Is Medical Specialization in Germany worth it?

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Is there any non-German physician who is doing specialization right now and can give me some insight about specialization in Germany?
I'd like to know if Spezialisierung is really good and worth the effort to get there. 
I received an internship scholarship(PJ) but I couldn't go and see how is it with my own eyes due to COVID19.
So I'd like to hear your experience.

Details:
I'm a (soon)EU graduate and already passed requirements on the Germany side.
The problem is on the country of my university. They raised a barrier for its diploma recognition within the EU.
So now I can't go straight to Germany as my initial plan.
I'm a foreigner and I might need +3 years more before I can even hand in documents for Approbation.
It will take a huge time and money. 
So I'd like to know if the Spezialisierung in Germany is really worth it.
Thank you

PS. If there's any place dedicated to this topic, please let me know.
I'd be appreciated.
  

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13 hours ago, Maysa said:

Hi : )
TLTR: read only bold letters

Is there any non-German physician who is doing specialization right now and can give me some insight about specialization in Germany?
I'd like to know if Spezialisierung is really good and worth the effort to get there. 
I received an internship scholarship(PJ) but I couldn't go and see how is it with my own eyes due to COVID19.
So I'd like to hear your experience.

Details:
I'm a (soon)EU graduate and already passed requirements on the Germany side.
The problem is on the country of my university. They raised a barrier for its diploma recognition within the EU.
So now I can't go straight to Germany as my initial plan.
I'm a foreigner and I might need +3 years more before I can even hand in documents for Approbation.
It will take a huge time and money. 
So I'd like to know if the Spezialisierung in Germany is really worth it.
Thank you

PS. If there's any place dedicated to this topic, please let me know.
I'd be appreciated.
  

From my perspective (retired German physician) I´d say it depends a lot on what alternatives you have, what specialisation you´re thinking of and what kind of hospital or institute you´ll find a job at. Not all head physicians have full "Weiterbildungsermächtigung" (authorisation to provide postgraduate specialisation training) so you might be forced to look for another job in order to be admitted to the exam. Your chosen specialisation might also require experience in several disciplines and in practice you´re unlikely to be able to seamlessly transition just in time when you need to. From my experience: I had to do 2 years of pharmacology & toxicology, 1 year of anesthesiology (or some other discilplines I could have picked from a range of disciplines) and 2 years of clinical pharmacology. However, I ended up working 4 years in anesthesiology rather than one because there was no vacany in Clinical Pharmacolgy when I needed it (at the time in all of Germany only 12 head physicians had the Weiterbildungsermächtigung). I´d highly recommend to check the Weiterbildungsordnung of your chosen specialisation (which you´ll find at the website of the Landesärztekammer of the state your job is located in) and check how many places have full Weiterbildungsermächtigung. Otherwise you might be stuck in a job that doesn´t count towards your desired specialisation.

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