Posts Tagged ‘German’

Hermann Gröhe, Germany’s Minister of Health, – “No other country offers faster medical care from qualified specialist doctors than Germany.”

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Hermann Gröhe, the German Health minister, announces publicly his wish to enforce a larger medical coverage of Germany’s rural areas.

“Young doctors should commit themselves to take over a practice in rural areas. Of course, such actions should also be stimulated with some advantages such as better access to further and constant training or other types of incentives.”

Such advantages should also be granted to those who undertake a voluntary social year, as for example in the emergency services. “In some states and in some universities, such arrangements were already practiced successfully” stated the Minister of health.

Gröhe also stated that the waiting time for a medical appointment for any ensured patient should be shortend.

For the ministers proposal of shorter  waiting times for medical appointments with specialists, the German Medical Association has proposed the introduction of an “Urgent Transfer Measure” so that the General Practitioners can quickly convey their insured patients to a specialist doctor.

As a closing statement Gröhe says that the health system in Germany should not be criticized:

“If you are really seriously ill, you will receive professional medical care in Germany. No other country offers faster medical care from qualified specialist doctors than Germany.”


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.

German patients are more than happy with their doctors

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Berlin – German patients are in general satisfied by their visits to the doctor. This fact was revealed in a study conducted by Berndan-Schmittmann-Stiftung to which 7683 patients were subjected in 166 Doctor Practices from 2008 until 2011.

The “impact” question of the whole study was: “Do you have any suggestions on how the quality of the medical act in the medical praxis of your doctor can be perfected? Do you want to tell us something?” the current analysis of the study refers to the patients’ responses to this question. The scientists’ evaluated statements from 1576, that is approximately one in five patients that were subjected to the query, used the opportunity to address the question.

Most of the answers come from the field of dentistry (550 responses 34.90%) followed by the general practitioner (374 responses, 23.73%), internal medicine (239 responses, 15.16%) and gynecology (104 replies, 6.60%). All other fields have quantitatively less than 100 replies or significantly less than 10%.

The biggest groups that benefited from no negative comments but only from appreciation, have 501 answers. In these groups are dentists with 206 responses, general practitioners with 119 responses, internists with 74 and gynecologists with 35 responses.

Most suggestions were related to waiting times and appointments (10.66%). This was followed by information on changes in the waiting area, the design of the rooms, the furniture and the practice facilities (8.25%).


Source of the article here

The German language is golden!

Monday, May 28th, 2012


“As a foreign doctor working in Germany, it’s not enough to know how to order a pizza”.

The German doctors complain about the fact that their foreign colleagues have an insufficient vocabulary when it comes down to the German language skills. “Even if the foreign doctors have in most cases basic communication skills, these are not enough for an in depth communication with the patients and the colleagues”, states Die Welt. “As an on-call medic, it’s not enough to know how to order a pizza”, stated the President of the Doctor Federation of Marburg, Rudolf Henke. How true this statement is can be confirmed by any person who struggled with the “Der, die, das”.

The requirements that Henke has for the foreign doctors are not exaggerated. They have to be able to present the diagnosis without fail. These have to be very clearly formulated, in order to avoid misunderstandings regarding a patient’s condition. Given the shortage of doctors in German clinics, Henke welcomes doctors coming from Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Spain. But he asks from the German authorities to check more strictly the releases of approbations to practice medicine.

The data released by the Federal Medical College indicates that the number of foreign medics registered in Germany has risen in 2010 with 7.9%, at 25.316. The percentage is even bigger, regarding foreign doctors working in hospitals, reaching 12.2%. The most immigrant doctors from 2010 come from European countries, 383 come from Romania.

It is an illusion to think that in Germany you can get by with English, and still be able to intensely communicate with clients, colleagues or patients. In my 22 years of living and working in Germany, in all sorts of companies, the fact that you can’t get by without knowing your “der, die, das” has been confirmed by my personal experience and even by other foreigners experience.

You need at least the basic German language skills, and then of course you have to have the will to learn professional notions characteristic for every field of work, to be able to communicate and keep your job.
You also need to be able to understand regional dialects, because not all Germans speak Hochdeutsch. Often you are faced with the Baden-Wurttemberg, Swabian or Bavarian or other dialects that can twist your ear and tongue.

The necessity of basic German language skills is faced also by the lower classes that come to Germany for seasonal work or as on site workers, etc.

The German nation is demanding. If you want to have a job in their country, you better be able to give results and be coherent when it comes to business conversations!

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Serious things you should know before considering working in Bayern region, Germany DO YOU KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THE BOARISCH DIALEKT?

Monday, October 31st, 2011



Boarisch: „S’ Boarische is a Grubbm vo Dialekt im Sidn vom daitschn SprÃ¥chraum.“

Standard German: „Das Bairische ist eine Gruppe von Dialekten im Süden des deutschen  Sprachraumes.“

English:                “Bavarian is a group of dialects in the south of the German speaking area.”


What is Bavaria?


Bayern, or Bavaria, is a state of Germany, located in the southeast of Germany. It is the largest state by area, forming almost 20% of the total land area of Germany. Bavaria is Germany’s second most populous state (after North Rhine-Westphalia) with almost 12.5 million inhabitants, more than any of the three sovereign states on its borders.


From a geographical point of view, Bavaria shares international borders with Austria, the Czech Republic as well as with Switzerland. Neighbouring states within Germany are Baden-Wurttemberg, Hesse, Thuringia and Saxony. The Bavarian Alps define the border with Austria.

The major cities in Bavaria are Munich (München), Nuremberg (Nürnberg), Augsburg, Regensburg, Würzburg, Ingolstadt, Fürth and Erlangen.

Bavaria’s Economy

Bavaria has long had one of the largest and healthiest economies of any region in Germany, or Europe for that matter.[4] Its GDP in 2007 exceeded 434 billion Euros (about 600 bn US$).[5] This makes Bavaria itself one of the largest economies in Europe and only 17 countries in the world have higher GDP.[6] Some large companies headquartered in Bavaria include BMW, Siemens, Rohde & Schwarz, Audi, Munich Re, Allianz, Infineon, MAN, Wacker Chemie, Puma AG, and Adidas AG. Bavaria has a GDP per capita of over $48 000 US, meaning that if it were its own independent country it would rank 7th or 8th in the world.

Bavaria’s Culture

Some features of the Bavarian culture and mentality are remarkably distinct from the rest of Germany. Three German dialects are spoken in Bavaria: Austro-Bavarian in Old Bavaria (South-East and East), Swabian German (an Alemannic German dialect) in the Bavarian part of Swabia (South West) and East Franconian German in Franconia (North).

The Boarisch dialect:

In contrast to many other varieties of German, Bavarian differs sufficiently from Standard German to make it difficult for native speakers to adopt standard pronunciation. All educated Bavarians and Austrians, however, can read, write and understand standard German but may have very little opportunity to speak it, especially in rural areas. In those regions Standard German is restricted to use as the language of writing and the media. It is therefore often referred to as “Schriftdeutsch” (written German) rather than the usual term “Hochdeutsch” (High German or Standard German).


Here are some examples to show you that the Bavarian Germans take pride in their dialect, having even Wikipedia on Boarisch:

1. Article about Munchen:



2. Da Potta Harri (Harry Potter auf Bayerisch)


Please keep in mind that we did not post this article in order to scare you away. We just want our candidates to be prepared and to know that dialects can be a problem. If you speak well enough German you might not have any problems understanding a patient that speaks Boarisch.