Career Scope after Medical Studies from Turkey

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Medical studies in Turkey: Job Prospects, Salaries and Post Graduation

After completion of medical studies (MD/MBBS) in Turkey, international students can choose from the following prospects.

  • Practice medicine as a General Practitioner/ Doctor
  • Pursue a post-graduate degree (Ph.D.)

Besides being popular as a tourist destination, Turkey is also popular for its highly developed medical treatment and world-class laboratories. Therefore, many international students prefer to study medicine in Turkey. There are over 47 universities in Turkey offering Bachelor’s programs in medicine. These universities follow advanced teaching methods and sophisticated scientific approaches to train and enable doctors to tackle new challenges and diseases.

Here is a detailed account of career prospects after medical studies (MBBS) in Turkey.

Clinical Practice

Practice medicine in Turkey

  • After completion of the six-year MD program in Turkey, you need to work 6-9 months in a government educational hospital.
  • You require a work permit or visa issued by the Ministry of Family, Labor, and Social Services to start working as a medical doctor in Turkey.
  • Though Turkish language proficiency is not required for studying medicine in turkey, it is a requirement if you are planning to practice medicine in Turkey. You will have to pass the STS exam to confirm your proficiency in the language.
  • After completion of the above-mentioned requirements, you can start applying for jobs in Turkish Hospitals. However, it is important to note that foreign nationals are not allowed to work in state-run hospitals.
  • You can search for job opportunities in private hospitals in Turkey through online platforms including Linkedin or Indeed as well as Turkish job portals.

Average Salary:

The average yearly salary of a General Practioner or Medical Doctor in Turkey is 17,948 USD or 65,915 AED.

Practice medicine in UAE 

You need a license to practice medicine in the UAE. The following are the licensing authorities and the specific territories you can practice.

Authority Territory
DHA (Dubai Health Authority) Four Government Hospitals
MOH (Ministry of Health) Northern emirates (excluding Dubai and Abu Dhabi)
DHCC (Dubai Healthcare City) Dubai
HAAD (Health Authority Abu Dhabi) Abu Dhabi

It takes 2-4 weeks to review the initial application. After the exam is given and cleared, the labor and insurance card has to be uploaded in under 5 working days.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Basic medicine degree (MBBS) from a recognized university or college.
  • All the certificates should be recognized by the WHO listing.

Average salary:

According to the Payscale statistics, the average yearly salary for a Doctor or Physician in UAE is 108,813 USD or 399,619 AED.

Practice Medicine in India

It is required to have a license issued by the National Medical Commission (NMC) for a candidate who wants to practice medicine in India after the completion of medical studies in Italy.

The candidate has to appear for the National Medical Commission (NMC) screening test or the Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE) to get a license.

Examination dates:

This exam is conducted twice a year in June and December.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Basic medicine degree (MBBS/MD) from the university approved by MCI.
  • Documents in support of the candidate having passed the final examination. 

Documentary requirements:

  • Admit Card issued by the National Board of Examinations (NBE).
  • Candidate’s photograph (min 35x45mm), comprising the name of the candidate and the date of capturing at the bottom of the photograph.
  • Any of the authorized photo Identity: PAN Card/Driving License/Voter ID/Passport/Aadhar Card.

Average salary:

According to the Payscale statistics, the average yearly salary for a Doctor or Physician in India is 9,259 USD or 34,003 AED. The salary is highly variable based on the city and specialization.

Post Graduation in Turkey

After completion of MD/MBBS in Turkey, students can opt for Ph.D. programs in Turkey. The following are the popular colleges in Turkey that offer Ph.D. programs in Medicine.

  • Hacettepe University
  • Ege University
  • Istanbul University
  • Istanbul Medipol University
  • Gaziantep University
  • Dicle University

Average Salary:

The average yearly salary of a Specialist Doctor in Turkey is 60,631 USD or 222,667 AED.

Frequently Asked Questions

If international students are enrolled in an MCI-approved Turkish university, they can practice medicine in India after obtaining a license issued by the National Medical Commission (NMC). To do so, international students must clear the National Medical Commission (NMC) screening test or the National Exit Test (NEXT).

To practice medicine in Turkey, international students need to work for 6 to 9 months in a government educational hospital after graduating. They must also obtain a work permit or visa issued by the Ministry of Family, Labor, and Social Services and clear a Turkish language proficiency exam. 

Yes, international students can opt to enroll in Ph.D. medicine programs in Turkey after completing their undergraduate studies. Some notable Turkish medical universities offering these programs are Hacettepe University, Ege University, Istanbul University, Gaziantep University, and Dicle University.