Everything About Being A Doctor In Denmark

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    Denmark is the smallest as well as the most southerly and most low-lying of the three Scandinavian countries and consists of the peninsula of Jutland and an archipelago of more than 400 islands of which 72 are inhabited. Denmark borders Germany to the south, is connected to Sweden by a road and rail bridge and has a tidal coastline of 7 314 km.

    Denmark has universal health care system. There is 1 doctor for every 294 people in the country. Denmark spends 11% of its GDP on health and life expectancy at birth is almost 79 years. Most healthcare provision is free and some private insurance covers additional health charges for foreigners and locals

    Basic Medical Education

    Basic medical education in Denmark starts after secondary school education. All bachelor programs are taught in Danish. Faculty of Health and medical sciences of University of Copenhagen offers several bachelor degree programs. Basic medical education in Denmark consists of Bachelor in medicine and Masters in medicine. After master degree doctors can choose further specialization training. In Denmark students are required to complete

    • A 3 year bachelor program
    • A 3 year master program leading to the title Faculty of Health and medical sciences at University of Copenhagen
    • Health Faculty of Aarhus University
    • Aalborg University
    • Faculty of Health Sciences of University of Southern Denmark
    Foreign medical graduates can also apply for master in medicine if they have bachelor degree. More information about admission requirement and process they can get here

    Denmark Medical Residency

    As far as Denmark medical residency is concerned, foreign medical graduates should first get registration with Danish Health and Medicines Authority. After that they can start their Denmark medical residency training. Doctors after passing registration exam should do 12 months basic clinical training (see procedure below).

    Residency or specialization training in Denmark is overseen by three regional secretariats

    • Northern regional education and training secretariat
    • Southern regional education and training secretariat
    • Eastern regional education and training secretariat
    During Denmark medical residency training or specialization, doctors should study three types of courses i.e. general courses, specialization specific courses and research training courses.

    License/Registration

    Foreign medical graduates must apply to Danish Health and Medicines Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen) for License/Registration to practice medicine in Denmark.

    All doctors are required to get authorization from Danish Health and Medicine Authority to work in Denmark and Greenland. (see below procedure section).

    After passing exams doctors will get temporary authorization until they complete mandatory 12 month basic clinical training. After that they will be issued with permanent license/registration certificate to work in Denmark.

    Eligibility

    1. For Denmark medical residency
    • Permanent License/registration with Danish Health and Medicines Authority
    • 12 months basic clinical training in Denmark
    2. For license/registration
    • Basic medical qualification
    • Passing Danish language 3 exam and medical written and oral exam
    • Completion of Danish legislation course
    • At least 12 months medical training or job in past 6 year. If doctor didn’t have any job or medical training in past 6 years he/she is not eligible for license/registration application
    Procedure

    1. For License/Registration of EU/EEC medical graduates who are citizen of EU/EEC countries.
    • Medical graduates from EU/EEC countries should submit their application online for full registration, print it and sign it and send it with required documents (also mentioned below in documentation section) by post to Sundhedsstyrelsen, Axel Heides Gade 1, 2300 København S. Denmark for registration
    • These medical graduates don’t need to pass any exam in Denmark and if they provide all required documents they will get registration from Danish Health and Medicines Authority.
    2. For License/Registration of foreign medical graduates trained outside EU/EEC countries.

    It also applies to Non EU citizens trained in EU/EEC Countries and EU/EEC citizens trained in Non EU/EEC country.

    See eligibility requirements above. if you meet them follow this procedure:
    • First of all download this form and give it you home institution/University where you studied. This form must be completed and sent by your home institution in a sealed envelop to Danish Health and Medicines Authority. Once Danish Health Authority approves your qualification then you will be required to pass Danish Language exam (Prøve i Dansk 3). More details about language exam below in Examination section.
    • Meanwhile download this form of license validation and give it to Health Authority of country of training or recent residence where you have license/registration to practice. That health authority should complete this form of license validation and send directly in a sealed envelop to Danish Health and Medicines Authority. They can also send certificate which should have same information mentioned in this form.
    • After passing language exam you must submit your application online, print it and sign it and send it with required documents (also mentioned below in documentation section) by post to Sundhedsstyrelsen, Axel Heides Gade 1, 2300 København S. Denmark for registration.
    • Once they receive your documents you will be required to sit for a written and oral medical exam and Danish health legislation course. More information below under Examination heading. While Danish Health legislation course is a 3 day course offered by Danish Health and Medicines Authority.
    • After passing all exams successfully and finishing course, You should apply to a position for adaptation and training (evaluering sansættelse) in a clinical department that trains Danish medical graduates. It is form of basic clinical training for 12 months. Once you get an acceptance from that department then you should apply to Danish Health and Medicines Authority for authorization for adaptation and clinical training purposes (evaluering sautorisation).
    • After getting above mentioned authorization you will be required to do basic clinical training for 12 months and that department will send your evaluation report after assessing your clinical and communication skills to Health and Medicines Authority.
    • If you are Specialist, you should apply for a position for adaptation and training purposes (evaluering sansættelse) in clinical department that trains Danish Specialists within your specialty. If you get offer/acceptance from that department, you should apply the Danish Health and Medicines Authority for an authorization for adaptation and clinical training purposes (evaluering sautorisation). With this authorization you can work in that department.Your training will be for 6 months and department will send your evaluation report after assessing your clinical and communication skills to Health and Medicines Authority.
    • After completing training you will be automatically authorized as Danish medical practitioner. But you must also apply for permission to work independently as medical doctor.
    3. Procedure for Denmark medical Residency training entrance for EU/EEC citizens graduated in EU/EEC country
    EU/EEC citizens who graduated in EU/EEC region can do residency training in Denmark if they get registration with Danish Health and Medicines Authority

