Rotations for external residents

Learn methods and techniques not offered in your specialisation centre. Find out how Vall d'Hebron can train you during your residency and why it is one of the centres that receives the highest number of residents.

The specialised healthcare training system is organised so that residents are trained in the teaching units where they were originally accepted, but also includes authorized external rotations to broaden knowledge and learn techniques that are not available in the centre they come from and which are necessary or complementary according to the training programme.

Not only are we one of the centres with a high number of specialists in training, we also receive a large number of residents from other centres, who undertake external rotations in our units.

We are always open to working with other teaching centres, but high demand and the need to attend to the training needs of our own residents means there are some strict conditions.

The relationship between Residents and Vall d’Hebron University Hospital

  • When residents enter the Hospital setting they are known as “external residents”.
  • Accepting a rotation does not establish any type of working relationship with the Hospital and is subject to current legislation on specialised healthcare training. Residents continue to be linked to their hospital of origin for work purposes and that hospital shall pay their medical and civil liability insurance. The hospital of origin shall also be responsible for their compensation whilst at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, including those relating to ongoing care.
  • Residents shall attend the hospital from the first to the last authorised day of their rotation. Non-attendance without express prior communication to the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital Teaching Committee will automatically nullify the agreement.
  • Residents are subject to the internal rules and regulations of Vall d'Hebron Hospital, as well as to specific rules defined within the department where they carry out their training.
  • The hospital reserves the right to revoke the rotation agreement at any time if it considers there has been a breach of the established conditions.

Requirements to apply for an external rotation

  • This is only valid for residents at Spanish hospitals. Professionals at hospitals outside Spain who are undertaking specialised training and wish to come to our centre should do so via a training placement.
  • Applications for external rotations must be made to the Teaching Committee at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital by the Teaching Committee at the resident’s centre of origin. This must be done with sufficient time to complete the administrative process.
  • Personal applications by residents will not be accepted and authorisations by departments will not be granted.

Conditions of external rotations

  • The minimum duration of a rotation is two months. In exceptional cases, rotations of less time may be accepted if these are defined in the portfolio of services from the corresponding teaching unit.
  • The maximum duration of a rotation is four months.
  • A rotation is only authorised and valid for the dates agreed. Any changes that are not agreed by both teaching committees with sufficient notice will nullify the agreement.

Application and incorporation process

  • The application form must be filled in and sent directly to the Vall d'Hebron Hospital Teaching Committee.
  • The letter from the resident’s Teaching Committee authorising the rotation - which includes the resident’s first name and surname(s), speciality, rotation unit and rotation dates, as well as the signature of the study director and the stamp of the Teaching Committee - must be attached to the form.
  • Once the form has been completed and sent, the resident will receive a confirmation email and the administrative procedure will begin.
  • At the end of the HUVH internal procedure, the letter accepting or rejecting the rotation application will be sent via email to the resident’s Teaching Committee.
  • Residents cannot start until they receive the express approval of the Vall d’Hebron Hospital Teaching Committee.
  • If the resident is accepted, they will receive an information email to start the onboarding process 15 days before their rotation begins.
  • For any questions, you can email

External residents’ activities

Training objective are the same as for Hospital residents in the same rotation and are always those agreed with the Teaching Committee:

  • The resident has the same availability and timetable as residents at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in the same specialism and unit, regardless of their work schedule at their hospital of origin.
  • This includes attending the hospital every day, both during normal working hours and when on the duty shifts assigned.
  • The need to optimize the available teaching time means we cannot accept absences or holidays during the rotation unless by prior agreement at the time of the application.
  • Activities that residents take part in are all planned, guided, supervised and certified by professionals in the department or the healthcare unit where the rotation takes place.
  • Residents are obliged to preserve the confidentiality of any data related to medical history, consultations, examinations or treatments proposed or carried out on patients visiting or admitted to the Hospital, both during their stay and once it is completed. For this purpose, residents sign a confidentiality commitment document.

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