Frequently Asked Questions

Based on our experience from previous applications and assessment centers, we have answered the most frequently asked questions.

Currently, there is a shortage of approximately 25,000 doctors in the German healthcare system. In hospitals and clinics, vacancies can no longer be filled. This is mainly due to socio-demographic and academic reasons.

Life expectancy in Germany and other western countries is rising continuously, while birth rates remain low. This means that there are more and more elderly people who need medical care. This development will come to a head in the next few years because the Baby Boom generation from the 1960s will reach retirement age. Thus, many physicians will also retire from the labor field.

Access to medical studies in Germany is traditionally strictly regulated, so that not enough doctors are trained to meet the increasing demand.

This high shortage of specialists cannot be compensated only by increased physician training. This is why foreign doctors with practical experience are also being sought, so that they can be integrated immediately into everyday clinical life.

  • You hold a professional degree in medicine
  • You have at least 3-4 years of work experience
  • You are ready for one year of intensive education in Germany
  • You possess high linguistic intelligence
  • You are open-minded
  • You have the disposition to integrate yourself into German culture and society
  • You are a team player
  • You are in good health

The following documents are mandatory, as the German authorities require these for professional recognition

You will need to upload the following documents:

  1. Diploma or certificate of completion of professional education
  2. Proof of professional activities and continuing education
  3. Academic records from university
  4. Approbation / License

After a successful performance at the Assessment Center, the following additional requirements will be required:

    1. Valid passport
    2. Certificate of good standing
    3. Police clearance certificate
    4. Birth certificate (apostilled)
    5. Certificate of marriage, divorce, or name change (apostilled)

German hospital physicians are usually paid according to specified rates. This means that the income for salaried physicians is bindingly defined by a higher-level framework agreement.

The yearly starting salary for a hospital physician (“training assistant”) who is not yet a specialist is around 54,000 €. In addition, there are allowances for night and weekend shifts. These may well amount to an additional 5,000 – 6,000 € per year.

The German tax system is complex and has a set of rules that apply depending on your individual situation. As a rule of thumb, single people get about 60% of their salary while married people with two children get about 68% of their salary.

The tuition fee for participation in the program is only due after you successfully pass the Approbation and once your probation period as a doctor in a German hospital has passed. The total fee is 46,000 euros which covers the year-long training program and your stay in Germany within that period. You will not have to do any additional work to finance your stay in Germany, and there will be no further costs for you during your training within the framework of the program.

Generally, the tuition fee is financed by a loan from a reputable German bank that has given basic commitment to this, as long as there are no situations such as terminated contracts or similar. You will be able to pay this student loan out of your salary as a doctor in acceptable installments and at the same time build up your existence in Germany.

Depending on your employer, parts of the amount may be granted as an employer loan or even waived. However, this depends on each individual case.

  • Entrance and Visa Fees
  • Flight costs
  • Monthly local public transportation ticket in the city of residence
  • Accommodation in an apartment
  • Scholarship of 300 Euros per month for your everyday life (food, clothing, leisure)
  • Mobile phone and laptop
  • Six months of language instruction, including training material
  • Six months of continuing medical education and training, including training materials
  • Repetitorium – Preparation for the Medical Examination
  • All examination fees for your medical certification examination (TELC, technical language examination, Approbation)
  • Travel costs to your “Hospitation” with your future employer

There are 52 medical specialties in Germany, and thus considerably more than in many other countries. Based on your training certificates, we can assign you to a German specialty in the program.

You will first work as a general hospital physician (in German: “Weiterbildungsassistent”) at a German hospital and then, within the framework of your activities, you will complete your further training as a German specialist in your own specialty. For this specialist training, the education received in your home country can be credited so that this period is becomes shorter.
If you visualize yourself not in a hospital, but at a medical practice, you can also be trained by being an assistant to a specialist at his/her practice.

Normally, specialist training takes 5 or 6 years. As a rule, a maximum of 24 months can be credited, so that we generally speak of 5 years of training as a German specialist.

In addition to the participant contract, the doctors in our program receive a direct employment contract with suspensive effect from a German clinic. After signing and submitting the necessary documents, the procedure is started to have your vocational training recognised in Germany. This is the prerequisite for being allowed to work as a doctor in Germany.

In almost all cases, a so-called “deficit notice” is issued, i.e. a reference to what the doctor still has to learn in comparison to the German education system. This knowledge is imparted during the technical portion of the program. The learned knowledge is then tested by the admission examination as a physician (Approbation). With successful completion, the physician receives the permission to work in Germany as a physician.

Most taxes and duties are so-called “payroll taxes” for health, pension, and unemployment insurance as well as income tax, which are automatically deducted from your salary.

The German tax system generously rewards families with children: Married couples with children pay less tax and their salary is higher.

But there are a number of other special rules that apply to your travel, education, or other expenses that reduce your income tax.

If you are interested in participating in our program, click on this link and enter your email address. You will then receive an email with the registration link where you will need to enter your basic information.  Immediately afterwards, you will receive your access data to our application platform.

Medical Bridge Germany is subject to the strict European data protection regulations (GDPR). The documents submitted by you will be treated absolutely confidentially and will not be passed on to third parties. Only your future employer and Medical Bridge Germany have access to your documents. Our data processing meets the highest security standards. Furthermore, you have the right to inspect and delete your data at any time.

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We have described in detail all steps of the program here.