Becoming a general practitioner

The general practice training program lasts three years and has a dual character: one day of theoretical education and in-house training a week, in a permanent group, is combined with work in a general practice under the supervision and coaching of an experienced trainer for the rest of the week. These role models teach you how to use your knowledge, skills and insights as effectively as possible in your work as a general practitioner.


To become a general practitioner, you will have to apply. There is a national selection and placement procedure. You can apply twice a year; new groups of postgraduate students start every year in March and September.A separate procedure applies for returning students.
See the website of Huisartsopleiding Nederland, the Netherlands General Practice Training Institute for all relevant information and dates. 

Admitted and then?

You have been admitted and will start training at the Utrecht General Practice Training Institute. There are a number of important things you need to arrange: registration with the RGS, matching, buying books. For the matching, you will have to visit the institute one afternoon. Read more.


It is possible to request an exemption for a training period or for internships in the second year. This is subject to national legislation as included in Sections B.10 and B.11 of the CHVG framework decree and Section B.1 of the General Practice decree. Read more.

Part-time education and leave

You work subject to the SBOH collective labor agreement. Additional rules apply for vacations. It is possible to attend the program part-time. A mandatory minimum of 3 practice days applies. It is also possible to request parental leave or unpaid leave. Both are subject to rules and conditions. Read more


During your general practice training, you will be matched to a trainer several times. For first-year postgraduate students and general practice trainers, this matching takes place by means of a carrousel, matching for internship trainers in the second year is based on individual preferences. Third-year postgraduate students visit four trainers, and both the postgraduate student and the trainer pass on their preference based on this meeting. Read more


The eight general practice training programs have together drawn up a protocol for assessment and appraisal. This has been supplemented with an assessment plan that describes all assessments. Where possible, assessment and appraisal are in line with the competency profile for general practitioners. Read more.

PhD track general practice

The Utrecht General Practice Training Institute offers various opportunities to combine education with scientific research. In a PhD track General Practice, you will be admitted to the program as well as a research project, with both tracks being closely intertwined. You can also do a differentiation in the third year. Read more


The curriculum of the Utrecht General Practice Training program is based on the National Education Plan. During the first and third years, there are weekly in-house training days, in the second year, these take place every two weeks. The third year offers options for differentiation. Read more.