Living and Working as an Oncologist in Serbia

Facts and Statistics

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    Location: South-East Europe
  • Climate: Continental climate with cold winters and hot and humid summers
  • Ethnic makeup: Serbs are make up the majority. Minority groups: Montenegrins, Bosnians, Roma, Albanians, Hungarians, Croats
  • Religions: The majority is Eastern Orthodox. Other religions include Islam and Catholicism
  • Official languages: Official language Serbian. Other languages: Hungarian, Romanian, Slovak, Croatian and Albanian
  • Government: Serbia is a parliamentary republic with a multi-party system

Studying medicine in Serbia

Medicine studies take six years in Serbia. To enrol at a Medical Faculty, a formal exam is mandatory. The Medical Faculties with courses available in English language are the following:

To be qualified for medical practice in Serbia, medical graduates need to pass the board exam, which takes place at the Ministry of Health once a year, and be registered with Serbian Medical Chamber.

What do I need to do to become an oncologist in Serbia?

Medical Oncology is not recognised as a speciality in Serbia. However, to be able to apply for the subspeciality training program in Clinical Oncology, medical doctors need to finish the following specialisations first: Internal Medicine, Radiology, General Surgery, Gynaecology, Urology, Neurology, Paediatric, Otorhinolaryngology, Orthopaedics or Pneumoftiziology. Clinical Oncology subspeciailty takes one year in one of the universities mentioned above.  Final exams for both the speciality and subspeciality have to be completed in order to become qualified Clinical Oncologist.

Are there any oncology societies in Serbia?

There are several societies for professionals of different disciplines dealing with cancer patients. Some examples of societies are (not an exhaustive list):

Is it possible to do a fellowship in Serbia?

Fellowship training is possible through projects supported by Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Development. To be entitled, candidates need to establish contact with one of the project leaders. Projects last between 4 and 5 years and the candidate is expected to take active role during that time period.

Serbian Society & Culture

Serbia has always stood between East and West, not only in a geographical sense, but also politically and culturally. At first between the Byzantine and Roman empires, and then it became a frontier between the Ottoman Empire and the Christian West. This centuries-long position on the path of conquering armies from both sides has led to constant migrations and the mixing of populations. The result is a multi-ethnic and multicultural society, highly family-oriented and with many traditions.

Serbia has contributed some of the world’s greatest scientists including: Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), Mihajlo Pupin (1854-1935) and Milutin Milanković (1879-1958), Mileva Maric Einstein (1875-1948).

Where can I find useful information for living in Serbia?