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Surgery in Estonia : Doctor accreditation and qualifications

Doctors study at the Faculty of Medicine within the prestigious University of Tartu, to gain a "Diplom arstite aduse oppekava läbimise kohta" (Diploma in the medical science curriculum).  Specialists should hold a Residenturi lõputunnistus eriarstiabi erialal from the university.  The medical degree takes around six years, and graduates undertake a further five years to specialise in their particular field, such as orthopaedic surgery.

The medical regulatory authority in Estonia is the Sotsiall Ministeerium (Ministry of Social Affairs) located at Gonsiori 29, 15027 Tallinn.  Tel +372 626 9301.  The Estonian Ministry oversees the health care system and the Estonian Medical Association (EsMA) located atPepleri 32, 51010 Tartu, tel 372 7 420 429 works under the Ministry’s supervision. Specialist associations exist for doctors to belong to such as the Association of Estonian Surgeons, the Estonian Society of Orthopaedics, the Estonian Society of Traumatology and Orthopaedics, the Estonian Society of Anthroscopy and Sports Traumatology, the Estonian branch of the International Traumatologists Society (the AOAA Aulmni), the Latvian Society of Traumatology and Orthopaedics or the International Society of Anthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports. 

Every doctor, surgeon, hospital or a practice must adhere to regulations of the Estonian Medical Association which works under the Estonian Ministry and each doctor, surgeon, hospital or practice must be certified and licensed and compliant with European regulations.

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