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Duration of studies

There is a compulsory training of 1.5 years (Artz im Practikum).

Trainee selection process

Access to general training is open. There is no specified number of available specialist positions. A physician who wants to specialize in a particular area is expected to work in that area for a certain period of time.

Specialty curriculum authority

The specialty curriculum authorities are the Ländesärtzekammern, which are the medical associations in each German state (Land).

Teaching takes place mostly in German hospitals, but also in private practice, research institutes, centers for occupational health, etc. Trainees are supervised by a qualified physician who is certified to practice in the specialty.

Licensing authority


Areas of specialization

  • Allgemeinmedizin
  • Anästhesiologie
  • Anatomie
  • Arbeitsmedizin
  • Augenheilkunde
  • Biochemie
  • Chirurgie
  • Diagnostische Radiologie
  • Frauenheilkunde und Geburtshilfe
  • Hals- Nasen- Ohrenheilkunde
  • Haut- und Geschlechtskrankheiten
  • Herzchirurgie
  • Humangenetic
  • Hygiene und Umweltmedizin
  • Innere Medizin
  • Kinderchirurgie
  • Kinderheilkunde
  • Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie
  • Klinische Pharmakologie
  • Laboratoriumsmedizin
  • Mikrobiologie
  • Mund-Kiefer-Gesichtschirurgie
  • Nervenheilkunde
  • Neurochirurgie
  • Neurologie
  • Neuropathologie
  • Nuklearmedizin
  • Öffentliches Gesundheitswesen
  • Orthopadie
  • Pathologie
  • Pharmakologie und Toxikologie
  • Phoniatric und Padaudiologie
  • Physikalische Chirurgie
  • Physiologie
  • Plastische Chirurgie
  • Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie
  • Psychotherapeutische Medizin
  • Rechtsmedizin
  • Strahlentherapie
  • Transfusionsmedizin
  • Urologie

Legal references

  • Bundesärzteordnung, 16 April 1987, revised in 23 March 1992
  • Approbationsordnung für Ärzte, 14 Juli 1987, revised Unification Treaty 1990
  • Weiterbildungsordnung
  • Erste Gesetz zur Änderung des Heilberufegesetzes vom 19 Juli 1994
[last update: March 1, 2010]