How long is PG in Germany after MBBS for international doctors by rohit batra a blog post discussing various medical branches available in Germany and their required duration

A Guide to Medical Residency in Germany for Foreigners - Medical courses after MBBS without NEET- PG


"How many years does a medical PG in Germany take?"

"How long will I be away from my family and friends?"

"Will I earn a stipend or salary as a medical PG in Germany?"

Of course, such questions need an answer to help you plan and decide whether pursuing a medical PG in Germany after MBBS is something you want to do.

Let's answer your questions about a medical PG in Germany here. 

Note: Residency is also known as a PG in Asian countries, especially India. This term would be used interchangeably throughout this post.


What is a Medical Residency in Germany?

A medical Residency or PG in Germany is called a "Facharzttitel." A Facharzt is a medical doctor who has completed specialized training or a PG, aka a residency, in a specific medical field after their MBBS.

In Germany, approximately 400,000 doctors have a Facharzttitel. Only those who have completed the multi-year medical PG training and passed the Facharztprüfung (final PG examination) can use "Facharzt."


Why Pursue a Medical Residency in Germany?

There are various reasons to explore medical courses abroad after MBBS.

  1. You may want to pursue a surgical branch, Dermatology, or Radiology after MBBS, which is nearly impossible without high competition, especially in countries like India and Pakistan.
  2. You want to afford a luxurious lifestyle by earning a high salary as a Doctor in Europe.
  3. Or you may want to escape the toxic work environment in your country and achieve an excellent work-life balance.

It is not uncommon for doctors from these countries to look for post-MBBS courses without NEET (the PG entrance exam in India, with over 100,000 doctors competing every year).


The Facharzttitel, which one gains after completing a PG in Germany, is not just a prestigious achievement; it is also necessary for doctors to perform certain medical activities. For instance, if you want to be a surgeon and operate on the liver, you need specialization or completed medical PG training in a surgical residency program.


Requirements for a Medical Residency in Germany

International doctors must complete some special requirements to embark on their journey towards a medical PG in Germany.

  1. You need to complete your MBBS and your 12-month internship before you can start applying.
  2. It would be best if you then had proof of completing a 12-month clinical rotation called the Internship, Internatur, or Ordinatur.
  3. Thirdly, and most importantly, you'll need a medical license registration, either from the country you studied in or your home country. This license must have been issued after you took an exam.

Then, you'll be tested on your German language skills with a medical language exam called the FSP. Everybody who studied for their MBBS outside Germany must take this medical language exam. To learn more about this exam, click here.

Finally comes the last exam, during which your competency in making a diagnosis will be checked. This exam is called the knowledge exam or the KP. If you need to take this exam, it will depend upon whether you completed your medical studies or MBBS inside or outside the EU. Students who have completed their MBBS in countries such as Serbia, Ukraine, Russia, the Philippines, or even Kyrgyzstan will, for example, also have to take the knowledge exam. Check out this video if you want to know the exact requirements for a medical PG in Germany after MBBS. 


Once you are through the exams and are allotted the medical license in Germany, called the Approbation, you can officially begin your medical residency in Germany as a foreign doctor.


Which PG Courses after MBBS Can You Start in Germany?

In Germany, international doctors have access to a wide range of medical specialities for PG, ranging from anatomical disciplines to surgical fields. Options open after MBBS include Surgery, Dermatology and Radiology, to name a few. Let's take a look at how long the PG programs for various subjects are:


  • 4 Jahre

    •   Biochemie
    •   Physiologie
    •   Anatomie


  • 5 Jahre

    •   Family medicine
    •   Anaesthesiology
    •   Ophthalmology
    •   Obstetrics and gynaecology
    •   E.N.T.
    •   Dermatology
    •   Humangenetic
    •   Pediatrics
    •   Pediatric und Adolescence psychiatry und -psychotherapy
    •   Microbiology
    •   Virology und Infectionsepidemiology
    •   Nuclearmedicine
    •   Neurology
    •   Pharmacology
    •   Phoniatrics und Pediatric audiology
    •   Physical und Rehabilitative Medicine
    •   Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie
    •   Psychosomatic Medicine und Psychotherapy
    •   Radiology
    •   Forensic Medicine
    •   Radiotherapy


  • 6 Jahre

    •   Transfusionsmedicine
    •   Urology
    •   General Surgery
    •   Vascular Surgery
    •   Heart Surgery
    •   Pediatrics Surgery
    •   Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery
    •   Plastics Surgery
    •   Internal medicine und Angiology
    •   Internal medicine und Endocrinology und Diabetology
    •   Internal medicine und Gastroenterology
    •   Internal medicine und Hematology und Oncology
    •   Internal medicine und Cardiology
    •   Internal medicine und Nephrology
    •   Internal medicine und Pneumology
    •   Internal medicine


Basically, you have access and opportunity for all medical specialities in PG in Germany, even the surgical ones in world class hospitals. All you have to do is obtain an Approbation or a German medical licence, prepare an application, and when invited, go for an interview. Click here to learn more about the Approbation in Germany.


How long is PG in Germany after MBBS for international doctors by rohit batra a blog post discussing various medical branches available in Germany and their required duration


Of course the entire education, the PG, the patient contact, the documentation, EVERYTHING is in the German language so proper preparation is key. If you want to learn how to take the correct steps for PG in Germany and triple your chances for success, check out this video up here.


The Training Process

A PG in Germany takes place under the supervision of certified specialists at University Clinics or Regional Hospitals run by the Church and other private institutions. The training mainly occurs during clinical practice, adhering to the medical curriculum for PG in Germany aka. Weiterbildungskatalog. It is essential for PG or Assistenzärzte to maintain a Logbuch, a documentation booklet, to track their progress and ensure the certification of completed training content.


What is the Salary of Doctor in Germany?

As we saw in the list above, the duration of your Residency or PG in Germany varies widely between 4-6 years During this period, doctors in training/postgraduate doctors aka. Assistenzärzte, earn a monthly salary ranging from 4,850 euros in the first year to 6,340 euros in the final year (as of 2023). The salary is determined by the size of the hospital and the number of overtime hours worked. You can read the detailed blog post about Doctors Salary in Germany and how it can grow over the years with experience by clicking here.


How to Complete the Medical Residency in Germany?

At the conclusion of your Residency in Germany, you must undergo a final PG exam called the Facharztprüfung. Successfully passing this examination will complete your PG training in Germany and grant you the prestigious Facharzttitel, which is essential for establishing a medical practice.


Well there you have it, a complete breakdown of all you need to know to decide if starting a PG in Germany is for you.

Remember, take time and sit down with family and friends before you jump in to anything.

Discuss your worry points about learning German, plan your finances well, and find out more about the residency pathway etc. with a specialist or someone with experience.


Set real expectations- Going in another country is hard. And so is learning a new language well enough to start practicing medicine in. It won't happen in a month. It won't even happen in 12. 

But, it is doable- and should you decide to go down this path, I can assure you it will open your mind to so much more life has to offer. 

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