    4. Procedure for Denmark medical Residency training entrance for Non EU/EEC citizens or graduates trained outside EU/EEC countries.
    These medical graduates should follow steps of license/registration in Denmark (see point 2). In short:

    Pass all the following tests:
    • Danish language 3
    • Written test in medicine
    • Oral examination in medicine
    • Complete 3 day Course in Danish health legislation
    • Do 12 months basic clinical training
    • Apply for permission to work as independent doctor
    • Search for open Denmark medical residency positions on this website or you can ask Secretariat for Medical Continuing Education for any available postgraduate training position.
    Examination

    1. Danish Language Examination
    Danish language exam required for registration of foreign medical graduates in Denmark is Danish 3 (Prøve i Dansk 3). Language test consists of written and oral part. Foreign medical graduates require 7 in written and 10 in oral part.

    2. License/registration examination
    License/registration examination is taken after passing successfully Danish 3 language exam. This exam consists of:
    • Written medical test: Conducted in Danish and takes place at the University of Copenhagen. Duration is 4 hours and comprises questions from general medicine and surgery. It is equal to level of Danish medical graduates and is marked as pass/fail. Written exam sample questions
    • Oral medical test: Is clinical stations based with clinical scenarios, skills and knowledge test. This OSCE (Oral Structured Clinical Exam) lasts for 2 hours and is conducted in Danish. OSCE guidelines, Suggested books for OSCE
    These tests are held at University of Copenhagen in April and November annually.

    Documentation:

    Send all documents as either certified (by notary, embassies, police or respective university) true copies (A4 size and not stapled) or original. All documents not issued in Danish or English should be translated into either of these two languages by a state authorized translator or issuing university. Also number your documents as numbered below:

    1. For License/Registration of EU/EEC countries graduates.
    Fill online full registration application form, submit it, print it and send with following required documents.

    • Certified copy of Identification documents (Id, passport etc)
    • Name change document (if any).
    • Name change document translation (if any) (optional).
    • EU basic and postgraduate (if any) medical qualification Degree/diploma.
    • Translation of basic and postgraduate (if any) medical qualification (optional)
    • Good standing certificate (not older than 3 months) sent directly from the respective competent health authority to the Danish Health and Medicines Authority in English (or with certified translation).
    • Documentation of specialist title (if any) as listed in Directive 2005/36/EC.
    • Translation of specialist title document (optional).
    • Original certificate from the competent health authorities certifying that training meets standards of the 2005/36/EC Directive.
    • Original translation of the certificate issued by health authority regarding training (optional).
    • Any additional documents.
    **Above point 9 and 10 are for applicants from 13 newest EU member states

    2.. License/Registration of graduates trained outside Non EU/EEC countries:


    Fill online registration form, submit it, print it and send with following required documents. All documents must be sent in two copies (one of which must be original or certified copies). Certified copy of Identification documents (Id, passport etc)
    • Name change document (if any).
    • Name change document translation (if any) (optional).
    • CV, with educational data and work experience chronologically.
    • Basic medical diploma/degree/certificate in the original language.
    • Translation of basic medical qualification degree/diploma/certificate into Danish or English (if original wasn’t issued in any of these languages).
    • Completed form from your educational institution issued in English or with translation (sent directly to Danish Health and Medicines Authority.
    • Transcript and detailed curricula of basic medical education study program from the educational institution. It must have information about Admission requirements, length and content of study program.
    • English or Danish Translation of transcript. (if it was not issued in these languages) (optional).
    • Completed form of license validation/Good standing certificate (not older than 3 months) sent directly from the competent health authority to Danish Health and Medicines Authority.
    • Full time work experience for at least 12 months in last 6 years.
    • Evidence of specialist title (if any). Documents for the training/education for specialist must be submitted.
    • English or Danish translation of evidence of specialist title.
    • Any additional document (optional)
    • Send all documents to Sundhedsstyrelsen, Axel Heides Gade 1, 2300 København S. Denmark.
    Salary

    Starting salary of General Physician is 4500-6000 USD/month.

    Postgraduate Medical Education

    Faculty of Health and medical sciences of University of Copenhagen offers several master degree and Professional master degree programs taught in English, which foreign medical graduates study and choose different career apart from clinical medicine. All other major universities mentioned above offer Master and PhD courses for medical graduates.

    Danish Medical Association also offers some courses for doctors to keep their knowledge up to date. Danish Society of Medical Education also organizes and updates several upcoming events for doctors in the country. Organization of Danish Medical Societies is another active organization regularly organizing events and seminars for medical students and graduates.

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