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Thuringen and its offer – Or what one can do and expect when living in Thuringen!

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

The free state of Thüringen is located in the central part of Germany. From the northwest going clockwise, Thüringen has borders with the states of Lower Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Sachsen, Bayern and Hessen. Thüringen is the sixth smallest by area and the fifth smallest by population of Germany´s sixteen states. Its capital city is Erfurt.

Erfurt cathedral and Severikirche

Erfurt Town Hall

Thüringen has been known by the nickname of ´´the green heart of Germany´´, from the late 19th century, due to the dense forest that covers the terrain. The ridges of the western Harz Mountains divide the region from Lower Sachsen on the north-west, while the eastern Harz similarly separates Thüringen from the state of Sachsen-Anhalt to the north-east. To the south and southwest, the Thüringen Forest effectively separates the ancient region of Franconia, now the northern part of Bavaria, from the rolling plains of most of Thüringen. The central Harz range extends southwards along the western side into the northwest corner of the Thüringen Forest region, Making Thüringen a lowland basin of rolling plains nearly surrounded by ancient somewhat-difficult mountains. To the west across the mountains and south is the drainage basin on the Rhine River.

Thüringen forest north of Schweinfurt

After the capital city of Erfurt, important urban districts are Eisenach, Gera, Jena, Suhl and Weimar.

Eisenach Nikolai Chuch, Luther House


Gera, view from above and Town hall




Suhl from above


Grand-Ducal Palace Weimar, Goethe Schiller monument Weimar


 Culture is thicker on the ground in Thüringen than in any other state in Germany. Castles, palaces, gardens and historical monasteries can be found dotting the landscape throughout the state. Thüringen boasts over 30,000 architectural and art monuments as well as 3000 archeological sites. Culture has shaped both the region´s heritage and its contemporary identity.

Belvedere Castle Weimar

Wartburg Castle
Bibra Castle, Ehrenburg Castle 
Classicism is at home in Thüringen. In a one-of-a-kind ensemble, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar unites museums of art and literature, the historic homes of literary luminaries and royal palaces and gardens.
This is where the legacy of Goethe and Schiller is kept alive. The spectrum covered by the collections, which have been pieced together over more than 400 years, is unequalled anywhere in the world. Among the most important institutions are the Goethe National Museum, Schiller´s Home, the Widow´s Palace, the Duchess Anna Amalia Library, the Goethe and Schiller Archive, the Nietzsche Archive and the Wieland Estate in Ossmannstedt.
Goethe National Museum Weimar

The Widow´s Palace

Wieland Estate in Ossmannstedt
As a land of culture, Thüringen also possesses a museum landscape that has evolved over time and continues to grow, with a number of new additions in recent years. In a total of 180 museums, art and cultural treasures of international, national and regional significance are collected, researched and exhibited. The Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation, by contrast, is dedicated to the task of preserving the two concentration camp sites as places of mourning and commemoration, as well as documenting and researching the historical background behind the crimes committed there.

Buchenwald concentration camp entrance
One glance at the map shows that Thüringen has more theaters and orchestras per square kilometer than any other territorial state in Germany. This cultural diversity is nurtured and maintained.
Theater Gera and Altenburg

Theater interior Altenburg

Thüringen has also made a name for itself over the past several years with its annual musical festivals: in summer the TFF Rudolstadt Roots Folk World Music Festival attracts crowds of music-lovers. Other cultural high points during the year are the Kulturarena in Jena, the Kunstfest in Weimar, the Thüringen Bach Festival and the Thüringen Summer Organ Festival.

