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Medicine In France

Discussion in 'Europe' started by Regallo, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. Regallo

    Regallo Junior Member
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    Where can the one get an idea about practicing Medicine in France.

    -is there a French equivalent for the American USMLE.
    -how hard is it to get a liscence in France.

    thanks
     
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  3. brightblueeyes

    brightblueeyes Senior Member
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    Yes, there is an equivalent. It's the "concours" for the "Internat". Traditionally, it has been hard for foreign trained doctors to have their degrees recognized as equivalent. But these barriers seem to be seen as a bad thing by both the French people and the government, so licensing regulations have been evolving lately and are still in the process of evolving.

    Where did you study Medicine? There's a different route depending on whether you studied in the EU (or Norway or Switzerland) or whether you studied elsewhere.

    You might want to check out concours de l'internat. If you studied outside Europe, you'll find more specific info at concours à titre étranger. Apart from the preceding government sites, you might want to check out the comments of other foreign med students and doctors at remede.

    One thing to watch out for is that France generally requires doctors trained outside Europe to take and pass the entrance exams for a French med school before they grant equivalency for foreign medical degrees. If you find yourself in this position, be sure to find out how these concours vary from school to school and be sure to choose a school whose concours subjects and format appeal to your strengths. Also, be aware that the level of competition at a couple of facs seems to be excessive. You might want to avoid them altogether.

    Let me know if you have any more questions. I hope this helps.
     
  4. Regallo

    Regallo Junior Member
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    Well , it really helps...

    about me , I am studying medicine in Egypt .
    I am Egyptian but I was born in France (Montepillier) "et je parle le Français bein, mon coeur il est encore là !"

    but unfortuntally have studied medicine in English , and that would be a minor obstacle...

    -so I think that i have to pass the medical school entrance exam , before being engaged in the "concour de internat"? I have heared it is a pretty tough one even for you French people is that true ?
    what about the registration fees , where I can take a glance about the French med schools in general?

    merci...
     
  5. nanaelseed

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    hello
    thanks for that
    but the site is in french !!
    Please supply me with a site in english if u can !!
     
  6. MSHell

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    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

    You have to speak, read and write french to work in France!!!!
     
  7. brightblueeyes

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    I'm afraid MSHell is right. All exams are in French and doctors who want to practice here are expected to speak French.

    If you have any questions I can try to answer them but I'm pretty sure all the websites outlining how to practice in France are in French.

    There are two English speaking hospitals in Paris: the American Hospital of Paris and the Hertford British Hospital

    However, I think even the doctors at the American Hospital in Paris are expected to have passed French exams. The only way around this is to be given an exemption by the Minister of Health. As far as I know, the American Hospital in Paris is the only institution in France authorized to let non-European doctors practice with nothing more than the diplomas and training from their home country. And even this is restricted to a maximum of 8 of their doctors.

    BTW, if you don't speak at least some French, you'd be crazy to want to practice here. ;)
     

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