To be able to do your medical internship (AT) in Sweden, you need to submit an application to the National Board of Health and Welfare. Only when you have received a decision from us about the right to AT, can you start your AT.
Within the EU/EEA the medical education has been harmonized, as a consequence professional qualifications can generally be recognized automatically. However in order to receive automatic recognition the entire education needs to be completed within in the same Member State.
Please be advised that if you have acquired a medical degree in another EU or EEA member state and complete the Swedish AT (internship) that automatic recognition will not apply to you.
For questions regarding how to achieve automatic recognition, please contact the competent authority in the country where you have obtained your medical degree.
In order to be eligible for AT in Sweden it is required that you have a medical degree from another EU/EEA member state where a medical internship is required to meet the requirements for licence to practice. In order to apply for AT in Sweden you need to prove that you have obtained a medical degree, hence you can only apply after your graduation. Please be advised that the National Board of Health and Welfare cannot issue any advance notices.
When applying to perform a medical internship in Sweden, you will need to submit an application to perform a medical internship in Sweden.
The application must contain the following documents:
Application form for applying to perform a medical internship in Sweden (in Swedish)
SE-106 30 Stockholm, Sweden
The processing time is approximately 4 weeks from the time we have received your application.
When your application has been received by us, you will receive a confirmation with diary number to your e-mail.
We review the applications in turn. If your application is not complete, we will primarily request that you supplement your application. When we have made a decision, you will receive information about it by e-mail.
The decision means that you may be employed as a doctor for public service according to the National Board of Health and Welfare's regulations, HSLF-FS 2020:20 (in Swedish).
The decision is not to be regarded as an advance notice on whether you can obtain Swedish licence after completing your AT. Please note that the AT is conducted in Swedish.
While waiting for you to receive an AT block appointment, you have the opportunity to be employed on a temporary basis as an assistant physician in public health care. The National Board of Health and Welfare does not provide AT places, you are responsible for applying for an AT place yourself. Employers determine suitable employment.
During your medical internship, you must work a minimum of eighteen months. You may choose to perform your medical internship on a part-time basis however it must add up to a total of 18 months of full-time practise (i.e. thirty-six months at 50 % of full-time).
You will need to work a minimum of
You must complete your medical internship on a block appointment (blockförordnande) – a fixed-term contiguous employment of a minimum of eighteen months. If you change employers, you must obtain a new medical internship block, and your former employer must approve the sections you have already done in order for you to be able to include that time in the calculations of your medical internship.
After each service section, the operations manager must certify in your service book that you meet the scope requirements and the requirements in the objective descriptions, no earlier than the last day of each service section. If the operations manager is not a registered Doctor of Medicine, he must ask someone else who is a registered Doctor of Medicine to certify this. Be careful with the date and name clarifications when signing the certificate.
After completing the AT and passing the AT test, you can apply for a licence as a Doctor of Medicine in Sweden based on your foreign basic education and your Swedish AT.