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Practical information master Medical Sciences

Last updated on 24 June 2021

On this page you will find all practical information about the master's degree in medical sciences. You will find information about the schedule, waiting time, working hours, internship locations and book lists. 

More information about the masters degree in Medical Sciences

  • Waiting time

    What is waiting time?
    The study program defines waiting time exclusively as the time during which no education is offered and in which you are registered. Scientific internship, elective education and the compulsory clinical internships are all education offered!
    The moment you choose to be placed later (e.g. by exchanging with a fellow student with a later start date or by returning your study path because you want to leave a certain period to do something else), this is seen as a voluntary waiting time and will not be included in your 'official' waiting time.

    Study or deregister?
    Suppose you are placed in February to start your internship but you are ready in September, then you have five months waiting time plus your summer vacation. We assume that you will spend those five months on the scientific internship. You have enough time to arrange and run the internship. If you don't want that or if you still have waiting time, unsubscribe. As a result, neither your study duration nor your student finance will continue.

    What waiting times are there?

    • At the start of the master's program
      Your master's program starts with the scientific internship and / or elective education or with the co-phase. Waiting time is the time during which you cannot study because no training is offered. Waiting time can occur before the start of the cofase. You first do the scientific internship and elective education. Waiting time only starts to count when both parts have been completed and the cofase cannot be started yet. The scientific internship lasts 16 weeks. The optional education consists of education / internships of a total of 8 weeks which you can do in one go or in (maximum) two parts. Keep in mind that you need extra time to arrange this education.

    What if I need more time?
    If your master's program cannot be completed within three years, you have a number of options:

    • Unsubscribe:
      If you want to do something else for your personal development for the master's program (for example traveling or longer scientific research outside the framework of your scientific internships), then it is advisable to deregister. Read here about the option to unsubscribe and what to take into account. If you have further questions, please contact one of the student counselors.
    • Entitlement to the Profile Fund: If you want to continue studying but it is not possible because you have too much waiting time, you may be entitled to financial support from the Profile Fund. This is a VU Amsterdam regulation that applies in case of force majeure, including study delay due to a study program that cannot be studied, but also for other categories. You can find information about this on the website of the VU and via the academic advisers
  • Waiting list

    If you want to start earlier than the assigned start date, you can be placed on the waiting list. On the 'waiting list form' - which you request via master.gnk@vumc.nl - you indicate the date from which you would like / can start.

    Priorities on the waiting list
    The waiting list is divided into seven categories, with category 1 having the highest priority. The categories are:
    1. Student dropped out due to illness
    2. Student has a top performance status
    3. Student dropped out because of personal circumstances (e.g. family circumstances or pregnancy)
    4. The student has not been assigned any of his / her three preferred dates at intake, but a different date
    5. Student did not meet the requirement of 180 EC 35 working days before the assigned start date and was removed from the study path
    6. The student has returned the study path later than two weeks after the intake result
    7. Student has not accepted a previously offered start date
    Students on the waiting list move up one category after each intake (eg from 7 to 6 or from 3 to 2).

    Allocation of study paths from the waiting list
    When a starting date becomes available, lots will be drawn among all students in the category with the highest priority. See example 1 below. When a study path becomes available on which a student can be placed in the short term (<4 weeks before the start date), all students from all categories of the waiting list are emailed and this start date is offered to them. The student who first responds to this email will be assigned the start date / study path. See example 2.

    Example 1:
    It is 17 August 2020 and a study path will be available with a start date of 23 November 2020 (more than four weeks later). We will then draw among all category 1 students who are available to start from 23 November. If there are no students available in category 1, we will draw among the students in category 2, etc.

    Example 2:
    It is August 17, 2020 and a study path will be available with a start date of August 31, 2020 (so two weeks later). we must then ensure that that study path is filled 'immediately'. In order to have the best chance of a quick placement, we will email all students on the waiting list (ie from category 1 to 7), who are available to start from 31 August. The first student to respond will be assigned the start date.

    Of course, the numbers of students in the different categories can vary greatly, but usually the number of students in category 4 is the largest. However, it is always a matter of luck or bad luck. Sometimes a number of study paths are cleared in succession and sometimes there is a period when no path is lost.

