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Old 13.11.2015, 12:42
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Re: Medical residency in Switzerland

You'd also need to get your qualifications recognised before you could start practising here.

You are a doctor, dentist, veterinarian, pharmacist or chiropractor and would like to work in Switzerland?

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Re: Medical residency in Switzerland

1-Can anyone give me a list with the names of these hospitals please?

Um, no. Google is your friend. FWIW, the FMH (Swiss Medical Federation) website has links to all of the training hospitals in the country, and you can search by location and specialty.

2-I was also wondering what is the procedure for application?

That is pretty clearly outlined in post 2. Find job openings. Apply to them. Hope you get an interview.

3- is there a website that ranks these universities?

There are a ton of different international rankings, which really should not matter a ton at this point. If you are trying to get a job as a doc in CH, especially as a non-CH/non-EU applicant -- JUST GET A BLOODY JOB. Any specialty, any location. Once you are in the system and have a year of experience it is usually significantly easier to move laterally into more desirable hospitals and specialties -- although the sexy specialties are much harder to get, and tend to go to Swiss applicants. You are a second class citizen in that regard (just like me). Actually, third class. Second class would be EU citizens. Non-EU foreigners are at the bottom rung of the ladder.

4- Is there any test that I will have to sit for prior to my application?

You will need to have some official demonstration of your language fluency. Other requirements may vary from Canton to Canton. There is no real one-size-fits-all, here.

5- would a residency in switzerland make me eligible to apply to the european board? If not where can i practice having graduated from a residency program in switzerland?

Generally, yes, although the boards of different specialties (and different countries) can vary substantially. That will require research on your part. And yeah, Swiss training travels extremely well.

6- I am intersted in internal medicine/ pediatrics, how competitive are these fields?

IM and Peds are often among the easier positions to get, actually. That should help a lot, although my impression is that it is harder to get hired as a non-EU applicant in French-speaking locations. Maybe not, but that has been my gut feeling over the past couple of years in taking with colleagues.

My partner has a master degree in finance from lebanon as well and 3years of working experience. How easy would it be for him to find a job in switzerland?

No idea, but it is probably not super easy. Depends on what he wants to do, of course, and most of all whether or not he could be hired and get a visa. For doctors it is a little easier, Switzerland NEEDS doctors, so if you get hired you pretty much are going to get a visa. However, Switzerland has no real shortage of finance bubbas.

Thanks, I appreciate the help anyone can provide.

No worries. Good luck to you.
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1) Get to B2 -- at least -- in German. Your B-card (plus your marital status with a CH citizen) are great to have, but without the language skills you will not be hired.
2) Apply to positions that interest you, they are listed on the hospital websites and in Swiss medical publications.
3) Cross all digits and pray that you are selected for an interview -- apply broadly to make this a more likely scenario.
4) Wow them in an interview setting with your language skills, charming personality, demonstrated work ethic, impeccable hygiene, and witty repartee.
5) Get a job offer.
6) Start working.

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Thanks dear,

I have passed B2 but it is not very fluent. I have few question regarding interview and PG:

1. Does English speakers(along with not so fluent german) have advantage.
2. What type of questions they ask ? just the medical knowledge? or also other things?
3. Can i join residency/post graduation(PG) directly? or will I have to first work like a observer (for few yrs)?


Thanks a lot in advance if you could reply me these here or by PM.

dr remo

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Thanks dear,

I have passed B2 but it is not very fluent. I have few question regarding interview and PG:

1. Does English speakers(along with not so fluent german) have advantage.
2. What type of questions they ask ? just the medical knowledge? or also other things?
3. Can i join residency/post graduation(PG) directly? or will I have to first work like a observer (for few yrs)?


Thanks a lot in advance if you could reply me these here or by PM.

dr remo
1. No, of course not. English is a nice bonus language to have, but applicants with better German will be ahead of you.

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Re: Medical residency in Switzerland

Hi Cugeno,
On top of your useful list of steps and conditions (in this case no problem on language: raised here, studied abroad with dual EU-CH nationality, wishing to return and stablish in CH), could you kindly reply the following?

- In your opinion, if the goal is to end up working in Switzerland, does it help at all to gather a couple of years of previous practice in the country of study after finishing, to improve the chances to later get one of the advertised residence positions in the Swiss hospitals, or in Swiss hospitals they would rather prefer young fresh doctors to mold the easily into their particular way of doing?

- In your experience, as far as the medical title is EU recognized, is it accepted widely or do the hospitals pose additional conditions depending on the medical school of origin (ie do they have preferences on private medical schools vs public or vice-versa?).

Many thanks in advance.



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1) Get to B2 -- at least -- in German. Your B-card (plus your marital status with a CH citizen) are great to have, but without the language skills you will not be hired.
2) Apply to positions that interest you, they are listed on the hospital websites and in Swiss medical publications.
3) Cross all digits and pray that you are selected for an interview -- apply broadly to make this a more likely scenario.
4) Wow them in an interview setting with your language skills, charming personality, demonstrated work ethic, impeccable hygiene, and witty repartee.
5) Get a job offer.
6) Start working.

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Re: Medical residency in Switzerland

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- In your opinion, if the goal is to end up working in Switzerland, does it help at all to gather a couple of years of previous practice in the country of study after finishing, to improve the chances to later get one of the advertised residence positions in the Swiss hospitals, or in Swiss hospitals they would rather prefer young fresh doctors to mold the easily into their particular way of doing?
My daughter (CH/EU, French-schooled) faced that same question. I think the judgment was either seek to return to Switzerland early or wait until she had recognised seniority. Now specialist registrar in general surgery she is staying, initially because her husband, also a doctor, doesn't speak a Swiss language but there are other reasons too.
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