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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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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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