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Specialist Medical Training Program in Psychiatry

Are you a medical doctor interested in specialising in psychiatry? We are looking for a communicative team player who always puts patients first to join the Swedish Specialist Medical Training Program (SMTP) with a projected start in 2024. To be eligible as a SMTP resident at Sahlgrenska University Hospital you need to have at least 2 years of clinical experience.

Apply now

Follow the application procedure to apply for the Psychiatry Residency Program, no later than 14 April 2023.


Join our team

You will join the Department of Psychiatry at one of Northern Europe’s largest hospitals. We treat patients with all psychiatric disorders at a specialized level such as affective disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders and addiction. The clinic takes care of patients that live in Gothenburg and adjacent municipalities.

The 9 outpatient clinics of the Department of Psychiatry follows up around 12,000 patients, has 8 inpatient wards (108 beds) and employs 740 healthcare staff including 115 physicians.  The department is a national referral centre for highly specialized treatment for severe self-harm, eating disorders and has a subspecialized outpatient clinic for bipolar disorder.

During the psychiatry residency you will get the opportunity to treat both children and adults, which will give you an insight into the entire spectrum of the psychiatric field. The residency includes clinical work under supervision in inpatient settings, outpatient follow-up and shifts at the psychiatric emergency ward. Furthermore, each resident in psychiatry is expected to do rotations in neurology and internal medicine as well as basic training in psychotherapy. The clinic emphasizes research and each resident performs their own research project during the training.

We work in multidisciplinary teams, around Sahlgrenska University Hospital’s three sites (Östra, Mölndal & Sahlgrenska). You will also frequently collaborate with other departments.

During the training you will have an appointed supervisor who will support you throughout the program. Together you will regularly evaluate the progress made. There are frequent lectures and meetings for the group of residents in the clinic (~20) during which residents are expected to participate to exchange ideas, present cases and review new research.

Program layout

General information about our Specialist Medical Training Program.


Is this you?

Are you a fast learner who always puts patients first?

We are looking for a communicative team player interested in psychiatry. You should have a high level of ambition, easily put theory into practice, not hesitate in stressful situations and preferably be interested in performing research.

To fit in our department, you will need to listen, understand and earn the trust of both adults and children. All for the benefit of the patient´s safety and treatment outcomes. During a patient consultation you will try get a clear picture of their condition and how it affects their health and lifestyle. Language and conversational skills are therefore even more imperative when working as a psychiatrist.

Besides your clinical duties (40 hours per week), you will continuously need to study key literature as well as participate in research projects. Not only will you perform on-call duty, but you will also be part of the out-patient service and assist in the emergency department.

The clinical part of the training program reaches over 5 years. Besides the core training program in psychiatry, you will also do rotations in other specialties and participate in several mandatory courses.



Read more about the program layout and application process to see if this is the right position for you. Remember to submit your application no later than 14 April 2023.

After the deadline we will review the applications and select a few candidates for Teams interviews. Those who successfully pass that step will be invited to a second interview at the hospital.

Please note that the program is given in Swedish. Swedes are generally quite good at English, but Swedish is the working language used for teaching and for communicating with colleagues and patients. This means that a good command of the Swedish language is crucial. The Program therefore begins with mandatory studies in Swedish for about 10 months at the language institute Folkuniversitetet.

We are following the COVID-19 development and the recommendations of relevant authorities closely. We will inform you continuously if this affects the application process.

Our Education Manager is happy to help if you have any questions.

We look forward to finding out more about you!

Apply now

Follow the application procedure to apply for the Psychiatry Residency Program, no later than 14 April 2023.

Program layout

General information about our Specialist Medical Training Program.


Frequently asked questions about the program.


Updated: 2023-03-20 10:22