a clinic or a professional organisation in the speciality. External organisers must report on the nature of the collaboration with medical partners (medical specialist committee, 1 Dec 2009, section 6).
  2. Training should not include talks by sponsors (companies). Such talks will not provide specialist credits.
  3. No brand names or logos should appear in the topic titles or template form of the programme.
  4. All sections of the application form must be completed. A feedback form and a detailed programme must be enclosed with the application. The programme must also indicate the academic or job titles of the lecturers as well as their employers or other affiliations. Any requirements concerning preliminary reading or assignments must be specified. If the course is a large module that includes assignments or an examination, required reading must also be indicated.
  5. Hours must be requested for those specialities to which the training is connected. Training providers should not apply for hours for all specialities if the training actually relates to only some of them.
  6. The training provider must calculate the length of the training (i.e., the hours requested) by deducting any breaks and sponsor activities from the duration of the training. A 45-minute lecture or other teaching equals one hour of teaching.
  7. For online courses, the course website must be specified, and the password with which the coordinators that assess the course log into the system must be provided. The password can be indicated in the field for additional information.
  8. Once a course has been approved as theoretical training, the applicant will be electronically notified of the approved specialities and number of hours. Written decisions will be sent only if specifically requested.
  9. In the case of internal medicine, hours can be requested either for common trunk training in internal medicine or speciality training in internal medicine. Please note that a maximum of 10 hours per training event can be approved for the training in internal medicine (trunk and speciality training). The training must relate to the core fields of internal medicine: endocrinology, gastroenterology, haematology, infectious diseases, cardiology, nephrology, rheumatology or general internal medicine. Common trunk training refers to the training common to all fields of internal medicine; speciality training in (general) internal medicine refers to the three-year specialist section in internal medicine.

Please note that theoretical course-based training accounts for 30–40 hours of common trunk training in internal medicine.  Because the training should be diverse, instruction in a single field of internal medicine (cardiology, infectious diseases, nephrology, endocrinology/nutrition/obesity, rheumatology, haematology, gastroenterology) cannot account for more than 10 hours. Courses not related to these fields of internal medicine can be approved on a case-by-case basis. Please specify whether you are applying for common trunk training or speciality training in internal medicine.

Read the instructions above before completing the form.

Application form

Application for approved courses
Course feedback form

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