How to become a GP?

How to become a GP – 2015

To become a GP, you have to fulfil the conditions laid down in Act No 94/2004 Coll., on conditions for obtaining and recognition of professional qualifications. General Practice Education Programme further specifies the conditions of the act. What does this mean in reality?
At first, let us point out that the term 'pre-attestation training' may sometimes be used instead of the not very well-known term 'specialty training'. In other words, the act lays down conditions concerning the time period after which you can become a GP. Up to this day (February 2015), it takes 3 years.

We recommend that

a) you read the General Practice Education Programme (here) thoroughly. You can find there detailed conditions of specialty training.
b) you read the IPVZ – Institute for Postgraduate Medical Education website, where you can find valid education programme, attestation questions, attestation terms and more.
c) in case of need, you contact the Institute for Postgraduate Medical Education (IPVZ), specifically doctor Josef Štolfa (stolfa@ipvz.cz), who is the most well-informed person in terms of specialty training. Doctor Štolfa is Head of the Department of General Practice; he will help you with your individual needs, which are outside the regular framework.

Now, we are going to mention important points to be aware of.

Specialty training have to be undertaken in an accredited training practice under the supervision of an accredited GP, i.e. you can only contact GPs who have a special permit issued by the Ministry of Health, the so-called 'accreditation'. Here is a list of accredited practices.
Inpatient facilities, where a large part of specialty training is spent, also have to be accredited. These facilities include:
Internal medicine
Surgery
Paediatrics
Gynaecology
Attention! You will have to complete several other specialties – otorhinolaryngology, urology, etc. These specialties are listed in the Logbook, not in the education programme. These specialty practices do not require accreditation; their quality is guaranteed by your accredited GP trainer. Therefore, you do not have to complete otorhinolaryngology, etc. in an accredited practice. All such specialties are listed in the Logbook. Urology, rehabilitation medicine, and orthopaedics – various surgical specialties – also do not have to be completed in an accredited practice. These minor specialties are likewise under the auspices of an accredited GP trainer.

Obligatory pre-attestation courses

Obligatory courses/seminars according to the General Practice Education Programme:
Medical First Aid (3 days),
The Basics of Medical Ethics, Communication, Management, and Legislation in General Practice (2 days),
Harmful Substance Abuse Prevention and Addiction Treatment (1 day),
Radiological Protection (1 day),
Palliative Care (2 days),
Hygiene and Epidemiology (2 days),
Psychotherapy (3 days),
General Practice News (3x 1 day),
The Basics of Medical Ethics, Communication, Management, and Legislation in General Practice Seminar (2 days)
Recommended courses include Selected Chapters from General Practice (2x 5 days), General Approach to an Acute Patient in the Field (2 days), Diabetology in General Practice (5 days), Differential Diagnosis in General Practice (2 days), ECG Course (2 days).

Obligatory courses

IPVZ or any other faculty of medicine carry out courses. IPVZ carries out courses twice in a year, other faculties of medicine have a different system.

IPVZ courses – a note

In case the courses you need to complete are already full, it is recommended (according to what Mr Štolfa told us during our founding meeting) that you send an e-mail to or call Ms Keslová (tel. 261 092 457) so that she can mark you as an applicant or a replacement for the specific course. If there is some other instructor, contact them (see contacts in Educational Events Details, below the List of Educational Events in course search on the IPVZ website).
If it is not possible to integrate the applicant into the course, the organizer of the course will be informed about the number of excess applicants. Depending on the number of excess applicants and their interest in the course, the course may be moved to a more capacious room, or a complimentary course may be carried out in the meantime. In case a registered member cancels his registration, the applicant will become integrated into the course.

What if something's changed?

Unfortunately, things change and information regarding the changes is not always available. Therefore, you should attend courses more often, especially before the attestation exam, ask your colleagues and check the news so that nothing can surprise you. Things should not be this way and we do our best to fix that, but it takes time. It's best to inform you now so that you don't end up disappointed.