Graduation information

INTRODUCTION

The issue of recognition of professional qualifications in medical professions (medical doctors and dentists) is regulated by Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005. Based on the above-mentioned Directive, it is unequivocally stated that the diploma of medical doctor or dentist issued by the Wroclaw Medical University is recognised by all Member States of the European Union. The licence to practise as a medical doctor or dentist in the EU Member States is recognised based on the minimum professional qualifications specified in the above-mentioned Directive. However, the final decision on the granting of the licence to practise as a medical doctor or dentist in a given country is made by the local authorities in that country (e.g. Medical Chambers).

The system of medical education and obtaining professional qualifications differs from one EU country to another. For example, a postgraduate internship is one of the prerequisites in Poland, but it has no equivalent, for instance, in Germany, which raises various doubts.

It is certain that obtaining the licence to practise as a medical doctor or dentist in Poland is tantamount to obtaining the equivalent right in any member state of the European Union.

According to Polish law, obtaining the licence to practise as a medical doctor/dentist in Poland involves :

  1. obtaining the diploma of medical doctor/dentist
  2. passing the Medical Final Examination (LEK)/Medical-Dental Final Examination (LDEK) (examination in Polish or English)
  3. postgraduate internship (in Polish only)

Since the majority of foreign students at Polish medical universities do not speak Polish, (if required by the target country) it is possible to do a postgraduate internship in the EU Member State other than Poland. The completion of such an internship (according to the relevant programme) guarantees that it is recognised by the Polish Ministry of Health and, consequently, by the local accreditation authorities of the EU Member State in question.

Unfortunately, according to the latest interpretation of the regulations governing internships, the Polish Ministry of Health takes the position that currently, Polish medical universities cannot enter into agreements with foreign entities to organise postgraduate internships outside of Poland. However, work is still underway to regulate the issue of recognition of professional qualifications in medical professions. We will keep you updated on any changes. The procedure for obtaining the professional qualifications of a medical doctor in Poland is described below.

Conditions for granting the licence to practise as a medical doctor or dentist in Poland

The licence to practise as a medical doctor or dentist is granted by the Regional Medical Chamber to a person who:

  1. is a citizen of Poland or a Member State of the European Union,
  2. has:
  1. diploma of higher education in the field of medicine or dentistry
  2. has served his/her postgraduate internship
  3. has successfully passed the Medical Final Examination (LEK) or the Medical-Dental Final Examination (LDEK) in Polish or in the language in which he/she completed the medical programme.

 

Medical Final Examination (LEK)/Medical-Dental Final Examination (LDEK)

The Medical Final Examination (LEK) and Medical-Dental Final Examination (LDEK) are state exams conducted by the Medical Examinations Centre (CEM). Their results constitute the qualification criteria for medical specialisations.

Who can take the exam:

Medical Final Examination (LEK) - a medical doctor or a person who has completed 10 terms in a six-year uniform master's degree programme in the field of medicine.

Medical-Dental Final Examination (LDEK) - a dental practitioner who has completed 8 terms in a five-year uniform master's degree programme in the field of dentistry.

Application

Applications for the Medical Final Examination (LEK) are submitted via the so-called Health Professional Education Monitoring System (SMK). To submit an application, it is necessary to create an account in this system, which is done virtually, namely through the website https://smk.ezdrowie.gov.pl. Then, the person submitting the application has to confirm his/her identity and qualifications that entitle him/her to create an account. This can be done at the locally competent Regional Medical Chamber or the Supreme Medical Chamber.

Required documents:

  1. in case of a graduate - a certificate confirming the completion of higher education in the field of medicine or a certificate confirming the completion of higher education in the field of dentistry;
  2. in case of a student - a certificate confirming the status of higher education for a 6th-year student in the field of medicine or a certificate confirming the status of completion of higher education for a 5th-year student in the field of dentistry;

The application for the Medical Final Examination (LEK) or Medical-Dental Final Examination (LDEK), referred to in the "Application" section, includes the following data:

1) first name (names) and surname;

2) date of birth;

3) place of birth;

4) PESEL (Polish Resident Identification) number or, if the applicant does not have a PESEL number, other document confirming his/her identity: including the name and number of the document and country of issue;

5) citizenship(s);

6) correspondence address, e-mail address and telephone number, if any;

7) number of the licence to practise as a medical doctor or the licence to practise as a dental practitioner, if any;

8) number and date of issue of the diploma of medical doctor or dental practitioner or the date of issue of the certificate of completion of uniform master's degree programme in the field of medicine or dentistry or the date of issue of the certificate confirming the completion of at least 10 terms in a six-year uniform master's degree programme in medicine or the date of issue of the certificate confirming the completion of at least 8 terms in a five-year uniform master's degree programme in the field of dentistry;

9) name of the university in which the applicant completed a uniform master's degree programme in the field of medicine or dentistry and the date of completion

10) selection of the preferred location for taking the Medical Final Examination (LEK) or Medical-Dental Final Examination (LDEK), from those designated by the Medical Examinations Centre (CEM);

12) indication of the language in which the applicant intends to take the Medical Final Examination (LEK) or Medical-Dental Final Examination (LDEK).

