Part One

| Professional recognition in your country

1.1. Which organisation recognises doctors eligible to practice in your country?
In case your country has more then one organisation which can provide professional recognition, please attach to this survey a simple list of names and websites where we can acquire more information.


Ministry of Health, Republic of Slovenia

Medical Chamber of SLovenia                                           


Type of organisation (professional, government, etc.) Trade union and professional organisation                      



Štefanova 5, 1000 Ljublajna

Dunajska 162, 1000 Ljubljana                                                         



Phone number:                           

003861 478 60 01

003861 307 21 00




Contact person:                                                                                             




Website (s):   -…;

1.2. What requirements/documents are necessary for a foreign doctor to practice medicine?
i.e. language skills, medical degree, insurance, immigration status.

Language skills, language C1 level Slovenian, Medical Degree – needs to be certified according to the legislative procedures
Where else can we find more information?

1.3. Are there any application deadlines (if so, when)?
Furthermore, how long does the professional recognition procedure usually take?

Professional recognition has no application deadlines. The recognition process takes a few weeks. Especially if a person is applying from a country outside of European union as his diploma needs to be evaluated.      
Where else can we find more information?  ?

1.4. Are there any sort of examinations/interviews to apply for Medical Professional Recognition?

Language examination.

1.5.1. What kind of professional medical degrees are there in your country?


Medical Doctor

1.5.2. How do you access each degree?


Degree is given in physical form when you graduate. Archive of data is found in both Medical faculties and both (Ljubljana and Maribor).

Part Two

| Training in your country

2.1. Which organisation is responsible for medical training in your country?
In case your country has more than one organisation with this function, please attach to this survey a simple list of names and websites where we can acquire more information.


Name:                Medical Chamber                                     


Address              Dunajska 162, 1000 Ljubljana


 Type of organisation (professional, government, etc.): 

Phone number:                            003861 307 21 00                                                                            




Contact person:                           TIna Šapec                                                                           





2.2. Besides professional recognition, is there any other requirement for a doctor to start his training/begin to work (i.e. examination, clerkship, internship)? Namely, which documents/examinations are necessary when applying for training/job?

The process is established in Medical chamber legislative acts. As written above. Degree needs to be checked if the person is apllying for a job from a country outside Europe.
If a person is applying for training he needs to apply to one of two national training calls. The requirements are set by the Medical chamber – same for all Slovenian doctors as well.

Documents are:
Published literature
Recommendations from previous or current mentors

2.2.1. Where are training positions advertised?


National calls are published by the Medical chamber on their website.                                                                                                                                                                                 

2.3. Are there any application deadlines (if so, which)?

National calls are published by the Medical chamber on their website. The deadline to apply is normaly 14 days.

2.4. How do applicants choose what and where they would like to train?

National call sets possible Hospitals for which you can train. However each training has a programme that elaborates how much of the training needs to be done in a tertiary centre. We have to types of calls. One that is for Slovenia – which allows trainings in different hospitals across the country.
Two for a specific hospital – the majority of training is done in that specific hospital

2.5. Is there a fee/tuition for attending a training programme?


No. If the training is cancelled, there is a possibility that some expenses that cover mentoring fee need to be covered by the trainee.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

2.6. Do trainees receive a salary during training?


2.6.1. Moreover, what is the current salary and is overtime paid?

Salary is between 1200-1500€, additionally overtime is added to that salary.

2.6.2. What type of contracts are there? How long are the working and on-calls times?

We have identical contracts as we are a part of public system and our salaries are set in the system. There are variation related to working conditions (surgeons, intensive care trainees, ER trainees, anaesthesiologists…) have a higher pay due to tougher conditions

2.6.3. Are sick leave, vacation days, maternity leave, voluntary work allowed and do they entail a reduction of salary?

They are allowed. The salary is reduced in accordance do the national legislative. If training is stopped for more that 2 months, it will be extended for the same duration.
Voluntary work is allowed, however only if its done during vacation days.

2.7. In general terms, how is the training assessment done?
i.e. exams, evaluations, interviews, appraisal

Different in different specialisations. Exams are normal. We are doing a renovation of evaluation process of both trainees and mentors and wards.

Part Three

| Other details about training/working in your country

3.1. Is mobility possible inside and outside the country during your training?

Yes. We have at least 6 months of possible exchange programme.

3.2. How many trainees are there in your country?
Divided, if possible, by in each speciality.

Around 1500-1700. Most in paediatrics and family medicine, more that 200.

3.3. What are the success, training drop-out and post-training employment rates?

The majority of trainees that start training will finish. The concrete numbers can be gathered from the below mentioned person.
Where else can we find more information? Tina Šapec – medical chamber representatives

3.4. Is there an accreditation procedure for training centres (and do they include visitations)?

Yes, there are national accreditation procedures. They are provided by the Medical chamber of Slovenia.

3.5. Is there any national recertification/revalidation scheme to practice?


3.6. Are there any differences in the application procedure according to the country of origin of a trainee?

Yes, differences are if a person is applying from a country in EU or outside it.

3.7.1. Are there any restrictions for a foreign doctor who is undergoing training in your country to work there afterwards?

No, if he went through language certification.

3.7.2. Moreover, is it possible for a trainee undergoing training in another EU/EEA country to do part of his training in your country? If so, what are the necessary requirements/documents?

It is not common for that to happen in our country. Normally there should be a document from a National chamber that certifies the doctor is training if his/hers country.

3.8. Please summarise the general timeline between the time where a doctor has just graduated until he has attained a final senior post as an independent medical doctor.
In other words, please describe, in general terms, the training of a junior doctor in your country.

Diploma around age of 25
Internship up to 1 year
Training 3-8 years (majority is 5-6 years)

3.9. Is it compulsory to have malpractice (or any other) insurance?

Hospitals need to provide basic malpractice insurance for all medical personnel.

3.10. What is the general perspective/position on immigration of medical trainees to your country?

We have a lack of doctors in our country, there is a influx of immigrant doctors from ex Yugoslavian countries.

3.11. What is the general perspective/position on emigration of medical trainees to foreign countries?

We have an increased number of doctors leaving our country due to more restrictive law which limit doctors and their practice. In Slovenia there is only a few clinic outside of public system.

3.12. Are there any restrictions in your country to comply with the consolidated version of EU 2005/36?

Not to our knowledge.

3.13. Which organisation(s) specialise in assisting doctors in legal and work matters?
i.e. trade unions, medical chambers, other organizations.

Medical Chamber of Slovenia
Union of doctors - FIDES

3.14. Is there any other information you consider relevant with regard to this subject?