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INTERVIEW: Dr. Laurentiu Iosif

Friday, March 3rd, 2017


Dr. Laurentiu Iosif is a young doctor with whom we collaborated to find a job in Germany.
After he worked 5 years as Resident Doctor in a hospital from NRW which we proposed to him, the time has come for him to pass the specialist exam in Internal Medicine.
Because we believe that his story is of interest for the medical community, we decided to publish the interview with Mr. Iosif.

VLAD SARCA (EGV): How did you find out about the structure of the specialist exam?
LAURENŢIU IOSIF : On the following page- – I read about other colleague’s experiences. This page contains a lot of resources, it helped me so much. Beside this I looked for advice from acquainted doctors.
VLAD SARCA (EGV): How often does the exam takes place?
LAURENŢIU IOSIF:  In NRW it takes place frequently, at least once a month.
VLAD SARCA (EGV): How can one establish the appointment for the exam?

LAURENŢIU IOSIF:  A doctor can register up to one month prior reaching the minimum time to execute the residency, which in the case of Internal Medicine is 60 months. On the other hand, the exam file folder must be complete and procedures from Logbook (Logbuch) must be performed and this performance certified by the Heads of Department.
I want to say that people from the College of Doctors are very careful regarding submitted documents and it happened to ask for additions from me.
Also, once they get the documents and as they are certain that these are complete, they automatically plan the exam, in my case it was July 9, 2016 and I was announced a few weeks before.
What I recommend to my colleagues is to be well prepared for the exam once they submit their documents, because the exam date can be changed only if there are founded reasons.

VLAD SARCA (EGV): What about the exam?

LAURENŢIU IOSIF:  It lasted one hour and we were two candidates. Each of us had 30 minutes available and I watched the examination of my classmate who also took the exam.
It’s an oral examination and there are three people in the committee including two teachers and an exponent from The College of Doctors.

The decision is taken by the three of them and each one votes for or against obtaining the specialization.At the beginning they asked me general questions, and then the questions became more concrete focusing on the details.

VLAD SARCA (EGV): Do you believe that there are other factors influencing the specialist exam?
LAURENŢIU IOSIF:  I think that it is a plus if the commission or members of the committee know the head of department where the candidate worked during the residency or if they worked together because it is like a trust transfer which means a benefit to the candidate, but that does not mean that the candidate will take the exam without fulfilling the criteria.
VLAD SARCA (EGV): Thank you very much for your time and I wish you a lot of success further on!

Young Romanian Doctors – being sued by their hospitals

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

According to the Romanian law, once a young doctors starts a residency program inside a Romanian hospital he is required by law to practice medicine inside the hospital for at least 5 years after becoming a specialist doctor.

Of course, we know that this is not always the case. Recently, hospitals have decided to take matters in their own hand in order to keep young doctors inside the public hospitals in Romania.

Some hospitals have considered being good employers and offering young doctors extra cash besides the 1000 Ron starting salary (225 Euros) and even accomodation, and some hospitals have decided to use the law, and sue if one decides to accept a position abroad or at another hospital within Romania, thus requiring the young doctor to pay back the hospital the equivalent of all salaries earned inside the hospital during the residency program.

But is it ok to “tie doctors to the land” or in this case to the hospital?!

Do you consider this action moral and ethical?!

What’s your oppinion on this subject?!


On the other hand, the article also comments on the fact that patients continue to “bribe” doctors and nurses. Patients in Romania consider that if they give the doctor or the nurse some extra cash, they will recieve better care and won’t be required to wait to long for a check-up.

Of course, this segment also underlines the fact that in the majority of cases doctors and nurses don’t ask for extra money from the patients. 

Patients consider that giving the doctors and nurses a “extra attention” they reward the specialists that are underpayed and keep them practicing medicine in Romanian hospital.

What’s your oppinion on this subject?



EGV Recruiting – Interview in the making

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Today is a day for answering questions. Today we opened our doors to the news crew from DIGI 24 Romania to answer key questions healthcare recruitment. 

The interview will shed light on subjects such as:

  • current healthcare recruitment trends for doctors and nurse abroad
  • the recruiting process in depth, from applying to starting the job abroad
  • Opportunities that foreign countries have to offer to medical professionals

The interview will soon be live on the news! Stay tuned for the actual interview in a couple of days!

Thank you!

National premiere in Romania! Press-Fit Orthopedics intervention conducted in Targu-Mures

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

In mid April 2014 Romania took a big leap forward in the field of orthopedics by performing for the first time the Press-Fit procedure in the Emergency Hospital in Targu Mures. The Press-Fit method is a biological alternative to implantation of metal screws in the bone by connecting two bone fragments with the femural tendon.

