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Practicing in Europe

Hello, everyone,

I'm curious what are the requirements to practice medicine in Europe. That's where I eventually would like to end up or at least have a position that allows me to go between the U.S. and Europe.
Do you know if a person graduates from a medical school in Mexico, are they permitted to practice in Europe?
Hope to hear from you soon!
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    From what I understand, I don't think there are any barriers to practicing medicine in a different country than that in which you qualified. I have heard of many people who have qualified in England and moved on to practice medicine in other countries with very little difficulty. You may find it difficult to find a job in places such as Germany or France where there is a high unemployment rate for doctors. Less developed, eastern european countries are always looking for doctors, but living quality is not good, and they are usually far happier with volunteers. England (where I'm from) is desparately short of doctors, so you will easily find a job here. However, the most important thing to think of is whether you can speak fluently enough in the natural language of that country. Remember, that although most french people who go on holiday abroad can speak english, not all patients in a french hospital can. You'll certainly be asked as to what language qualifications you have, and may even require a specific degree. You'd be surprised how many people don't think of the language barrier. Believe me, I've spoken to people who have.

    Good luck with you're future.

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      I am in Denmark right now, and I know Scandinavian countries have some shortages of doctors, and they would easily take an American trained doctor (they'd probably fly em in overnight)... but Danish is a hard language, hehe.

      Anyway, I had a class on European Health Systems. If you think that HMOs shackle down doctors, wait till you see how social insurance or tax funded systems work. Not such a bad thing, because malpractice suits are virtually unheard of. Also, salaries are not nearly as high. A neurosurgeon in Denmark makes one million Danish crowns (aproximately 125,000 USD). Working hours are considerably less, and less stressful at that. Taxes are very high in Scandinvia - 60% about. Plus 25% sales tax (included in the prices of goods). The quality of life is extremely high, and the public is very satisfied, but an Americans who are afraid of any sort of state intervention or taxes would probably freak.

      I am just a study abroad student right now, but I would love to work here for a time as a physician, or in any other European country...

      Any questions, just write..
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      Hello,
      thanks for the information. Are you studying medicine in Denmark now? What other European countries would you think about practicing medicine in? What about Belgium or the Netherlands? I've been trying so hard to look into European schools, but the language seems to be the biggest problem. The schools that teach in English are set up specifically for foreigners a lot of times.
      Ultimately, I would love to study medicine somewhere in Europe and then eventually practice international medicine, maybe for an international heatlh organization. At this point, I don't know if any school in Europe (with a good reputation and for 4 years) is available to me, as an American.
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        Here is the URL for the definitive book on practicing in Europe:
        http://yi.com/home/EysenbachGunther/medeuro.htm

        It is good to be aware that most of Erope is morre amply supplied with docs than even the US is. View the list of the woprld below and scan for Europe to see.


        Persons per Physician by Nation and Region in Descending Order


        Nation
        Region
        Persons per
        Physician
        Burkino Faso
        Africa
        57310

        Malawi
        Africa
        45740
        Mozambique

        Africa
        43536
        Rwanda
        Africa
        40610
        Niger
        Africa
        38500
        Ethiopia

