Internist from Serbia
During my medical studies in Serbia, I'd already heard that there was a shortage of doctors in Germany. I found the idea of working there really interesting, so I started learning German at the Goethe-Institut in Novi Sad.
After passing my exams, my heart was set on working in Germany and I started applying to specific clinics. To keep improving my German – when you work with patients, you just have to know the language – I used some vacation time to attend an intensive course at the Volkshochschule in Karlsruhe. That was when Klinikum Karlsbad Langensteinbach (which was practically just around the corner) responded to my application. What can I tell you – the rest is history! Having spent two years in Karlsbad now, I can say that it was a happy coincidence.
Since the equivalence of my degree still had to be verified, I initially worked as a trainee and studied for the required examination. It was a lot of work, but it paid off: After I passed, I received my official German medical license. Now I can work just like any other doctor here.
I was fortunate enough to have the clinic’s active support in getting credit for my previous studies. And that's just one example – everyone here has been so welcoming! There are also German courses for doctors at the clinic, for instance; many of my colleagues are from international backgrounds, as well. Things like that make it a lot easier to get settled in, if you ask me. I actually never had to experience anything like culture shock; I find I can get by step by step. My next project now is my driver's license – I still need to get that converted for Germany, too!