What’s next after the medical exam?

Dear healthcare professionals,

Once again, we congratulate all the doctors and dentists who have successfully passed the qualification exam. Today we want to tell you about the next steps that will allow you to move to a professional career in the Slovak healthcare system.

In the coming days, all doctors who took part in the qualification exam in Martin from 12.10 to 16.10.2020 should receive a protocol from the Jessenius Medical Faculty in Martin (Comenius University) with the official results of the exam. After that, doctors who have successfully passed the exam will need to:

 1. Send an application to the Ministry of Education to obtain a decision on the recognition of qualifications (doklad o odbornej kvalifikácii). To do this, you need to prepare:

  • A notarised copy of the protocol of the successful passing of the qualification exam received from the Jessenius Medical Faculty in Martin,
  • A notarised copy of the decision on recognition of the diploma (rozhodnutie o uznaní dokladu o vzdelaní)
  • An application in free form with a request for the issuance of a document on medical qualifications (upon request by e-mail to malns.correspondence@gmail.com we can provide you with a sample of such a request).

Address for sending the above documents: Ministerstvo školstva, vedy, výskumu a športu Slovenskej republiky, Stredisko na uznávanie dokladov o vzdelaní, Stromová 1, 813 30 Bratislava.

The Ministry of Education will issue a document on recognition of qualifications within 30 days after receiving the application and documents.

1. After receiving the above document, you must register with the chamber of doctors or dentists:

2. In order to carry out medical practice, all medical workers, after passing the qualification exam, must also pass an examination on knowledge of the Slovak language at the Ministry of Health: https://www.health.gov.sk/?uznavanie-kvalifikacii-statny-jazyk.

Now, in the context of a pandemic and during a crisis situation in Slovakia, the language exam has been suspended, it can be replaced with an affidavit about proficiency in the Slovak language. However, this exam will still need to be passed within 90 days after the crisis is over. You can download a sample affidavit from the link above.

However, although the passing of the language exam has been postponed now, the need to pass it remains unchanged. After all, a good knowledge of the language is an important component not only of successfully passing the exam, but also of the professional activity of any doctor.

Therefore, we consider it important to inform you that from 09.11.2020 at the language school iCan School, a course classes in medical terminology will begin, which is the 2nd phase of language training for foreign medical workers. The course is designed for 10 weeks (2.5 months), classes twice a week for two academic hours. The level of knowledge of the Slovak language required to participate in the course: A2.

Among the topics of the course are the features of collecting anamnesis, communication with the patient and his relatives, the social lexical features of medical personnel, and the specifics of working with medical records. That is why the course is suitable both for doctors who have just passed the exam and those who are preparing to take it in the spring of 2021. To enrol in a course or get more information: medics@icanschool.sk. Course cost: 299€. We remind you that for members of our Association there is a 10% discount on any courses for doctors at iCan School.


Dear healthcare professionals!

We would like to heartily congratulate all foreign doctors who yesterday successfully passed the second (oral) part of the qualification exam (doplňujúca skúška).

Among those who passed the exam are also the chairman of our Association, Manuchehr Burkhanov, and several members of our association, as well as those medical workers who attended the training courses of 2, 3 and 4 fazes of the preparation program for foreign doctors developed by representatives of our Association and the iCan language school.

Great gratitude for help and support was expressed by doctors who participated in self-preparation for the exam for almost a year, organized on the basis of our Association and the iCan language school, first in present form, and then, after the onset of the pandemic, online.

A little about numbers. A total of 56 general practitioners and 37 dentists were registered for the exam. 29 doctors and 15 dentists successfully passed the test part and were admitted to the oral part of the exam.

All general practitioners admitted to the oral examination passed it successfully. At the same time, they noted the loyal and benevolent attitude of the members of the examination committee to those who passed the exam. In the actions of the commission, there was a clear desire to create all the conditions for the doctor to successfully pass this exam, namely, to correctly formulate their thoughts and concentrate in this doubly stressful situation for them.

According to the results of today’s oral part of the exam, out of 15 dentists admitted to this stage, 6 people have successfully passed.

The oral part of the qualification exam for dentists consists of two stages: practical and theoretical. We congratulate all general practitioners, as well as dentists, who successfully passed the qualification exam on 15th and 16th of October and wish them successful work in Slovakia!

