Specific training in general medical practice

Contact information

Faculty of Medicine (Office)
Haartmaninkatu 8, 3th floor;
P.O.Box 63

p. +358 (0)294 1911

med-studentaffairs (at) helsinki.fi


General information

The Faculty of Medicine provides specific training in General Medical Practice (Yleislääketieteen erityiskoulutus), which qualifies doctors to work independently as general practitioners within the European Union Member States other than Finland.

Specific training in general medical practice is based on European Directive 2005/36/EC:

Directive 2005/36/EC (article 28)

The specific training in general medical practice takes 3 years and the training consists of service in public health care centers and hospitals.

The applicant is responsible for finding a post for training by her or himself.  The practice shall be carried out on a full-time basis under the supervision of the competent authorizes and bodies.  The services made after the date of the legalization in Finland of Valvira are accepted for the training.  

Finnish is the main language of clinical training and also of instructions and administration.  Swedish is commonly used and accepted. 

The Faculties of Medicines in Finland are the Universities of Helsinki, Kuopio (Itä-Suomen yliopisto, University of Eastern Finland), Oulu, Tampere and Turku.

Registration for attendance (or non-attendance) is
obligatory for all students
: undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates. The registration time for the academic year is 1.5.-31.8. and you can do it by mail