About us

Goals & Perspectives

Since its foundation in 1959, the Society has aimed to achieve a ready exchange of ideas, knowledge, and people between the two countries. The importance of English as an international language is growing. German medical professionals and scientists read English research papers and literature widely as significant research is generally published in English.This increased use of English, together with Great Britain’s island status and the drop in foreign language skills there, hampers medical discussion between British and German people in day-to-day life. One of the Society’s goals is to remedy this state of affairs and to stimulate communication between the two countries. With this aim in mind, we hold an annual conference, which takes place alternately in the United Kingdom and Germany.

Before the 1914-18 war, Germany was perhaps the leading centre of medicine in Europe and, as such, attracted numerous ambitious young men, many from the UK, who trained there for two or three years and returned home reasonably fluent in German. After the second world war, the English-speaking world, and in particular America, came to dominate the professional scene. One of the earliest goals of the Society was to establish a more equitable and profitable exchange of ideas.

With Article 50 triggered and the decision to vote for Brexit made, the relationship between Britain and Germany will undoubtedly change. 

Irrespective of the practical aspects of the agreement and the content of the debate, the DEÄV remains politically neutral. We remain committed to promoting the mutual exchange of knowledge between the UK and Germany. The objectives have always been to strengthen relations between doctors in our Member States and to enable joint training. The society was founded in the post-war period and, despite its modest size, has developed into a thriving and enduring organisation in the years before the EEC and in the post-Maastricht era. We hope to continue to grow and to organise our annual meetings in the Member States. We would like to continue to create a framework in which Britons and Germans have the opportunity to go to the other country for exchange studies, further training for work stays.

Main Goals of our Company:

  • Promote Collaboration and Improve Communication between Doctors and medical Researchers in both Countries.
  • Support for the Exchange Of Doctors and Medical Students in hospitals and laboratories in The UK and Germany.
  • Promote Visits and personal Contacts between the Hospitals and professional Institutions of both Countries.
  • Regular annual meetings. The Annual Meeting, which always takes place over three Days in September, is an important Event. The Meetings will take place Alternately in the UK and Germany. These Meetings provide An opportunity for a scientific Programme in which German and British Experts, including Non-members, give lectures on current medical Issues.

Statement by the President

The German-English Medical Association (DEÄV) was founded in 1959 in order to revive the clearly cooled relations between Germany and Great Britain in The course of the Second World War. Since then, a Meeting has been held annually.

In our LinkedIn group, all Members have the Opportunity to ask Questions and discuss relevant Topics.

We have a long Tradition, but we are always open to new Projects of Interest to members of both Countries. If You have Help in Realizing an Idea, contact us. We appreciate Your Commitment.

If You are interested in working In the UK, we recommend that you visit the WEBSITE of the BMJ (British Medical Journal) or any of the Agencies listed there.

In addition, we work with English and German Translators, whose Contact Details Can be found here.

Through our LinkedIn group, we also try to support German Students in their Studies or Work Stays in the UK.

Please Ask any questions you may have to our Members in the LinkedIn group.

Your Dr. Michael Bohndorf