Hospitation Experience- Indian Doctor in Germany!

We are doing our hospitation right now, from morning 8 to evening 4 and we have a language course three days a week from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. Both of us are doing practicals in Neurology but at different hospitals. Our hospitals are reachable by public transport and are really good in terms of treatment and facilities.

The system is entirely different. Mainly with patient care. When we spend 3 to 4 minutes per patient in India during morning rounds, here the doctors spend like 10 to 15 minutes per patient during rounds. My ward has 16 patients and it takes till 6 pm in the evening for the Station doctor to take the rounds, write the discharge summary, send the blood to the lab etc.
Blood to be sent to the lab has to be withdrawn by the doctor itself. Some hospitals allow the guest doctors to do the procedures, and some don’t. My hospital and Sarika’s hospital are cool with that. They don’t have a problem with us drawing blood or laying cannulas of doing a lumbar puncture. We do such procedures every day.

The main thing is the language. Even a C1 level would not be enough I would say. The level in order to work at a hospital can be achieved only by staying at a hospital, hearing speaking, talking etc. The doctors speak very scrambled and fast, mashed up sometimes with latin medical terms or the equivalent German word for the disease or the body part. It was quite difficult for the first two days. But we caught up quite soon. The consultants are really surprised and satisfied by our German skills, but we are not. When we are able to speak with native fluency and write good German, then will we be satisfied. Now we can speak better and understand better. We can feel the difference in the language in two weeks. We are able to speak with the patients better, take history and examine them. But talking with real old patients. They have a very different and old accent. Its tough to speak to young people too, they’ve got this urban dialect.

But the greatest challenge that we are going to face is writing the case history on the computer and to frame a discharge summary. The native doctors here write it in near perfect German and they have their own style. That is what we find really difficult. With the permission of the assistant doctor we write the discharge summary, but almost always they have to rewrite the whole thing.

The assistant doctors, professors, and consultants are very helpful and friendly, the professional relations are very well managed and productive. All of them consider one another as a colleague. Even though there are defined hierarchies, there is nothing such as bossing around, overruling or scolding, Everyone is colleagues, starting from the ones that clean to room to the chief doctor. Everyone is respected in their own area of expertise. In India, the nurses are considered lower to doctors and we can always boss over them. That doesn’t happen in Germany. And the nurses are paid quite equivalent to doctors, and sometimes a senior nurse here earns more than a consultant.

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8 thoughts on “Hospitation Experience- Indian Doctor in Germany!

  1. Nice summary
    Dear friend I’m a non invasive cardiologist working in GCC oman as a specialist cardiologist for the past 2 years .I have a over all 7 years experience in the field of cardiology and over all 14 years after my under graduation.
    Does a diploma in clinical cardiology from india valid in Germany?
    If I come for working can I work in same field?
    Will they consider as cardiologist ?
    Is it possible to work and upgrade in the same field??
    Kindly advice…
    Thanks in advance .

    1. Hi
      Hello Doctor

      While MBBS is recognized as a basic medical qualification in Germany(though not equivalent to German degree), but PG qualifications gained in India are not recognized. So, you will need to follow the same path as that of an MBBS candidate to obtain a SPECIALIST(PG)training position and complete the training. However, you stand to gain credits for previous learning/higher skills based on the assessment by the Chief Training Specialist after you obtain a SPECIALIST training position- thus reducing the duration of the training(provided you stick to Cadiology). After this training, you can exercise SPECIALIST privileges in Germany- Work or independent Practice.

      Please check your email and respond to the Qualifying questionnaire for PG in Germany. Please check your SPAM folder, just in case.

      Hope this helps.


  2. Hi , I am practicing in India as a MBBS Doctor. I want to pursue Plastic Surgery in Germany. Is there a possibility to get into that field? Thanks

    1. Hi

      Please check your mail and respond to the Qualifying questionnaire on PG in Germany. Please check your SPAM folder, just in case. We will mail you the detailed Course/Application/Schedule of payment information to you, if your profile is found suitable.

      Thank you

  3. Hi, i m doing government job in india as a mbbs doctor. I want to get settle in germany . So whats the actual procedure?

    1. Hello

      To get a Job(PG Training job, Assistant Doctor), you need to obtain Permanent Registration in Germany. For this, you need the below:

      1. German language skill level- C1
      2. Pass FSP -Exam for Medical Terminology in German language.
      3. KP – Medical Knowledge exam.
      We prepare you for all of the above and support you till you obtain a Training job.

      Please check your mail and respond to the Qualifying questionnaire for PG in Germany. Please check your SPAM folder, just in case.


    1. Hello

      Please check your email and respond to the Qualifying Questionnaire for Pg in Germany. We will forward the detailed Course/Application/Schedule of payments on you response. Thank you


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