Testimonials

Read about the doctors who as completed their
Specialist Medical Training with Skåne Care

Dr. Eihab Munshi 
M.D. Specialist in General surgery

What are your plans after completed specialist training? 
Pursuing a subspecializing in foregut surgery and continue my researches with Lund University.

– Would you recommend SMTP to other international colleagues?
I would strongly do. My experience was invaluable. I have worked in a productive, pedagogic, and healthy work environment. I was fortunate to gain great clinical knowledge and experience and work in a professional, evidence-based, and egalitarian work environment. 

Why did you choose Sweden for your specialist medical training? 
The Swedish healthcare and Welfare system is well known to be multidisciplinary and holistic. Sweden is a leading country in medical breakthroughs and researches, including in surgical procedures. The healthcare system here is centralized which is characterized by standardization and equality. Skåne university hospitals is one of the biggest three medical institutions in Sweden that provide healthcare at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels to the Skåne population.

Dr. Yasmin Alkhamis
M.D. Specialist in Psychiatry

Why did you choose Sweden for your specialist medical training? 
The opportunity to do my residency in Sweden presented itself to me and I did not hesitate to take it. As soon as I came to Sweden I knew I made the right choice.

The work culture or work atmosphere that is created can vary vastly from one department in a hospital to the same department in a different hospital, let alone in a different country. These differences, I knew, would especially vary in the field of psychiatry (which is my specialty) and I wanted to benefit from that. This specialty allows for more creativity and variation in the way patients are diagnosed and treated. I find that Sweden creates a harmonious environment where one can flourish both in work- and private life. 

Would you recommend SMTP to other international colleagues?
Yes, I would. Doing residency to begin with is a challenging journey and doing it while at the same time creating a new safety net, a new home and in a foreign language is even more challenging. But it is worth it. I am very grateful for the professional and personal growth I’ve gained over the past 6 years.

What are your plans after completed specialist training? 
I plan to work on a digital consultation platform where patients can seek psychiatric and psychological help. Such platforms have become increasingly vital as many patients hesitate to seek psychiatric help in a “physical” clinic due to feelings of shame and stigma. It is however a move in the right direction and a sign that more and more people dare seek help. This is what I will work with temporarily while I await to be allocated a position in the public sector- which I am very open for.

Dr. Rabea Kashkeri
M.D Specialist Psychiatry & sub-specialist in mood & anxiety disorders

Why did you chose Sweden for your specialist medical training?
Sweden is a country known for quality in many areas and when I started my search for a good place to do my specialist education, Sweden came up as a very interesting alternative.

Back then, there were only a few Saudi doctors and dentists in Sweden, but I managed to get accepted at Skåne University Hospital and started my training in January of 2012. Today, we are a much bigger group of international doctors here at the hospital but also in many other hospitals and regions in Sweden.

How do you think you training will contribute in your home country? I
will return to Jeddah Psychiatric Hospital that I worked at before coming here. They are the reason that I´ve been able to do this since they have financed my training. I´m very grateful for the education system in Saudi Arabia where there is an option for medical doctors to do their training at home or abroad. I have a big network of colleagues that have trained in Canada, France, Germany etc. and we will use our common knowledge of the healthcare systems of these countries and use the best parts for Saudi.

What are the most profound differences between the Swedish and Saudi healthcare systems and how do you think that we can benefit from each other?
The system in Sweden is not as hierarchic and even doctors fresh from school are expected to work independently. The education is built on a high level of integration between the university and the hospital, which means that the clinical training is as important as the theoretical one. This is one of the reasons that it is required to have at least two years of clinical experience before being able to apply for the training here.

To exchange cultural values, insights and experience between people and nations are always important. Insight gives new perspectives and possibilities.

 

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