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Living and Working as an Oncologist in Montenegro

Facts and Statistics

  • Location: South-eastern Europe
  • Climate: Mediterranean and continental
  • Population: 620,029 (census 2011)
  • Ethnic makeup: 44.98% Montenegrins, 29.73% Serbs, 8.65% Bosnians, 4.91% Albanians, 3.31% Muslims by nationality
  • Religions: 72.07% Eastern Orthodox, 19.11 Islam, 3.44% Catholics
  • Official languages: Montenegrin as prime official language (36.97%), in usage are recognised Serbian (42.88%), Bosnian (5.33%), Albanian (5.27%)
  • Government: Democratic Republic 

Studying medicine in Montenegro

Basic studies take six years. Curriculums of  the two below faculties are similar to each other.

Internal medicine: All doctors who have finished or are in a training process study internal medicine at the Medical Faculty of the University in Belgrade in Serbia (plan and program in English is not available at this moment.

Oncology institute: Four years of residency required: Oncology Clinic of Clinical Center of Montenegro, where Dr Sorat and Dr Lukovac Janjic work as specialists in internal medicine, and 3 other doctors are currently trained.

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

Basic and Internal medical studies, followed by internal medicine residency of four years and completed with subspecialty training in oncology for treatment of solid tumours.

Are there any Oncology Societies in Montenegro?

An oncology society gathering only health professionals does not exist. There is Montenegrin Society for Fight against Cancer, which groups health professionals and other interested stakeholders and citizens. Several NGOs carry out projects aimed to fight against cancer (e.g. NGO Zdrava Dona Montenegrina).

Is it possible to do a fellowship in Montenegro?

As a foreign medical student you can study in Montenegro as part of a student exchange. You would be entitled to live at a student residence for free. Details on the website of the Medical Faculty of Crne Gore University.

So far, there is no institution providing the possibility to do a fellowship, but it could be an issue for initiation, maybe at the Clinical Centre of Montenegro

Montenegrin Society & Culture

The culture of Montenegro has been shaped by a variety of influences throughout history. The influence of Orthodox, Slavonic, Central European, Islamic, and seafaring Adriatic cultures (notably parts of Italy, like the Republic of Venice) have been the most important in recent centuries.

Montenegro has many significant cultural and historical sites, including heritage sites from the pre-Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque periods. The Montenegrin coastal region is especially well known for its religious monuments, including the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in Kotor, the basilica of St. Luke (over 800 years), Our Lady of the Rocks (Škrpjela), the Savina Monastery and others.

The first literary works written in the region are ten centuries old, and the first Montenegrin book was printed five hundred years ago. The first state-owned printing press was located in Cetinje in 1494, where the first South Slavic book, Oktoih, was printed the same year. Montenegro's capital Podgorica and the former royal capital of Cetinje are the two most important centres of culture and arts in the country. The society itself is a traditional one.

Where can I find useful information for living in Montenegro?

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