“I have not used any bioresorbable scaffold system or other fastening systems, but the fixing is done by Press-fit, so the ends of the tendon bone-tendo is fixed by special interconnection tissue, providing a joint stability and of course the patient will be able  to resume sporting activities after a period of three months, “said Prof. Tiberius Băţaga consultant in orthopedics.

The method involves bringing a femoral fragment taken from another donor patient that is stored in the  tissue  bank. The biological fixation requires a three and a half centimeter incision that is  well supported and is more aesthetic. Reconstruction has the same success as in the case of larger incisions. The press-fit system has no adjacent cost and is supported by the health system, said Prof. Băţaga.

Source of the article here


Co-payment in the Romanian Hospitals

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Starting with March 2013, Romanian patients will have to pay for part of the services guaranteed by the hospitals, exceptions are the emergency services.

“In order to solve financial imbalances in the health sector, we are determined to apply the following measures: in March 2013, we will start introducing co-payment, representing a modest fixed amount depending on the services provided in the hospital, except for emergency services. We will also continue to review the list of the compensated drugs and we will introduce mechanism to reduce the period of hospitalization and increase the use of outpatient medical treatment” –stated the Romanian Government.


Source of the article here

The German experience of a young Romanian Surgeon

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Once Romania entered the European Union in 2007, significant advantages for the highly skilled and educated were created with the liberalization of the labor-market.

Gabriel B. lives in Germany since 2007, and is currently in the 5th residency year as a General Surgeon. After graduating medicine in 2007, Gabriel moved to Nordrhein-Westfalen in a city with about 25 000 inhabitants in order to start his medical career.

The hospital in which Gabriel is currently working, benefits of 150 beds for inpatient care and 59 beds for the surgical department. Offering high quality diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with comprehensive and modern medical equipment, combining high tech medical care with humanity and personal attention is a high priority of the hospital. The hospital benefits from:

  • CT scanner
  • Ultrasound devices
  • High quality video and X-ray systems
  • Zeus and Cicero devices

“Starting off in a smaller city and a smaller hospital is ideal for foreign doctors. Accommodation with the system and integration in the medical team is the key factor and one of the hospitals focal points when it comes to foreign doctors. Colleagues are patient and helpful, soon I felt like part of the team”, stated Gabriel.

“Social integration is also not an issue. Living in a smaller city, and working with people for people, especially in the respected field of medicine grants you rapid recognition. People greet me on the street, so we get to know each other resulting to mutual respect and of course friendship.

But, of course social integration does not only mean receiving recognition, it also means sharing interests. For example Germans value their gardens, spending a decent amount of their time gardening and making their front and back gardens esthetic. Of course they also love their home, their cars, their sports and to travel,” added Gabriel.

“The home environment is another plus. I enjoy getting to live in a two story house with a beautiful front and back garden in a nice and peaceful neighborhood. I don’t live by myself in the whole house, I have upstairs neighbors but its ok we don’t bother one another, the house has different entrances so we don’t have to bump into one another unless we want to”, stated Gabriel.

A common misconception is created when it comes to thinking about smaller cities. People think that smaller cities bring no opportunities for leisure and entertainment, schools and employment for the rest of the family.

“I can honestly say that in a radius of 20km you can find everything! Pharmacies, schools, kindergartens, cinemas, theaters, malls, stores like H&M or Zara, restaurants ranging from Chinese, Italian and Turkish to restaurants with traditional German food, and of course McDonalds and Burger King.

Sports and other outdoors leisure activities are also easily accessible. Tennis courts, football fields, swimming-pools and indoor swimming pools are close by. Spas and Gyms are easily accessible. Besides all the above, Nordic walks, hiking and biking are sought after activities here in Germany”, stated Gabriel.

Getting from A to B

“One of the most important things about Germany is its infrastructure. Airports, highways, freeways, bike lanes, public transport… they all seem to eat up the distance between different cities, counties and even different countries. No wonder the Germans love to travel!” stated Gabriel.

“I can honestly say I’m proud to make part of the community in the city I live and work in”, Gabriel B.

Romanian Doctors from the USA, Canada and Israel will be able to practice in Romania without a residency

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

The Romanian Health Minister, Raed Arafat, confirmed that a normative bill will be created for the recognition of medical specializations in the USA, Canada and Israel, so that Romanian doctors that wish to come back to their country to be able to practice without having to undertake the residency once again.

The Health Minister declared that if this normative act will be adopted, trained doctors form the above mentioned countries, will no longer have to undertake the residency in Romania, keeping in mind that some of these doctors have worked as specialist for 20 years.

The Health Minister also mentioned that doctors form the above listed country must make a request for the recognition of the years of practice abroad, followed by an examination to see if they are fit to practice. “We will try to eliminate these steps and start the automatic recognition of studies and competences”, stated Raed Arafat.

“I was always asking myself, how come other countries can recognize their studies and we can’t? We have to be able to integrate them in our system, but this is a problem that won’t be resolved in a couple of weeks”, stated Raed Arafat.