TFF Rudolstadt Roots Folk World Music Festival
Cooking in the German state of Thüringen is molded by its wide range of fruit and vegetable production, as well as its large forest. Meals in Thüringen are very healthy, consisting often of large portions of meat with rich sauces. Wurst and wild game are among the region´s specialties.
Cakes also play an important role in Thüringen´s culinary traditions. They are found at every breakfast table, they are central to every coffee break and they are even offered to party guests as a midnight snack. However, unlike other regions in Germany, Thüringen mainly offers sheet cakes (Blechkuchen).
Rinderrouladen, Thüringer Klöße, Blechkuchen
In the area between the Harz Mountains and the Thüringen Forest, agriculture has long played a very important role. In addition, major industrial centers shape the economic realm in this state.
Thüringen made a good job of getting to grips with the upheavals and structure change in the wake of the fall of the Wall. Manufacturing industry is the key sector driving growth, with a whole host of different branches represented. These include more traditional areas, such as optics, glass mining, wood/timber, metal products and the automobile industry, as well as branches, such as the plastic industry, solar energy and medical technology. The food processing industry is also developing into a significant economic factor for Thüringen.
One of the world renowned optics manufacturers, Carl Zeiss AG, has subsidies in Jena. Carl Zeiss is one of the oldest existing optics manufacturers in the world. Now over 150 years old, Zeiss continues to be associated with expensive and high-quality optical lenses. Zeiss lenses are generally thought to be elegant and well-constructed, yielding high-quality images.
Zeiss and its subsidiaries offer a wide range of products related to optics and vision. These include camera and cine lenses, microscopes and microscopy software, binoculars and spotting scopes, eyeglasses and lenses, planetariums and dome video-systems, optics for military applications (head tracker systems, submarine periscopes, targeting systems), optical sensors, industrial metrology systems and ophthalmology products.

Carl Zeiss AG. Jena 1910



Saxony and Thüringen are the strongest eastern German federal states. The regional GDP in 2008 was €49.8b. Between 1995 and 2006, the Thüringen GDP/inhabitant evolved from €14,502.6 to €19,782.1.


 A wide range of landscapes, a remarkable number of castles and palaces, extraordinary architectural and cultural diversity and a great range of leisure activities – that is the holiday region of Thüringen. Goethe summed up Thüringen´s merits in his inimitable style: “Where else in Germany can you find so many wonderful things in such close proximity?“
Erfurt, Weimar and other towns in Thüringen offer visitors an engaging mix of history and tradition, culture and leisure activities, the classical and the modern. In Weimar, the 1999 European City of Culture, there´s hardly anywhere that doesn´t in some way reflect the town´s rich heritage.
For many years, visitors from around the world have flocked to the statue of Goethe and Schiller in front of the German National Theater and to a total of 27 museums. The UNESCO World Heritage site ´Classical Weimar´ comprises 16 individual buildings.
But towns such as Erfurt, Jena, Eisenach, Altenberg, Meiningen and Gotha also offer plenty of cultural highlights. Erfurt is blessed with a wealth of attractions, including St. Mary´s Cathedral and the Church of St. Severus on Domplatz square, the Merchants´ Bridge and the long-established ega horticultural exhibition. Art and culture in Thüringen is closely linked to the work of representatives of Germany´s cultural and intellectual tradition. Museums, theaters, exhibitions and concert halls display the legacies of the writers Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller, the composer Johann Sebastian Bach ant the painters Lucas Cranach and Otto Dix.
Thüringen´s best known castle and the most famous landmark of the town of Eisenach is Wartburg Castle, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. Besides Wartburg Castle, Friedenstein Palace in Gotha and the Dornburg palaces attract lots of tourists.
Friedenstein Palace in Gotha
 Dornburg Palace

What does it mean to be a doctor in the field of Psychosomatic Medicine?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014



Being a healthcare recruiting agency with a lot of vacant positions in the field of Psychosomatic medicine and Psychotherapy in Germany we are often asked by our candidates:

  • “Is this specialty similar to other specialties in other countries?”
  • “What does a doctor do if he chooses to start his residency program in the field of Psychosomatic?”
  •  “Why should I be interested in following this specialty?”

The field of psychosomatic medicine and Psychotherapy is a relative new specialization that was established in Germany in 1992 after realising the need for such medical specialists. Currently the field is only present in Germany and Austria.

The residency program covers:

  • 3 years of psychosomatic and psychotherapy
  • 1 year of psychiatry
  • 1 year of internal medicine

Psychosomatic medicine includes:

  • Diagnosis of psychosomatic illnesses
  • Psychotherapeutic treatment
  • Prevention and rehabilitation

In order to become a specialist doctor in the field of Psychosomatic Medicine, one must complete the 5 years of residency. At least 1500 hours of psychotherapeutic treatment must be provided by the physician in training with respective minimum numbers for individual psychotherapies of different lengths (short-term therapy, shoulder length therapies, long-term therapy), group therapy, couple and family therapy.

