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    Switzerland medical residency for foreign students

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    Hi,

    I'm very interested in working in Switzerland as a doctor, but the process to get in is different from USA or Canada. I know it's like applying for a job... But what are my chances to get into their medical residency programs as an international medical graduate (Poland 4yrs advance MD)? Is it better for me to do my medical degree in Canada or USA and then apply there or get my MD at a polish school and get a European MD (which is accredited in America, EU and Switzerland)?

    Also, I know that Switzerland have many spoken language and English is not used for work. Since I'm fluent with French, I'll definitely choose the French regions (canton).

    Thank you for all your honest answers

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    I'm very interested in working in Switzerland as a doctor, but the process to get in is different from USA or Canada. I know it's like applying for a job...

    Great place to live and work. Expensive, yeah, but we like it. You are right, it is exactly like applying for a job - plus you have to receive MEBEKO (Swiss Federal) approval of your medical degree. This can either be very easy, or a huge pain in the butt, depending on your citizenship and where you studied.

    But what are my chances to get into their medical residency programs as an international medical graduate (Poland 4yrs advance MD)?


    The Polish degree would be accepted automatically (the Swiss like EU medical school diplomas), but ONLY if you have Swiss or EU citizenship, OR you are married to a Swiss or EU citizen. If not, then things get a whole lot more complicated.

    Is it better for me to do my medical degree in Canada or USA and then apply there or get my MD at a polish school and get a European MD (which is accredited in America, EU and Switzerland)?


    I would recommend Canadian or US medical studies (assuming you are North American) just because it would give you a ton more options for practice. However, there would be a lot of hurdles to jump over to get MEBEKO certification as a doc with a non-EU/non-Swiss diploma. If you have EU/Swiss citizenship, and you know for double-damn sure that you are going to work in Switzerland, then Polish (or other EU) credentials would get you MEBEKO approval with a relative quickness.

    Also, I know that Switzerland have many spoken language and English is not used for work. Since I'm fluent with French, I'll definitely choose the French regions (canton).

    Yeah, definitely hit the French-speaking cantons. Also have your official certification in the French language completed before you apply for any jobs, and clearly noted on your CV. Be willing to apply to a broad spectrum of specialties, regardless of the end goal, to get yourself into the Swiss system, because you can change specialties here without a problem or penalty. If you are applying from outside the system, and limit those applications to a more competitive specialty at the outset, then you stand a good chance of getting shut out. Just get that first Swiss gig and then move laterally from there!

    Thank you for all your honest answers

    Not a problem. Good luck!
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