The Minister of Health announced that Romanian doctors that studied in the USA, Canada and Israel and that wish to come back and practice medicine in their home country will no longer have to apply for a residency. Their specialist diplomas will be recognized automatically.

According to the representatives of the Health Minister, a lot of Romanian doctors that obtained their specialty in one of the above mentioned three countries have requested the authorities to identify a solution so that they could practice medicine back home.


Source of the article here

Professions that pay off abroad!

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Romanians working in the field of healthcare earn up to an average of 9 times as much working abroad than in their home country. Healthcare specialists are not the only professionals that earn significantly more abroad than in Romania. An article published by illustrates the current fields that pay at least 3 times as much in Western Europe.

Salaries in the healthcare sector can be 22 times higher abroad that in Romania!

The average gross salary in Healthcare in Romania for the month of September 2012 was about 400 Euros. Employers in Denmark offers currently for healthcare professionals that can reach gross wages of 9300 Euros, approximately 22 times as much as employers in Romania.

A specialist doctor in France earns a gross wage of about 4000 Euros per month.

Employers in Germany offer gross wages for specialist doctors similar to the ones in France, somewhere around 4000-6000 Euros per month.

But not only has the healthcare sector offered such advantages abroad.

For example:

  • Salaries offered in constructions are almost 5 times bigger in western Europe
  • Professional drivers earn 4 times as much in western Europe
  • Employees in the textile industry earn about 4 times as much in western Europe
  • Carpenters are paid 4 times as much abroad
  • Forrester workers earn up to 3 times as much in western Europe


Source of the article here

Romanians want access to the latest in medication

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

88.5% of the Romanian population believes that serious illnesses should be treated with state of the art medication, according to the study conducted by the IMAS institute. More so, over half of the questioned stated that they would rather pay the full price for the generic medicines covered by the state and in exchange for the compensation of newer and more expensive medicine.

Concerning the preferences for the medication selected for treatment, over 46% of Romanian citizens prefer to buy innovative medicine, and 16% chooses generic medicine.

Also, 82% of the respondents admit the importance of new medication for the overall health of the population.

When it comes to access to the latest generation in medication, 34% believe that the actualization of the list of compensated medicine should be updated every year. 23% of the Romanian population thinks that this should be done every 6 months.


What do you think?


Source of the article here

Young Roma’s become doctors: “If you are a professional, you won’t be subjected to ethnical discrimination.”

Monday, September 24th, 2012


Young Roma’s become doctors: “If you are a professional, you won’t be subjected to ethnical discrimination.”

18 year’s old and accepted at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy from Iasi. She is a young girl like every other, but her home environment and background would have never permitted her to achieve her goal. “Discrimination made me want to prove all the rest that ethnic backgrounds doesn’t mean anything. If you are a professional, you won’t be subjected to ethnical discrimination”, explains the young Roma student.

Alexandra-Daniela Constantinescu benefited from free tutoring in chemistry, offered by the program “A generation of Roma specialist in the medical field”, a Romanian national program that’s aiming to give young people with vulnerable ethnic backgrounds to follow their dream.

Discrimination should not be taken as a handicap

Alexandra from Braila is 18. She appreciates the program because she is well aware that without these courses she would have never been admitted to the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy in Iasi. “I don’t think I would have managed by myself because most candidates prepare themselves in private and because of my background, my family wouldn’t have been able to offer me private lessons”, explains the young student.

The program offered me tutoring 5 times per month, from December 2011 till in July 2012. For each session I had to prepare homework and I was evaluated. If I got good grades like 9 and 10 I would get a monthly scholarship of 400Ron, if I received smaller grades I only got 200 Ron.

“I can’t say I was discriminated. Discrimination should not be taken as a handicap. Discrimination made me want to better myself. If you are a professional no one can discriminate you. “

The young student admits that she chose her profession from the 11th grade, because it offered her moral and financial satisfaction.
This program offers 360 positions during the 2012-2013 school year, for mentor programs and scholarships 125 for medical qualification courses.
Young Roma people that want to follow a medical career can enter the program by signing up till the 30th October to the scholarship programs offered by Active Watch, in collaboration with other non-government organizations.

Active Watch, together with the Roma Education Fund Romania Foundation, Resident Doctor Association, Roma Center for Health Policy and Open Society Institute, offer in total 360 places in the program “A generation of professional Roma citizens in the Medical Field” with funding help from the Social European Fund. This program is implemented nationwide between 2011 and January 2014.

The Program for Personal Development gives 500 Roma students and pupils the chance to benefit from courses in the medical field during the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years.

For 2012-2013, young Roma citizens, depending on their interests and qualification, can apply for the Personal Development Program “Roma professionals in the medical field” or the program for qualification and re qualification of young Roma’s in the medical field.


Source of the article here