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Refugee doctors in 1930s had to re-qualify before practising in UK #unitedkingdom


Gerald and Margaret
 

Refugees with medical qualifications arriving in the UK in the 1930s had to re-qualify before they could practise.  Several institutions offered this course, but it was known that the qualification could be obtained more quickly  at a Scottish University.  I know that my maternal grandfather, Ernst RACHWALSKY (1889-1961) took the exams in Scotland.in 1936 but was it at Edinburgh or Glasgow.  ??  Are there any relevant records on-iine ?

Margaret Levin


Mikkitobi@...
 

My cousin Kenneth Collins has written extensively on Scottish Jewry and in particular those involved in the Medical profession.

He writes:

"My records show that Ernst Rachwalsky requalified in Edinburgh in 1937 - with the Scottish Triple Qualification - LRCP and LRCS (Edinburgh) and LRCPS (Glasgow).

He had an MD from Breslau in 1914. Unlike many others who studied in Scotland before taking the requalifying examinations he had studied in London and he gave his address as Upper Wimpole Street. He gave his last address in Germany as Glatz. All Triple Qualification exams were held in Edinburgh.

This was all obtained from the Royal College of Surgeons register which I consulted more than 30 years ago."

Michael Tobias


Jill Whitehead
 

Edinburgh University and the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre in Glasgow keep such records, and there are varioius memoirs of scientists you can Google. There is also the British Library's sound archive on "The Living Memory of the Jewish People."  I referenced all three of these in my article in April 2018 Shemot (journal of the JGSGB) on the Kindertransport refugees taken in by my Edinburgh family. The children were related to one of the foremost scientists who had settled in Edinburgh in the 1930's, Dr Martha Turk. Walter Tellerman's autobiography is also instructive "A Physicist's Labour in War and Peace."

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK


rv Kaplan
 

The Scottish Jewish Archives Centre in Glasgow (www.sjac.org.uk  ) has copies of research notes made by its chairman, Dr Kenneth Collins, who is an expert in this area.  He covered the subject in his book 'Go and Learn' and researched the Royal College of Surgeons register 30 years ago. Not aware that these records are online, though. 

The records show that Ernst Rachwalsky requalified in Edinburgh in 1937 - with the Scottish Triple Qualification - LRCP and LRCS (Edinburgh) and LRCPS (Glasgow).
He had an MD from Breslau in 1914. Unlike many others who studied in Scotland before taking the requalifying examinations, he had studied in London and he gave his address as Upper Wimpole Street. He gave his last address in Germany as Glatz. All Triple Qualification exams were held in Edinburgh and successful candidates could practice with the Licentiate qualifications. The attraction of the Scottish exams was that they could be taken after a year in Britain while the similar Conjoint Board exam. in London required an extra two years residence.  This was the only time that Scottish and English registration requirements differed. 

Harvey Kaplan
Director
Scottish Jewish Archives Centre
Glasgow

On Wed, 29 Apr 2020 at 22:01, Gerald and Margaret via groups.jewishgen.org <margaret.lev=btinternet.com@...> wrote:
Refugees with medical qualifications arriving in the UK in the 1930s had to re-qualify before they could practise.  Several institutions offered this course, but it was known that the qualification could be obtained more quickly  at a Scottish University.  I know that my maternal grandfather, Ernst RACHWALSKY (1889-1961) took the exams in Scotland.in 1936 but was it at Edinburgh or Glasgow.  ??  Are there any relevant records on-iine ?

Margaret Levin


Gerald and Margaret
 

Thanks so much to all those people who replied.  
Within a few hours, I had the answer and more.  What a worldwide community we  are at the moment, with so much generocity of time and spiritl.  

I'm incorporating my newly gained  knowledge into  a project which has been set up to gain something positive from this pandemic:  a group of friends are going to write their  family story, showing the lasting effects of persecution.  

Thanks,
Margaret Levin (nee Stein, formerly Levene)