Examination

The Medical Final Examination (LEK) and Medical-Dental Final Examination (LDEK) are conducted in the form of a test consisting of 200 questions (5 possible answers and only 1 correct answer). The duration of the examination is four hours.

Examination fee

PLN 340 for an examination taken in a foreign language (English)

PLN 100 - Fourth and subsequent application for the Medical Final Examination (LEK) or Medical-Dental Final Examination (LDEK) in Polish

Deadline for submitting applications:

Application forms for the Medical Final Examination (LEK) may be submitted (via the Health Professional Education Monitoring System (SMK)) by:

  • 15 July of the calendar year in which the examination is conducted - in the case of examinations scheduled in the period from 1 September to 30 September;
  • 30 November of the calendar year in which the examination is conducted - in the case of examinations scheduled in the period from 1 February to 28 February.

GLOSSARY :

DIL - Lower Silesian Medical Chamber

LEK - Medical Final Examination

LDEK - Medical-Dental Final Examination

CEM - Medical Examinations Centre, a unit subordinate to the Minister of Health. The aim of the Medical Examinations Centre is to organise and conduct state examinations and other examinations in the field of education and professional development of medical doctors, pharmacists and other medical professionals.

SMK - an ICT system supporting the process of education of medical staff. It is used, among other things, to submit applications for Medical Final Examinations (LEK)/Medical-Dental Final Examinations (LDEK) and state specialisation examinations.

 

Internship (Staż)

Lower Silesian Medical Chamber (DIL)

Graduates of medical universities who intend to start their postgraduate internships in Lower Silesia should submit the following applications to the office of the Lower Silesian Medical Chamber (Register of Doctors - Wrocław, ul. Kazimierza Wielkiego 45, 1st floor, room no. 1.08) - applications for a licence to practise as a medical doctor/dental practitioner in order to serve a postgraduate internship and to be entered on the list of members of the Lower Silesian Medical Chamber and applications for a postgraduate internship:

  • by 31 January - for a postgraduate internship starting from 1 March,
  • by 31 July - for a postgraduate internship starting from 1 October.

Holding a licence to practise as a medical doctor/dental practitioner, granted for the purpose of serving a postgraduate internship, is a prerequisite for obtaining an internship position.

Granting a licence to practise as a medical doctor/dental practitioner for the purpose of serving a postgraduate internship

To be granted a licence to practise a profession for the purpose of serving a postgraduate internship, being entered on the list of members of the Lower Silesian Medical Chamber in Wrocław and being entered in the regional register of medical doctors and dental practitioners of the Lower Silesian Medical Chamber, you should submit the following documents:

  1. W-1 application for granting the licence to practise a profession for the purpose of serving a postgraduate internship,
  2. identity card or passport (original document - copy made by an employee of the Lower Silesian Medical Chamber),
  3. a valid document entitling you to reside in the Republic of Poland; a certificate of residence confirming the place of residence in the area of operations of the Lower Silesian Medical Chamber,
  4. an original copy of the diploma of medical doctor or dental practitioner; in the case of a graduate of a Polish university, a certificate issued by the medical university confirming the completion of a programme in the relevant field and the right to use the professional title of medical doctor or dentist (original document), specifying the following information, is considered to be sufficient until a copy of the diploma is obtained,
  • date of graduation,
  • duration of the programme,
  • number of the diploma to be issued,
  • date of issue of the diploma,
  • average examination grade for the duration of the programme,
  • information specifying the language in which the programme was conducted,

The certificate should be signed by the dean of the faculty and bear the round seal of the university.

  1. diploma supplement - photocopy
  2. original diploma of medical doctor
  3. a health certificate that is valid for three months from the date of issue

application form https://www.dilnet.wroc.pl/files/RL_OR_1.pdf

  1. original certificate specifying the average grade and the language in which the programme was conducted, issued by the relevant medical university (this requirement applies to individuals who have a copy of the diploma at the time of submitting the documents)
  2. 3 ID photos (3.5 cm x 4.5 cm)
  3. * certificate confirming that the applicant passed the Polish language exam.

*Regardless of their citizenship, all individuals who completed their studies in a language other than Polish shall submit a certificate of passing the Polish language exam.

This examination is organised by the Supreme Medical Chamber in Warsaw.
For information on how to submit applications, fees, and deadlines, contact Ms. Edyta Biegluk tel. 22 559-13-42; e-maile.biegluk@hipokrates.org

  • Individuals who have passed the Medical Final Examination (LEK)/Medical-Dental Final Examination (LDEK) in Polish are released from the obligation to take the Polish language exam;

 

*Instructions for students of programmes in medicine or dentistry to use the Health Professional Education Monitoring System (SMK) application

https://www.dilnet.wroc.pl/files/smk/instrukcja_student.pdf

Lower Silesian Medical Chamber (DIL)

Website: https://www.dilnet.wroc.pl/kontakt

Telephone: tel. 71 798 80 50 / 71 798 80 52 / 71 798 80 54

Working hours: Monday Wednesday Friday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

e-mail: dil@dilnet.wroc.pl