Undergo clinical training

Demonstrate your practical knowledge and skills

Once you have received a decision from us that you have passed the proficiency test, the next step is to complete your clinical training and take a course in Swedish laws and regulations.

During your clinical training period you demonstrate your practical knowledge and skills and your suitability for the profession. At the same time, you will see how the Swedish healthcare system works.

Six-month training period

Your period of clinical training will last for six months and you must find a training position yourself. Socialstyrelsen does not give any financial aid during your clinical training. If you have questions on how to support yourself during that time it might be a good idea to contact the Public Employment Service, Arbetsförmedlingen.

You will need special authorisation

In order to practise as a doctor of medicine you need to have a temporary permission, i.e. special authorisation. The workplace must apply for special authorisation at least one month before you are due to start. You cannot apply yourself. You may not begin practising until the application submitted by the workplace has been approved.

Application form for special authorisation

You will need to undergo clinical training even if you have practised your profession before. Previous experience does not entitle you to a shorter period of clinical training.

Complete training at one workplace

You will undergo all your clinical training at one and the same workplace. This may be a healthcare centre or a hospital ward where you have contact with a great many patients and can work alongside other healthcare professionals.

It is the workplace that determines whether or not it is a suitable place for your clinical training. The certificate of clinical training contains more information about requirements for a workplace to be able to accept you for training.

The workplace issues a certificate for your clinical training

Your manager and your supervisor will fill out a certificate for your clinical training. You must also sign the certificate. Enclose the certificate when you submit your application for a licence.

Certificate of clinical training

For those who have a decision to do an internship or a trial clinical training

If you have received a decision from us to do an internship (AT, allmäntjänstgöring) or trial clinical training (provtjänstgöring), you must act according to that decision. You can undergo clinical training (praktisk tjänstgöring) only if you have a decision from us to do so.

If you still want to undergo clinical training, you must first take a proficiency test arranged by Umeå University. If you previously have received a decision to take the proficiency test, you can register directly with Umeå University to take the test. Read more about the proficiency test.

If, according to your decision to do an internship, you can work as a locum doctor of medicine without a licence, you can continue to do so even if you take the new proficiency test. 

If you have a decision to do trial clinical training or a decision to do an internship after your trial clinical training was rejected, and you want to take the proficiency test, you need to request a review of your decision. You do this by contacting us by e-mail or post.

Work as a doctor of medicine before you begin your clinical training

If you have passed the proficiency test at Umeå University, you can work as a doctor of medicine for a limited period before you begin your clinical training. In order to do this, you need to have a temporary permission, i.e. special authorisation. The workplace where you will be working will apply to us for special authorisation. You can obtain permission to work for six months. This period cannot be extended and you cannot obtain permission for more than one period.

Application form for special authorisation