๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช For medical doctors: The internship year (๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช das Praktische Jahr – PJ) is a must to be able to work in Germany. 100% sure! No exceptions!

โ€ข What is an internship year?

It is one year of training that doctors need to do after finishing medical school (Regardless if the medical studies last 5 or 6 years). In some countries of the world, like Germany itself, there is an exam at the end of it and after passing it, you get a permanent medical license. In other countries, like Ukraine, there is no internship year (Full details about that in Ukraine are here).

In anotehr article, we explained the stages of studying medicine and doing a specialization in Germany: Link

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โ€ข What is the German translation for the internship year?

๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Das Praktische Jahr (PJ). A male doctor who is currently doing this year is called in German: “๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช der PJ-ler” and a female doctor is called: “๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช die PJ-lerin”.

โ€ข The internship year is a MUST

In Germany, can a doctor who graduates from any country in the world (including from Germany itself) work without having done an internship year?


One million percent, there is no discussion about this subject. ๐Ÿฅฒ

So, finishing the internship year is one of the most important steps to start a medical residency in Germany. Moreover, the document about having finished an internship is one of the critical documents to be able to apply for a German permanent medical license (๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Approbation).

โ€ข What if finished medical school only in five years?

In some countries of the world lasts medical school (bachelor’s degree) for five years, do I need then to do an internship year then for longer than 1 year?

No! The internship year is always for a year, regardless of whether you studied medicine for five or six years. To be a doctor in Germany, you study at a university for five years.

โ€ข Are there certain subjects or rotations to do in the internship year?

Many say you need to have done at least three months of training in internal medicine and three months of training in general surgery. Some did only two months and it was accepted. We are not sure. Do you have any information? Please write a comment below.

โ€ข What is the minimum duration of the internship year?

At least 12 months. More than that is not a problem.

โ€ข Do I need a logbook of the internship year?


โ€ข What should the document about the internship year contain?

Your name like in passport and university certificate (all should have the same spelling)

Date of birth

Start and end of the internship year (exact day and month, duration at least 1 year)

Rotations in which specialties (see the question above) (when were the rotations)

The required stamps and legalization (see the table about the documents, to about the internship year)

See a real example in the next section.

– Real example of a document about completion of the internship year (it was accepted in Nordrhein-Westfalen)

Click here to see it

โ€ข What are the two best countries in the world to do the internship year? ๐Ÿค”

Only two countries:

One: In the country in which you studied medicine, whether your home country or another country

Two: In your home country, regardless of whether you studied medicine there or not\


โ€ข Not being able to do the internship year before coming to Germany

โ€ข What if I cannot do the internship year in my home country (for example, because of a war) and also I cannot do the internship year in the country where I studied medicine (e. g., in Ukraine because of the war too). Where can I do the internship year?

Again, and to be sure, the best and easiest solution, without dispute, is that you do your internship year in the two countries mentioned above. So, try your best to find a safe place there.

For Ukrainian graduates, we wrote a separate article:

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ukrainian medical graduates without an internship year: Possible solutions

โ€ข If this is not possible, the internship year could be done in Germany, however

(2) The doctor has to apply to many hospitals after which he may be required to change his place of residence

(3) The most important negative point ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ: The issue is that he may be asked in this case, like graduates of medical schools in Germany, to take an exam at the end of the internship year, which is certainly not a simple exam ๐Ÿฅฒ

In total, we do not know of any doctor who did his internship year in Germany! It seems to be impossible. Do you know of any exceptions?

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