Preparing for the spring exam 2020 to confirm the medical qualifications

In view of the fact that there is no preparatory course in Slovakia for the additional examination to confirm qualifications for foreign doctors, these doctors (general practitioners and dentists) decided to help each other and organized the preparation for the additional exam in spring. These meetings will be held once a week, on Sundays. City: Bratislava.

We are currently looking for Slovak doctors who would be willing to participate in this project as volunteers. If you are such a doctor and you are interested in joining the project or you know a doctor interested, please let us know: You can also contact us if you are a foreign doctor and are interested in participating in the preparation.

Our Association proposes to appoint one university responsible for the qualification exam for doctors

In order for a doctor who has received higher education outside the European Union to be legally able to find a relevant medical position in Slovakia (general practitioner or dentist), he needs to go through the procedure of recognition of the diploma and confirmation of his qualification.

Part of this procedure is the passing of a qualification exam in the Slovak language, consisting of a written (test) and an oral part. The exam is held twice a year, usually in spring and autumn. At present, three Slovak universities have been appointed responsible for the exam: the Slovak Medical University (SZU in Slovak), the Comenius University in Bratislava or Martin (medical faculty) and the Shafarik University in Kosice (medical faculty).The exam is held in turn at each of these universities. The Ministry of Education of Slovakia determines where and when the exam will be held next time and publishes this information on its website on the Internet.

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Procedure for doctors who have more than 10 years of experience

All projects of the Ministry of Health focus on attracting young foreign doctors who can work as students, temporary workers or the least qualified. It would be worth not to humiliate foreign doctors and not only try to attract them to the least tempting positions. We propose to consider a special procedure for doctors who have more than 10 years of experience in the field.

We propose to delegate the recognition of diplomas to medical faculties and colleges

Our proposal is to have the recognition of diplomas delegated to medical faculties and colleges, as is the case in Slovakia, for example for unregulated professions, but in the Czech Republic, it is similar with doctors. The Ministry of Education could be a second-level authority and be in charge of, for example, appeals. Therefore, schools will get to know their foreign colleagues and maybe can start to communicate more. The Ministry of Education is currently only an unnecessary bureaucratic step in the process of recognizing education.

Residential program

In Slovakia, there is a so-called Residential program for first-contact physicians (general practitioners and pediatricians) -Rezidentský program, which is funded by the Slovak Ministry of Health in order to increase their number. Doctors who fulfill a number of conditions can participate in the program: they have graduated from a higher educational institution, are registered in the register of doctors and are not enrolled in an internship. For such doctors, conditions have been created for their training by doctors-curators, who often have their own private practice and are ready to provide an individual approach.

This program could be an ideal place for foreign doctors to start training before the exam, but unfortunately, there is a big obstacle. You can apply for the program only after all the conditions are met, it means after the exam, when a foreign doctor already, in principle, does not need help.

The international association sees in this area opportunities for maneuvers and improvement of the situation with a shortage of doctors if there was a slight desire of those responsible to solve that.

Model Workplace – Integrated 4 – Surgeries Unit

Model Workplace – Integrated 4 – Surgeries Unit (hereinafter referred to as “Workplace”)The workplace is designed for first contact surgeries for:

  • General medicine for adults
  • General medicine for children and adolescents (paediatrics)

Separate Workplaces (both general practitioners for adults and paediatricians) consist of four integrated separate surgeries categorized according to emergencies for:

  • Acute conditions – standard services
  • Non-acute states – standard services
  • Non-acute chronic conditions – above standard services
  • Ambulance and transport services – above standard services

Benefits of Integrated Four – Surgeries Unit – New Generation Surgery of First Contact:

  • High efficiency of services – speed / quality (increase speed of medical care while increasing service quality!)
  • Technology and attractiveness of the workplace
  • Internationalization of the team due to its innovative character and the high share of foreign patients
  • Opportunity for institutionalisation of holistic – general medicine
  • Opportunity for the creation of an effective training workplace and cooperation with the university sector
  • Opportunity for investigative medicine of unclear states of so-called fluctuating patients
  • Opportunity for the creation of prototype for new health systems for nationwide implementation

This implies a multilateral benefit for both Slovak and foreign doctors to reduce the outflow of “brains”, stimulate the return of doctors, use the hidden potential of living here foreign doctors, create a non-existent yet platform for innovative health services of the new generation of international cooperation, which will strategically contribute to solving the current culminating crisis connected with the impending collapse of primary health care.

The RIL (Reference Integrated Library) concept

The RIL (Reference Integrated Library (RIK (Referenčná integrovaná knižnica) in Slovak)) concept, a precise structured system of a hierarchical medical library for future physicians education, is an effective way to educate as soon as possible either new doctors or doctors who have not worked for a long time with the aim of rapid repetition and renewal of knowledge and can be used to prepare and test foreign doctors. . The advantage is that there is a clear range of curriculum there, clarity, transparency, hierarchy of information, everything will be in one place without the need for literature search, and the influence of the subjective factor of the examiner, which would make it difficult for the examinee to prove knowledge, will be eliminated. To create such a database requires a large team, which can combine staff from our university as well as foreign specialists, who will review these texts to make them understandable, so they will be involved in the creation of ultimate useful product for them. I think that EU funding should also be found for this thing. At the same time, our opponents will no longer have a reason to criticize the “lower” level of knowledge of foreign doctors. This would simultaneously contribute to the level of Slovak knowledge potential, which would also be contributed by foreign doctors, who then could no longer be accused of anything in future.