Medical Education
Medical Faculty at University of Tartu
26 departments (9 preclinical, 17 clinical)
6 yrs. undergraduate+ 3-5yrs. specialization
No dept. of Geriatrics Number of practicing physicians 4300
31 physicians per 10.000 inhabitants
Number of geriatricians 0  

Estonian Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics
professionals working with the elderly (physicians, nurses, social and care workers, managers of care institutions, teaching staff)
representatives of organizations of pensioners, volunteers.

Activity areas of EGGAStudies Saks K, Kolk H et al. Health status of the older population in Estonia. Croatian Medical Journal 2001; 42(6):663-668.
Saks K, Kolk H et al.Prevalence of cardiovascular disorders among older population in primary care in Estonia. Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care 2003; 21(2):106-109. International projectsEstonian Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics
is member of Geriatric education developing
50 Geriatricians needed by 2015.
To achieve the aim:


Geriatric Medicine in Estonia in 2006
Helgi Kolk
University of Tartu/
Estonian Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics   The Republic of Estonia
  • Total area- 45 000 sq km; Capital- Tallinn
  • Population- 1 344 000 (2006)
  • 15,9 % over 65 years (2004)
  • Life expectancy at birth (2003)
  Estonia EU
Males 66.0 75.1
Females 76.9 81.2


Dr. MD, PhD Helgi Kolk
Tartu University Clinic
Orthogeriatric Center
Puusepa str. 8
Tartu 51014
+372 7 318225
+372 731 8285
Ny side 2

Geriatric Medicine - Section of the UEMS