Specialist training for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy includes:

  • ethical, scientific and legal foundations of medical practice
  • the medical evaluation
  • the measures of quality assurance and quality management, including the error and risk management
  • medical interviewing, including family counselling
  • psychosomatic Basics
  • interdisciplinary collaboration
  • the etiology, pathophysiology and pathogenesis of diseases
  • the Enlightenment and the documentation of findings
  • the laboratory-based detection methods
  • medical emergency situations
  • the principles of pharmacotherapy, including the interactions of drugs and drug abuse
  • the general pain management
  • the care of seriously ill and dying
  • interdisciplinary indications for further diagnostic tests-including the differential indication and interpretation of radiological findings related to territorial issues
  • psychosocial, environmental and cross-cultural influences on health
  • the prevention, detection, treatment and rehabilitation psychotherapeutic psychosomatic diseases and disorders including family counseling, addiction and suicide prevention
  • the practical application of scientifically recognized psychotherapy procedures and methods, especially cognitive behavioral therapy or psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • the indication for socio-therapeutic measures
  • Detection and treatment of behavioral problems in childhood and adolescence
  • Basics of detection and treatment of internal diseases that require a psychosomatic treatment
  • Detection and treatment of mental-physical interactions in chronic diseases, such as cancer, neurological, cardiac, orthopedic and rheumatic diseases as well as metabolic and autoimmune diseases
  • psychiatric history and diagnostic assessment
  • the area-based drug therapy, with particular reference to the risks of drug abuse
  • the detection and psychotherapeutic treatment of psychogenic pain syndromes
  • autogenic training or progressive muscle relaxation or hypnosis
  • the implementation of supportive and psycho-educational therapies for somatic health
  • Foundations in behavioral therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Crisis interventions under supervision
  • 35 double hours Balint group or interaction-related casework
  • psychosomatic-psychotherapeutic consulting and liaison service


Why should you consider becoming a specialist doctor in the field of Psychosomatic medicine and Psychotherapy?

Psychosomatic medicine and Psychotherapy is an exciting and new growing medical speciality with a fast and constant evolution. It offers a new point of view regarding the correlation between physical and (somatic) illness and psychiatric factors that create somatic illnesses without physical substance.

An interesting aspect is the fact that a Psychosomatic medicine and Psychotherapy practitioner has the opportunity to conduct psychiatric evaluations and treatments for mentally healthy individuals without having to interact with common psychiatric patients.

One can be certain that Psychosomatic medicine and Psychotherapy practitioners will be more and more sought after in the near future!

Interested in working in the field of Psychosomatic medicine and Psychotherapy?

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What makes the UK unique (part 3)

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Yep, part three of “What makes the UK unique”!


7. Visit London for a day:

London is one of the most visited cities in the world and is renowned for many things, obviously the House of Parliament, Big Ben, the London Eye, the Tower of London….

Another thing that puts London in the center of the map is shopping! Here one can buy anything from the latest fashion to tid-bits at the infamous Camden market. The many tourists that visit London often travel to see the same places every time, however if you look a little deeper you will be able to find a lot more than what meets the eye.

It is advisable to plan your journey ahead before arriving in London, not just because there is so much to see, but also because it can be quite daunting when visiting for the first time. If it is the first time in London, then I’d highly recommend visiting both the Big Ben but also Oxford Street for plenty of opportunities to buy the latest fashion or even a souvenir to remember the trip!


8. Be a spectator at the Silverstone Grand Prix:

Silverstone is one of the world’s hottest Motor Sport destinations in the whole of the UK. It is home to many various racing events, but the most famous of these it the Silverstone Formula One Grand Prix. This is really a day out for those of you that are petrol heads but can be enjoyed by the whole family if you feel inclined to take them with you.

So what can you do here? Well obviously you will be able to see some of the greatest racing machines in history, rushing past you at lightning speeds, driven by some of the most famous drivers in history.

