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Sweden to solve it doctor deficiency problems in 10 years

Thursday, 03 November 2011
In ten years, the shortage of doctors in Sweden will be the thought of the past. Many Swedish students who are studying medicine abroad are now starting to come back. Meanwhile, the number of places in Sweden for the same subject has risen sharply in recent years.

According to radio Sweden, one of those who have returned to Sweden is Camilla Jedefors who studied in Oslo. For her it was natural to return.
“During the whole time when I was studying in Norway, I worked in Sweden in the summer to have contact with the Swedish health care, because I knew I wanted to come back here,” she said to radio.
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Although Camilla Jedefors had sufficiently high grades she tried three times to take the course here in Sweden without succeeding.
“I had been rejected three times, by chance I happened to read about education in Oslo, so I applied there and was accepted.”

At the moment about 3000 Swedes have deicide to take medical studies abroad and the first batches are now beginning to come back to Sweden. Meanwhile, the number of places in the country’s leaning arenas has increased sharply in recent years. Even the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions see this as a trend.
“It's getting brighter and within a decade we will be completely self-sufficient,” says Agneta J�hnk who is working with skills development.

Today we rely to a large extent on foreign skills. More than a quarter of all physicians in Sweden come from abroad. But it is not a sustainable system, according to Agneta J�hnk.
“Each country is supposed to take care of their young people seeking the education and the care they need. It is therefore important that we take care of the cost and training places we need.

This also would mean that soon we may be able to avoid the costly, criticisms of no doctors. But during a transitional period, before the new doctors are there, it may be extra tough for many counties, according Agneta J�hnk.

Now it has become easier to get into the medical program in Sweden, but Camilla Jedefors still thinks the years in Oslo still gave good extra great experience:
“Just having lived abroad, I think has been positive for me. Then I think you become more humble because there are other ways of conducting good care. I was in the U.S. and it was really exciting to see how it works there,” says Camilla Jedefors.
By scancomak.se Team


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