        Africa
        32500
        Chad
        Africa
        30030
        Eritrea

        Africa
        28000
        Cambodia
        Asia
        27000
        Central African
        Republic
        Africa
        25890
        Tanzania
        Africa
        24970
        Zaire
        Africa
        23193
        Ghana
        Africa
        22970
        Uganda
        Africa
        20300
        Mali
        Africa
        19450
        Somalia
        Africa
        19071
        Ivory Coast
        Africa
        17847
        Senegal
        Africa
        17650
        Nepal
        Asia
        16830
        Lesotha
        Africa
        15728
        Angola
        Africa
        15136
        Gambia
        Africa
        14536
        Mauritania
        Africa
        13167
        Sierra Leone
        Africa
        13150
        Togo
        Africa
        12992
        Burundai
        Africa
        12190
        Cameroon
        Africa
        12190
        Benin
        Africa
        11306
        Comoros
        Africa
        11100
        Zambia
        Africa
        10920
        Kenya
        Africa
        10150
        Papua New Guinea
        Oceania
        9943
        Guinea
        Africa
        9732
        Sudan
        Africa
        9369
        Liberia
        Africa
        9324
        Bhutan
        Asia
        8969
        Madagascar
        Africa
        8120
        Philippines
        Asia
        8120
        Swaziland
        Africa
        7971
        Vanuatu
        Oceania
        7345
        Zimbabwe
        Africa
        7110
        Indonesia
        Asia
        7030
        Nigeria
        Africa
        6537
        Afghan.
        Asia
        6430
        Jamaica
        West Indies
        6159
        Haiti
        America
        6083
        Sri Lanka
        Asia
        5870
        Yemen
        Middle
        East
        5531
        Botswana
        Africa
        5417
        Maldives
        Asia
        5377
        Bangladesh
        Asia
        5264
        Djibouti
        Africa
        5258
        Cape Verde
        Africa
        4929
        Namibia
        Africa
        4610
        Kiribati
        Oceania
        4483
        Mauritius
        Africa
        4415
        Thailand
        Asia
        4360
        Congo
        Africa
        3873
        Equatorial Guinea
        Africa
        3622
        Samoa
        Oceania
        3584
        Solomon Islands
        Oceania
        3584
        Western Samoa
        Oceania
        3584
        Laos
        Asia
        3555
        Burma
        Asia
        3389
        Guinea Bissau
        Africa
        3262
        Honduras
        C America
        3090
        Micronesia
        Oceania
        3084
        Pakistan
        Asia
        2940
        Vietnam
        Asia
        2843
        S Tome & P
        Africa
        2819
        St. Vincent
        West Indies
        2690
        Iran
        Middle
        East
        2685
        Guyana
        S America
        2552
        St. Lucia
        West Indies
        2521
        India
        Asia
        2460
        Fiji
        Oceania
        2438
        Malaysia
        Asia
        2410
        Guatemala
        C America
        2356
        Tuvalu
        Oceania
        2261
        Marshall Islands
        Oceania
        2217
        Tokelau
        Oceania
        2217
        Tonga
        Oceania
        2130
        Bolivia
        S America
        2124
        Gabon
        Africa
        2000
        Dominica
        West Indies
        1947
        Iraq
        Middle
        East
        1922
        Nicaragua
        C America
        1882
        Tunisia
        Africa
        1870
        Belize
        West Indies
        1708
        Grenada
        West Indies
        1617
        Trinidad
        West Indies
        1543
        Tobago
        West Indies
        1543
        Nevis
        West Indies
        1498
        Brunei Dar
        Asia
        1473
        Suriname
        S America
        1348
        Antigua & Barbuda
        West Indies
        1330
        El Salvador
        C America
        1322
        Egypt
        Africa
        1320
        South Africa
        Africa
        1271
        Paraguay
        S America
        1250
        Turkey
        Middle
        East
        1180
        Oman
        Middle
        East
        1078
        South Korea
        Asia
        1070
        Algeria
        Africa
        1062
        Colombia
        S America
        1061
        Syria
        Middle
        East
        1037
        Liechtenst
        Europe
        1007
        Peru
        S America
        997
        Seychelles
        Africa
        992
        Ecuador
        S America
        980
        Bahrain
        Middle
        East
        953
        Dominican Republic
        C America
        934
        Chile
        S America
        895
        Malta
        Europe
        890
        Panama
        C America
        840
        Jordan
        Middle
        East
        813
        Taiwan
        C Asia
        802
        Mexico
        C America
        800
        Costa Rica
        C America
        798
        Lebanon
        Middle
        East
        771
        Singapore
        Asia
        711
        Nauru
        Oceania
        700
        Libya
        Africa
        690
        Brazil
        S America
        685
        Ireland
        Europe
        681
        Qatar
        Middle
        East
        660
        China
        Asia
        648
        Hong Kong
        Asia
        648
        Tibet
        Asia
        648
        Switzerland
        Europe
        630
        United Arab Emirates
        Middle
        East
        618
        United King
        Europe
        611
        Japan
        Asia
        610
        Venezuela
        S America
        590
        Albania
        Europe
        574
        Romania
        Europe
        560
        Yugoslavia
        Europe
        533
        Saudi Arabia
        Middle
        East
        523
        Kuwait
        Middle
        East
        515
        Andorra
        Europe
        502
        Slovenia
        Europe
        496
        Monaco
        Europe
        490
        Poland
        Europe
        490
        Cyprus
        Middle
        East
        478
        Luxembourg
        Europe
        469
        Canada
        N America
        450
        Australia
        Oceania
        438
        Macedonia
        Europe
        420
        Finland
        Europe
        406
        Netherlands
        Europe
        400
        Sweden
        Europe
        395
        Mongolia
        Asia
        380
        San Marino
        Europe
        375
        North Korea
        Asia
        370
        Tajikistan
        Asia
        362
        Denmark
        Europe
        360
        New Zealand
        Oceania
        359
        Croatia
        Europe
        356
        Iceland
        Europe
        355
        France
        Europe
        350
        Portugal
        Europe
        348
        Israel
        Middle
        East
        345
        Hungary
        Europe
        344
        United States
        N America
        341
        Uruguay

        S America
        341
        Argentina
        S America
        340
        Bahamas
        C America
        340
        Barbados
        C America
        340
        Slovakia
        Europe
        328
        Bulgaria
        Europe
        320
        Czech Republic
        Europe
        311
        Belgium
        Europe
        310
        Norway
        Europe
        305
        Cuba
        C America
        303
        Greece
        Europe
        303
        Germany
        Europe
        293
        Uzbekistan
        Asia
        290
        Latvia
        Europe
        275
        Turkmenistan
        Asia
        274
        Kyrgyzstan
        Asia
        271
        Spain
        Europe
        257
        Azerbaijan
        Asia
        255
        Kazakhstan
        Asia
        250
        Belarus
        Europe
        250
        Moldova
        Europe
        250
        Armenia
        Asia
        246
        Austria
        Europe
        230
        Ukraine
        Europe
        230
        Lithuania
        Europe
        220
        Russia
        Asia
        210
        Estonia
        Europe
        210
        Italy
        Europe
        210
        Georgia
        Asia
        170
         

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          The GEP at St George's is for any graduates - they would probably expect you the practice in the UK though (after all, it is england that is short of docs...) You could lie about where you intend to practice... although I wouldn't recommend it wholeheartedly!
           
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