Petition: Doctors from Szczecin fight for recognition in Germany

Despite the shortage of doctors, it is not possible for young medical graduates from Szczecin to pursue their careers in Germany. The young doctors speak of “arbitrary authority”


The dispute over the approval of young doctors trained in Szczecin in Germany is coming to a head. Around 20 graduates of the so-called “Asklepios course” of the Pomeranian Medical University in Stettin, together with the Federal Representation of the “German Medical Students Abroad” eV, sent an online petition to the Federal Ministry of Health. Under the heading “Finally a doctor. Professional ban by arbitrary authorities ”they demand recognition of their medical studies in Germany and the license to practice medicine.

Admission as doctors fails due to bureaucratic hurdles

At the beginning of January, the problem of the Szczecin doctors, who completed their practical year at the Asklepios Clinic Uckermark, among other things, was preoccupying the health committee of the Brandenburg state parliament. Negotiations have been going on since then, led by, among others, Brandenburg’s Health Minister Ursula Nonnemacher (Greens) and Prime Minister Dietmar Wodke (SPD). The Templiner state parliament member Carla Kniestedt (Greens) has intervened in the matter.

As Nordkurier has already reported several times, recognition of a medical degree acquired abroad is only possible if the students can prove that they have completed the degree in full in accordance with the study regulations of their country of study. In Poland, however, an additional compulsory internship and an examination in Polish law are required after the practical year, which is not required in Germany. Since the Szczecin graduates did not complete both courses that can only be taken in Polish, they will not be approved in Germany – even if they have completed the five years of study and one practical year required by medical students in this country.

Brandenburg’s Minister of Health wants to solve the problem – but that is difficult

“I am of the opinion that if there are five years of theoretical studies and one year of practical experience, then these are the same requirements that are required for a full license in Germany,” said Health Minister Ursula Nonnemacher on the sidelines of the last state parliament meeting of this newspaper. “But the solution is unfortunately not banal, because European law says: The conditions in the country where the degree was taken apply.” This is currently being negotiated on all channels. In the Brandenburg state parliament, the fate of the Szczecin doctors is to be on the agenda of the health committee again on February 12.

“We keep our fingers crossed for the young people that this bureaucratic farce will finally come to an end and that they will also be allowed to work as doctors in Germany,” says Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Heicappell, Medical Director of the Asklepios Clinic Uckermark in Schwedt, who works as an academic coordinator with the University of Szczecin. Asklepios sees the current development with great concern. The aim of the cooperation between the group and the Pomeranian Medical University of Stettin was to attract young doctors from Germany to work in its clinics, especially in the houses in Brandenburg, where it is extremely difficult to fill positions.



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