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Hello! I hope someone can help me. I am from Latvia. I have medical degree. I want continue medical residency in psychiatry in german speaking part of Switzerland. There are any medical recruitment companies in Switzerland? Companies, that provide german language courses? Thank you very much!
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You would need to learn German first yourself, no company is going to provide it for you as you will need a high level of proficiency to work here. And I don't know if it's relevant, but studying medicine at university here is a restricted subject, not open to foreigners. Whether your residency would count in the same way I don't know.

You would also need to get your qualifications recognised. This is the organisation to contact:

Psychologist, psychotherapist

The Psychology Professions Commission (PsyCo) is responsible for recognition of foreign higher education qualifications as well as continuing education and training qualifications in areas falling within the scope of the Psychology Professions Act (PsyPA, SR 935.81).

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Re: medical recruitment companies

Thank you very much for the answer.
I do not have Psychologist or psychotherapist qualification. I am going to find a psychiatry residency (Assistenzarzt) in Switzerland. I think it is open to foreigners, if german language level is high.
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Yes, but they're related.

Psychiatry and psychology are overlapping professions. Practitioners in both -- psychiatrists and psychologists -- are mental health professionals.

So you probably need to contact that organisation to get your qualifications recognised.
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Residents are usually employed by hospital or treatment facility where you do the residency. You might also contact some of the larger hospitals in the German speaking part of Switzerland to see what they require. The PsyCo organization may be able to help by providing you some direction since at this point you don't have the qualification. They might also have info on recruitment policies - although i would expect you'll need to take a German course on your own, and show proficiency. It depends though - a place that's really desperate might provide intensive training.

I'd identify the larger psychiatric institutions in German speaking Switzerland and go from there. Psychiatry departments in medical schools might help too, although I'm pretty sure the hospital hires you, not the uni. If you still have ties to med school, do any of your mentors have contacts in Switzerland? That's often helpful in cutting through the babble.

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Re: medical recruitment companies

Registration for doctors is via BAG, instructions are on their website. You only need B2 CEFR certified to register. but that is just the administration side of things. For an actual job and to be able to interview in the language, you would probably need C1 or higher, that is probably the bigger challenge, and while there are recruiters arranging language training for Scandinavian countries, I have never heard of recruiters arranging German training. You pretty much need to have a C1 certification in hand to be considered.
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Registration for doctors is via BAG, instructions are on their website. You only need B2 CEFR certified to register. but that is just the administration side of things. For an actual job to get into specialist training in a medical field e.g., psychiatry, (Facharzttitel and FMH) and to be able to interview in the language, you would probably need C1 or higher, that is probably the bigger challenge, and while there are recruiters arranging language training for Scandinavian countries, I have never heard of recruiters arranging German training. You pretty much need to have a C1 certification in hand to be considered. I would presume you just contact hospitals directly in a kanton and see if you can get an interview , which of course, will be in German or French or something!

They have all this info on their homepage in English actually.
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If you still have ties to med school, do any of your mentors have contacts in Switzerland? That's often helpful in cutting through the babble.

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Unfortunately, no any contacts in Switzerland.
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Registration for doctors is via BAG, instructions are on their website. You only need B2 CEFR certified to register. but that is just the administration side of things. For an actual job to get into specialist training in a medical field e.g., psychiatry, (Facharzttitel and FMH) and to be able to interview in the language, you would probably need C1 or higher, that is probably the bigger challenge, and while there are recruiters arranging language training for Scandinavian countries, I have never heard of recruiters arranging German training. You pretty much need to have a C1 certification in hand to be considered. I would presume you just contact hospitals directly in a kanton and see if you can get an interview , which of course, will be in German or French or something!

They have all this info on their homepage in English actually.
I have heard about recruiters who train doctors for Scandinavian countries. I understand that I need very high level of German language. I think that the best way for me is to learn language and at the same time study psychiatry residency in my country. When I will have C1 and work experience, try to find a clinic in Switzerland.
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