Letter from the Minister of Health

On Friday 12th of June we received an official letter from the Minister of Health of Slovakia Marek Krajči, who appreciated the initiative of foreign health workers.

In a letter, he informed about the possibility of temporary specialized practice, which he considers a good opportunity to prepare for a specialized exam. He expects that with this change, the number of successful cases of recognition of medical qualifications will increase.

We are preparing an answer to this letter and will be glad to any advice, suggestions from the members of our organization, volunteers of the initiative “Unite to help Slovakia!” and sympathizers.

5 days are left before the start of the Slovak language course for doctors!

Dear doctors, until June 15 inclusive, you still have the opportunity to register at malns.correspondence@gmail.com for a Slovak language course for foreign doctors who are preparing for the qualification exam.

The International Association of Doctors in Slovakia, together with the iCan language school, have developed a preparatory Slovak language course for medical professionals.

The next phase of classes will be held from June 18 to August 8, 2020 and is divided into 4 blocks: pediatrics, internal diseases, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery. In addition to the teacher, each unit will have its own curator, who can be asked additional questions about medicine.

The cost of the entire course is 179 euros, for foreigners with a residence permit/permanent residence there is an opportunity to receive reimbursement of payment of the course from IOM (https://www.mic.iom.sk/en/social-issues/education/493-we-offer-an-opportunity-to-get-a-financial-contribution-for-a-course.html).

At the end of each block, a final lesson will be held on its topic. For those who will not be able to take part in the course, it is possible to enroll in 4 final classes on the course topics
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The cost of one lesson is 25 euros, when paying for four classes at once – 90 euros.

Use your chance to improve your professional knowledge in the Slovak language with this specialized course!

Job offer for doctors in Slovakia

Private clinic in Malacki (a city in the west of Slovakia 35 km from Bratislava) offers a job for doctors in the departments of

  • internal medicine,
  • gynecology,
  • surgery
  • anesthesiology and intensive care.

Employment is possible after the recognition of the diploma, before passing the qualification exam, according to the recently adopted temporary internship for foreign doctors.

The clinic is interested in long-term employment. Salary is discussed with each candidate individually.

If you have already passed the procedure for recognizing your diploma of higher medical education in Slovakia and are interested in this job offer, then send us your resume in the Slovak language and a copy of the decision on recognition of the diploma to malns.correspondence@gmail.com. Knowledge of the Slovak language at the level of B1 and above will be your advantage!

Temporary internship for foreign doctors

On Wednesday, May 13, members of the National Council of the Slovak Republic voted to adopt a number of amendments to the laws of Slovakia. All amendments will come into force after being signed by the president and published in the Collection of Laws.

One of these amendments is a temporary internship (dočasná stáž) for foreign doctors who have undergone nostrification of a diploma but have not yet passed the qualification exam for doctors (doplňujúca skúška). The possibility of internship is introduced in the law only temporarily – while in Slovakia there is a crisis situation in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The possibility of including this internship in Law No. 576/2004 “On healthcare, services related to the provision of medical care”, as a permanent part of the process of recognition of education for foreign doctors, has been discussed and planned for a long time. About a year ago, the introduction of a temporary internship was already voted on by the National Council of the SR, however, it was not approved.

If you are already working in the Slovak health care system at a lower position, then you can use this opportunity to improve working conditions. If you have nostrified a diploma and are expecting a qualification exam, which was moved to October, then this internship may be useful as additional preparation for passing the exam in the form of language practice and familiarization with the healthcare system in Slovakia.

Unfortunately, this amendment cannot be used for nurses and dentists, as well as for those who have not yet gone through the nostrification procedure.

If you want to know more information regarding applying for an internship, then contact us: malns.correspondence@gmail.com.

New date for the medical exam for doctors

Recently, the dates of the medical exam for foreign doctors (doplňujúca skúška) have been updated on the website of the Jessenian School of Medicine in Martin (Comenius University). It says that the exam will be held October 15-16, 2020:

https://www.jfmed.uniba.sk/studium/uznavanie-dokladov-zo-studia-v-zahranici-a-doplnujuca-skuska/pre-ziadatelov-o-doplnujuce-skusky/

Earlier, we requested information from the Jessen Faculty of Medicine in Martin about whether it would be possible for those who did not apply for participation in the exam in the spring of 2020 to additionally submit applications for the exam and by what date. The other day we received a response that applications will be accepted additionally until September 14, 2020.

