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PG in Germany

While getting into PG in Germany after completing MBBS in India or other countries abroad can have quite a few challenges this can be very rewarding too. The major hurdle in this transition is mastering a new language i.e German. But many Indian students have done it. By choosing a good education consultant like Mediseats Abroad who can handhold the student in the entire process this transition can be made smoother.

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Following are the advantages of doing your PG from Germany:

  • Germany has a unique structure in Healthcare system. It is very much oriented to providing the highest quality of care to the patients in all the possible ways. High level of care in the treatment is achieved by use of the latest medical diagnostics and therapy options.
  • There is NO tuition fee in Germany for PG programs and instead, the students earn a very good amount of stipend throughout the studies
  • Residency in Germany is not a conventional PG program. It is a hands-on on the job training program under experienced and certified physicians in Government as well as private hospitals.
  • At present, there are plenty of opportunities for students to enter into a PG in Germany since there is a shortage of Doctors and relatively less competition than other developed countries.
  • Undoubtedly German qualifications and specialization degrees (known as ‘Facharzt’ in Germany) have an excellent reputation worldwide.

There are basically two types of licenses issued for doctors to practice medicine in Germany. These are Berufserlaubnis and Approbation.

Berufserlaubnis:
It is a temporary licence issued mostly for 2 years. Currently every state has an exam called Fachsprachprüfung, to be cleared to get Berufserlaubnis. This exam is taken to test only and only language proficiency. One important thing to be kept in mind is that with Berufserlaubnis one can only work in a hospital as a doctor but this time is not counted in the “Weiterbildung” or post-graduation. The Fachsprachprüfung can be taken as many times as possible. For some states having a job is a prerequisite to apply for the exam (Nordrhein Westfalen), while some can let you apply without having a job (Bayern). The document and language requirements for different states also vary.

Approbation:
The so called permanent licence is basically the licence to practice medicine that every practicing doctor in Germany must have. Once issued its valid life-long and the post-graduation officially starts. The exam to be cleared to get Approbation is called Kenntnisprüfung. In this exam along with language, the medical knowledge is also tested. This exam can be taken only 3 times in total. Innere Medizin (Internal Medicine) and Chirurgie (Surgery) are the subjects of main focus here.

Learning the German Language

As we discussed earlier, as the first step to pursue your Post Graduation in Germany you have to learn German, since this is mandatory to work there as an intern or full-time doctor.  The German language studies are divided into 6 parts namely: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.  In order to apply for a Visa, minimum qualification required is passing A2 exam.

The entire journey of getting into PG in Germany has the following steps:

Step 1

Before you apply for Berufserlaubnis you at least have to learn the B2 level of the German language as it is mandatory there. The learning duration from A1 to B2 is generally 6 to 10 months. You can pursue the German language course at Goethe Institute. Certificate from Goethe Institute is standard and recognised all over Germany. Or alternately we can arrange for online coaching of A1/A2 which you can finish before applying for the Visa and learn B1 and B2 in Germany.

Step 2

We will arrange for getting Hospitation Observership at German Hospitals

Step 3

Arrive in Germany and continue your German Course and start on Observership

Step 4

Get a letter from the hospital that you will be employed once you complete Fachsprachprüfung Temporary License to work as a doctor and Apply to Aerztekammer (Medical Council) for Fachsprachprüfung test.

Step 5

Complete up to C1 before attending the Fachsprachprüfung test.

Step 6

After passing Fachsprachprüfung apply for Approbation or Kenntnisprüfung to convert temporary license to permanent German medical license allowing you to avail of the residency for MD / MS. In the meantime, keep attending medical conferences and exhibitions to get an exposure.

The residency is for a period of 3 years on a minimum basis and 5.5 years maximum (for Neurosurgery). It is to be noted that the stipend to an extent of EUR 2,300 per month is paid to the Indian doctor pursuing residency / Clinical PG in Germany. The normal living expenses for a doctor to stay in Germany is around EU 700 saving almost EUR 1,600 per month.

Thus the entire investment done over a period of 12-18 months to get into PG in Germany can be recovered within 1 year of joining PG.

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