Four steps to beginning your medical residency in Germany

1) Learn the German language:

You can do that either in Germany or in your own country. Of course, it is quicker to learn a language in countries where it is spoken. The required German language level in most German states is called B2. You can take the tests from outside Germany. Some German states recognize certificates from certain institutes. From example, the state of Hessen recognizes only certificates from Goethe-Institute and Telc-Institute (Check the full details about Hessen in this official page here).

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2) Start a clinical attachment (Hospitation) in a German hospital:

You train in German hospital in a specialty that you like. I never heard that you are required money. On the contrary, up to few years ago, some German hospital used to pay pocket money to training doctors. Currently, few hospitals still offer free accommodation and meals to training doctors. It is the best to train in the specialty that you want to specialize in. This will help you in your CV when applying for job positions. You can do email for that when you are outside of Germany. The invitation that you receive will help you obtain a visa to travel to Germany (See the requirement for getting a long-stay visa in Germany: “Required Papers for Applying for a Visa D (a long-term visa) from the German Embassy in Amman“. If you are in Germany, you can call hospitals or visit them personally to apply for a clinical attachment. Your chances are then higher of obtaining a Hospitation.

– Post: “How to apply for a clinical attachment (Eine Hospitation) in Germany“.

3) Start the process of recognition of your medical degree (Medical license: Approbation):

If you got your medical degree from a country that is a member of the EU, then get the medical license (Approbation) without a medical exam. Maybe you will be required to set for a medical German language test.

 

The required documents for medical license differs from one Approbation authority to another. There are 23 Approbation authorities. Some german states, like North Rhine-Westphalia, has more than one. North Rhine-Westphalia has five. The required papers are posted in the website of each approbation authority.  Most German states will require that you have a job position (residency) or at least, a Stellenzusage (promise to work), to give you the chance to apply for Approbation.

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4) Start sending your application for hospitals that have vacant job positions:

There are tens of websites that show Ads for job positions. Click here for a Google search for “Arzt Stellenangebote“. You will be interviewed by the hospital. If they want you, most will sign a contract with you after the interview. Some will put you under a testing period (Probezeit) of few months before signing a contract with you.

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Salaries of doctors in Germany according to Marburger Bund

The tables in the PDF document at the end of this post show the salaries of doctors in Germany according to Marburgerg Bund. The salaries are in Brutto (that means, before taxes). The tax depends on whether you are single or married, have children or not, and other factors. I do not have further information. One resident told me that the taxes for a single doctor might be 35% of the whole salary (Brutto). This will result in a Netto (salary after deduction of taxes) of about 2,300 +/- 200 Euro. Do you have further details? Please make a comment.

The following article support my figure above:

The salary is up to experience. A doctor straight from school will ear gross €3,944 a month, for the first year, keeping about €2,361. The tariff raises yearly. If an assistant doctor has worked in Germany for six years, the wage tariff is €5,070. However, according to Mr Herrmann, they net only €2,925, approximately.

 

Source: “Doctors also leaving wealthy countries”, http://news.postimees.ee/1256942/doctors-also-leaving-wealthy-countries

There are free websites that will help you calculate the Netto, but the information they are requesting are complex and I cannot understand them: https://www.google.de/search?num=40&q=brutto+rechner+deutschland&oq=brutto+rechner+deutschland&gs_l=serp.3…8348.9087.0.9301.6.4.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0….0…1c.1.55.serp..6.0.0.7UNAyarWq0c

 

Source: http://www.marburger-bund.de/sites/default/files/artikel/downloads/2013/neuer-tarifabschluss-fuer-50.000-klinikaerzte/mitgliederinfo-zur-tarifeinigung-mit-vka-07-03-2013.pdf

 

The full details can be found here: https://www.marburger-bund.de/tarifpolitik/tarifvertraege

Doctors salaries in germany, german doctor salaries

Statistics of Arab Doctors in Germany by 31.12.2013

Statistics of Arab Doctors in Germany by 31.12.2013

Source: Website of the German Medical Association, http://www.bundesaerztekammer.de/downloads/Stat13Tab10.pdf

 

Concerning Jordan, the population of Jordan is ~6.4 (2012 statistics) million and the number of Jordanian doctors in Germany in 2013 was 533 with +18.4 change from 2012. I was amazed to see the number of doctors from Egypt, a country with a population of more than 80 million (i.e., 11.9 times the population of Jordan). The number of Egyptian doctors in Germany at the end of 2013 was 580 with +35.2 change from 2012. The bar chart below shows the numbers of doctors from Arab countries by 31.12.2013. These are the only Arab countries mentioned in the statistics. This probably means that the number of doctors from the rest of Arab countries are negligible and calculated under the category of “Total miscellanious (Sonstige insgesamt)”.

