It can be hard for foreign doctors to find their way around the Dutch healthcare system and its culture. If this is the case for you, too, KNMG can help. KNMG will support you while you are preparing for your professional skills assessments, for instance by providing you with knowledge tests through the website of Medisch Contact.
Medisch Contact’s knowledge tests, which assess both basic medical and clinical knowledge, comprise hundreds of questions based on the progress tests Dutch medical students take four times a year. These progress tests can be found on Medisch Contact’s website. If you join KNMG by becoming a member of one of its federation partners, you will receive the log-in data to access Medisch Contact’s website and, therefore, the progress tests. Practising these progress tests is a good way to assess your knowledge of the most common medical conditions.
You will find that taking a Dutch language course and practising progress tests alone will not suffice to prepare you for the professional skills assessments. It is equally important that you understand what goes on in Dutch GP’s practices. After all, a GP’s practice is where you will encounter the greatest diversity of acute and chronic problems, both physiological and psychosocial. In addition, GP’s practices are where you will meet the greatest variety of patients.
Important subjects which will be dealt with during internships:
The Association of Graduate Foreign Doctors (VBGA) will put you in touch with GPs who will be happy to offer you an internship. KNMG helps VBGA do so by supplying the names of GPs who are willing to accept interns. Such GP internships last up to twenty days. You will decide your internship objectives yourself, in consultation with the GP mentoring you during your internship.
All Dutch faculties of medicine (i.e., medical schools) have their own associations, which are good places to find information (e.g. forums, videos, examinations, etc.). Please find below a list of such medical faculty associations: