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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 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?

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What makes the UK unique?

Monday, September 9th, 2013

What do you think makes the United Kingdom special?

Over the course of the next few months we will bring to your attention several interesting things one can do in the United Kingdom.

So let’s get started:

1.       Take a royal trip to Buckingham palace:

It is safe to say that most of you know what Buckingham palace represents and where Buckingham palace is… Buckingham palace represents the British royal quarters and is as big of a tourist attraction today as it was 100 years ago, in fact maybe even bigger now.

It is the home of the royal family and will remain the home of the royal family for years to come. Although it’s not the smallest, nor is it the biggest palace in the world, it’s scale and majestic appearance inspires.

Guided tours are occasionally available and one should certainly seize the chance for such an occasion.

With no doubt, it is one of London’s most important buildings and one of the most sought after tourist attraction.


2.       Have a day out at Alton Towers:

 Alton Towers has been a place of attraction for many people since the 1800s when it was opened to the public as for their beautiful gardens, however since 1980 it has been the UK’s top theme park, crushing its biggest rival into administration in 2007.

Alton Towers is perhaps best known for its amazing roller-coasters such as the Nemesis, Rita and more recently Thirteen.

If you are traveling to the UK or you are already here and looking for something new and exciting to do, I would thoroughly recommend taking the time out to have a day at Alton Towers. There is something for everyone including rides, arcades, beautiful gardens and of course the manor house which is at the center of the park.


3.       Visit Holkham magic Beach:

Holkham Magic is a beach in England which has been named Britain’s best beach, now of course this is all a matter of opinions and each is welcome to their own but this beach really is fantastic. For those of you that are fans of motion pictures, this is the same beach which Gwyneth Paltrow walked along in the final scene of Shakespeare in love, just this fact may be intriguing enough to make you want to visit Holkham.

Holkham is also part of a major Nature Reserve, the biggest in Britain in fact, this is because of the rare flowers and animals that live in this part of the world, don’t get me wrong it certainly is not Madagascar but it is a very precious part of England. If you have not yet been here then I would suggest you make a visit.

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?

Than check out our job offers here and don’t forget to apply!




Experience is privileged in the field of surgery

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013


The patients, who have suffered a surgical intervention by an experienced surgeon, have a rate of mortality on long term with 22% inferior to those who have been treated by surgeons with a lower volume of surgical interventions in their list of achievements.

According to which criteria should one chose his/her doctor or surgeon in case of a relatively severe disease? The experience is an important factor of the doctor´s quality. A new proof has been given by Swedish researchers who have substantiated that a patient suffering of oesophagus cancer benefits from a longer survival on long term if he/she has been operated on by an experienced surgeon, who has the experience of such difficult interventions, in comparison with a novice or a doctor not specialized in this pathology. As one could have suspected, they have substantiated it in a masterly manner. The researchers at the Institut Karolinska, who have published their result on the 7th of January in The Journal of Clinical Oncology , estimate that the surgery of the oesophagus cancer should be concentrated in the hands of licensed surgeons.

The surgical removal is the basic treatment of the esophagus cancer. This is a difficult intervention, but it allows to a certain number of patients to be healed and to others to have a survival of more than 5 years. The Swedish study tilted on 1335 operated patients between 1987 and 2005 in Sweden, who have benefited from a regular supervision until 2011. The authors analyzed the global surgical volume of the hospitals where each patient has been operated on, the number of this kind of interventions realized each year by the surgeon being in charge of the patient and his/her experience accumulated in the respective field since the end of the academic course. They have then analyzed the survival period of the patients according to the surgeon´s experience.

The results are quite spectacular, as the patients operated on by physicians having a high cumulated surgical volume  present a less than 22% long term mortality risk in comparison with the surgeons having a low surgical volume in their list of achievements in this kind of pathology. However, the hospital´s surgical volume has no effect on the long term survival. It is clear for the researchers having led this evaluation, that this type of surgery must be centralized to some surgeons having a great experience in these important and difficult interventions.

The question of the surgeon´s training exceeds the framework of the oesophagus cancer. A study in France has shown, for example, that concerning the removal of the prostate for cancer reason, the risk of death during the surgical intervention is multiplied by 3,5 when the surgeon makes less than 50 removals per year, in comparison with the surgeon who makes more than 100.

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.

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.


Source of the article

Why co-payment won’t be an issue this year!

Monday, August 13th, 2012

The introduction of co-payment in the Romanian health system was postponed by the Government till further notice. The co-payment was one of the agreements struck by the Romanian government with the IMF, the European Committee and the World Bank.

