Specialist training

The University of Turku offers 50 specialist training programmes in medicine and 5 programmes in dentistry. The number and titles of specialities have been defined in Finnish legislation on specialist education (Decree No 56/2015).

Specialist training in medicine/dentistry can be taken by professionals licensed by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira). The specialist degree requires usually 5 or 6 years of medical practice including at least 9 months of services in public health care centers, theoretical and administrative courses and passing a national written exam.

The Faculty grants the study right, but the training itself takes place within the health care system. The selection of physicians to the training posts at Faculty-approved training units is conducted as per the respective selection procedures of the organisations in question.

The specialising physicians are responsible for finding a post for training by themselves. The practice shall be carried out on a full-time basis under the supervision of the competent authorizes and bodies.