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Clinical placements

Many of our international exchange students at Sahlgrenska academy take part in clinical placements while studying in Gothenburg. If you have been accepted to our academy to take part in clinical training there are some important things to remember and read through.

MRSA - test upon arrival

All students taking part in clinical work must complete an MRSA-test upon arrival. The test can be done at the Student Health care center. It is important that you have the test result before starting your placement. Please note you may have to arrive earlier than the first day stated in your Letter of acceptance in order to get the test in time. As an example, if you start your placement on a Monday, it is suggested you arrive the week before to complete the test.

Nordic students are exempted from the MRSA-screening process upon arrival.
MRSA routines

Regulations on basic hygiene

If you are to complete work in the Swedish Health care sector such as clinics and hospitals it is important you read the basic hygiene and staff hygiene procedures. The Handbook for Healthcare is a website for caregivers and healthcare personnel.

Basic hygiene in health care and care (SOSFS 2015:10)

Police Record Extracts

Students may be ask to show police record extracts (clearance) when arriving at the clinical ward in Gothenburg. We therefore recommend all incoming students to bring a police record extract to show if asked upon arrival.

Please note this should not be sent to SAIO as part of your application.

Vaccinations required

Proof of vaccination/vaccination record (in English) should be uploaded in your Mobility Online application. If records are in local language your international coordinator will need to translate/verify documentation. All students working with patients must have sufficient immunization including the following:

  • Polio vaccine, 4 doses
  • Tetanus vaccine, 4 doses
  • Diphteria vaccine, 4 doses
  • Measles, mumps, rubella titers indicating immunity (MMR)
  • Chicken pox titer indicating immunity, vaccination recommended if zero negative
  • If you come from a tuberculosis risk country (see list on website), or if you have spent at least 3 months in one during the past 5 years you should do a QuantiFERON-test.
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • MRSA test upon arrival
    Please note - it takes 1-5 working days to get the result from the test. Book appointment


Page Manager: Rebecca Törnqvist|Last update: 12/18/2019

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