The postponement was adopted in consensus with the IMF. “The co-payment will be negotiated with the patients association and the professional associations. The law decrees that the co-payment will be set after negotiations. A majority of the patients association resist such a measure. The implementation of co-payment will probably take a long time.

Negotiations will begin next week. In earlier discussions, the co-payment measure was to be implemented in the fall, but now we can’t set a date until negotiations are made,” stated Health Minister Vasile Cepoi.


How much will the patients have to pay:

In the beginning of August, the Health Officials left open to public discussions a project stating that the ensured population will have to accept a co-payment for medical services provided in hospitals. So, for medical services provided in a hospital category I the co-payment would be 60Ron per day, 50Ron for a II category hospital, 40 Ron for a III category hospital, 30 for the IV category hospital and 20 for a V category hospital and for unclassifiable hospitals.

The minimum co-payment per consultation performed by a medic without a professional rank and with specialist professional rank is 4 Ron and the highest per consultation for a consultant is 5 Ron.

In the case of ambulatory medical assistance, co-payment taxes for medical consultations range between 5-7 Ron. For high investigations such as the co-payment prices are as follow: MRI – 150Ron, MRI with contrast substances 250Ron, CT’s 100 Ron, CT’s with contrast substances 150 Ron.


Social Categories exempt from co-payment:

Exempt from co-payment are children under 18, children between 18-26 if they are students, the sick people included in the national health programs established by the Health Ministry, the unemployed, the retired with pensions under 740 Ron/Month, pregnant women.


Source of the article

Germany eases immigration restrictions

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

The German parliament has voted to make it easier for skilled workers from non-EU countries to work in Germany. The Blue Card, an EU-wide work permit, allows highly skilled applicants to seek work across the bloc.

In the future there will be fewer bureaucratic hurdles for skilled workers seeking employment in Germany.

The new legislation passed by the German parliament on Friday is in compliance with guidelines from the European Commission dating back to 2009, which stipulates that highly skilled workers from non-EU nations should have similar regulations regarding their residence status as foreign workers in the US.

The so-called “Blue Card” will be similar to the “Green Card” issued in the US that allows workers to stay in the country indefinitely.

Whoever wants to acquire a Blue Card will need to have a college and proof of having earned at least 45,000 euros per year – down from 66,000 – or only 35,000 euros for engineers and technicians in professions where there’s already a particularly grave skill shortage.

Applicants who meet those requirements will get a temporary residence permit, which will be turned into a permanent one after three years in a given job in Germany.

Acompanying spouses will be entitled to seek a job of their own and wouldn’t have to undergo any German language tests.

German university graduates from non-EU countries will now be allowed to stay in the country for 18 months after graduation giving them a chance to find a job that fits their academic qualifications.

If they succeed they will be given the Blue Card after two years of employment.

The Social Democrat opposition members of parliament abstained from the vote. They object to the 35,000 euro threshold as being too low.
The Greens also abstained. They want to see a comprehensive overhaul of immigration legislation and argue that the current change to legislation does not go far enough.

The second chamber of parliament, the Bundersrat, still needs to approve the legislation before it can come into effect.

Source of the article here

Fortbildung und Weiterbildung 2012

Friday, March 2nd, 2012


Due to the fact that most of our candidates apply for medical careers in Germany, we have decided to post on our blog a short article about the importance of constant training and learning. At the end of the article you will also find the Fort- und Weiterbildungskalender for 2012 in Germany.


The importance of further training and continuing training for doctors

Every doctor knows that the health profession is in a constant growth and that every professional is in need of constant training in order to keep up with this constantly changing environment. Every year there are thousands of clinical trials conducted worldwide in order to test innovative diagnostic, therapeutic or rehabilitative measures. In the field of health services, the research activity is lively.

Most of these studies are published in international journals and encourage the exchange of ideas and experiences among experts, and thus the need for constantly new studies carries on.

The expectations of healthy and sick citizens are steadily increasing. The medical information has to sensitize the population in terms of health and performance of doctors, nurses, rehabilitation personnel and other health care professionals.

The experience of recent decades and the track records of different teaching methods have led to the today covered basic training of health personnel and in view of later additions and updates are made more flexible and open. The most important changes have taken place in the part of education and training. The measures are no longer sporadic and patchy they are much more comprehensive, holistic and coordinated so that they are consistent with the overarching goal of continuous quality improvement of the health system.

The fact that continuing training and education as a part of clinical management, is now a top priority, has made it now a key factor in the entire organization. Health professionals must indeed still take responsibility for the conduct of appropriate training and continuing education opportunities in terms of their own educational needs, but at the same time, the health facilities have to provide the necessary framework and conditions.


Fort- und Weiterbildungskalender for 2012 in Germany:


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