Norway’s plan to change placement scheme for trainee doctors proves controversialBMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1475 (Published 07 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1475
- Kari Skinningsrud
- 1Lillestrøm, Norway
After a long and heated debate Norway’s health minister proposed last week to change the almost 60 year old poll system for deciding where doctors serve their compulsory training placement.
In the current system medical candidates study for six years and then work in supervised training positions in hospitals (12 months) and general practice (six months) before receiving their licence to practise. When they apply for their first job in training they draw a poll number at the same time. The person who draws number 1 can choose to serve in any hospital, while the person who draws number 475 (the last number this year) has to take whichever placement …