Register with the German Medical Association

24. July 2019.


If you want to work as a medic in Germany, it is necessary to register with GMA (The German Medical Association), which is a competent authority for all doctors in Austria. The entire process requires a certain amount of time, and in order to help you pass through the same, we provide you with detailed instructions and a list of requirements for obtaining a medical license in Germany.

Life is pretty busy in Germany. Germans are a rule loving people. They are very disciplined. And if you do something wrong, for example if you cross the street on a red pedestrian light, you will inevitably either get a dirty look or someone will stop and scold you. Employees are valued in Germany quite a lot. If you are a stranger living in Germany, you might have noticed this more than others. Employees have a lot of organizations that protect their rights and if you complain, someone will listen. As an employee, you will not be exploited and are not at the mercy of a mean boss. The train and bus are on time. They are very also clean. Public transport is widely used in Germany and it is an incredibly good experience. If you’re used to saying that your bus or train were late as an excuse for not getting to work on time, that won’t be acceptable in Germany. Order and timeliness are extremely appreciated here.

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All stores are closed down on Saturday evening and do not open until Monday morning. Sunday is a time of rest in Germany, so anticipate it and use it well. Most foreigners when they first move to Germany forget this important fact and might end up without some food on Sunday, so be sure to go to the store on Saturday and pick up food and other things you need. Germany has a wide selection of foods, from the meat to the desserts. You get a huge range of breads. Can you believe there is 300 different types od bread?! You might not be able to find the comfort foods of your own country easily, but you will have the opportunity to try many different dishes and ingredients that will be delicious.

To work as a doctor in Germany, you need a work permit called Approbation.

Based on your resume you will be invited to an interview.
List of Documents, which need to be submitted with the forms:
1. An updated CV
2. Photocopy of ID or passport
3. Photocopy of Certificate of birth
4. Photocopy of Certificate of Marriage, if names in ID and Certificate of Birth are different
5. Extract from Police Records, not older than 3 months (Original)
6. Medical Certificate, not older than 1 month; (existing form [in German] can be used, also must be original)
7. Language Certificate, at least B2
8. Diploma
9. Certificate of Conformity, if study started before the country entered the EU
10. Certificate of Good Standing, from all countries where employed. Cannot be older than 3 months. If asked for purpose: Approbation in Germany

Check the link above, where you have the application form and the address where you can submit them.

* Knowledge of German is a prerequisite for Approbation.
Physicians, dentists and pharmacists must have language skills at C1 level.
Professionals like Psychological psychotherapists and child / adolescent psychotherapists must have language skills at C2 level.

Furthermore, the competent authority will determine the fee. Therefore, inquire about the probable cost of the procedure before submitting the application. If you are registered as a job seeker in Germany or seeking social assistance, costs may be lower, but must meet certain conditions of government, such as the Federal Employment Service or the Employment Center. Please note that you must always request financial assistance in advance.

All copies submitted must be translated into German by an authorized court interpreter and certified by a notary public. We’ll go through the list together and discuss everything that is at some point unclear. Your application will not be processed until all the required documents have been submitted.


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