20 Things One Should Know about PG MEDICAL TRAINING IN GERMANY

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What next after MBBS?


A specialist training is essential for MBBS graduates who intend to work in Germany for boosting career in a short time without putting a hole in one’s pocket. After MBBS, post-graduation courses are tough for doctors in India. Do not compromise on one’s elective medical stream, as Germany serves one with a plethora of options. Doctors try to crack NEET PG more than twice, after repeated failed attempts, finally decide to check other countries for MD or MS studies.

One’s greatest life investment will be this training as Germany is an ideal location for Foreign Medical Doctors. Higher studies or for further specialization in Germany; it offers high-quality education at an affordable price.

Right guidance will benefit those who have set their minds to earn the prestigious PG Med/ Surgery training; hence it is advised to attend counseling for the same depending on budget, stream of interest, scope of courses and various other factors.

Check the following boxes before packing bags:

1. Purpose of the Post Graduate Program in Germany after MBBS:

Post Graduation courses after MBBS are always a matter of worry among doctors in India.

This program is not offered by German Georgia hence it is a medical specialist training, not a degree program. During the training, one works as a doctor as a full-time employee at a doctor’s practice or a clinic or any institution authorized to provide full-scale professional medical treatment.

2.     Overview: MBBS degree acquired in India is not recognized as equivalent to the basic medical qualification in Germany. If the candidate wants to practice as a medical professional in Germany various stages of medical studies are needed to be completed. Further, examinations that enable one to take the necessary license (Approbation) to practice in Germany is the basic criteria.
3.     Duration: The time frame varies from 5–6 years depending on the chosen stream.
4.     Scope of career :

Specialist doctor in any field of choice.

Work at any multinational hospital across the globe.

Open private clinic.

Set up a career in Germany or other European countries after PG course.

 5.     30+ different Specialization: A recent rise in demand for this training has witnessed increasing vacancies which make Germany an ideal destination to start careers for Doctors.  Around 32 German institutions were included in the latest QS World institution Rankings under the Subject of Medicine. This proves every candidate has his/her wish to choose without being forced into a stream against one’s will.
6.      Some streams in demand are :


Cardiac Pulmonary Perfusion

Child Health Care

Clinical Research

Community Health Care


Gynecology and Obstetrics

Medical Imaging Technology

Medical Lab Technology

Medical Record Technology

Operation Theatre Technology




OT Technician


Rural Health Care

7. Generally required documents:

Valid passport

Proof of health insurance

Video Interview

Proof of sufficient funds (via IT returns/ bank Docx)

Proof of previous education qualifications. A copy of the certificate should provide studies translated and notarized in the German language.

Proof of German language skills

Letter of acceptance from one’s educational institution of application.

A recognized higher education entrance qualification is needed for interested students.

8. Safety for Indian Students:

Germany is a very safe place for Indian students just as it is for other international students.

Students in Germany travel freely without worry, fuss or trouble.

It is a rare sight to witness intense violent crimes.

Though there can be petty cases of theft in tourist places, just like any other country.

It is advised to handle important documents with due care and keep copies safely for references.

In terms of Consular services by Embassy of India- Germany, a candidate can approach them online or by contact number available on their website.

9.      Accommodation- In terms of living in Germany, multiple options with a varied budget are available at disposal. Affordable options for international students are residence halls / sharing a rented private apartment in groups. One can also rent a studio apartment.

Average accommodation costs for a student in Germany:

Living in a student residence hall: 250 EUR /month

Sharing a rented private apartment: 365 EUR /month

Studio Apartment: 390 EUR/month

10.Rooms in student residence halls: This is one of the most popular housing options. According to DAAD, over 40% of international students opt to live in student residences. The second most popular option accounting to 30%, is shared flats as a means of accommodation.
11.   Monthly utilities: Basic necessities, including gas, electricity, heating  and internet, an approximate between 100  to 300 EUR can be estimated to one’s overall living expenses.
12.  Food: A student in Germany will pay about 170 Euros per month on food. For cheaper priced goods, try supermarkets like Aldi, Netto, and Lidl.
13.  State Exam: Approbations or dnungfür Ärzte (Regulation of the Licensing of Doctors or App OÄ) consists of three stages-

S1: ‘Physicum’ is 1st stage which is based on medical anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry. The format is in a written and oral-practical.

This exam is taken after two years of study in the field of medicine.

14.  S2: 2nd stage is a written case-related exam. A candidate qualifies for the second stage after five years of study plus the successful completion of the first exam.
15.   S3: 3rd stage takes place post-one year after completion of the second stage after a total of 6 years of study of medicine. It is an oral/practical examination.

Details of dates of written exam are available on the Institutsfürmedizinische und pharmazeutische Prüfungsfragen in Mainz consecutively.

Post qualifying in Approbation, students get their medical license. This bestows the right to practice medicine.

The license is applicable all over Germany, with conditions that revocation would happen on consecutive disciplinary actions. Majority doctors continue to write their dissertation to earn the title of “Dr. med” after all hard work. While some students complete their dissertation in a short span. This increases their job prospects as soon as they have passed the final exam.

16. All Indian medical graduates compulsorily need to pass this exam to gain license of practice.
17.   Internship: To boost one’s career, it is advised to complete internships for the experience.
18.Flexible working hrs: 40hrs/week.

Leave on weekends and public holidays. Yearly leave on 28-32 days, varying from state to state.

19.  Title of a “Facharzt:  Candidates will be awarded the title of a “Facharzt” that is a specialist/ consultant, one’s chances of getting German Permanent Residency(PR) are also increased.
20.  Blue card recipient advantage: After 21days of receiving the blue card, one can bring their spouse and family to Germany as dependents. They do not require prior procurement of German knowledge.


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