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Introduction

Denmark medical residency database flagDenmark also called Kingdom of Denmark is Northern European country, sharing border with Germany, Norway and Sweden. With later two it makes Scandinavia. Denmark is considered one of the happiest country in the world. The country has one of the highest income and tax payers ratio in the world. Copenhagen is largest and capital city and population is 57 million (2015 est.). Danish is official language of Denmark

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

More health statistics of Denmark

WHO health profile of Denmark

Official Danish Healthcare website

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

Some of the Top universities in Denmark are:

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 

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.

More information about postgraduate training in Denmark (English)

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

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.

  1. 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
  2. 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.

More information for EU graduates.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. After passing all exams successfully and finishing course, You should apply to a position for adaptation and training (evalueringsansættelse) 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 (evalueringsautorisation).
  6. 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.
  7. If you are Specialist, you should apply for a position for adaptation and training purposes (evalueringsansættelse) 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 (evalueringsautorisation). 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.
  8. 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.

More detailed information about this procedure

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: 

  1. Pass all the following tests:
    • Danish language 3
    • Written test in medicine
    • Oral examination in medicine
  2. Complete 3 day Course in Danish health legislation
  3. Do 12 months basic clinical training
  4. Apply for permission to work as independent doctor 
  5. 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. More information about Danish 3 exam can be found here.

More information about Danish Language schools

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. More information about Exam schedules and curriculum can be found here.

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.

    1. Certified copy of Identification documents (Id, passport etc)
    2. Name change document (if any).
    3. Name change document translation (if any) (optional).
    4. EU basic and postgraduate (if any) medical qualification Degree/diploma.
    5. Translation of basic and postgraduate (if any) medical qualification (optional)
    6. 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).
    7. Documentation of specialist title (if any) as listed in Directive 2005/36/EC.
    8. Translation of specialist title document (optional). 
    9. Original certificate from the competent health authorities certifying that training meets standards of the 2005/36/EC Directive.
    10. Original translation of the certificate issued by health authority regarding training (optional).
    11. 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). 

  1. Certified copy of Identification documents (Id, passport etc)
  2. Name change document (if any).
  3. Name change document translation (if any) (optional).
  4. CV, with educational data and work experience chronologically.
  5. Basic medical diploma/degree/certificate in the original language.
  6. Translation of basic medical qualification degree/diploma/certificate into Danish or English (if original wasn’t issued in any of these languages).
  7. Completed form from your educational institution issued in English or with translation (sent directly to Danish Health and Medicines Authority. 
  8. 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.
  9. English or Danish Translation of transcript. (if it was not issued in these languages) (optional).
  10. 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.
  11. Full time work experience for at least 12 months in last 6 years.
  12. Evidence of specialist title (if any). Documents for the training/education for specialist must be submitted.
  13. English or Danish translation of evidence of specialist title.
  14. Any additional document (optional)

Send all documents to Sundhedsstyrelsen, Axel Heides Gade 1, 2300 København S. Denmark.

Salary

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

Jobs

Jobs portal for doctors in Denmark and Medrek

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.

Links

Danish Medical Association

Independent Network for Danish medical professionals

Organization of Danish Medical Societies 

Ministry of Health of Denmark

Ministry of Higher Education

Danish Health and Medicines Authority

39 thoughts on “Denmark

  1. Jahid Hasan

    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome as usual Junayed brother 🙂
    Please help us out about Malaysia, Singapore…
    Thank you a lot. Hats off!

    Reply
  2. asim

    U r doing great job brother.i want to know if someone pass usmle will they exempt their written exam.same q for sweden and norway.thanks

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    1. Junaid Khan Post author

      Well. no. because it’s not mentioned in exemption criteria. Also Since these exams in Denmark , Norway and Sweden are taken in their own native languages. so USMLE is not an exemption for them

      Reply
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  4. dodona

    Hello

    May I ask regarding the initial documents needed for authorisation.. Why the form sended by Faculty of Medicine of respective country outside of EU direct to Ministry of Health of Denmark is not good enough but other documents of qualifications certified/ original are needed?

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    1. Junaid Khan Post author

      Hi, Well first you need to download that form and give it to your university administration or dean or secretary of your faculty. They should fill it and send it to Danish Health and Medicine Authority. This will show that your study program which you completed was included in FAIMER or Avicenna directory. IT shows standardization of that studied program. Other documents have their own value and importance. So you need to send all required documents or at least attach a justification of unavailability of particular document

      Reply
  5. yasmina

    Dear Sir/Madam
    I am a Danish Citizen in my final year of Medicine degree at University in UK. I will graduate in July and wish to come back to Denmark to start working as a doctor. What is the procedure please advise .

    Regards
    yasmina

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  6. Termizi Shafie

    Hello Brother,

    I’m Malaysian and a fresh medical graduate from Chinese university , since everything written above a bit complicated for me to really understand , could you please make it in simple pathway or step by step for my situation which is a non EU/EEC and which is also graduated from non EU/EEC countries. Please help me with the whole process but in a simple way to understand for a fresh graduate like me now. 🙂 Thank you.

