What makes a medical graduate a doctor

The path to becoming a doctor

The medicine entrance test

In Austria, after the Matura (Austrian Abitur), the greatest hurdle has to be overcome in order to be admitted to medical studies: the MedAT - the medical entrance test. A rough distinction is made between two tests: the MedAT-H for human medicine and the MedAT-Z for dentistry. There is no numerus clausus for both tests. The test can be repeated any number of times, takes place annually and costs 110 euros per start. No specific number of points is required for admission to medical studies, it only depends on your competitors whether you get a place at the university.

Last year (2020) there were 17,599 applicants for 1,740 study places in all four locations. In 2020 there were 740 places available in Vienna, 360 places in Graz, 400 in Innsbruck and 240 places in Linz. 75 percent of the study places go to applicants with an Austrian Matura certificate, 25% to applicants from the EU as well as from third countries, whereby these have to be better than applicants from Austria. As a rule, around 80 percent of the registered exam participants actually appear for the test.

The test is divided into school knowledge from biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, text comprehension and cognitive skills (sequence of numbers, memory and memory, assembling figures, fluency, recognizing implications). Furthermore, social-emotional competencies are checked. You can find all information about the test & how studymed can help you to pass the test here.

The studies

After successfully completing the test, you can now start studying medicine. The medical course generally lasts twelve semesters. The duration of the study includes the completion of various internships (clinical internships) totaling 12 weeks and the clinical internship year totaling 48 weeks. The course is structured differently depending on the location: In Vienna & Innsbruck there are larger semester and annual examinations, known as SIP, while in Graz & Linz the examination is based on a modular system.

Vocational training

After successfully completing your medical degree, you can go into practice. This begins with a nine-month basic training that all medical graduates must complete. This is followed by specialist training, which lasts 4 to 6 years depending on the discipline. Specialists are then considered to be potential senior physicians & therefore “wait” until the next senior physician position becomes vacant. The optional, last step in your career would then be the role of primary or chief physician.