Indicator full name: Number of physicians graduated in given year
Unit: number of professionals
- Country (COUNTRY)
- Supranational group of countries (COUNTRY_GRP)
- Sex (SEX)
- Year of measure (YEAR)
Years data is available: 1980—2015
Last updated: 22 November 2021
- San Marino
- Members of the European Union
- Members of the EU before May 2004 (EU15)
- Members of the EU after May 2004 (EU13)
- Commonwealth of Independent States
- Central Asian Republics Information Network members (CARINFONET)
- Nordic countries
The following abbreviations are used in the indicator titles:
Indicator code: E365301.T
Number of students who have graduated in medicine from medical faculties or similar institutions, i.e., who have completed basic medical education in a given year.
Exclusion - Graduates in pharmacy, dentistry / stomatology, public health and epidemiology - Individuals who have completed post-graduate studies or training in medicine
Note: In the European Union, a Directive has defined basic medical training as comprising a total of at least six years of study or 5,500 hours of theoretical and practical training provided by, or under the supervision of, a university (article 24, Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council)._
Deviation from definition: Epidemiologists are included in this definition.
Coverage: Data exclude foreign medical graduates. Include dentists (up to 1997).
(1980 009gg.) And primary forms of non-centralized state statistical observations provided medical
schools (1993 to 2011).
Break in time series: 1990, 1993.
Data for 1980-1989 and for 1991-92 included the dental faculty and alumni.
- The number of students graduating every year from medical faculties include stomatology.
Reference period: 31st December
The specialties for medical doctors, dentists, pharmacists, midwives and nursing are taught in
public higher schools. Ministry of Education, Youth and Science is determining annually plan scheme
(limits for new entrants) for each specialty in public higher schools, which varies at different
years according to national needs. Thus, the number of enrolments and respectively graduates are
varying during the different years. The reported data represents the real number of graduations.
For 1985, 1986, and 1995 ? excluding foreign students.
Source of data: Ministry of education, youth and sports.
Coverage: Foreigners who graduated in the Czech Republic are included since 2001.
Coverage: The number of new doctors receiving an authorisation.
- Until 2004: State Statistical Office, annual reporting.
- Since 2005: Ministry of Education and Research, Estonian Education Information System (EHIS)
Reference period: Given year.
Qualified Health Care Personnel, number of persons who have received their qualification in the
Reference period: Calendar year.
Direction de l?evaluation, de la prospective et de la performance (DEPP).
For further information:
Coverage: Data come from a survey carried out in universities aiming at compiling information on the
number of degrees valid at the national level, in metropolitan France and overseas departments and
of Georgia and include both, public and private sectors
Reference period: 31 December.
Coverage: The provided data cover all regions except separatist regions, Abkhazia and South Osetia.
Data for those two regions are unavailable.
Source of data: Federal Statistical Office, Statistics of higher education (college/university
exams); Statistisches Bundesamt, Fachserie 11, Reihe 4.2, table ZUS-04, http://www.destatis.de or
- Data refer to passed university examinations. Bachelors? degree and masters? degree in human
medicine are excluded.
- Graduates in pharmacy and dentistry are excluded.
Coverage: All the data refers to graduates from Greek universities. Data for 1986-1992 are not
available as figures cannot be retrieved from publications. Data for 2000 and 2002-2004 are not
available, as the number of graduates from some medical schools is missing.
Coverage: From 1990 onwards, the data are derived from the ?Report on the number of physicians,
dentists, pharmacists and specialised clinical psychologists with granted diploma? collection.
- As of 1996: Statistics Iceland, Register of graduations.
- 1980-1995: Directorate of Health.
Reference period: As of 1996, the calendar year.
- Students who graduated in medicine (who have completed basic medical education) from the medical
faculty of the University of Iceland (the only one in Iceland) in a given year.
- Data exclude: graduates in pharmacy, dentistry/stomatology, public health and epidemiology, and
individuals who have completed post-graduate studies or training in medicine.
Reference period: Calendar year.
Coverage: Universities, Institutes of Technology and Designated Institutions.