    If you drop out during the study path - so if you have already started - the same rules apply, but there are fewer categories:

    Student dropped out due to illness
    Student has a top performance status
    Student dropped out due to personal circumstances
    Student dropped out on the basis of insufficient results

    If you have any further questions, please contact master.gnk@vumc.nl

  • Working hours interns

    In the documents below you will find all information about the rules regarding working hours for interns.
    Memo working hours scheme for interns

    FAQ about working hours scheme for interns

  • Days and weeks off in master ‘15

    If you follow the M'15 master's program, you will have Christmas holidays and a summer holiday in master year 1 and master year 2, during which the internships are stopped for all interns. The holidays apply to all internships from the preparatory internship (VCP) up to and including the internship for general practice. During the social medicine internship, the holidays fall in the same period as the internships, but the duration of the holiday varies per student with a minimum of 2 weeks. You will receive the schedule for social medicine (and the semi-arts internship) 6 months before the start of the semi-arts internship.
    Note: In master year 3 you have no holidays (so no Christmas holidays!).

    Holidays M1 and M2 in 2020
    Three weeks of summer vacation from July 20, 2020 to August 9, 2020.
    Two weeks of Christmas holidays in 2020 from December 21, 2020 to January 3, 2021.
    NB In 2021 there will also be three weeks of summer holidays (July 26, 2021 to August 15, 2021), but there will be only one week of Christmas holiday (December 27, 2021 to January 2, 2022).

    Possible free holidays (Easter, Whitsun, Ascension Day and King's Day) and / or compensation days can vary per internship, per hospital and department. The internships run continuously with the exception of the Christmas holidays and the summer holidays. You do have one or two weeks off between certain internships. These weeks can be found in the internship schedule that you will receive no later than 6 weeks before the start of the VCP (preparatory internship). The VCP always takes place in VUmc.
    Free weeks in the schedule: For an overview of free weeks in the internship schedule, click here.

    Furthermore, in the Preparatory Internship (VCP) and the KTO and KTC education in VUmc (and therefore not during the internship!) There are days off on:

    • New Year's Day January 1, 2020
    • Good Friday *) April 10, 2020
    • Easter Monday April 13, 2020
    • King's Day April 27, 2020
    • Liberation Day *) 5 May 2020 (only day off in 2020!)
    • Ascension Day 21 May 2020 (note, the Friday after Ascension Day 22 May there will be KTC education!)
    • Whit Monday 1 June 2020

    *) Good Friday and Liberation Day:

    In the master's program, the rule applies that students are covered by the collective labor agreement of the hospital where they are currently doing the internship with regard to days off.
    Good Friday and May 5 are not official national holidays. This means that Master's students can be scheduled for education on these days.
    Depending on the location where a master's student is at that moment, he can therefore be expected on Good Friday and / or 5 May at the internship or for education.
    Per location it will be indicated whether the intern is expected for a regular working day, for a shift or whether he is free.
    KTC education in VUmc is not scheduled on Good Friday and this year also not on Liberation Day (as these are scheduled days off in VUmc).
    If you are following the KTO in one of the partner hospitals during the above holidays, ask yourself if you have a day off or that work continues. After the Wednesdays that you do VGT, you:

    • you do not have to return to the internship location if you have a day shift
    • does go back to your internship location if you have an evening or night shift
    • does go back to your internship location if you have KTO that week

    After an MKR you always go back to your internship, unless you - in consultation with you. your supervisor or the learning house coordinator - have agreed otherwise. 

  • Free weeks between internships

    In the overview below you can see the free weeks between the internships

    Preparatory Internship

    1 week off
    KTO Internal Medicine
    Internship Internal Medicine

    2 weeks off
    KTO Surgery
    Internship Surgery

    1 week off
    KTO Neurology / Psychiatry
    Internship Neurology
    Internship Psychiatry

    2 weeks off
    KTO V & G / Pediatrics
    Coschap H&S
    Coschap Pediatrics

    1 week off (NB for students of the 2015-2016 cohort with an even group number, this free week is after the ENT / Dermatology / Ophthalmology internships!)
    Internship ENT
    Internship Dermatology
    Internship Ophthalmology
    KTO Geriatric Medicine
    Coschap Elderly Medicine

    1 week off
    Coschap Family Medicine

    1-3 weeks off
    Internship Social Medicine

    1-3 weeks off
    Semi-arts internship 

  • Contact and consultation hours

    As long as the general measures regarding the Covid19 virus are in force, the employees of the master team work from home and cannot therefore be reached by telephone. All walk-in consultation hours have also been canceled until further notice. Contact is only possible by email. You can, however, submit a request for a telephone appointment by e-mail. You can then be called by one of the employees of the master team on the agreed day / time. 

