Welcome to the homepage of the Berlin Chamber of Physicians
Chamber of Physicians, founded in 1961 according to the Berlin Chamber Law, is
the professional association of all Berlin physicians (approx. 25.000).
Membership is required for all licensed physicians practicing in Berlin or - if
they are not or no longer practicing - who are permanent residents of Berlin.
The Berlin Chamber of Physicians is a democratically legitimized, self-governing
statutory body and fulfils the dual function of representing interests and being
a supervising body.
The Chamber of Physicians ensures that physicians are
(further) educated and certified according to clear and comprehensible
professional standards in order to provide optimal health care to the
population. At the same time it represents the professional interests of its
members and advocates that physicians can practice under appropriate conditions.
It also ensures that health care problems identified by physicians are voiced
and made public.
In particular, the Chamber of Physicians regulates the contents
of specialty training. In Germany, physicians begin this training after passing
the second state examination and receiving their
license. In addition to this specialty training, physicians in Germany are
required to continuously do extra training to maintain up-to-date medical
knowledge. These training activities completed by physicians are kept on record
at the Chamber of Physicians. Within this function the Chamber certifies
training courses taking place in Berlin according to a fixed points system.
Furthermore, it acts as a consulting and facilitating institution in issues
concerning quality assurance. In addition, the Chamber monitors the compliance
with and fulfilment of physicians' professional duties. Defining vocational
training contents for medical office assistants and conducting the examinations
in this field are further tasks legally assigned to the Chamber.
Chamber of Physicians initiated and organized the first German EbM conference
and is a founding member of the German Network for Evidence-based Medicine and
the Guidelines International Network.