Two in three medical students consider leaving Germany after their final exam, reports Annette Tuffs
About 70% of German medical students consider going abroad after they have passed their exams, show the results of a study from Bochum University, published in the press in November 2008. The most popular countries are Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Austria, and Australia and those in Scandinavia. Only 22% of medical students plan to work in Germany. Preliminary data from the ongoing study were presented at the General Medicine and Medical Schools symposium in Munich. The study will be published in 2009 in the German medical journal Deutsches Ärzteblatt.
The author Dorothea Osenberg, from the department of general medicine at Bochum University calls this “alarming” and says that patient care is in jeopardy. The results are in agreement with last year's statistics from the German Medical Association, which forecast a shortage of doctors for the next 10 years.
About 4000 medical students took part in the anonymous, internet based survey,