The racetrack is also a great party atmosphere where one can camp over night between the two races (qualifications and the race).


9. Visit the Ancient Monument of Stonehenge:

Stonehenge is one of the most visited in-land attractions in the United Kingdom. It is shrouded in mystery and has been the source of many theories over the past few centuries. Stonehenge itself is actually a prehistoric structure which is in the country of Wiltshire and to this day archeologists still quarrel over the nature of this creation and when it was built.

Stonehenge is more than just a structure or monument. It is a reminder of the history surrounding the area and it is a tribute to those who actually built this amazing man-made monument. The surrounding areas have also been known to reveal Roman artifacts: coins and even remains overt the past few centuries.

It’s amazing that Stonehenge has even survived till today. Visiting Stonehenge will certainly be a memory that will last forever.


Did these facts made you consider not only visiting the United Kingdom but also the possibility of working in the UK?

Are you an experienced doctor?

Would you consider working as an RMO in the UK?

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What makes the UK unique? (Part 2)

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Welcome to part two of our “What makes the United Kingdom unique” article!

Here are today’s facts:

4.       Tour of the London Tower:

The tower of London was once known as the most frightening place in the whole of the United Kingdom, mainly because of the torturous goings on within the thick brick walls.

It was a place that brought fear into the heart of Londoners and made sure that they would stay on the right side of the law.

Today the tower is not so frightening. Now being a tourist attraction the Tower of London has become a sideshow to the city. Never the less, the Tower still inspires and demands respect.

5.       Watch a Football Match at Old Trafford:

Old Trafford stadium is the home of the infamous Manchester United football club. The stadium itself is a completely seated stadium meaning that there are no places available for spectators who wish to stand. The ground currently has the capacity to accommodate 75957 spectators making it the second largest football stadium in the whole of the United Kingdom.

The reason why Old Trafford is such a success over the years is obvious and since the grand opening in 1910 the fans haven’t stopped coming to watch their team play. The stadium itself is absolutely gorgeous. So if you are a Manchester United fan, or even if you’re just a football fan who’s never been to Old Trafford before; I would suggest visiting this fantastic stadium even if you only ever do it once.

 6.       Hike along the Ancient Hadrian’s Wall:


Hadrian’s Wall is located in the northern part of England. Now in ruins it is but a shadow of what it once represented. Tourists often visit Hadrian’s Wall, many of them with metal detectors hoping to find the next batch of Roman coins for their collection. The wall itself was built as a defensive fortification during the rule of Hadrian. The wall was approximately 73 miles long (118 km).

Did these facts made you consider not only visiting the United Kingdom but also the possibility of working in the UK? 

Are you an experienced doctor?

Would you consider working as an RMO in the UK?

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Confidence rating: the French vote the generalist and specialist doctors

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013


93% of the French confide ˝absolutely˝ or ˝especially˝ in specialist doctors and 92% in generalist doctors, reveal the third poll of the Groupe Pasteur Mutualité. It is 2% and 4% respectively more than in 2011, when the last survey was made.

On the whole, the healthcare professionals get a good press from the French: it is the case of the nurses (93% of the polled persons entrust them), the pharmacists (92%), the hospital practitioners and dentist-surgeons (both of them 88%).

Listening, experience and availability

The main criteria justifying this credibility are the listening (59 %), the experience (54 %), the availability (37%) and the ability to make quick decisions (32%).

Concerning the listening, three French of four (75%) vote for the generalist doctors and a little less (63,7%) for the specialist doctors. The pharmacists are the best classified (94%), followed by the nurses (87%) and the masseur- physiotherapists (80%).

Concerning the experience, the polled persons confide in specialist doctors, hospital healthcare professionals (both 83%) and generalist doctors (70%) regarding ˝the adaptation to the evolutions in healthcare and information on the new medical techniques applied on patients˝.

Access to unequal healthcare

The poll reveals moreover that a majority of the questioned consider that dental care (87%) and consultation at a specialist doctor (78%) are ˝the most expensive˝. On the contrary, only four of ten persons (42%) have the feeling that hospital treatments are the most expensive. Finally, the study shows that the French are the most concerned with the unequal regional division of professional healthcare practitioners. Only 35% of them consider that specialist doctors are ˝well distributed˝ in the Hexagon. Four of ten think the same thing of the generalist doctors and one of two (48%) of the hospital practitioners.

