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Register as Doctor in Switzerland (Non-European with European Diploma)

Hello,

I need some information regarding registration As doctor in Switzerland.

1.Im Srilankan Citizen have swiss temporary resident (B) permit.
2.My wife Srilankan Citizen has swiss permenet(C) resident permit
3.I finished my Diploma in Latvia,which is European coutry
4.Now Im Swizterland with my wife as we are legally married.
5.I know, i must flunt any of the official anguages,now im learing german level A2.i think i need atleast B2.

So my questions are,
1.How Can I Register as doctor in swizerland?
2. What are the procedure for non european with europen diploma?


When i contacted Bern Health department i got two different answers, in the reception they said i can be registered as i have EU diploma and when i called their office to make sure ,they said i cannot be registred as im from Non EU.

So, now finally they said i cannot be registered as im from Non-EU.
She said ONLY EU citizen can be registred in swiss.

Is that true?
I dont think that is true,any one can work in any coutry but need some
Addtional documents,exam,language test. But Non EU cannot be registered.it is bit wiered
Any one has got through this?


Additional info:http://www.bag.admin.ch/themen/beruf...x.html?lang=de).
Im helpless... please guide me..

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Re: Register as Doctor in Switzerland (Non-European with European Diploma)

I think there would be some language requirement to register as an MD in Switzerland, so I would guess there would be a language exam - either German, French or Italian.
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I also heard, but cannot confirm that German doctors were required to pass an exam to practice in Switzerland.

So, I think you may have a few hurdles to overcome before you can practice
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Old 11.06.2013, 13:16
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Re: Register as Doctor in Switzerland (Non-European with European Diploma)

Why don't you ask someone from the Latvian Embassy, I think they should know how things work for someone who has a Latvian diploma.
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Re: Register as Doctor in Switzerland (Non-European with European Diploma)

According to the link you posted, it is indeed true that you must hold not only en EU/EFTA certificate BUT you must also be an EU/EFTA citizen for the direct recognition.

All others must fulfil further criteria depending on the bilateral agreement between Switzerland and the other State. Your case is a bit tricky as you have a Latvian certificate but are a non-eu citizen.. I would suggest you ask another medical professional who has gone through this (via a more direct forum for example) or contact one of the bigger hospitals HR department.
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According to the link you posted, it is indeed true that you must hold not only en EU/EFTA certificate BUT you must also be an EU/EFTA citizen for the direct recognition.

All others must fulfil further criteria depending on the bilateral agreement between Switzerland and the other State. Your case is a bit tricky as you have a Latvian certificate but are a non-eu citizen.. I would suggest you ask another medical professional who has gone through this (via a more direct forum for example) or contact one of the bigger hospitals HR department.
Thank you for your quick reply, yes it is bit tricky.
Well, as you said, contacting medical professional might help.
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Re: Register as Doctor in Switzerland (Non-European with European Diploma)

Just clicking through the website I found contact details for you

http://www.bag.admin.ch/themen/beruf...x.html?lang=de

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Why don't you ask someone from the Latvian Embassy, I think they should know how things work for someone who has a Latvian diploma.
Thank you for your reply,
i can contact Latvian Embassy or Medical Council, but dont think they will help me.

any way i will try that too...
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I think there would be some language requirement to register as an MD in Switzerland, so I would guess there would be a language exam - either German, French or Italian.
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I also heard, but cannot confirm that German doctors were required to pass an exam to practice in Switzerland.

So, I think you may have a few hurdles to overcome before you can practice
Thank you for your reply, German Doctors Dont need, but i need as im from Srilanka. i need to pass atleast B2 (from official website)
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Re: Register as Doctor in Switzerland (Non-European with European Diploma)

Even my seniors are working in Sweden,Norway,Ireland,UK

They are also Indian,Srilankan citizens

They didnt have any problem

Some of them did Language Test (sweden,norway)

Some of them did Exam (UK)

I dont know, why in Swiss, we cant register as doctor

Strange...
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Re: Register as Doctor in Switzerland (Non-European with European Diploma)

It's a complicated situation with doctors in CH at the moment. The Government is really trying to cut down on the number of unrequired specialists in some specialities where there are far too many already- and too many without the necessary language skills either.

On the other hand, there is a huge and worryingly increasing shortage of GPs, General family practitioners, not in large towns, but in rural areas like where I live for instance. ALL but 3 of the local 11 GPs are going to retire in the next 3 years, and no replacements!!! It is of real concern. Not sure this can help you - but you have a far better chance of being allowed in if you are going to be a GP in an area of real shortage. There are lots of areas like mine where GPs are coming up to retirement with nobody to replace them.

It seems that as you do NOT have EU nationality, even if your qualification if from Latvia, this is going to be a problem. Also, have you got at least 3 years experience as a medical practitioner in a EU country? The other issue is that yes, you have to have AT LEAST B2 level in at least one national language.

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It's a complicated situation with doctors in CH at the moment. The Government is really trying to cut down on the number of unrequired specialists in some specialities where there are far too many already- and too many without the necessary language skills either.

On the other hand, there is a huge and worryingly increasing shortage of GPs, General family practitioners, not in large towns, but in rural areas like where I live for instance. ALL but 3 of the local 11 GPs are going to retire in the next 3 years, and no replacements!!! It is of real concern. Not sure this can help you - but you have a far better chance of being allowed in if you are going to be a GP in an area of real shortage. There are lots of areas like mine where GPs are coming up to retirement with nobody to replace them.

It seems that as you do NOT have EU nationality, even if your qualification if from Latvia, this is going to be a problem. Also, have you got at least 3 years experience as a medical practitioner in a EU country? The other issue is that yes, you have to have AT LEAST B2 level in at least one national language.
Thank You for the Information.
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Re: Register as Doctor in Switzerland (Non-European with European Diploma)

I'll second Odile's comment about needing GPs in rural areas - where I live there is a desperate need, none of the local doctors are taking on new patients, one might need to wait months to see a doctor for any non-urgent illness.

However, being a rural area, language skills are critical. I would imagine one would need fluency in standard German, and in all practicality an ability to at least understand Swiss German, as patients here generally only speak SG. Very little English is spoken in these small villages, and there is even sometimes resistance to standard German.

A consultation here (in my small village, YMMV as always) is rather different from my experiences elsewhere - rather than relying on physical examination the consultation is purely a conversation. The GP does not ask many questions or direct the converstation, rather the patient tells his/her story - so language skill are indeed very important.

The area of greatest need, where a non-EU doctor might have the best chance of acceptance, is also likely the area where, beyond any legal requirement, in all practicality one needs even more solid local language skills than one might need in a metro area.

Wishing you all the best.

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