    Regards

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  7. Dr Shabir K N

    hi, Iam an ophthalmologist, did my PG in Nepal. Can you please guide me what are the requirements i need to fullfill. I read the above details but none of it doesnt explain in detail what a specialist have to do with a no EU degree. Just wanted to know if i have to undergo any licensing exam in my field. Thank You !

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    1. Junaid Khan Post author

      First of all you need to learn Danish language. then you can apply for licensing. most of the time specialists are recognized without any exam if their Pg qualification and experience is good enough. But since there is no one formula applied for all specialists that’s why their credentials are seen case to case basis.

      Reply
  8. Rawand Sahib

    Hello Mr.Junaid Khan, hope you are fine, i finished medical school and internship program in Iraq, are the steps and requirements remained like that or there is change in the requirements?
    regards

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  9. AhmedA

    Hey, thanks so much for this informative post but I have a question. As a foreign recent medical graduate do I need to internship in my country or can I go directly to take the Danish exams.
    Also would it help if I obtaine my PhD degree from Denmark before I start my trading there?

    Thanks in advance for your help and time.

    Reply
    1. Junaid Khan Post author

      IT all depends on the country where you graduated from. if you graduated from the country which Denmark has signed bilateral agreement with or from EU country then you can go for internship there. otherwise you will have to sit for licensing exam prior to your internship

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  10. GODSON FAVOUR

    Thanks for the information.

    i am currently a medical student in the Philippines and i will be graduating by May 2017, i want to do my medical internship in Denmark.

    Please i need your advice on how to go about it.

    Thanks for your anticipated cooperation..

    Reply
    1. Junaid Khan Post author

      First of all you need to learn Danish upto B2 level (minimum) then contact different hospitals for any available vacancies for internship. Also you need to see if your qualification from Philipine is considered equivalent to Danish Qualification. One way for this is to see Bologna process if Philipine has signed it. If not then you need to take Licensure exam like rest of non EU medical/dental graduates. Detailed procedure is already in the post

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  11. Justysia

    Hello, is it difficult to get an internship and then a residency position as a foreign graduate? I mean are there many opening in a year and what are the criteria the applicants get chosen on?

    Reply
    1. Junaid Khan Post author

      it depends on your basic medical qualification where your got it from. Also on your Danish language proficiency. etc.

      Reply
  12. elay

    hello, i am currently a medical student in Romania, i think its a EU member, can i get there for a internship program directly ?

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  13. Aasia gul

    I m fresh graduate(mbbs) and completed my internship as well.if i apply for denmark will it be possible for me to get medical officer job.wht will be the procedure

    Reply
  14. Dr Muhammad Saeed

    Dear I’m Dr Muhammad Saeed working as Anaesthetist in a teaching hospital in Pakistan.
    I want to work in Denmark in Anaesthesialogy.
    Please guide me

    Reply
    1. Junaid Khan Post author

      Sir,
      first of all you need to have Danish language proficiency up to B2 or C1 level After that you can take exam of Anesthesiologist which is conducted in Danish language

      Reply
  15. anna

    hey,
    i am a medical student currently studying in russia. I would like to know if i need an internship to apply to Denmark or if i can do my internship in denmark directly? please clarify. Thanking you in advance.

    Reply
    1. Junaid Khan Post author

      you can do internship in Denmark as well. But it will be better if you do it in Russia. As you will need to learn Danish language first and take exams there so better do it in Russia and then go to Denmark

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  16. Mina

    Hi, I am a medical doctor from Serbia. I just graduated and my wish is to specialize in psychiatry in Denmark. In next few years it will not be possible for me to get this residency in my own country because, allegedly, we have more psychiatrists than needed. I wanted to learn what are my possibilities of getting this residency in Denmark? Where should I seek for this information? Thank you in advance.

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    1. Junaid Khan Post author

      Ok you can do this thing

      apply for Danish Immigration service. check this website and you will find all necessary information there

      while your immigration is done. start learning Danish language. you need to learn it up to B2 level. Once you learn the language everything will become easy for you. residency is competitive in Denmark. But after passing exam you can easily get it. Just learn the language first

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  17. Gabija

    Hello, thank you so much for this informative article! Still I have some questions 🙂 I am a 1st year resident in pediatrics from EU, but I want to do my residency in Denmark, I’m soon getting A2 in Danish. So, first of all I have to get authorization from Danish Health and Medicine Authority. And then I have to pass language exams? And do I have to pass medical exams? Only when I’ll pass language exam I’ll be able to enroll to that 12 month clinical training? I’m really confused at this point 🙂 oh, and do you get paid during this 12 month basic clinical training?

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    1. Junaid Khan Post author

      First you need Danish language proficiency certificate. Everything else will be after your language up to B2 level atleast.

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      1. Gabija

        Thank you! But do students from EU have to pass medical exams? And do they get paid during 12 month basic clinical training?

        Reply
  18. July

    I’m a non-EU citizen (Canadian) graduating from an EU medical school. Do I have to take to take the written and oral medical exams for Denmark for licensing?

    Reply

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