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International Medical Graduates - Integration in German Rehabilitation Clinics

Project duration: 15/02/2017 - 30/06/2018

Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Theda Borde

Project staff: Dr. Patricia Hänel, Laura Foelske


  • Eva Jansen Ph.D. (Asien-Orient-Institut, Abteilung Ethnologie der Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen)
  • Corinna Klingler (Institut für Ethik, Geschichte & Theorie der Medizin an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

The overall goal of this research project is to find the structures that support and hinder the integration of international medical graduates (IMG) into the German healthcare system. The research focuses on work in rehabilitation clinics.

After reviewing all the literature relating to barriers and aspects of support during the integration of IMG, with a particular focus on countries with a long history of immigration and research experience in this subject (Great Britain, USA, Canada, Australia), the decision was made to interview employees in at least three German rehabilitation clinics which employ doctors who are foreign nationals. The interview partners will be the IMG themselves, their associates and patients. Furthermore, patients' written feedback about their medical treatment by the IMG will be evaluated.    

The rehabilitation clinics will receive a training concept for the integration of IMG in German rehabilitation clinics. This concept resembles a training-manual, including best-practice examples and particular challenges for the sector in comparison to acute facilities. 

Funding: Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund (German Statutory Pension Insurance Scheme)

Keywords: Integration, International Medical Graduates (IMG), Rehabilitation, Migration, Healthcare

Contact: Dr. Patricia Hänel, patricia.haenel@ash-berlin.eu

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