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Anyone know an Anaesthetist who could help me?

Hi,

I am an anaesthetic registrar in the UK and am looking for further information about working as an Anaesthetist in the German or Italian speaking Cantons in Switzerland once I have completed my training in the UK. If anyone knows an anaesthetist who would be prepared to contact me or meet me (I am going to Switzerland in April) I would be very grateful.

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Re: Anyone know an Anaesthetist who could help me?

Without being able to speak/write a Swiss language you won't be able to be employed here I'm afraid. You would also need to have your qualifications recognised by the Swiss Red Cross before you could take up employment.
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Re: Anyone know an Anaesthetist who could help me?

I am curious ... how could an anesthetist function in an operating room without speaking the local language
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Re: Anyone know an Anaesthetist who could help me?

I am aware of the language qualifications and medical qualifications required and am learning German - expecting to complete B2 level before completion of my anaesthetic training in the UK. I can also speak Spanish hence the interest in the Italian speaking area as an alternative.

I have been advised that the Swiss Red Cross will recognise my UK qualifications and specialist training.
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Re: Anyone know an Anaesthetist who could help me?

B2 in a medical emergency will not be of much use, i am sorry. And anaesthetists, as you well know, have to take very precise medical histories of patients pre-op and follow-up post op- many people here in Switzerland, especially older ones, do speak a variety of Swiss German dialects (Zurich is very different from Bern for instance)- they might well understand your passable Hoch Deutsch- but you just won't understand them. Now that is even if you go for a large town Uni hospital- as difficult cases from the boonies will be transferred there. Spanish and Ticinese Italian are very much distinct languages, I am sure you are aware of that.

Sorry to rain on your parade (OH is a UCH trained doctor)- but it is the reality. Good luck. (Roegner, posts crossed, sorry).
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Re: Anyone know an Anaesthetist who could help me?

I do not think that a B2 level will be sufficient for your line of work. Especially as B2 German is nowhere near being fluent in Swiss German.

And Spanish will not help you so much in the Italian speaking part? It is a different language.
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Re: Anyone know an Anaesthetist who could help me?

Thanks for the info, I appreciate that there are many dialects in Switzerland in different areas, my initial plan was to get the minimum B2 qualification in high German in the UK and :

either move and get some work in Germany for 6-12 months - I have a contact there- to improve my German, and then move on to Switzerland if possible,

or, move to Switzerland with my wife getting employment there first (she speaks high German already and works in Accounting) and have intensive language lessons before looking for work.

I am aware that Spanish is not the same as Italian but the languages are closely related hence the feeling that if we ended up wanting to go to Ticino I'd hope that getting to grips with the language would not take as long as learning a new language from scratch.

It was my understanding that there were many German/ Italian Medics that cross the border to work- are they required to learn the local dialect before they can work? How do people manage with the many dialects?
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