The specialist training programs in medicine are given in Swedish. Swedes are in general quite good at English, but Swedish is the working language used for teaching and communication with colleagues and patients. This means that a good command of the Swedish language is crucial. The program therefore starts with mandatory studies in Swedish during about 8-10 months at the language institute Folkuniversitetet.
We offer tailor-made courses in general and medical Swedish focused on communication skills with the aim to give the best preparation for clinical work. During the course, the resident will also get an introduction to Swedish culture and the health care system. In the last stage of the course, there will be a parallel introduction at the clinic in order to familiarize with colleagues, routines and the organization of the department.
The major part of the program will be devoted to clinical practice of a varied nature in order to provide experience of all phases within the scope of the specialty. The resident will begin by assisting other medical specialists while they examine, diagnose and treat patients. The resident will, gradually and according to his/her competence, be assigned clinical tasks.
The supervisor will assign the resident literature studies on a regular basis. The resident will also be expected to attend courses and participate in conferences and congresses.
The head of department together with the program director and the supervisor, are jointly responsible for ensuring that the resident’s training corresponds to the objectives of the specialty concerned.
Regulations and general guidelines for specialist training programs.
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Meet one of our former residents below.
Mohamed Al Olama, United Arab Emirates
Currently working as a Neurosurgeon at Rashid Hospital in Dubai and is the Chairman of The Neurosurgical society in the United Arab Emirates.
Why did you choose to apply for a postgraduate program at Sahlgrenska University Hospital?
I started studying medicine in my home country. However, I felt a strong urge to continue my studies abroad where I could be closer to the latest advancements in medicine. A neighbour of mine in Dubai was already a student at Sahlgrenska Academy. So, 18 years old, I applied, got enrolled and moved to Gothenburg. Later on when it was time to choose a specialty, the choice was easy – a postgraduate program in Neurosurgery at Sahlgrenska University Hospital.
What were your first impressions of the program and Gothenburg?
Well, I arrived in October 1993. There were lot of cultural differences, language barriers and first and foremost, a minor climate shock. To be honest, I found it hard to adjust at first. There were not many foreigners in class, so it was hard to get to know people. This all changed when I started my residency and I had an overall positive experience when I came back to do my specialty in Neurosurgery and subspecialties in Paediatric Neurosurgery and advanced Neuropathic pain 2005-2010.
At first I thought about specializing in Hand Surgery or Thoracic Surgery. Since my brother was already doing the latter, I chose Neurosurgery.
What experiences that you have gained during your time at Sahlgrenska University Hospital has been of special importance in your career?
When I returned home I saw things somewhat differently. For instance, the lack of a patient journal system was suddenly very apparent. This is something I have tried to implement in UAE. The most important thing is the knowledge we brought home from Sweden to UAE. We have made tremendous clinical progress within this field, much thanks to the experience gained in Sweden. For instance, our hospital was the first in the country to perform Baclofen pump implantations, spinal cord implantations, aneurysm surgeries on both adults and children as well as advanced endoscopic and tumour surgeries.
What are your plans for the future?
I will continue the research project I recently started at Sahlgrenska University Hospital. It is about a new peptide called Antisecretory Factor (AF-Factor) which could reduce the intra cranial pressure which is very important for survival after inflammation or accidental brain injury.
Also, Rashid Hospital will open a Gamma Knife Centre soon. This centre will focus on the brain solely; it will be the largest of its kind in the Middle East.
To learn more about Mohamed Al Olama’s experience, feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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