    YearManagementassistentE-mail adressPhone numberRoom
    M1/M2

    Mw. A. Van den Berg 

    Mw. I. Bange

    master.gnk@vumc.nl020-444 6236 / 020-444 6237PK 5-004 (KTC)
    M3Mw. D. van Werkhovenmaster.gnk@vumc.nl           wetenschappelijkestage@vumc.nl 020-444 6238PK 5-004 (KTC)

    If you have any questions about planning internships, please contact: 

    YearPlannerE-mail adressPhone numberRoom
    M1/M2Dhr.ir.  L. van Lieshout / Dhr. W. Fungmaster.gnk@vumc.nl

    020-4448338 / 020-4448011 


    MF G.010
    M1/M2Dhr.ir.  L. van Lieshout / Dhr. W. Fungmaster.gnk@vumc.nl

    020-4448338 / 020-4448011 


    MF G.010
    M3Dhr. W. FungSemi-arts@vumc.nl  Keuzeonderwijs@vumc.nl020-4448011MF G.010

    Consultation hours


    Day and TimeRoom
    Master walk-in consultation hours M1/M2/M3Every Wednesday  11am to 12.30pmMF G.010
    Consultation hours International Cooperation  M1/ M2 /M3Every Thursday 12pm to 1.30 pm MF G.010
  • What should I do if my address or phone number has changed?

    Do you have a new address and / or telephone number? Please notify us as soon as possible.
    Passing on your new data goes as follows:
    1. First make sure that your change of address is implemented in VU-net
    2. Notify the secretariat of the department where you are doing your internship (or will be running within a month) and - if applicable - the learning center of the hospital in question that your address details have been changed. 

  • Booklist

    Book list 2020-2021

    On this page you will find the book list for academic year 2020-2021 of the bachelor and master medicine.
    Book list 2019-2020
    On this page you will find the book list for the academic year 2019-2020 of the bachelor and master medicine.

    Overview of books per cohort
    This document states per cohort which books were on the book list in previous years. Download the document 'book list history' here.

    last update: 27-7-2020 

  • Facilities for internships (internship) at Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc

    Facilities Internships VUmc
    If you are going to do an internship at VUmc, you will need an employee card, a white jackett (and trousers) and a VUmc account.
    Before you can pick up your employee pass, your white coat or your account, you must have registered for the master's program and answered the desired questions in VU-net and uploaded the confidentiality agreement. Two weeks later you can pick up your employee card (as well as your VUmc login account) at the hospital and with this employee card you can also pick up a white coat (and white trousers for your surgery and H&S internship).

    Facilities regulation
    Sometimes you can use some extra help from the university, for example by being able to reschedule an exam every now and then or by financial support. This may be necessary if you participate in top sport, are a member of the student council, if you experience a study delay due to force majeure or for any other reason.
    There are financial arrangements and a facilty arrangementor such situations. Clicking on the link will show you when and how you qualify and what to expect from it. 

  • Employee pass Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc

    Before you can pick up the employee pass, you must first send a digital color pass photo to servicesfb@amsterdamumc.nl o.v.v. your position (intern), your full name and date of birth. Conditions for the color passport photo:

    • Recent photo (no vacation photo)
    • Smooth plain background
    • Smiling is allowed
    • JPG file

    You can also use a (free) app on your phone that takes passport photos.
    You can then pick up the pass at the service desk. The desk is open from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., location ZH -1 A 14.1. They can also be reached at 44666 or via servicepuntfb.info@vumc.nl.
    See further information in the employee card manual

  • Planning internships (study path) M15 and division of locations

    Each year, the employees of the master planning assign more than 400 students for all master years for almost all internships / internships at VUmc and in the many other partner hospitals, within and outside the Amsterdam region. Organizing these internships is a complex matter. The study paths are arranged in such a way that the average travel distance to all internships in master year 1 and 2 is as similar as possible for all students. You cannot therefore specify a preference for the locations of the internships, even if you are no longer entitled to the student travel product. What you can do if you lose your right to the student travel product during the master's program can be found in the information on  travel expenses allowance.

