It is a professional group that searches for the fastest, most convenient and most reliable methods for Turkish doctors to continue their medical practice in Finland or to continue their medical profession in Finland through the medical equivalence process "without profit". As professonals with higher education, especially doctors from Turkey, can become members of the Doctors Cooperative (Doktorlar Osuuskunta) in Europe.
You can follow the Finnish Doctors group on social media on "Facebook", "Telegram", "Twitter" and "Instagram". If you would like to enrollin the Finnish Language Course, please enter our "Doctoring in Finland Telegram" group, read the "Pinned messages in the top menu" and get in touch. Don't forget to join our Finnish Doctors Facebook group exclusively for physicians.
How can Turkish doctors practice medicine in Finland?
Health professionals such as doctors or physicians who require legal authorization are authorized by Valvira in Finland. In order to become a legally authorized doctor in Finland, we have to follow the path set out by Valvira. The first requirement is your "medical school diploma". The second requirement is "at least 6 months of internship" in Finland. The third requirement is the "B1-B2 Finnish language proficiency" that you will obtain through "Finnish language training and YKI language exam" during the first two mentioned processes. In the last part, there are "three-stage exams" for medical qualification. Each exam increases your authorization. When you pass the final exam, you are registered as a fully legally competent doctor.
Finnish for doctoring in Finland
Announcements of the Finnish Language Course for Turkish Doctors and Finnish language training materials can be found at https://fince.fi.
For the Promotion of the Medical School Diploma
The documents required for medical equivalence procedures do not exceed the number of fingers of one hand. 1) Diploma, 2) Passport, 3) Good-Standing Certificate are the documents currently required. We recommend you to add 4) Transcript and if possible 5) Diploma Supplement according to the old way. As much as possible, keep the original documents in English. If your diploma is in Turkish, please ask the faculty secretariat for a "Diploma in English as Original" document. Click here for a short roadmap.
European Doctors' Cooperative
It is a cooperative providing products and services to doctors aiming to practice medicine in Europe and practice medicine in Finland. It was founded by doctors in Finland. Click here for details on Doctors Osuuskunta.
The Doctors Osuuskunta (Doctors Cooperative) Fall 2022 General Assembly Meeting was held unanimously on 12.11.2022 with a participation rate of 77.84%. At the meeting, 7 new members were approved and 1 decision was taken to remove from membership.
We had our previous meeting on the last Sunday in October. Doctors from Finland and doctors from Sweden come together and create a kind of medical union atmosphere. In November, we plan to make our monthly meetings a tradition by setting the last weekend as the meeting date.
On Sunday, 27.11.2022, all physicians are invited to the meeting at the Oodi Central Library in Helsinki at 13:30-15:30Helsinki time, 12:30-14:30Stockholm time, 14:30-16:30 Istanbul time.
Topic of the Conference: Meeting and cooperation of physicians.
Vision: The Doctors Helsinki Conference turns into a growing platform where the foundations of the "European Doctors' Union" are laid. Doctors from Turkey in Europe start negotiations for representative offices in their respective countries.
Address : Keskustakirjasto Oodi Töölönlahdenkatu 4 00100 Helsinki
Our doctors' group is an interest group built on cooperation and solidarity. The benefits we achieve are reflected in the common denominator. With the skills we have acquired, we have been able to accomplish tasks that 100s of thousands of euros of capital would not be able to handle.
We were able to formalize this group in the interests of our colleagues and set up a European cooperative.
We are the first non-publicly funded physician cooperative in Finland. The first public cooperative, which is a university partnership and a specialized doctors' cooperative, is located in the northern region. In this respect, we are the only physicians' cooperative in the south, in the capital region. As such, we have the potential to seize many opportunities.
The earning potential of our cooperative is increasing day by day.
I don't see any problem in using a slogan here:
"Our physicians can also be athletes, craftsmen, artists and businessmen. However, the opposite is rarely seen"
In this respect, we should be open to using every potential of our cooperative.
Cooperatives are "democratic" in nature and maintain their structure through their transparency.
In fact, there is not much room left for mistrust.
I believe it will be the place where you will feel safer and stronger.
20 participants attended the Finnish Language School on September 12th. The number of physician colleagues who received Finnish language school training with their own certificates was 51 in total. Our expectation for the number of physicians coming to Finland is at least 100 physicians for the first year. As Doctors Cooperative, we anticipate that at least 200 Turkish physicians will come to Finland in 2023.
Turkey's doctors have started to prefer working abroad. With more than 120 medical faculties, Turkey has become a country exporting doctors to the world. Beyond just brain drain, the exodus of physicians, half of whom are specialists and above, who receive the most expensive and painful education, has recently reached 2000 physicians annually. This number reveals that almost as many doctors leave the country as the average of 8-10 medical school graduates. Physicians who leave the country often migrate to countries where languages other than English are spoken. In this case, we can also say that our physician colleagues who have migrated abroad know 2 foreign languages on average. They quit their jobs or study for TUS to become a doctor abroad. Instead, they study a language and leave the country.
Practicing medicine abroad
In our country, our colleagues who studied medicine in English used to return after their residency abroad. Now English serves as an auxiliary language in the country they go to. In 2021, the country with the highest number of immigrants was Germany with 1300-1500 people per year. Demand for European countries such as Italy, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Norway increased. Common Wealth countries of the United Kingdom such as the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, New Zealand, Australia were also in demand. Saudi Arabia, America and Canada are also on the list. The ranking of countries of emigration is worth considering in terms of their population, prosperity and challenges. Our colleagues are trying to make the best choice for themselves. We will not make a comparison. Our advice is: "Choose the best and easiest option for you".
How to become a doctor abroad?
Start with Google searches. You can do your searches in Turkish. Look for opportunities to learn the language of your favorite country online for free. PDF books, apps, online language courses and private language lessons are enough to learn a language. You have to spend money and time to learn a foreign language. The time is at least 6 months.
Countries with doctor shortage
There is one doctor for every 500 people in Turkey. This number is very insufficient. However, by shortening the time spent per patient and implementing a performance system, the shortage of doctors is masked. With 120 medical faculties, it is clear that there will be a surplus of doctors in a short period of time, but the only solution seems to be closing faculties or migrating doctors abroad. The ideal number of doctors per capita in Scandinavian countries is 250. The average examination time for a patient is 20 minutes. The number of medical faculties is between 3-5. Countries in need of doctors have made it a policy to save money and inward migration by bringing doctors from abroad. Almost every developed country that has reached a high income level will import doctors from abroad. We can also say that the recruitment of doctors from abroad is a unique policy of these countries.
What to do to become a doctor abroad?
Present your medical school diploma at the relevant institution in the country you decide to visit. Start learning the native language of that country. At the same time, do google searches such as "doctor telegram in Finland", "doctors abroad group", "doctors cooperative in Europe" for the country you are going to. Never be separated from your colleagues. Benefit from the experience of every colleague who has been on this path before. Although theoretical knowledge is worth gold, experience is priceless. Verify negative information on this path with written sources and those with experience. Use the opportunities provided by the digital environment to the fullest. You can also get answers by asking questions to the institutions of that country by email.
In which countries is the Turkish medical diploma valid
Diplomas from countries like Turkey where Western medicine is taught are recognized in almost every country. The procedures required vary from country to country.