The doctor’s authority and the patient’s confidence: what the status of a Moscow doctor gives to its holder

September 24

It is not always easy for the patient to choose a specific doctor when it is necessary to consult a medical specialist. After all, much in the treatment process depends on the patient's trust in the doctor. But how can one find out more about the doctor at the first visit? The status of a Moscow doctor can already say much. This means in the first place that the doctor is recognized as a professional of the highest qualification, constantly studying and gaining new knowledge in the respective field.

There are already more than 1.5 thousand “Moscow doctors”, and representatives of 29 specialties can obtain this prestigious status. The chance for Muscovites to get medical care from one of them is growing every year. For example, at the end of August, 108 more specialists were recognized as “Moscow doctors”.

Read to learn how one can become a Moscow doctor, and what knowledge and skills these specialists have.

The exam to become a Moscow doctor

The Moscow Doctor project started in 2017 on the initiative of the City Health Department. Any specialist who has a valid doctor's certificate and more than five years of experience in medicine can seek “Moscow doctor” status.

The applicant must first submit documents, undergo voluntary assessment procedures, then have their portfolio assessed and, finally, obtain a certificate of the Moscow doctor status assigned. The document is valid for five years, after which it may be confirmed again.

The exam is taken by an expert panel. It is composed by both representatives of the scientific community, i.e. researchers and teachers from medical educational centers, and practitioners working at municipal medical institutions, heads of units, hospital doctors.

The panel always includes specialists from related fields, with whom the doctor usually works closely. For example, both anesthesiologists and resuscitators take the exam from obstetricians and gynecologists.

Anton Olenev, chief specialist in obstetrics and gynecology of the Moscow Health Department and member of the examination panel, points out the fact that all stages of passing the exam are recorded on camera.


The exam takes place in a specially designated room, where training devices are waiting for the doctor.

Obstetricians and gynecologists are to work at four stations at the exam. The first is cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the second is general therapeutic, where the doctor demonstrates skills during the examination and interview of patients, as well as diagnostic skills. The third task in aimed at obstetrics, and the fourth station is gynecological. An examinee must show their practical skills at all four stations. Experts separately evaluate each station, paying attention even to things that are not obvious to non-professionals: whether the doctor introduced themselves, whether they washed their hands correctly. All this is of great importance when a doctor communicate with real patients.

Testing skills and getting new knowledge

The Moscow Doctor project encourages doctors to improve their skills, learn new things, assimilate new technologies and discoveries of modern medicine. Therefore, people with a huge experience in healthcare also apply for the status of “Moscow doctor": the applicants list features also heads of units, and even professors.

Margarita Mazurkevich, Candidate of Medical Sciences, head of the ultrasound diagnostics unit of a branch of the city Clinical Hospital No. 52, has been in the profession for 28 years. She decided to become a Moscow doctor and confirm her level of professionalism. More to it, the doctor called on her team to do the same.


Practical tasks do not require additional training from doctors, but even medical gurus prepared for tests carefully. To facilitate this task, the official website of the project has freely available training test tasks in 28 specialties, from gastroenterology and surgery to psychiatry and clinical pharmacology.

According to the head of unit, a big advantage of the exam is its test on the ability to use diagnostic equipment. It is very important for ultrasound doctors to be able to work with modern technology, and practical skills are tested at the exam using real devices.

Sergey Ivanov, the head of the maternity unit of the Bauman Clinical Hospital No. 29, jokes that he has been preparing for the exam for the Moscow doctor status all his life.

“It was a little exciting at the start, since it seemed that you need to refresh a lot in your memory. But while preparing you realize that all the questions and situations are your daily work and you just need to be yourself,” the doctor noted.

According to Sergey Ivanov, the preparation took him about three months, and the most difficult stage was a face-to-face interview, when colleagues in the specialty assessed his knowledge. The exam turned out to be more than just a test for the doctor. It turned out to be an occasion to analyze his work, sum up its interim results and determine the further vector of his own professional development.


Benefit for the patient

In addition to new knowledge, skills and a badge (which makes it easy for patients to identify Moscow doctors), those who successfully pass the exams also receive a material reward. Moscow doctors are entitled to a monthly increment of 15 thousand rubles. If a doctor has received a special status in several specialties, then the increment will be provided for each of them.

For a patient, a visit to a Moscow doctor means they have come to a professional of the highest standard. The project itself improves the qualifications of all its participants and, accordingly, the level of medical services in Moscow. After all, even if doctors fail the exam for a Moscow doctor status, participation in the project itself will have a positive impact on their work. After all, the professional level gets higher and higher in the process of preparation and knowledge testing.

“This is the main idea. Regardless of whether the doctor receives the status or not, the patient still wins. In the process of preparation, the doctor once again revises books and recollects how this or that procedure is carried out. Those who failed the exam the first time are re-trained and in any case improve their skills, becoming better for their patients,” Anton Olenev added.

Margarita Mazurkevich emphasizes that the honorary status has a very good name. On the one hand, a “Moscow doctor” is a prestigious title that reminds of continuity and skill. Sergey Botkin and Nikolai Pirogov were Moscow doctors. On the other hand, it is the same indicator of professionalism for a patient as a candidate or doctor of medical sciences.

“Today, when information technologies are rapidly developing, it is important for the patient that a doctor maintains their status as a person. Thus, the doctor remains an authority in the eyes of a patient in terms of communication, knowledge, and skills,” Sergey Ivanov adds. “That is what the status of a Moscow doctor does, it raises the level of trust.”

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