Hello, I would like to know what the opinon is concerning the internship period which exist in certain european countries (Scandinavia, Germany...). This is a perion of about 18-21 months where you work as a payed doctor divided in to surgery, internal medecin, psychiatry and to round it all of with a period of general practice before being able to start a specialty. In other countries one starts specialty directly after graduation. I have heard that some claims that the clinical rotations fulfill all the clinical practice you need in these areas, but I am not so sure. You learn much more in doing it yourself than following some resident looking over his back most of the time. I also think that a doctor should know how to take care of minor medical problems if someone claims to have one in his consultation, even if he is a plastic or cardiac surgeon, instead of immediately sending him to a generalist.