Can a person with a medical degree work as a junior specialist?

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When licensing medical practice, we are often asked the following questions:

  • Can a dentist work as a junior X-ray laboratory technician on a part time basis?
  • If yes, what does it take?

In this article we will respond to the question of whether a doctor can work as a junior specialist or hold these two positions, if desired. 

Legal and regulatory issues

According to the law of Ukraine, medicine can be practiced by persons who have undergone appropriate training, received special education and meet common qualification requirements.

These requirements are specified in Order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine No. 117 of 29.03.2002 on the qualification characteristics of professions.

These qualification requirements comprise:

  • types of higher education;
  • training programs;
  • majors and specializations.

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What is the difference between a major and a specialization and why is it important? 

Major is a branch of medicine, for which the professional is trained.

Specialization is a branch of specialty, limited to a subject area of study  and postgraduate medical education.

The term “Specialization” is used in Order No. 166 of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, which generally regulates postgraduate education.

Thus, according to this Order, the Specialization is the acquisition of the medicine major covered by the Nomenclature of medical specialties.

Thus, in order for a dentist to be eligible to work as a junior specialist, such as an X-ray laboratory technician, he/she needs to acquire a specialization in X-ray radiography. Notice that the dentist doesn’t need to get an associate degree, as he/she has a higher level of education than the junior specialist.

To acquire a qualification level of a junior specialist in a specific specialization area, it is necessary to obtain a Certificate of advanced training and retraining of junior medical specialists and pharmacists in Radiography. This allows a person to legally work as an X-ray laboratory technician.

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Thus, in practice, a dentist can combine duties of an X-ray laboratory technician on a part-time basis.

Therefore, it is required to pass training in X-ray radiography specialization and obtain the abovementioned Certificate.

We have an extensive experience and expertise in obtaining licenses for medical practice, both in the field of Dentistry and in the field of X-ray radiography. In most cases the license was obtained for one and the same person with a Dentistry major.

If you want to learn more about possible options for working as a junior doctor, you are welcome to contact us in any convenient way for you.

Publication date: 30/07/2019

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