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You can send us an e-mail to make your job applications. If your profile is suitable, we can further the process by directing you to the employer.

At the end of our first meeting with you, we offer you a special service and roadmap study. In the light of this study, you can also work with us or you can organize all the processes yourself, the decision is entirely yours.

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If you want to start this career journey in Germany, you can find most of the information below. If your questions are not in this section, please feel free to contact with us.

All foreign doctors who wish to practise medicine in Germany must have their medical diploma (medical training) recognised by the competent state authority. In some states there is only one licensing authority, other states have several licensing authorities in the various regions. The competent authority is the one in whose catchment area the doctor wishes to work.

The states medical associations are responsible for the recognition of specialist doctor diplomas. The recognition of the specialist doctor’s diploma is the responsibility of the State Medical Association in whose catchment area the doctor wishes to work. Most of the medical professions and chambers also require membership of the medical association.

A job guarantee or proof of residence in Germany is not a prerequisite for applying for a license or work permit to practice medicine. The applicant’s declared will to continue medical work in the service area of the competent authority is sufficient.

Doctors who have completed their medical training outside Germany shall be issued a separate notice on the equivalence of the professional qualification upon application. Proof of German language skills is not required for this. However, the licence to practise medicine will not be issued until the necessary knowledge of German is available and all other requirements have been met.

No. The application for a licence to practise medicine or a work permit may only be submitted to the authority in whose service area the medical practice is intended. The doctor must therefore decide in which region he wants to work before submitting the application.

The competent licensing authority will provide information on which documents are required for the recognition of the doctor’s diploma.

The competent state medical association will provide information on which documents are required for the recognition of the specialist doctor’s diploma.

Since the so-called Recognition Act came into force on 1 April 2012, citizenship no longer plays a role in the granting of the licence to practise medicine

Medical diplomas obtained outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland are first subjected to an equivalence test in Germany by the competent licensing authority (see addresses of the licensing authorities). If the competent authority determines that the foreign diploma is equivalent or that differences in training can be compensated for by relevant professional experience or other recognised knowledge and skills (lifelong learning) and all other requirements (knowledge of German, no criminal offences, health suitability, etc.) are met, it issues the licence to practise medicine.

If the competent authority is of the opinion that there are significant differences between the medical training of the country of training and the medical training in Germany, it may insist on the taking of a knowledge test unless the differences in training can be compensated for by relevant professional experience or other recognised knowledge and skills. The professional experience, knowledge and skills may have been acquired worldwide.

In rare cases, the licensing authority may classify the medical training as not equivalent and, due to serious deviations, no knowledge examination is offered to prove an equivalent level of knowledge. In these cases (approx. 1% of applications), it is not possible to practise medicine in Germany.

The equivalence test and the assessment of professional experience and other recognised knowledge and skills is a case-by-case assessment by the competent authority.

It is strongly recommended to first complete the compulsory practical phase in the country of training and to come to Germany only after the medical training has been fully completed. It is extremely difficult to integrate professionally in Germany with a medical training that has not been completed

Foreign doctors who have been in Germany for at least three months can receive a grant of up to 600 euros. The prerequisite for the “recognition grant” is that they have limited financial means and the costs are not covered by the employment agency or another state agency. The application must be submitted before the start of the recognition procedure. Among other things, costs for translations, certification of certificates, expert opinions and fees can be funded.

The knowledge test refers to the content of the German studies. The foreign doctor must prove that he or she has the same knowledge that is required of domestic graduates of medical schools. Since the entry into force of a legal ordinance on 1 January 2014, the focus of the examination has been on the subjects of internal medicine and surgery. The questions are to consider the following aspects in addition: Emergency medicine, clinical pharmacology/pharmacotherapy, imaging procedures, radiation protection, legal issues of medical professional practice. In addition, the competent authority may, in the run-up to the examination, determine a subject or a cross-sectional area as relevant to the examination in which it has identified significant differences between medical training in Germany and the applicant’s training.

The knowledge examination is an oral-practical examination with patient presentation and lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. It can be repeated a maximum of two times

The time at which the examination must be taken varies between the individual federal states. For example, foreign doctors often receive a professional permit to prepare for the knowledge examination (for a maximum of 2 years) before the examination must be taken. Completing such a preparation period is no guarantee that the knowledge examination will be mastered successfully. Good theoretical preparation for this examination is therefore highly recommended.