About how to apply for participation in the exam, we wrote earlier: https://www.malns.sk/prihlasku-na-doplnujucu-skusku-je-potrebne-poslat-do-18-februara-2020/. We hope that the faculty has the necessary resources to accept the increased number of foreign doctors in order to pass the exam in connection with the postponement of its date. At present, 39 general practitioners and 21 dentists have already been registered for the exam.

Continuation of the Slovak course for doctors with the support of IOM

In collaboration with the iCan language school, we opened two groups of the Slovak language for doctors. The first group has already begun to study on April 27 and the second group will begin on May 11. The course was organized free of charge for the doctors of our initiative “Unite to help Slovakia!” thanks to the financing of the slovak charity foundation.

From the 1st of June 2020, the course will continue on a fee basis. Anyone who is studying now or wants to start a Slovak course for doctors will be able to apply for the program from the International Organization for Migration (IOM). IOM Migration Information Centre offers the opportunity to receive a financial contribution for an educational/retraining course for foreigners. More information.

We are ready to advise you when preparing an application and documents for IOM. Write to us!
Or you can contact IOM directly, they are informed about the iCan school and MALnS project “Slovak language course for doctors”: mic@iom.int.

Slovak language for doctors – the second group is open!

We were pleasantly surprised by the interest in both our “Unite to Help Slovakia” initiative and the online Slovak language course for doctors, which we, in cooperation with the iCan language school, offered for free for volunteers of the initiative.

We received many applications, and the number of people wishing and suitable in terms of knowledge of the Slovak language exceeded the number of places in the group, so we decided to make two groups. The first group is staffed and begins classes on Monday, April 27. The second group will begin classes in two weeks, May 11th. There are 5 more free places!

More about the course in this post.

Slovak language for doctors – we start on the 27th of April 2020

A three-week online Slovak language course for doctors with a knowledge of the Slovak language – at least B1 – will start tomorrow 27.04..2020! The course is free for all volunteers of our initiative “Let’s come together to help Slovakia”.

The maximum number of participants in the group is 10. At the moment, there are two more free places left, so if you still want to participate, please contact us. We wrote more about the course last week.

IMPORTANT: the required level of knowledge of the Slovak language for participation is B1!

Unfortunately, not everyone was accepted to the course due to the insufficient level of knowledge of the Slovak language.

For those who want to start learning the Slovak language, we can recommend a free portal: https://www.slovake.eu/ or skype or zoom lessons. All this is available on the Internet, from home.

We work with the iCan language school and you can join an existing group without a bias in medical terminology.

Groups are open with a frequency of classes of 2 academic hours 2 times a week – cost 80 euros per month – 10% discount for MALnS members.

Class schedule (Slovak time), classes are held online:

Elementary (level of knowledge of the language)

A1.2. Tue and Thu 17:00 – 18:30

Elementary advanced

A2.2 Mon and Wed 16:00 – 17:30

Middle

B1.2. Mon and Wed 9:00 – 10:30

B1.2. Mon and Wed 17:00 – 18:30

Intermediate advanced

B2.1. Tue and Thu 18:00 – 19:30

Elementary

A1 opens in May

School contacts

e-mail: ican@icanschool.sk

Тел.:(+421) 905 460 194 (Viber, Telegram)

Skype: icanschool

Postponement of the date of the qualification exam to the autumn of 2020

We have already written that the date of the qualification exam for foreign doctors on March 19-20, 2020 was canceled and to this day, no additional information has been received from the Jessenius Medical Faculty of Comenius University in Martin.

Today, April 17, 2020, all foreign doctors who were registered for the qualification exam in spring this year received a newsletter about the postponement of the exam date. Representatives of the faculty inform that the exam is postponed to the autumn semester, provisionally to October. By decree of the Ministry of Education, the medical faculty in Martin will remain responsible for the examination this autumn; all applications submitted will remain valid.

The letter also says that an official response will be requested from the Ministry of Education, will there be conditions that everyone who successfully passed the written part of the exam in the autumn of 2019 will be able to skip this step and take only the oral part in the autumn of 2020. Confirmation of this information will be announced later.

We want to mention, that this week the Minister of Health Marek Krajčí in an interview with the Slovak Republic News Agency (TASR) has said that the Ministry would do its best to accelerate the processes that will allow doctors from other countries to enter the Slovak health care system. Such contradictory announcements show, unfortunately, the inconsistency of the actions of different ministries.

We, in turn, on behalf of the International Association of doctors in Slovakia will request an official response from the Ministry of Education of Slovakia about how many foreign doctors are registered for the exam and whether additional applications will be accepted and if so, by what date.