Medical and physiotherapy training – internships
After completing their academic and clinical studies, doctors and physiotherapists have to complete periods of internship in order to be eligible for full professional qualification.
Trainee doctors must complete one year as a hospital intern, followed by six months' internship with a general practice. Medical interns have the same duties and rights as fully qualified Norwegian doctors, except that they cannot prescribe so-called Class A medications (e.g., morphine).
The County Governor is responsible for arranging internships within the county's municipal health services.
The County Governor of each county is responsible for approving placements for physiotherapy interns at hospitals and in municipal health services. The County Governors of Troms, Hordaland, and Oslo and Akershus have primary responsibility for ensuring that there are sufficient placements in their regions (North Norway, Western Norway and Eastern Norway).
Internships – moving expenses
The Norwegian Registration Authority for Health Personnel (SAK) is responsible for administering and distributing grants to cover interns' travel and moving expenses. Interns who are eligible for grants must obtain SAK approval for their expenses in advance. All queries about moving expenses should be directed to the SAK.
Training courses for interns – travel expenses
The County Governor of the county where the intern is undertaking his or her internship will refund travel expenses incurred in relation to participation in group training sessions, courses in emergency medicine and the County Governor's seminar on public health initiatives.