Project for financing the language courses for foreign medical workers in Zilina

A pilot project on employment and financing of language courses has been launched for foreign medical workers in the Slovak city of Zilina. Foreign medical workers who find a job in the hospitals of the Zilinsky Self-Governing Territory can conclude an agreement with a potential employer on future employment. In case of successful completion of the language course for such an employee, he will be hired by the hospital and he will be paid for training on the course up to the amount of 1150 €. The employee, in turn, will vouch, according to this agreement, that he will work in the hospital for at least 2 years. If you want to learn more about this project, please write to us at malns.correspondence@gmail.com.

Work meeting at the Ministry of Health

On August 25, 2020, representatives of our Association were invited to a work meeting at the Ministry of Health of Slovakia. The meeting was dedicated to the general process of integration of foreign medical workers into the healthcare system of Slovakia, from passing the qualification exam to employment. For the meeting, representatives of the Association prepared a presentation, which you can see here. As a result of the meeting, an agreement was reached that by the end of the year a concept of amendments to a number of laws of the Slovak Republic using our proposals will be prepared.

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.

Specialized practice for doctors and its operation: Statement on the legal basis

Dear doctors,
In May, we published information on the introduction of a temporary internship for foreign doctors in Slovakia on our website: https://www.malns.sk/ru/temporary-internship-for-foreign-doctors/. It was stated quite vaguely in the law that a temporary internship is valid only in a crisis situation. Moreover, when the government announced in June the lifting of several restrictive measures and the end of intensive work by the crisis headquarters, the question arose as to whether foreign doctors in Slovakia who had undergone documents recognition but had not yet passed the qualification exam could still count on this temporary internship.
For the answer, we decided to contact the representatives of the Law Office Antovszká, s.r.o., who are currently helping us to develop and prepare a course “Legal Minimum for Foreign Healthcare Professionals”, which is scheduled for the period from September 7 to October 15, 2020.
The answer is attached. According to the fact that the state of emergency was cancelled on the territory of Slovakia on the night of June 13-14, but the crisis situation is still in effect, foreign doctors can still take advantage of the opportunity for temporary internship.

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!

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.