Recognition of a diploma and qualifications for nurses

In Slovakia, there is the possibility of recognition of the following types of nursing diplomas: a sister with a higher education: https://www.minedu.sk/sestra/ , a sister with a secondary specialised education: https://www.minedu.sk/sestra-vyssie-odborne-vzdelanie/ and a practical nurse with a secondary education: https://www.minedu.sk/prakticka-sestra-zdravotnicky-asistent/. Most nurses with secondary education, most often from Ukraine, recognized their diploma and their qualifications as a practical nurse. Below is information for them for a specialised exam, which takes place 3 times a year (March, June, November). This year, the last term fell on November 5, 2020.

Exam Taking Process:

  1. Submission of the application and the location of the exam are as follows: Stredná zdravotnícka škola, Daxnerova č. 6, 917 90 Trnava.
  2. Application by mail or email: PhDr. Katarína Priputenová, +421 33 5914163, priputenova.katarina@zupa-tt.sk

It is necessary to attach to the application

  • a notarised copy of the diploma with translation into Slovak language
  • a notarised copy of the diploma recognition
  • confirmation of payment of the fee – 250 euros
  • in case of re-passing the exam within 12 months also a copy of the protocol of the attempt

The exam consists of:

  • a written part, which consists of medical and legal questions
  • an oral part: medical questions
  • a practical part
  • Read more here: https://www.minedu.sk/doplnujuca-skuska/

Literature for the exam:
Krišková, A. a kol.: Ošetrovateľské techniky
Kontrová, Ľ., Kristová, J. a kol.: Základy ošetrovania a asistencie
Sládečková, R. a kol.: Základy ošetrovania a asistencie II
Kopecká, K. a Kopecký, P.: Zdravie a klinika chorôb
Pištejová, M., Kraus, D.: Prvá pomoc v praxi
Anatómia a fyziológia

To pass the exam successfully, knowledge of the Slovak language and medical and legal terminology is required. This can be helped by training in specialized courses at the language school iCan (http://icanschool.sk/class/4 http://icanschool.ru/contacts)

Phase 1: General teaching of the Slovak language from zero to level B1 (intensive Slovak language course)
Phase 2: language training in medical topics and terminology
Phase 3: language preparatory course for the qualification exam
Phase 4: course “legal minimum for medical professionals”

To apply to the course, please fill out the form:
or write to: medics@icanscool.sk

Doplňujúca skúška, tests 12.10.2020

Dear doctors,

Today, doctors and dentists registered for the qualification exam (doplňujúca skúška) received letters by mail explaining the procedure for conducting the test part of the exam on 10/12/2020.

  1. Within the next few days, all doctors will receive by e-mail information to log into accounts on the platform where testing will be carried out. The first step is to change the sent password to a new one. The new password must contain at least 8 characters, at least 1 letter, 1 number, 1 lowercase letter, 1 uppercase and at least 1 special character (*, -, #)
  2. Before the exam, a test sample will be available in the system, which can be passed any number of times.
  3. It is necessary to answer the testing questions sequentially, it will be impossible to skip the question and return to it later, each question has only one correct answer.
  4. On October 12, 2020, the exam test of medical knowledge (80 questions) will be available from 16.00 to 17.30, the time limit for the test is 80 minutes. Those who start the test at 16.00 will have time to complete it until 17.20, those who start the test at 16.10 and later will have time to complete it until 17.30. The medical law test (20 questions) will be available from 17.30 to 18.00, the time limit for the test is 20 minutes.

The full text with explanations is attached.

Medical exam information update

Our Association has submitted a request for the dates and conditions for the qualification examination for foreign health workers in connection with the worsening epidemiolonic situation. We got the answer:

– the written part of the exam (test) will be held online on October 12, 2020

– those who successfully pass the written part and will be admitted to the oral exam, which will be held on October 15-16, will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours before the oral part of the exam date,

– The Essenial Medical Faculty in Martin will provide an opportunity to take the COVID-19 test free of charge on the eve of the oral part of the exam in its laboratory.Please find attached the full text of the answer.

New course “Legal minimum for foreign medical workers”

How is it useful and interesting for medical professionals passing the exam?

Those who are regularly interested in our activities and read the news on our page have already seen the announcement that from September 7 to October 15, 2020 it is planned to hold a course “Legal minimum for foreign medical workers.” General practitioners, dentists, pharmacists and nurses can participate.

Today we will try to consider in more detail those questions that a medical worker may have when familiarizing himself with the information on this training course.

