November 27, 2020

Apply for Specialist Training in Plastic Surgery

Are you a medical doctor interested in specialising in Plastic Surgery? We have an open position for a Swedish Specialist Medical Training Program (SMTP) starting in 2021. To be eligible you need to have at least 2 years of experience, preferably partly within Plastic Surgery.

Join our team

You will join the Plastic Surgery department at one of Northern Europe’s largest hospitals – the Sahlgrenska University hospital in Gothenburg. We serve patients from all over Sweden, and some from abroad. A regular year, we perform around 1,500 in-patient operations and 950 out-patient operations in our department.

The department carries out all kinds of reconstructive plastic surgery, with the exception for large burn injuries requiring intensive care. We specialize in craniofacial surgery, gender reassignment surgery, microvascular surgery, advanced breast reconstructions and Cleft Lip and Palate (CLP) surgery. A large part of our assignment is reconstructions of congenital malformations in children.

In total, 22 specialists work at our department. Besides their clinical work, everyone is deeply committed in research (2 professors, 5 associate professors, 4 post-doctoral researchers and 8 PhD-students. From our department, 74 scientific publications were produced between 2017–2019. Also, we educate medical students, interns and residents as an integrated part of our daily work.

Is this you?

As with all specialty fields, there is not one right profile. In fact, there are many. What unites us is our relentless interest for plastic surgery.

We are looking for a communicative team player who can listen, understand and earn the trust of both adults and children. An excellent hand-eye co-ordination, fine coordination and visuo-spatial awareness is an advantage for this precise work. We assume that you have spent a couple of years in surgical training and acquired basic surgical skills.

A well-developed sense of self-awareness is essential for a surgeon. To fit in our department, you will also need a good deal of humility towards both patients and peers. We are specialists in different, highly challenging areas of reconstructive surgery and need each other to be able to provide the best care possible to a broad spectrum of patients. All for the benefit of the patient´s safety and treatment outcomes.

We are looking for a highly dedicated colleague who has an uncompromising interest in reconstructive plastic surgery. Besides your clinical duties (40 hours a week), you will continuously need to study key literature as well as participate in research projects. You will be part of the standby duty, the out-patient service as well as assisting in the operating theatre. Eventually, depending on your skill development, you will be able to operate autonomously.

The clinical part of the training program reaches over five years or as long as it takes to fulfil the objectives in accordance with the Swedish regulations and guidelines concerning specialist training in Plastic surgery. Besides the core training program in plastic surgery, you will also participate in a number of different courses, such as microsurgical training. Also, a two-months mandatory education in burn trauma assessment and surgical treatment is located at one of the two burn trauma centers in Sweden (in Linköping or Uppsala). During SMPT-program, you will also do rotations in other specialties, such as anesthesiology, general and vascular surgery.


Read more about the program layout and application process to see if this is the right position for you. Remember to submit your application no later than December 13th, 2020.

After the deadline we will review the applications and select a few candidates for Skype interviews in the first quarter of 2021. Those who successfully pass that step will be invited to an on-site interview in Gothenburg soon after.

Please note that we are following the COVID-19 development and the recommendations of relevant authorities closely. We will inform you continuously if this affects the application process.

Our Education Coordinator is happy to help if you have any questions.

We are looking forward to getting to know you!


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