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Recognition of professional qualifications for doctors of medicine, doctors of medicine specialists, doctors of dental medicine and doctors of dental medicine specialists act

 

The Act on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications for doctors of medicine, doctors of medicine specialists, doctors of dental medicine and doctors of dental medicine specialists, which will expedite the procedures for the recognition of professional qualifications for doctors of medicine, doctors of medicine specialists, doctors of dental medicine and doctors of dental medicine specialists in the Republic of Slovenia is entering into force 14th January 2011.


The most frequent questions raised are as follows:

 

  • Who will the Act apply to?
    The Act will apply to persons who have obtained professional qualifications as doctors of medicine, doctors of medicine specialists, doctors of dental medicine and doctors of dental medicine specialists in countries that are not a member of the EU, EEC or the Swiss Confederation.
    In accordance with the new Act, a prerequisite for entering the process is to have obtained a job offer in the Republic of Slovenia; in other words, a person who has not obtained a job offer in the Republic of Slovenia will not be permitted to participate in the procedure laid down in the Act – the existing procedure will apply to that person.

  • What is a job offer and who can make it?
    A job offer obtained in the Republic of Slovenia is a written offer made by a health care service provider to conclude a contract of employment, (i.e. hospitals, health centres and doctors with a concession) with a view to recruiting a person from a third country for a specific, professional area of work.

  • Where will the procedure take place?
    The procedure will be conducted at the Ministry of Health, Štefanova 5, 1000 Ljubljana.

  • What will the application contain?
    The candidate's application form must enclose:
    1. evidence that the studies undertaken at the Faculty of Medicine abroad have been completed;
    2. evidence relating to the content and course of the study programme undertaken abroad;
    3. a job offer in the Republic of Slovenia;
    4. other evidence of education, and certificates of professional competence and experience;
    5. proof of good repute;
    6. evidence of specialist training abroad having been completed (only insofar as a doctor specialist is concerned);
    7. evidence of the programme of specialist training abroad completed (only insofar as a doctor specialist is concerned); and
    8. a curriculum vitae, with a description of the work experience obtained over the past seven years.

  • Course of procedure
    With a view to recognising professional qualifications, the Ministry of Health will submit the candidate's application to the commission for assessment which, based on the comparison criteria provided by law, may propose that the candidate, on a case-by-case basis, meets specific additional conditions, (e.g. additional final exams, traineeship, professional examination, adjustment period and professional qualification verification).
    After meeting the additional conditions, a decision regarding recognition of the professional qualifications in question will be issued to the candidate.

  • Who pays the procedure costs?
    The cost of the procedure will be borne by the candidate himself.

  • Is traineeship paid?
    As laid down in the Act, the traineeship will only be paid out of compulsory health insurance funds for those candidates to be included in the procedure, pursuant to the new Act, or who have a job offer in the Republic of Slovenia.

  • What about the command of the Slovenian language?
    The person issued a decision on the recognition of professional qualifications must produce evidence of knowledge of the Slovenian language. The degree of knowledge of the Slovenian language necessary shall be defined by the employer.
    In the procedure for the recognition of professional qualifications, the submission of evidence of knowledge of the Slovenian language is not required; however, all the eventual, additional exams are taken in the Slovenian language.
  •  When will the Act enter into force?
    The Act enters into force 14th January 2011.


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