I can't fully agree with you. Major German universities have med degree programs in English, the only problem is they are more expensive than German ones. So, again it's a question of what you can afford.
Hmmm. Well, I have not found one German medical school with a program in English. Not ONE, and I am fluent in German and I have checked websites. Can you cite some specific examples? I would be very interested to see what I missed. All of the Americans I know who went to medical school in Germany completed their studies in German.
In my experience, the best way to contact university directly and ask whether you can transfer your credits. The uni administration behave quite different. Curiously, the decision might be contoroversial in different parts of Germany :-)
That is the case almost everywhere, certainly, but I still have not found any German schools accepting transfer work -- with the exception of German students who studied IN GERMAN at Semmelweis and Pecs (and I believe one other E-EU school... was it Charles?). Anyway, these students are German nationals who were allowed to transfer back in with advanced standing from the foreign school, which is also in the EU. I don't know if they are as accepting of foreigners wanting to transfer in, especially from outside of the EU. They certainly weren't interested in letting me do so from the United States.
I also used to know one guy. He finished Ryazan State MedUni (Russia) and went to Munster to work as a doc. The have recognized 5 years of his education and ask him to pass the final year courses in Germany. Afterwards, he was eligable for internship.
I believe you... perhaps we are talking semantics, here. The situation you describe is not a "transfer," per se, because the physician in question had already completed his entire medical education before entering Germany and then had to re-take the final year. That isn't a transfer, that's a certification hoop to jump through for a physician to practice in Germany. A medical student coming from Russia is going to meet with considerably more resistance in the EU, certainly.
Coming from an EU institution a new graduate needs only to be able to speak the German language, and s/he is eligible for internship and specialization.
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