Medical specialist (m/f)

Medical specialist (m/f)

This section contains specific information on procedures and on the relevant legal basis for this occupational group.

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Professional Recognition

DO I NEED TO HAVE MY PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS RECOGNIZED?

If you wish to work as a specialist doctor in Germany you need to have your further training qualifications recognized by the respective Land Chamber of Physicians. Recognition is based on the further training regulations of the Land Chamber of Physicians in the Land in which you wish to practice. The further training regulations of the Land Chamber of Physicians are largely identical throughout Germany.

You can apply for recognition of your title as a specialist doctor in Germany even if you have completed your training as a specialist abroad. You can only be granted recognition if your training as a specialist doctor is recognized as equivalent to the corresponding German qualifications.

You can use the Recognition Finder to identify the correct competent authority for your occupation.

Information on the procedure

Procedure for qualifications from the EU/EEA/Switzerland

  • Recognition is usually granted automatically if you have acquired your qualification as a specialist doctor in a member state of the European Union, in a country within the European Economic Area or in Switzerland.

    A list of specialist doctor training courses which lead to automatic recognition can be found in Annexes V 1.3. and V 1.4. of the EU Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications.
  • If your specialist doctor certificate is not automatically recognised, the Federal State Medical Council responsible will check whether your specialist doctor qualification is equivalent to the relevant German advanced training programme. Your continuing training qualification will be recognised as equivalent if there are no substantial differences to the comparable German continuing training. You will receive recognition as a specialist doctor if your qualification is determined to be equivalent.

    Any professional experience you have gained in your own country or abroad can be taken into account if there are substantial differences between your qualification and the German qualification. This means that you may use relevant professional experience to compensate for substantial differences. You will receive recognition as a specialist doctor if your qualification is deemed to be equivalent in this way.

    An examination conducted by the Federal State Medical Council responsible will be necessary if professional experience cannot compensate for the differences. This examination relates to the continuing training contents that have not been acquired. You will be awarded a specialist doctor title following successful completion of the examination.

Procedures for qualifications from non-EU/non-EEA states

Recognition is not automatically granted in Germany if you have not acquired your qualification as a specialist doctor in a member state of the European Union, in a country within the European Economic Area or in Switzerland. In such cases, the Federal State Medical Council responsible will compare the continuing training qualification submitted with the requirements of the continuing training regulations in the chamber area. Existing professional practice can be taken into account. You will be required to complete an examination conducted by the Federal State Medical Council if substantial differences are identified. You will be awarded a specialist doctor title following successful completion of the examination.

Further information on the submission of applications is available in the Recognition Finder or on the websites of the Federal State Medical Council.

 

Ethnic German resettler
If you are an ethnic German resettler (Spätaussiedler) on the legal basis of the Federal Expellees Act, ask the competent authorities about any peculiarities in the procedure which may affect you.

Legal Basis

(Model) Speciality Training Regulations

Further information

The Internet portal www.kompetenzen-gesundheitsberufe.de (German) provides information about preconditions and fields of work in the health sector. The information is intended to allow university graduates with degrees acquired abroad to enter this sector and is also of interest to career changers such as engineers, economists and educators.