› A. B.-I.

(1)  Telephone poll made between the 26th of February and the 6th of March 2013 by Viavoice, 1007 persons representing the French population, 18 years old and over respectively.


Source of the article here


Patients and doctors are happy!

Thursday, January 24th, 2013



Berlin:  The mood of the medical profession has improved. 93% think that the German health care system is good or very good. Four years ago, only 80% had this opinion. Even with the current economic situation, physicians are increasingly satisfied. 95% of hospital doctors and 76% of General Practitioners consider the system good and very good.

Declining at the same rate is the skepticism. In recent years, not even one in five doctors believed in the long-term policy to ensure good health care for all. Now, two out of 5 doctors share that view. In general, the health policy of the government is increasingly rated better. In 2009, only 4% of the doctors considered the health policy a good idea. Last year the numbers indicated 18%.

At the same time the patient satisfaction is increased within the German health system. Since 2008 the proportion of patients that value the system as good or very good grew from 59% to 82%.

“Since the mid of the last decade there is a trend towards greater satisfaction with the health system,”
said Renate Kocher, director of the Institute of Allensbach. “This trend has now received again a significant boost”


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.

The New EYE-PHONE for Eye-doctors

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Yes! You read it right. It’s all about the new Eye-Phone not the iPhone, although an iPhone can become an Eye-phone… The Eye-Phone in the picture above is the “brain-child” of a young British doctor in cooperation with a Finnish phone company.

Andrew Bastawrous from the London School of Hygiene and tropical Medicine connected to the telephone an Ophthalmoscope. So, he can take pictures of the ocular fundus. The device is not only cheaper than the standard ophthalmological practice equipment, it is also more mobile!

The Eye-Phone can be used anywhere. For example, in Africa, where blindness is often but ophthalmologist are scarce. The findings can be easily communicated to any medical center via E-mail or wireless LAN.

Source of the article

Bulgarian parliament passed amendments to human medicine act

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Sofia 4 September 2012.

Bulgarian parliament passed Tuesday the amendments to the Medical Products in Human Medicine Act.

The draft bill for amendments and supplements to the act, filed by the Council of Ministers, was adopted with 91 votes “for”, 2 votes “against” and 18 abstentions.

The amendments proposed by MP Vanyo Sharkov with the Blue coalition and a group of MPs, were turned down.

Before the draft bill was voted on, Bulgarian Minister of Health, Desislava Atanasova said that the government’s motives for amendments to the draft bill concern the medical safety rules.

“These amendments require serious change, which concern the fake medical products. I hope that the amendments will be backed by all parliamentary groups, because they involve the safety of all Bulgarian patients. “

In her words, the establishment of a national council on prices and reimbursement aims at establishing a central body, which should monitor, register and update the prices of the medical products and compare them to those in the rest of the EU countries.

“Only in a week we have drastic decrease of 5% to 75% of 74 new medical products,” stated the minister.


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Numbers don’t lie

Monday, August 6th, 2012

The Romanian news portal “Stirile ProTV” published an article with the following title: “The Romanian doctor factory can’t keep up with the high number of doctors that choose to leave the country. Since 2007, 8200 doctors left the country.” 

Because of no significant changes in the Romanian health system, future doctors choose to leave the country. Candidates that get accepted by the Medical Universities state that nothing good awaits them in Romania once they graduate.

These sincere words come at a time when the Romanian health system has great needs for doctors and nurses.

The best of them seek jobs abroad, mostly for financial and technical reasons.

Fresh medical students with high and low grades alike choose to practice abroad once they finish their studies.

In the last 5 years the Romanian “doctor factory” couldn’t keep up with the massive exports. 7800 doctors graduated and 8200 left the country.

The Romanian health system searches for new solutions to resolve the personnel problems. One of these solutions is attracting foreign doctors to practice in the Romanian health care system. For now, doctors from the Republic of Moldova are most likely to be attracted by this possibility.

Source of the article