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Specialization in medicine – what are my options in the EU?
04. February 2022.
We provide several options to young doctors interested in specialization in medicine, as well as to ones that are currently undergoing one, to continue their careers in the EU.
Medical specialization is offered in Germany, Austria, Ireland, and Sweden. In these countries, you have the opportunity to either start or continue your undergoing specialization. Since the process is different for each country, the first step is to get acquainted with all the options offered to young doctors and future specialists. It is important to note that it is not possible to skip steps – medical chambers require that every doctor have a valid license in the country where you will work. In other words, just as it is not possible to apply for a job at a hospital in your own country without a valid medical license, it is not possible in other countries until you obtain your own medical license.
The steps for the process of obtaining or continuing specialization are as follows:
Specialization in Germany:
- 1. It is necessary to speak German at B2 / C1 level (health chamber requires passed or Goethe or ÖSD certificate)
- 2. You fill in the German CV form that we provide
- 3. We tell you what documentation you need to attach when applying for a license
- 4. After you obtain a license, we actively look for specialization and a place that suits you
- 5. Once you agree with the hospital, we help in the search for accommodation and in organizing your relocation to Germany or Austria
The process of finding a medical specialization in Austria is almost identical to the process for Germany. The only difference is that Austria requires a C1 level of language proficiency. If you are not sure what to expect from a specialization in Germany or Austria, read 5 reasons why specialize in Germany or Austria. A fairly more detailed description of the process of obtaining specialist training in Germany is available here.
Specialization in Ireland:
- 1. It is necessary to have a certificate of English language proficiency at B2 / C1 level (IELTS or OET)
- 2. Hospitals require you to have at least some work experience in medicine (more specifically experience in a hospital)
- 3. You fill out an Irish CV form that we provide
- 4. We tell you what documentation you need to attach when applying for an IMC license
- 5. Depending on your experience, we are looking for a position that would suit you
- 6. After signing the employment contract with the hospital, we help organize everything needed to move to Ireland
Since the process of obtaining a specialization in Ireland is quite different from the process in most of Europe, most doctors who complete medicine in another EU country must first start with an SHO (Senior House Officer) position to advance to a Registrar position. Depending on your country, specialists in their 3rd or 4th year of medical specialisation may be able to continue directly to the registrar position in Ireland. Read more about the levels of specialist training in Ireland here.
Specialization in Sweden (only available for doctors speaking Croatian/Serbian/Bosnian):
To specialize in medicine in Sweden, it is necessary to speak Swedish at the C1 level. In cooperation with the Zrinka’s School of Swedish, we help all doctors who pass the C1 level in mentioned school to obtain a medical license and apply for a job. Read the experience of our two candidates who came to Sweden to specialize this way here. This process differs from Germany, Austria, and Ireland, but is a great option for doctors looking to develop a career in Scandinavia. The average candidate learns a language from zero to C1 level in 1.5 years, which is less than the average required to learn German to the same level.
To receive information on the possibilities of specialization of medicine in the EU, please apply through this questionnaire.
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