Slovak language courses for medical professionals

Dear medical professionals,

We present to your attention the announcement of the Slovak language courses for medical professionals at the iCan language school, which will help you in preparing for the qualification exam, as well as in your professional activities.

From February 15 to March 17 – Slovak language course for dentists. During the course, you will learn the terminology that will be useful to you both in professional practice and when passing the qualification exam for dentists. The course material is a specialized textbook for foreign dentists.

You can read the program and enroll in the course here: https://medics.icanschool.sk/slovatskiy-dlya-stomatologov

From February 16 to March 14, the course “Legal minimum for medical professionals, phase 4” will be held. During the course, the main laws will be considered, the list of which is approved by the Ministry of Education of Slovakia for study by medical professionals (both doctors and nurses, pharmacists), who confirm their qualifications during the exam (doplnujúca skúška).

You can get acquainted with the program and sign up for the course here: https://medics.icanschool.sk/phase-4

You can apply for a refund of course fees from the International Organization for Immigration (IOM) when applying before the start of the course (at least 2-3 weeks), read more about the refund here: https://www.mic.iom.sk/en/social-issues/education/493-we-offer-an-opportunity-to-get-a-financial-contribution-for-a-course.html

LAST call, starting January 18: Slovak language course for health workers-preparation for the qualification exam.

Dear medical professionals,

On Monday, January 18, the “Slovak Language Course for foreign medical workers” Phase 3 starts at the iCan Language School.

The course includes the most important topics in 4 main sections of medicine (Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics) that you need to know to successfully pass the test and oral part of the qualification exam for general practitioners.

Dentists can study two sections in this course: (“Internal Diseases” and “Surgery”), which are an integral part of the exam for this medical specialty. The course is also suitable for nurses who are also preparing for the qualification exam.

The course was developed with the participation of doctors from the International Association of Doctors in Slovakia (MALnS).

Classes will be held from January 18 to March 13, namely, on Monday and Wednesday from 18.00 to 19.30. Every two weeks on Saturday, the final lesson on the completed section will be held.

Course price: 299€. There is a 10% discount for MALnS members. To enroll in the course, fill out the application form: https://forms.gle/pDGQjN8zYbgPSgw77 or write to ican@icanschool.sk.

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:
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or write to: medics@icanscool.sk

Online intensive Slovak language course (phase 1 for foreign health professionals)

Dear medical workers,

Our association, in cooperation with the iCan language school, has developed an educational program for foreign health professional who are preparing for a medical exam and want to work in Slovakia.

The program consists of 4 stages or phases

Phase 1:                               General language study of the Slovak language from beginner (A1) to intermediate (B1) level – intensive Slovak language course,

Phase 2:                               Language study with an emphasis on the study of medical terminology and vocabulary for those health professionals who already speak Slovak.

Phase 3:                               Language preparatory course for health professionals speaking Slovak at the B1-B2 level, focused on preparation for the medical exam in 4 main general clinical disciplines: pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, surgery.

Phase 4:                               Course “Legal minimum for foreign health professionals”

Successful completion of all 4 phases of the educational program will allow you to acquire the necessary knowledge of the Slovak language, including the acquisition of medical terminology, the basics of medical law. This will bring you a significant advantage in communicating with potential employers and patients, as well as increasing your chances of successfully passing a medical exam for foreign health professionals.

From October 5, you have the opportunity to start studying at an intensive Slovak language course (Phase 1). The course will take place online daily in the evenings. Each lesson lasts 2 academic hours (90 minutes).

The duration of the course is 5 months (October 2020 – February 2021).

The price of a five-month intensive Slovak language course is € 959

A good level of knowledge of the Slovak language is the key to passing the medical exam! Start preparing with us wright now!

To sign up for the course, fill out the form: https://forms.gle/QwftHqi2tMm9VdyW6 or write to medics@icanschool.sk

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.

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.

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!

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.