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Phoniatrics in Finland

Phoniatrics is one of the main independent specialties In Finland since 1948. Specializing takes five years. Finnish phoniatricians work with speech and language disorders, voice disorders, swallowing disorders and pediatric audiology. The Finnish Association of Phoniatricians was established in 1972.

The Finnish population is about 5.3 million people. The number of working phoniatric specialists is 20 and 4 doctors are specializing in phoniatrics at the moment. Most of us work in university hospitals in Helsinki, Turku, Tampere, Kuopio and Oulu. Some of us work as private doctors, one works in a central hospital and two in Helsinki health care center. UEP along with its’ treasury is registered in Helsinki.

We have national phoniatric meetings twice a year and many of us take part in the national and international phoniatric, otolaryngologic and audiologic meetings. We have also arranged to meet with our Swedish or Estonian colleagues every some years. These meetings are held in English. The World Voice Day on 16th of April 2014 was celebrated with organized events in four of the major cities in Finland: Helsinki, Tampere, Turku and Oulu. In the year 2015 there will be held two national educational meetings, one of which will be in coordination with the Finnish Laryngological Society.

Board of the Finnish Association of Phoniatricians:

Chairwoman: Terhi Ansamaa MD, Oulu
Vice President: Maaria Ansaranta MD, Helsinki
Secretary-Treasurer: Sarkku Vilpas MD, Tampere,
Members of the Board: Ahmed Geneid MD, PhD, Helsinki
Sanna Häkli MD, Oulu
Eija Pajunen MD, Kuopio
Miia Ruuskanen MD, Turku

Terhi Ansamaa MD, Chairwoman of the Finnish Society of Phoniatricians, Oulu, Finland
Sarkku Vilpas MD, Secretary of the Finnish Society of Phoniatricians, Tampere, Finland

Phoniatrics in Finland

In Finland Phoniatrics is one of the main independent specialties since 1948. Specializing takes five years. Finnish phoniatricians work with speech and language disorders, voice disorders, swallowing disorders and pediatric audiology. The Finnish Society of Phoniatricians was established in 1972. There are about 5.3 million people in Finland. The number of working specialists is 20 and 4 doctors are specializing in Phoniatrics at the moment. Most of us work in University hospitals in Helsinki, Turku, Tampere, Kuopio and Oulu. Some of us work as private doctors, one works in a central hospital and one in Helsinki health care center.
We have national phoniatric meetings twice a year and many of us take part in the national and international phoniatric, otolaryngologic and audiologic meetings.

Nevertheless, both UEP and the new European Academy of Phoniatrics are registered in Helsinki along with their treasuries.
We have also arranged to meet with our Swedish or Estonian colleagues every some years, these meetings are held in English.
The World Voice Day on 16th of April 2013 was celebrated with organized events in three of the major cities in Finland that are Helsinki, Tampere and Turku.

In the year 2014 there will be held two national educational meetings and we strive to organize events on the World Voice Day at all the University hospitals on broader level than 2013.

Terhi Ansamaa MD, Chairwoman of the Finnish Society of Phoniatricians, Oulu, Finland
Sarkku Vilpas MD, Secretary of the Finnish Society of Phoniatricians, Tampere, Finland



Phoniatrics in Finland

In Finland Phoniatrics is one of the main independent specialities and specializing takes five years. There are about 5.3 million people in Finland. The number of working specialists is 23 at the moment. Most of us work in University Hospitals, in Helsinki, Turku, Tampere, Kuopio and Oulu. Some of us work as private doctors, one works in a central hospital and one in Helsinki health care center. We have national phoniatric meetings twice a year and many of us take part in the national otolaryngologic and audiologic meetings as well. Many of us joined (and enjoyed) the 9th Congress of European Laryngological Society in June in Helsinki and the UEP-session there (see page 6). Every some years we meet with our Swedish or Estonian colleagues and hold these meetings in English language.

Mari Qvarnström MD PhD, Chairwoman of the Finnish Society of Phoniatricians, Kuopio, Finland
Sarkku Vilpas MD, Secretary of the Finnish Society of Phoniatricians, Tampere, Finland

Phoniatrics in Finland

There are about 5,3 million people in Finland and 28 phoniatricians (5 males), 5 of us retired specialists. Three doctors are specializing in phoniatrics at the moment. The phoniatricians work mainly in University hospitals (12 posts, some are shared, doctors work part time), one post is in Central hospital and the rest of the Central hospitals get their consultations by visiting phoniatricians and still two posts are in Helsinki Health Care Centre (an out patient clinic for children). Some of us have double specialities and may hold an office in the other speciality and work as a phoniatrician only in the private sector for some hours a month. Specializing in phoniatrics takes five years.

Phoniatrics is an indepedent speciality in Finland and has been over 60 years. We work in close co-operation with the ent specialists and clinics. One of us works as a phono surgeon in ent (he has both ent and phoniatric speciality like three other of us who have phoniatric posts). Otherwise phoniatrics is a non operative, i.e. conservative, field in Finland. About half of the work is done with children with problems with voice, language and speech and the other half with adults with voice and swallowing problems, mainly. The everyday work varies with the hospital in question.

The Finnish Society of Phoniatricians holds two annual meetings with scientific or educational program in Finnish. Every some years we meet with our Swedish or Estonian colleagues and hold these meetings in English instead. In the coming year we are having our meetings in Finnish. Most of us take annually part also in the meetings of the societies of Finnish Otorhinolaryngologists or Audiologists, the Society of Speech and Language and so on according to one's interests and work. Many of us are also active in the scientific field; ten of us have a doctoral degree and one is about to get the degree next June.

The future of phoniatrics in Finland is looking a bit grim as three of us are retiring within the next three years and four more within eight coming years. We are hoping to get some more posts for doctors to specialize in phoniatrics to fill in the need and shed new light for the field.

Mari Qvarnström MD PhD, Chairwoman of the Finnish Society of Phoniatricians, Kuopio, Finland
Sarkku Vilpas MD, Secretary of the Finnish Society of Phoniatricians, Helsinki, Finland