๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Durations of the residency programs in Germany (๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช die Dauer der Facharztausbildung)

The duration of each medical specialty in Germany is different from the other ones. In this article, we make a summary of that. The numbers are official. These numbers could be read from the following official document:

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ (Model-)training regulations

The most recent version is from 2018. You can download it from this link.

More explanation about these regulations is here:

We wrote the duration for each specialty in the table below. For almost each medical specialty in Germany we have a Fecebook and Telegram group. The links are also in the table. Or you can enter through the following link the telegram groups of the most active 25 groups. Or though this link, you can enter all of our 59 telegram groups.

(in years)


๐Ÿ’Š Allgemeinchirurgie (General Surgery)6LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Allgemeinmedizin (Family Medicine)5LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Anรคsthesiologie (Anesthesiology)5LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Arbeitsmedizin (Occupational Medicine)5LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Augenheilkunde (Ophthalmologie)5LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Dermatologie (Dermatology)5LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Forensische Psychiatrie (Forensic Psychiatry)2 (after psychiatry specialty)LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š GefรครŸchirurgie (Vascular Surgery)6LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Geriatrie (Geriatrics) (as subspecialty)1,5LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Gynรคkologie, Frauenheilkunde & Geburtshilfe
(Obstetrics & Gynecology) (OBGYN)
๐Ÿ’Š Herzchirurgie (Heart Surgery)6LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š HNO (Hals-Nasen-Ohrenheilkunde) (ENT)5LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Humangenetik (Human Genetics)5LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Hygiene und Umweltmedizin
(Hygiene and Environmental Medicine)
๐Ÿ’Š Innere Medizin (Internal Medicine)5LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Interntal medicine subspecialties
(like cardiology, gastroenerology):
– if you do them from beginn of residency: 1 year
– If not: 2 years
๐Ÿ’Š Kinder- und Jugendchirurgie
(Child and Adolescent Surgery)
๐Ÿ’Š Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie (KJPP)
(Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
๐Ÿ’Š Klinische Pharmakologie (Clinical Pharmacology)5LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Laboratoriumsmedizin (Lab Medicine)5LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Mikrobiologie, Virologie & Infektionsepidemiologie
(Microbiology, Virology and Infections Epidemiology)
๐Ÿ’Š MKG (Mund-Kiefer-Gesichtschirurgie)
(Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)
Bachelor in Dentistry: 5
Bacehlor in Medicine: 5
Residency: 5 years
Total: 15 yeras
๐Ÿ’Š Neonatologie (Neonatology)2 (after pediatrics)LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Neurochirurgie (Neurosurgery)6LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Neurologie (Neurology)5LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Neurointensiv (Neurocritical care)2 (after neurology or
๐Ÿ’Š Neuropรคdiatrie (Neuropediatrics)2 (after pediatrics)LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Neuroradiologie (Neuroradiology)2 (after radiology)LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Notfallmedizin (Emergency medicine)Only courses +
clinical experience*
๐Ÿ’Š Nuklearmedizin (Nuclear Medicine)5LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Orthopรคdie & Unfallchirurgie (Orthopedics)6LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Palliativmedizin (Palliative Care)CoursesLinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Pathologie (Pathology)6LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Pharmakologie und Toxikologie
(Pharmacology & Toxicology)
๐Ÿ’Š Physikalische und Rehabilitative Medizin
(Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine)
๐Ÿ’Š Plastische und รคsthetische Chirurgie
(Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery)
๐Ÿ’Š Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie
(Psychiatry & Psychotherapy)
๐Ÿ’Š Psychosomatische Medizin & Psychotherapie
(Psychosomatic Medicine & Psychotherapy)
๐Ÿ’Š Pรคdiatrie (Kinderheilkunde) (Pediatrics)5LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Radiologie und Neuroradiologie (Radiology)5LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Rechtsmedizin (Forensic Medicine)5LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Schmerztherapie (Pain Medicine)1Link
๐Ÿ’Š Sportmedizin (Sport Medicine)CoursesLink
๐Ÿ’Š Strahlentherapie (Radiotheray)5LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Thoraxchirurgie (Thoracic Surgery Board)6LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Transfusionsmedizin (Transfusion Medicine)5LinkLink
๐Ÿ’Š Urologie (Urology)5Link Link
๐Ÿ’Š Viszeralchirurgie (Visceral Surgery)6Link Link

For almost all medical specialties in Germany, there is a medical society. More details here:

Very important note:

The above durations do not mean that you are for sure going to finish the residency in the given period. In the above article about the log book (link here again), we explained that there are certain things to be done and learnt for each specialty. So, if you did not do them, your residency will continue indefinitely (or you have a nice head of department!). Moreover, some delays could result because you need to do rotations (some times needing to change the hospital and find a new posistion). But do not be afraid. With good planning and good connections, many finish the residency on time. To be able to finish on time, you can read this article to avoid common mistakes:

* There is no specialty for the emergency medicine. Doctors of many specialties just need a certain course (about 90 horus of teaching for 1 Week), learn a few procedures (like intubation, chest tube insertion, etc.) and be present in about 50 drives with a license emergency physicians. Then they will get this certificate. Wikipedia article in German about emergency medicine in Germany: link.

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Further readings:
โ€ข โ€œHow Long is Medical Residency in Germany? A Comprehensive Comparison with England, USA, Canada, and Australiaโ€, German medical residency website, link.

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