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Doctor training and accreditation in Spain

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Basic studies for a degree in Medicine and Surgery are taken in the Medical and Surgical Faculty with a rigorous training programme.  The OMC is the Organizacion Medica Colegial which encompasses all official colleges - go here for their addresses.
In Spain there are around 52 official doctors' colleges located in the various provinces which link all of the doctors together like the General Medical Council does in the UK.  A Degree in Medicine and Surgery establishes a medical professional as a Doctor and allows him/her to practice in general medicine.  After the examination, graduates can undertake learning posts in public hospitals. 
Surgeons study for a general medical degree for five to six years at university followed by an attachment to a teaching hospital where they complete a period of residency in an appropriate hospital. 
Many surgeons in Spain are registered with the General Medical Council in the UK.  To become a Specialist the graduate must then pass a national exam to enter specialist hospital training - this is called MIR (Medico Interno Residente).
To practise medicine in Spain doctors must be registered with the relevant Medical Association in their individual province.

Cosmetic and plastic surgeons

Plastic surgery specialist training lasts five years, during which time the professional works exclusively as an assistant with training in emergency and critical medicine, general surgery, surgical specialities and plastic surgery including both reparative and aesthetic surgery.
 A number of requisites need to be fulfilled in order to be able to practise aesthetic surgery recognised at an international level and within the European Community.  The term ‘Licenciado’ confirms that a surgeon has a medical degree and is ‘licensed’.  A fully qualified and practising Plastic Surgeon should have the title of Specialist in Plastic, Cosmetic and Reparative Surgery (Titulo de Medico especialista en cirugia plastica y Repadora) and be registered with the Ministro de educacion y cienca in Spain (Ministry of Education and Science). 
The Spanish Society for Plastic, Reparative and Cosmetic surgery (SECPRE) represents the Plastic Surgeons in Spain and abroad.  SECPRE translates as the Sociedad Española de Cirugía Plástica, Reparadora y Estética and is the equivalent to the British Association of Plastic Surgery (BAPS).  AECEP is the Asociación Española de Cirugia Estetica Plástica and the equivalent to BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery).

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