Source of data: Central Bureau of Statistics ? The data are based on personal records of degree
recipients received from all Universities in Israel which include information on subjects of study
and degree received. Medical graduates include recipients of second degrees in Medicine (MD). Data
do not include programs intended exclusively for foreign students.
Note: The statistical data for Israel are supplied by and under the responsibility of the relevant
Israeli authorities. The use of such data by the OECD is without prejudice to the status of the
Golan Heights, East Jerusalem and Israeli settlements in the West Bank under the terms of
Ministry by collecting data from Italian Universities (http://www.miur.it).
Coverage: The annual surveys collected and compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) are as
- on higher education institutions and colleges.
Break in series: 2008: Change in data source.
Note: Source of data prior to 2008 not clear.
?Health Statistics of Lithuania?, available from http://sic.hi.lt/html/en/hsl.htm.
The number of graduates fluctuates starting from 1992 due to political and economical changes in the
country, changes in the status of medical institutes (to universities) and medical schools (to
colleges) and changes in studying programmes. Therefore, every year different number of groups of
students of medical specialties is starting the education (and after some years graduating).
Coverage: The number of medical graduates in universities is based on the ?integrated higher
education project?. In this project, Statistics Netherlands is working together with the
Information Management Group (IBG), Higher Professional Education Council (HBO-Raad), Association of
Dutch Universities (VSNU) and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW).
Reference period: 31st December.
- Statistics Norway collects student data from the administrative systems of the various tertiary
institutions. The administrative systems in tertiary institutions create data files in the format
specified by Statistics Norway. Information on completed doctoral degrees is collected from NIFU
- Tertiary graduation statistics include all individuals who have completed a degree of 2 years or
longer from an educational institution classified by the Standard Industrial Classification as a
tertiary institution. Registration of completed educational activities occurs during the period 1
October in year x, 30 September in year x+1.
- See http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/04/02/40/eksuvh_en/ and then 'About the statistics'.
Coverage: Complete coverage as statistics are based on enumeration of graduates in tertiary
education. Sampling errors and non-response errors do not exist.
Break in time series: Individually based data on completed education have been published annually
since they were first collected in 1973/74 (academic year). Most variables are comparable, but some
have changed. The revised Norwegian Standard Classification of Education
(http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/04/90/nos_c751_en/) recoded education courses to enable
comparison of newer and older data (also including a recoding to ISCED-97). While education courses
are reasonably comparable over time, other variables are not (e.g. coding of institution types).
- Until 1990: publication of the Ministry of National Education, ?Higher education, basic data?.
- From 1990: Central Statistical Office, reports S-10.
Break in time series: 1990 due to change of data source.
- Since 2011: Directorate General of Statistics of Education and Science, Ministry of Education and
- Between 2006 and 2010: Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education.
- Up to 2005: Ministry of Education.
- Data represent the total number of graduates.
Management, Annual statistical report N17 ?On staff and cadres of health institutions?.
Reference period: Data as of December 31.
Coverage: Data exclude Transnistria.
Deviation from the definition: Foreign graduates are not included.
Institute of Statistics since 1998 till now, Activity of Education Units (Statistical data on
tertiary education) ? annual survey performed by NIS.
Reference period: academic year.
Break in the series: 1996 (Since 1996 including private sector).
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage: Data for Kosovo-Metohija province are not included in the coverage of data for the
Republic of Serbia.
Information and Prognosis of Education, http://www.uips.sk).
Reference period: 31st December.
Reference period: 1st November.
high-level schools, human medicine degree; yearly census.
Reference period: End of the academic year.
Coverage: Data refer to medical school graduates having graduated after a 6-year basic medical
education at university.
- In 2013, data have been updated since 1994 as ESPC updates the graduates data, retrospectively,
Deviation from the definition: Graduates from university level medical schools/faculties of 3-4th
levels of accreditation in medicine and pediatrics. Pharmacists, dentists and epidemiologists are
1991/92 to 2012/13?.
Reference period: Period covers 1st August to 31st July.
Coverage: Qualifications gained by incoming, visiting and exchange students from overseas are
medicine for 1 year.