    It is not possible to request or exchange an internship position, to change the order of internships or to change your timetable in any other way.

    In case of special personal circumstances - eg child care, informal care or top performance scheme - you can submit a request for adjustment (s) in the master's program. Do this well in advance and always via the study advisors.

    When a schedule rescheduling is necessary due to failure, for example due to illness, the planners will do their utmost to find the best possible solution. However, rescheduling will always lead to study delay. The planners naturally strive to limit this delay as much as possible.

    The internship schedule
    You will receive the locations of the KTOs and the internships in master year 1 and 2 12 weeks before your start date of the KTO internal medicine. The Preparation for Internship (VCP) always takes place in VUmc.
    You follow the internships in different hospitals, the KTOs always in the same hospital.
    To arrange or apply for an internship in general practice, see the Canvas course 'Coschap Huisartsgeneeskunde'.

    For master year 3, the start date of the semi-arts internship is fixed, as are the starting dates of the internships in master years 1 and 2. You can plan the scientific internship and elective education yourself - according to the applicable rules - immediately after the semi-arts internship or for the preparatory internship (VCP) in the master year 1. The optional education may always be scheduled in fixed schedule-free periods in your master's program (at least 2 weeks), provided it does not overlap with your internship schedule.

    For the social medicine internship and the semi-arts internship, you can specify a preference for the type of internship. Important information about this can be found in the information about social medicine and the information about the semi-arts internship, both on this website and in the relevant course on Canvas. 

  • Hospitals

    In which hospitals do I do my internships and where do I follow the KTO?
    You can be placed for the internships in the following hospitals or institutions in the Netherlands.

    • Amsterdam UMC location VUmc and AMC
    • Spaarne Gasthuis location Haarlem and Hoofddorp
    • OLVG location west (and east)
    • Northwest Hospital Group location Alkmaar and Den Helder
    • Zaandam Medical Center
    • BovenIJ Hospital Amsterdam
    • Red Cross Hospital Beverwijk
    • Tergooiziekenhuizen Hilversum / Blaricum
    • Dijklander Hospital location Purmerend and Hoorn
    • St. Jansdal Harderwijk
    • Reinier de Graaf Hospital Delft
    • Antonius Hospital Utrecht / Nieuwegein / Woerden
    • Van Weel Bethesda Hospital, Dirksland
    • GGZ Centraal Hilversum and Almere.
    • GGZ North Holland North Alkmaar e.o.
    • GGZ in Geest (Amsterdam and surroundings, Haarlem, Bennebroek)
    • Parnassia Group Castricum and Wormerveer
    • The Bascule Amsterdam and surroundings
    • Wikler clinic Amsterdam

    For the KTO you can be classified in

    • Amsterdam UMC location VUmc
    • Spaarne Gasthuis Haarlem and / or Hoofddorp,
    • OLVG location west
    • Northwest Hospital Group location Alkmaar


    You follow four KTOs in the same hospital. The fifth KTO is followed by all students at VUmc.

    To arrange or apply for an internship in general practice, see the Canvas course 'Coschap Huisartsgeneeskunde'.

    For master year 3, the start date of the semi-arts internship is fixed, as are the starting dates of the internships in master years 1 and 2. You can plan the scientific internship and elective education yourself - according to the applicable rules - immediately after the semi-arts internship or for the preparatory internship (VCP) in the master year 1. The optional education may always be scheduled in fixed schedule-free periods in your master's program (at least 2 weeks), provided it does not overlap with your internship schedule.

    For the social medicine internship and the semi-arts internship, you can specify a preference for the type of internship. Important information about this can be found in the information about social medicine and the information about the semi-arts internship, both on this website and in the relevant course on Canvas. 

Contact

Onderwijs Service Centrum (studentenbalie) - Faculteit of Medicine VU Note: we are only available per mail because of the coronavirus.

The student desk will help you. Call us on +31 20 59 85020 (available Monday – Friday: 10.30 – 12.30 and 14.00 – 16.00).

Do you have any questions? Please send them to studentdesk@vu.nl.