Completion of a preparation period is not a prerequisite for admission to the knowledge examination

Various institutes in Germany offer integration courses for foreign doctors and offer preparatory courses for the knowledge examination. You can get the details from us.

The fees for the knowledge examination vary between the individual federal states. They range from € 266 in Saarland to € 1,100.

As the fees can change at any time, it is strongly recommended to check with the competent authority for the current examination fees.

Since 1 April 2012, a professional licence has only been issued for a maximum of 2 years. A grant or extension beyond this period is only possible in special individual cases or for reasons of medical care of the population. For reasons of medical care, it is also only permissible if an equivalent level of knowledge is proven. In this case, the professional licence shall be limited to the respective speciality

A basic requirement that every foreign doctor who wishes to work in Germany must fulfil is proof of adequate knowledge of German. The doctor must contact the authority in whose catchment area he wants to start work (see addresses of the licensing authorities). The competent authority decides which level it requires and which certificates/proofs it recognises.

With the aim of standardising the requirements, the Conference of Health Ministers (GMK) agreed on key points for the required German language skills in June 2014. Among other things, it was agreed that foreign doctors must have at least the general language level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). In addition, a special specialist language test is to be taken, which is to be oriented towards level C1 of the CEFR.

An overview of the implementation of the GMK resolution, which is not legally binding, can be found here: German language skills – requirements in the federal states for the granting of a licence to practise medicine. As the requirements can change at any time, it is strongly recommended that you enquire about the current regulations at the competent licensing authority.

In most states, the same language requirements are attached to the granting of a professional licence as to the granting of a licence to practise . There are deviations in the following states:
-Baden-Württemberg: B2 (CEFR) examination certificate from a recognised language institute. The specialist language test of the Baden-Württemberg Medical Association must be submitted promptly.
-Berlin: Examination certificate B2 (GER) from telc, Goethe-Institut or TestDaF.
-Bremen: Examination certificate B2 (CEFR) from a recognised language institute and personal interview with the authorities.
-Hamburg: Examination certificate B2 (CEFR) of a recognised language institute (in the case of a possible extension of the professional permit for more than 1 year, the specialist language examination of the Hamburg Medical Association level C1 must also be passed).
As the requirements can change at any time and deviations are also possible in justified exceptional cases, it is strongly recommended to enquire about the current regulations at the competent licensing authority.

The fees for the C1 specialist language examinations vary between the individual providers. They currently range from € 300 for the specialist language examination of the North Rhine Medical Association to € 487 for the specialist language examination of the Brandenburg Medical Association.

As fees can change at any time, it is strongly recommended that you check with the relevant provider for the current status. Please also note that you are not free to choose the provider, but must meet the language requirements of the respective competent licensing authority.

The state medical associations, as public corporations, are responsible for all matters relating to continuing medical education. For each doctor, only the further training regulations of the state medical association of which he or she is a member are legally binding.

The professional licence shall be granted to doctors for whom substantial differences in medical training compared to German medical training have been established or for whom the equivalence of medical training has not yet been established.

The professional licence is mainly intended to serve as practical preparation for the knowledge examination. Some state medical associations currently still recognise periods in which the doctor has worked with a professional licence towards further training, provided that the principles of the further training regulations have been observed. Other state medical associations require that the licence to practise must first be obtained before continuing training can begin. Information on the procedure and transitional regulations can be obtained from the respective state medical associations.

Yes, all doctors practising in Germany must be members of the competent state medical association. This applies to doctors in further training as well as to specialists

Salaries and other working conditions (e.g. working hours) vary slightly depending on the collective agreement.

In municipal hospitals, doctors currently receive a gross monthly salary of between € 4,000 (1st year) and € 5,700 (6th year). The gross monthly salaries for specialists range from € 5,700 (1st year) to € 7,500 (from the 13th year). These salaries are based on a 40-hour week. Additional services and overtime are paid extra.

While large German cities are hardly hit by a shortage of doctors, there are plenty of vacancies in rural areas and small cities. You can contact us to get the necessary information.

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