Application procedure

1. Requirements

Previous experience and conditions to fulfil in order to be eligible to apply:

  • Applicants must have earned an M.D. degree from a recognized medical school and be registered as a medical practitioner and authorized to practice medicine in his/her home country.
  • Applicants must have at least two years of documented clinical experience of independent work at a hospital.
  • Applicants must have a good command of English, documented by an internationally recognized proficiency test such as: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or equivalent. TOEFL total score 575 and 4.5 on written test (paper based) or a total score of 90 and 20 on written test (Internet based test). IELTS with an overall mark of at least 6.5 and no band less than 5.5. This is applicable only if the applicant is from a country where English is not the native language.

2. Financing

The Specialist Medical Training Program (SMTP) can only be offered on condition that there is a public sponsor/employer in the resident’s home country accepting to defray all related costs: tuition fee and living expenses in Sweden. The sponsor may be a public authority, government ministry, hospital or similar. The content and conditions of the training program will be specified in a formal agreement between the sponsor and Sahlgrenska I.C.

The specialist training position is an unpaid position. Sahlgrenska I.C. does not offer any scholarships. Private financing is not possible.

3. Application

Fill out our application form and send it to us along with the following:

  1. Certified copies of graduation certificate, internship certificate and university transcript. Do not send originals. An authorized translation into English must be enclosed if the documents are issued in any other language.
  2. CV.
  3. A statement of purpose – a letter from the applicant stating clinical and research interest, ambitions, desires and professional goals.
  4. A certified copy of your licence to practice medicine.
  5. Certificate(s) from your employer verifying at least two years of documented clinical experience.
  6. A Certificate of Good Standing (not older than three months) issued by relevant authority in the country/countries where you hold a medical licence.
  7. A minimum of three letters of recommendation from recognized scientific or clinical medical institutions.
  8. Financial guarantee from sponsor.
  9. TOEFL or IELTS certificate (or equivalent).
  10. One photograph.
  11. An application fee of SEK 500 must be paid into our account (please include receipt):
    • BIC: SWEDSESS
      IBAN: SE02 8000 0810 5969 4565 6145
      Beneficiary name: Sahlgrenska International Care
      Bank name and address: Swedbank AB, 404 80 Göteborg, Sweden
    • For payment within Sweden, pay SEK 500 to bankgiro 737-5918.
Please send your application by mail to

Sahlgrenska International Care
P.O. Box 7163
SE-402 33 Gothenburg
SWEDEN

or if sent by courier, to

Sahlgrenska International Care
Medicinaregatan 12 a
413 90 Gothenburg
SWEDEN

or email your application, to our

Education coordinator

4. Interview

If we decide to proceed with your application, we will invite you for an initial interview conducted via Skype. There is then a second selection for personal interview. The personal interview entails the candidates observing at the clinic for 1–3 days and also completing a practical test or simulation. The purpose of this is both to give the candidates some idea of the hospital and to give the specialist department a broader picture of the candidates’ qualifications.

5. Acceptance

If you are offered a position at the specialist training program, we will issue a formal letter of acceptance for the speciality concerned and send it to you and/or your sponsor.

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