 

• A post containing more details about these statistics:

Exact numbers and nationalities of foreign doctors in Germany in the years 2012 and 2013 by the German Medical Association

 

Exact numbers and nationalities of foreign doctors in Germany in the years 2012 and 2013 by the German Medical Association

The following statistics are from the website of the German Medical Association (Bundesaerztekammer) (Link to the website in English and German). For the sake of comparison, I placed links to PDFs of the statistics by the end of the years 2013 and 2012. Unfortuantley, the files are in German. However, the names of countries in German are close to English. Moreover, you only need to look at the column numbered “1” and titled “Anzahl (number)” to see the total number of physicians from each country. The column numbered “2” and titled (Veränd. z. Vj.i.%) shows the changes from the previous year (not sure though). For example, total number of doctors from Belgien (Belgium) is 297 with a -0.7 change from last 2012. The first columns is divided into two small columns.

Number of foreign doctors from Belgium in Germany by 31.12.2013

Number of foreign doctors from Belgium in Germany by 31.12.2013.

 

Numbers at the end of the year 2013 (31.12.2013):

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Numbers at the end of the year 2012 (31.12.2012):

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Concerning Jordan, the population of Jordan is ~6.4 (2012 statistics) million and the number of Jordanian doctors in Germany in 2013 was 533 with +18.4 change from 2012. I was amazed to see the number of doctors from Egypt, a country with a population of more than 80 million (i.e., 11.9 times the population of Jordan). The number of Egyptian doctors in Germany at the end of 2013 was 580 with +35.2 change from 2012. The bar chart below shows the numbers of doctors from Arab countries by 31.12.2013. These are the only Arab countries mentioned in the statistics. This probably means that the number of doctors from the rest of Arab countries are negligible and calculated under the category of “Total miscellanious (Sonstige insgesamt)”.

Statistics of Arab Doctors in Germany by 31.12.2013

Statistics of Arab Doctors in Germany by 31.12.2013

More statistics about doctors in Germany from the website of the German Medical Association (in the German langauge) :

Ergebnisse der Ärztestatistik zum 31. Dezember 2013

 

 

To get a medical license (Approbation in Germany): You need to have and translate (?) these documents

Lists of documents to be taken and translated into German

 

*** Can you give any feedback about the list above? ***


This is a suggested list for papers to be taken with you to Germany. Some need to be translated and legalized here in Jordan. There is a debate about translation and legalization in Jordan since it costs a lot (the German embassy takes 44 JD per document, with few exception like birth certificate for 20 JD). Many confidently say that you can translate everything in German and it will be much cheaper. Regardless where you will translate, you need to have all the above documents with you when you travel. In Germany, the not integral papers (e.g., curriculum) mostly are not requested to be translated. This depends on the medical licensing authority where you are applying for an Approbation (23 authority as of 2013) (see the list here: amanfrommoab.com/2014/07/06/list-approbation-medical-license-authorities-approbationsbehorden-germany/)

 

A Manual for Germany: A-Z information for any foriegner wanting to live and work in Germany

A Manual for Germany

Wenn Sie gerne nach Deutschland kommen würden, bereiten Sie sich bitte vor. Sie können ein Buch kostenlos herunterladen und (fast) alles über Deutschland lernen, was wichtig ist, zu wissen.
Das Handbuch für Deutschland (Manual for Germany) gibt es hier:

http://inst.uno.edu/exchange/Germany/handbuch_fuer_deutschland_de-en.pdf

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Author of this post: Mr. Teddy Kabel.

 

 

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