1. What kind of a course is it?

The content of the course reflects its title: that is, in the course of training, the basic laws of the Slovak Republic will be considered which can become part of the test task. The Ministry of Education of Slovakia has approved the list of laws for studying by medical workers who are going to confirm their qualifications during the exam (doplňujúca skúška) and it is published in official sources.

Doctors who had already tried to pass this test faced the fact that the list was not complete because it lacked several basic laws. At the same time, some of the items tested contained questions from laws that were not listed.

Therefore, we made a request to the Ministry of Education of Slovakia and received an official list, based on which the course program was expanded and now includes all the laws, knowledge of which is the key to successful passing the exam. After our request, employees of the Ministry of Education updated the list on their website. Now it includes 14 laws instead of 8 proposed for studying earlier.

2. How can this course be useful for a healthcare professional preparing for an exam?

Currently, there are no analogues of such a course in Slovakia. During the preparatory courses held at the University of Comenius last autumn, only a few lectures were devoted to legal knowledge for doctors, which covered only a small part of the required legal minimum.

Studying laws that sometimes contain from 130 to 300 pages takes time and effort. The text of legal documents has its own complex specifics and speech patterns, which are not always clear to doctors and this also affects the quality of their preparation.

This course was prepared thanks to the efforts of the staff of the Law Office Antovszká, s.r.o. together with the staff of the language school iCan and doctors from MALnS (International Association of doctors in Slovakia). So we tried to present the required legal minimum in a concise, accessible and understandable form for medical professionals.

A very important moment in this process was the work of practicing lawyers who thoroughly studied all the laws specified in the course program and presented them in such a way that the doctor could remember and use in practice all the important points that should be paid attention to when preparing for the exam.

In addition to presentations and explanatory material, healthcare workers will also be offered testing on the topics of the course. This will allow them to practice their skills in working with tests before the exam and consolidate their knowledge of the laws.

Each of the course participants will have the opportunity to receive clarifying information on the questions that arose during the preparation for the exam, which can also contribute to better preparation for the exam.

3. How can this course be useful in the practice of a medical worker?           Knowledge of the laws that will be studied in the course is necessary for a medical professional in the process of employment and performance of his job duties, communication with patients and colleagues.

4. How will the process of studying be organized?                                                                   The course includes 12 lessons of 2 academic hours for a total of 24 academic hours.

Classes will be conducted online at a convenient evening time for participants. In case of interest and a favourable epidemiological situation, classes can be held in the language school iCan premises in Bratislava.

5. What is needed to get to the course?                                                                          First of all, knowledge of the Slovak language at the B1-B2 level, since classes are held only in Slovak.

Apply to participate in the course until September 6, 2020 inclusive (to register, write to medics@icanschool.sk.

Pay the course fee, which is 249 euros. Of course, each doctor chooses his own way of training and preparation for the exam. Use your chance of high quality preparation for the exam in this course.

Arrival of foreign doctors from abroad to Slovakia for passing the exam

The date of the qualification examination for foreign doctors (doplňujúca skúška) is approaching. It will take place on October 15-16, 2020.

Knowing about the anti-epidemiological measures currently in force in Slovakia, on August 11, we made a request to the Ministry of Education of Slovakia. We asked if the requirement to pass a mandatory 5-day quarantine and subsequent testing for COVID-19 would apply to foreign doctors from so-called “Red zone” countries (for example, Ukraine and Russia), who come to Slovakia to pass the qualification exam. We also asked if it is planned to conduct the exam electronically.

On August 14, we received the answer, which is attached. Below is a summary of the response from the Ministry of Education:

  1. Online examination is not planned, personal presence is required.
  2. Foreign doctors who come to take the exam from abroad are not required to undergo a mandatory 5-day quarantine, if the following documents are available: a) official confirmation that they are going to take the exam, b) a certificate of negative testing for COVID-19 is not older than 96 hours at the time of entry into Slovakia. This requirement is specified in the measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic published in early July, the full text of which you can find here: https://www.mzv.sk/documents/10182/4180645/200703-Opatrenie_UVZSR_domaca_izolacia_rizikove_krajiny_03072020.pdf/30c28bec-69f4-4e67-9ea0-5d2712580c01
  3. Based on the previous point, we recommend that all foreign doctors who will enter Slovakia to take the qualification exam from abroad, in advance, request from the Jessenius Medical Faculty in Martin an official confirmation that they are invited to take the exam.
  4. Because the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic is changing all the time, accordingly, anti-epidemiological measures in Slovakia are changing, so we advise you to monitor the current epidemic situation in Slovakia, focusing on the information posted on the official state website www.korona.gov.sk.

