Life After Med-School , Enroute ~ GERMANY.

By berrysmotivation - August 06, 2019


This is my 6th year post graduation and so much has changed since then. By so much I mean, exams, pathways, laws etc in terms of getting registered in a country that is different from the country where you got your primary medical qualification. For example, PLAB (Professional  and Linguistics Assessment Board) exam has turned 360. The exam is so different from when I wrote mine 3 years ago and it is still changing. So what is it about Germany that is so attractive to foreign trained doctors, is it any different from getting licensed in the U.S U.K or Canada? What do you need to get registered as a Foreign Trained Doctor in Germany.
Germany is a well developed Country with the the health care system competing with the bests in the world. Unfortunately for foreign doctors the official language is German but lots of people speak and can communicate in English. Doctors and other medical professionals are in high demand in the world, Germany isn't left out and just like any other country they have strict regulations you must adhere to, to get registered as a doctor.

(Extract from Wikipedia) In 2004 Germany ranked thirtieth in the world in life expectancy(78 years for men). It had a very low infant mortality rate (4.7 per 1,000 live births), and it was tied for eighth place in the number of practicing physicians, at 3.3 per 1,000 persons.  So, in general the health care system is good compared to developing countries.

The pay for doctors in Germany varies. Average salaries in Germany for doctors vary between 65,000 euros per annum for assistant doctors to 80,000 euros per annum for specialists. That is just the basic and may increase or decrease depending on your circumstance.

The road to success isn't always the easiest, it is a rough road that may lead to heights of greatness. To get there you need to be ready to make some sacrifices.

Here are few things you need to know.
  • There is no traditional licensing exam like PLAB or U.S.M.L.E  required to get registered as a foreign trained doctor, the prerequisite is the language. However, there are language exams required and before you become a specialist, you will also need to take certain exams.
  • You need to know the Language or at least be willing to Learn. You can start learning the language as soon as you decide that Germany is your destination after graduation from med school.
  • You need some money at least enough for a period of time because you may not be able to work straight away whilst your license is being processed. So, start saving now if you have to. They require a specific amount.
  • You need to have an acceptable primary qualification. Some medical schools have been listed as unacceptable in some countries, be sure yours is accepted before you start any process.
  • You need to be willing to learn new methods of practicing medicine. Every country has a tradition or method of doing things, so you may have learnt things a certain way, that's fine but be willing to accept new methods.
  • You need to be willing to live, work and maybe raise or start a family in Germany. As it is a foreign country for you, there may be no friends or family. It will be a whole new world, so you have to think of the possibilities of starting a family and raising your kids in a new, maybe strange environment.
  • As Germany is in the European Union it means when you get registered as doctor in Germany it may be easy to work in other EU countries like the U.K without the long process of taking licensing exams but remember if you decide on U.K, BREXIT (U.K leaving the E.U) may be happening soon.
In general I think the most difficult hurdle to cross is the language. If you get that sorted then you may well be on your way to becoming a licensed doctor in Germany.

These are the basics to get your medical career started in Germany. To find out more and get mentored all the way through till you get settled in Germany, get in touch by booking an online consultation on the service page on the blog or kindly send an email to berrysmotivation@gmail.com

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