A summary of the requirements candidates from countries that are not a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland must fulfill in order to practice medicine in Denmark is described below.

1. Medical Qualifications Approval
2. Language Qualifications
3. Medical test
4. Course in Danish health legislation
5. Applying for a position for adaptation and training purposes

 

 1. Medical Qualifications Approval

In order for you to work as an authorized medical doctor in Denmark and participate in the below-mentioned examinations, the Danish Health and Medicines Authority must first make a positive assessment of your medical qualifications.

2. Language Qualifications

After the Danish Health and Medicines Authority has approved your foreign medical qualifications you must first of all pass a Danish language test: Danish 3 Examination (Prøve i Dansk 3). You must pass the test in oral communication with the grade 10. The written test and the test in reading comprehension must both be passed with the grade 7.

3. Medical test

Having passed Danish 3 Examination and forwarded documentation hereof to the Authority, you may proceed to the written and oral medical test and the course in Danish health legislation. The tests are in Danish and are free of charge. You are given three attempts in each test and in the course in Danish health legislation.

Written medical test
The written medical test is in Danish and takes place at the University of Copenhagen. The test lasts 4 hours and comprises questions related to internal medicine and surgery. The level of the test corresponds to the level that is required of Danish medical graduates. The test is evaluated as pass/fail.

Oral medical test
The oral medical test is in Danish and takes place at the University of Copenhagen. The test lasts two hours, during which you go through a number of stations, in which you are examined on a one-to-one basis with an impartial examiner and either real or simulated patients. You might be asked to demonstrate lifesaving skills in one station and explain and account for symptoms, diagnosis and treatment in another station. The test is evaluated as pass/fail.

4. Course in Danish health legislation

The course in Danish health legislation is in Danish and is held by the Danish Health and Medicines Authority. The course is of three days, each day including a small test. The course is held when a sufficient number of participants have registered for the course. When the course has been organized, you can find information about registration, content, etc. on this website.

5. Applying for a position for adaptation and training purposes

Once you have passed Danish 3 Examination, the written and oral medical tests and successfully completed the course in Danish health legislation, you may proceed with finding a position for adaptation and training purposes (evalueringsansættelse). You will be paid and work according to general employment conditions.

Non-specialist
Being a non-specialist doctor, you must apply for a position for adaptation and training purposes (evalueringsansættelse) in a department that trains Danish medical graduates (klinisk basisuddannelse). The period of employment is 12 months and includes compulsory courses. In the process of the employment, the department will evaluate your clinical and communicative skills. The department is thus obliged to sending reports to the Danish Health and Medicines Authority after 1, 3 and 12 months.

Having been offered the position, you must apply the Danish Health and Medicines Authority for an “evalueringsautorisation” (authorization for adaptation and clinical training purposes). The authorization is issued for 12 months to be used in connection with the position (evalueringsansættelse).

You cannot commence work before having been issued with an “evalueringsautorisation”.

Specialist
Being a specialist doctor in a speciality that currently exists in Denmark you must apply for a position for adaptation and training purposes (evalueringsansættelse) in a department that trains Danish specialists within your specialty. If you are a specialist in general medicine (family medicine), you must apply for a position with a general practitioner approved by the “Regionale Råd for Lægers Videreuddannelse” to have specialist trainees in general medical practise. The period of employment is 6 months and in this period the department or general practitioner will evaluate your clinical and communicative skills. The department or general practitioner will send reports regarding your basic clinical skills as well as your specialist skills to the Danish Health and Medicines Authority after 1, 3 and 6 months.

Having been offered the position, you must apply the Danish Health and Medicines Authority for an “evalueringsautorisation” (authorization for adaptation and clinical training purposes). The authorization is issued for 6 months to be used in connection with the position (evalueringsansættelse).

You cannot commence work before having been issued with an “evalueringsautorisation”.

Certificate of good standing
When applying for “evalueringsautorisation” a new certificate of good standing and an updated curriculum vitae must be forwarded to the Danish Health and Medicines Authority.

Negative assessment
If in the process of your employment the Danish Health and Medicines Authority receives a negative assessment from your employer and the employer is convinced that you will not be able to improve your clinical and/or communicative skills, your employment is terminated. The Danish Health and Medicines Authority will then consider the further process.

Successful completion of employment
Having successfully completed your 6 or 12 months employment you will automatically be awarded a Danish authorization. At the same time you may apply for a permission to work independently as a medical doctor. You must pay a fee for the permission.

Danish title as a specialist
After having received Danish permission to work independently as a medical doctor, you may apply one of the three “Regionale Råd for Lægers Videreuddannelse” for an assessment of your completed specialist training with a view to additional training in Denmark, if any. The evaluation that has already been made during your 6 months’ employment will be included in the assessment. Having made an assessment, the “Regionale Råd for Lægers Videreuddannelse” will let you know which courses and additional training you must complete (if any) in order to be able to apply for registration as a specialist with the Danish Health and Medicines Authority.

Residence and work permits
You may apply for Danish residence and work permits at the Danish Agency for Labour and International Recruitment, or if you live abroad at a Danish Embassy or Consulate. Residence and work permits must be obtained before you take up employment.

 

Medical School Requirements

SEWN International Specialist Recruiting will only accept and process CVs from candidates that have attended medical universities that are validated by the World Directory.

To help and protect patients and to meet the needs of our clients, we need to know that a doctor has attended a genuine medical school of good standard, and has demonstrated the competence required to become a certified medical doctor. The validated information in the World Directory proves that a medical school exists and is of good quality.

The World Directory defines “medical school” as an educational institution that provides a complete or full program of instruction leading to a basic medical qualification; that is, a qualification that permits the holder to obtain a license to practice as a medical doctor or physician.

 

 

* For non-EU candidates the process time is expectably longer and the probability for a successful placements is relatively lower. However education & citizenship within Europe for non EU-Candidates is an advantage.