Internal Medicine


The disipline of Internal Medicine is part of the Institute of Clinical Medicine in the School of Medicine within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Undergraduate training

Most of the teaching is carried out in the facilities of Kuopio University Hospital in the form of small-group teaching, lectures and seminars. Students are familiarised with all of the specialities in internal medicine (endocrinology, gastroenterology, haematology, infectious diseases, cardiology, nephrology and rheumatology).

Instruction in internal medicine starts in the third year with a propaedeutic course (jointly with the disipline of Surgery) and an integrated organ-specific course (specific training in General Medical Practice, YEK), which is integrated with Surgery. The propaedeutic course teaches students the basics of patient examination, (incl. interviewing the patient and clinical examination). On the YEK course, students focus on patient examination on an organ-specific basis in greater depth touching on all the abovementioned internal medicine specialities.

Sixth-year students participate in supplementary training in internal medicine in which some of the teaching has been decentralised to Central Finland Central Hospital and North Karelia Central Hospital. Students who have enrolled in the decentralised training at the central hospitals referred to above complete supplementary training in internal medicine in a two-week period. The other half of the class completes the supplementary training in Kuopio University Hospital.

Students can generally enrol in advanced studies in internal medicine during the third year, after having completed the propaedeutic course. First- or second-year students may also be accepted for advanced studies on a case-by-case basis.

At the end of the sixth year, students take the final examination in internal medicine.

Medical specialist training

More detailed information on discipline-specific medical specialist training can be found at the pages of School of Medicine.


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