Specific training in general medical practice

Specific training in general medical practice is required to practise medicine within the health insurance system in EU countries other than Finland (Act No 312/2011).

Specific training in general medical practice is based on the EU Directive on Professional Qualifications as well as Finnish legislation on health care professionals (Act No 1355/2014, Decree No A56/2015).

Specific training in general medical practice is required to practise medicine within the health insurance system in EU countries other than Finland.

Specific training in general medical practice is not required to work as a physician or independent practitioner in Finland. 

Doctors must register for the training at the university at which they completed their Licentiate of Medicine degree. The training can be completed in two years. If the Licentiate of Medicine degree was completed outside Finland, the specific training can be completed in three years. To commence and complete the training, the physician must hold the right to practise medicine in Finland.

Students themselves must ensure that they have the language skills needed to complete the training. The Faculty of Medicine recommends that those who have completed an undergraduate medical degree outside Finland have at least satisfactory skills in Finnish or Swedish. Recommended language certificates include the National Certificate of Language Proficiency (level 3) provided by the Finnish National Board of Education or the Civil Service Language Proficiency Certificate (grade: satisfactory). Other appropriate means of demonstrating language skills include a course in Finnish (skills level 6–9) completed at the Helsinki Summer University or a Finnish matriculation examination completed in Finnish or Swedish.

At the registration stage, students must carefully read the instructions for completing specific training in general medical practice, approved by the Faculty of Medicine’s Faculty Council on 25 August 2015. The instructions contain detailed requirements on the content of the training as well as the principles for approving periods of practical service and other studies.

Regulations on specific training in general medical practice

Registration

To register, the form below as well as the basic details form must be completed.

Electronic form

The form is open only in the application period.

The next application time are:

Look at finnish website: https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/laaketieteellinen-tiedekunta/ammatillinen-jatkokoulutus/yleislaaketieteen-erityiskoulutus