Assistant physicians: starting their medical career & training to become medical specialists
Physicians start their medical careers as assistant physicians while they undergo further training to become medical specialists. Assistant physicians have completed their studies in human medicine and have obtained a licence to practice medicine. They usually work under the supervision of assistant medical directors or chief physicians, are at the beginning of their careers and are training to become medical specialists.
Which opportunities do assistant physicians have on the labour market?
In the first few years of their careers, physicians work as assistant physicians. During this time, they decide on a specific medical field, for example surgery or general medicine. Since there has been a shortage of physicians in Germany for many years already, assistant physicians have very good prospects on the labour market. The total duration of the training to become a medical specialist is 60 to 72 months.