Prepare and Submit your Curriculum in Germany
(A part of ‘Medical post graduation in Germany’ series)
Like everyone else, one day my Ansprechpartner (Person in charge for my Approbation-process) at ‘Regierung von Oberbayern’ had sent me following Email:-
Why is the curriculum so important?
Well, before few years to submit a curriculum was not an important requirement, but within last two years (maybe because of the rule changes for foreign doctors), it has become an essential document, if you want to submit your documents for the Gutachten-process to receive Approbation (not for Berufserlaubis). During Gutachten process, in a way, they want to compare your medical education with German medical education and for that, they require some documents which shows a detailed analysis of your medical studies. A transcript is considered as a valid document, but it does not fulfill the need for curriculum. Submission of a curriculum is essential, and if you are unable to submit a curriculum because of any reason, you definitely have to prove your medical knowledge by clearing the medical exam (Gleichwertigkeitsprüfung).
Where should you apply for Curriculum?
Allover the world, mostly it is issued either by the responsible medical college or respective university. In India, it is issued mostly by medical college universities. Still, I would recommend you to ask your medical College for further information.
Let me explain to you how to process went for me:-
The process to get the curriculum issued from my University:-
I received the request to submit the curriculum by my Ansprechpartner (Person in charge for my Approbation-process) in August 2017. First I had to get the curriculum from my university (where I learned MBBS), which was issued with minor official charges. It was signed and stamped on a few pages by the librarian of my university.
If your university does not have an official curriculum, then you can submit the official MCI curriculum. I am giving a few examples here.
Examples of Curriculums:-
The curriculum was signed and stamped as a true copy on the starting page of each subject by the librarian of my university. Also, each page of the curriculum was stamped with the university symbol (which I do not find necessary). Example:-
After the sign of the curriculum, my university denied for the front page/ the letter of confirmation, stating that the curriculum attached to it relates to the degree program I have completed personally.
I submitted this curriculum, which was already signed and stamped at university, to my college for the signature of my dean on the letter of confirmation.
I requested the letter of confirmation like following.
”TO WHOMSOEVER IT MAY CONCERN
This is to state that B. J. Medical College; Ahmedabad is recognized and affiliated to Gujarat University, Ahmedabad. The Medical College follows the curriculum of the said university.
The same curriculum has been followed by Tejaskumar Jayantilal Gheit during his pursued MBBS course from 2007 to 2012 with
It was signed via the dean of my college with college stamp on a letterhead. Like this:-
For the signature of the dean, I required a few documents to be submitted. (Marksheets of medical education, degree, medical council registration etc..) Which took me 2 to 3 months to resolve the problem. The problem was that the clerk asked for original documents, which was obviously not possible, as for that I had to transfer the original documents from Germany to India and bring them back. Options were either I give original documents in hands of someone else,who is already going to India, to take them along; or I myself do the stupidity of spending my money and time by going to India for this.
But either of them was not the reasonable option. After many talks and negotiations, the clerk agreed with the affidavit, which was prepared with help of a lawyer and signed by my father, stating that the photocopies of documents submitted along with that affidavit are true and if they will be found wrong in any future, my father will take full responsibility and he will be ready to bear the legal consequences!
After signature of dean, I attached ‘the letter of confirmation’ to curriculum. All of the curriculum pages, along with the front letter of confirmation, were attached and binded via thread, which was covered by the sticking paper and it was sealed with the stamp of my medical college (better to checkout the photo given below). If your collage or university has an some stamps which are used to seal documents, use them instead of any sticking paper like I used. This means that this is considered as one whole sealed document, where you can not add or remove any pages after signature.
I didn’t require to translate my curriculum as it was in English. But if your curriculum is in another language then submit the original one along with official german translation of it.
When should you apply for the curriculum?
Best time to submit curriculum application is when you’re in India. When you are already in India, you can submit or show all the documents for curriculum application, in whichever way they want. After arriving in Germany it becomes difficult. I would recommend to get it soon after completing your medical studies. If you’re already in Germany and planning to apply for Gutachten process of Approbation, get it from your medical college as soon as possible.
Which curriculum do I require? UG or PG?
If you have completed your post graduation, then you require to submit curriculum for undergraduation and postgraduation medical studies both.
Does submission of curriculum mean that you don’t require other documents (like transcripts)?
No, you have to get and submit medical education marksheets, transcripts, degree, medical registration certificate, internship certificate, clinical rotation certificate (part of transcript mostly), experience certificates etc. They have nothing to do with curriculum.
How did I complete the whole process when I was staying in Germany?
Two of my friends, Trushar Gohel and Ansh Sonagara, had worked hard in the heat of Ahmedabad ( The city which literally lies between earth and sun!) to get this document for me, and without their help, it would not have been possible.
What should be remembered before or during the application and submission of curriculum?
The curriculum must meet the following requirements:
- must be presented in the original.
- The curriculum contains details of the contents of the subjects taught during the studies. The curriculum must detail what content was taught in each subject and the extent to which theoretical and practical instruction was provided. Do check if it has all of the subjects that you have already studied during your medical studies. Ask you college or university accordingly. Submit the experiences along with curriculum if you have.
- The curriculum can only be taken into account if it is accompanied by a confirmation from your university stating that the curriculum attached to it relates to the degree program you have completed ‘personally’. So do not forget the letter of confirmation. On the letter of confirmation, do write the important details like… your identity (name, date of birth, residence in native country), the time period of your medical education and internship, name of your college and university, and most important that you personally have followed this curriculum during your studies!
- The letter of confirmation from the university must be attached to the curriculum and stamped with a stamp/seal of the university. it should be binded/combined as one document before submission.
- The curriculum can only be accepted in the medical licensing procedure (Approbation-process) if it has been written ‘in English’ or ‘if the original version is accompanied by a German translation’. So do not forget to translate it if it’s in another language.
This was all for curriculum.
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