We will keep an eye on information regarding the qualification exam for foreign doctors and will post any updates on our website and Facebook page.

Účasť na pracovnom stretnutí na Ministerstve školstva

Začiatkom augusta sme poslali list na ministerstvo školstva, vedy, výskumu a športu SR a na všetky lekárske fakulty a univerzity zodpovedne za doplňujúce skúšky pre zahraničných zdravotníkov. S textom sa môžete oboznámiť tu: https://www.malns.sk/200805-list-malns/.

Ako odpoveď na náš list predseda MALnS spolu so zástupcami správnej rady nasej asociácie boli pozvaní na pracovné stretnutie za účelom prediskutovania aktuálnych možností uplatnenia zahraničných lekárov z krajín mimo Európskej únie v systéme poskytovania zdravotnej starostlivosti na Slovensku. Pracovné stretnutie sa uskutoční dňa 25. augusta 2020. O podrobnostiach vás budeme informovať.

New courses for doctors from August and September 2020

Dear doctors,

International Association of Doctors in Slovakia in cooperation with the language school iCan, as well as the lawyer’s office Advokátska kancelária Antovszká, s.r.o., invite you to take part in preparatory language courses for doctors of various specialties.

The purpose of these training lessons is to help foreign healthcare specialists to learn the necessary medical terminology in order to be well-prepared for the qualification exam (doplňujúca skúška) and to work successfully in the future.

From August 18 to October 10, 2020, a specialized course of the Slovak language for foreign doctors will be held.

What is proposed for you at this course:

– classes of the Slovak language, with an emphasis on mastering the terminology of 4 main branches of medicine: paediatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, surgery

– the opportunity to ask questions and receive answers, as well as clarifying information from the consultants of each of the above sections

– participation in the final lectures of consultants, during which you can not only improve your knowledge, but also check it with the help of computer testing, the conditions of which are as close as possible to the environment of the qualification exam

-additional information on the recommended literature, medical abbreviations often used by the medical staff in the field of medical practice in Slovakia and a lot more

– lecturers with many years of experience in the teaching of the Slovak language for medical staff

– the opportunity to study at home and in any country in the world, since classes will be held online

– classes in the evening, as well as a final lecture on one of the weekend days.

What you can get participating in this course

– assistance in preparing for the qualification exam for foreign doctors (doplňujúca skúška), since we have tried to include in this course terminology on the issues that doctors most often encounter during this exam.

– preparation for further work as a doctor in Slovakia (employers give preference while  employing foreign doctors to those who know medical abbreviations better and can use medical terminology in the Slovak language);

What you need to apply to the course:

– knowledge of the Slovak language – level B1-B2

– submission of an application for participation in the course until August 17, 2020 inclusive (to apply write to medics@icanschool.sk)

– payment for the course, the cost of which is 199 euros

– preparation of the necessary documents if you have a Slovak residence permit and decide to use the opportunity to receive a refund of the course fee from the IOM (link).

Dentists can join the course from September 15th to October 10th for the Internal Medicine and Surgery units. The cost of the course for dentists is 99 euros. To enroll in the course, write to: medics@icanschool.sk.

The second course “Legal Minimum for Foreign Medical Professionals” is scheduled from September 7 to October 15, 2020.

These classes are very important and useful not only for general practitioners and for family medicine doctors, but also for dentists, pharmacists and nurses.

The “Legal Minimum for Foreign Medical Professionals” is the first legal course for foreign healthcare workers in Slovakia, which enables them to master the optimal amount of specialised theoretical legal knowledge for passing the exam in a short period with the help of lawyers practicing in Slovakia.

During the lectures at this course, the staff of the Law Office Antovszká, s.r.o., as well as lecturers of the iCan language school in an accessible and understandable form will explain the main laws, the list of which has been approved by the Slovak Ministry of Education for study by medical workers who pass the qualifying exam.

Students will also be offered testing on the topics of the course, presentations, and the opportunity to receive clarifying information on questions that have arisen during the preparation for the exam.

The course price is 249 Euros.

The application for participation in the course can be submitted until September 6, 2020, write to medics@icanschool.sk

For foreigners with a residence permit / permanent residence, it is possible to receive a refund of the course fee from the IOM.

Participation in these courses will increase your chances of successfully passing the qualifying exam. Use this opportunity to improve your professional training!

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
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!