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Working as an anaesthesiologist in Denmark

If you are interested in working as an Anaesthesiologist in Denmark / Scandinavia, Medicolink finds it relevant for you to become acquainted with the following information, prior to your recruitment process.

General info on the Danish healthcare system

Healthcare service in Denmark is almost exclusively covered publicly, financed by the five regions. The health services are organized into a primary healthcare sector (GPs and private practicing specialist doctors) and a secondary healthcare sector (hospitals and outpatient units), i.e. the GPs function as gatekeepers for the hospitals and specialist doctors. There are a number of private clinics, but the highest proportion of patients are treated in the public institutions.

Being an Anaesthesiologist in Denmark

There are about 1200 anaesthesiologists working in Denmark. They primarily work in hospitals and only few of them work full time in the private healthcare sector. A standard working week in Denmark is 37 hours and the starting salary for a specialist doctor is about 53.000 DKK (equivalent to 7100 EUR, with a total yearly income of about 85.200 EUR).

Aanesthesiology include anesthesia, analgesia, sedation and monitoring and support of vital functions, especially respiratory, circulatory function, homeostasis and nutrition. Anesthesiology is an interdisciplinary clinical specialty and contains the following four functional areas:

1. Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
2. Intensive Medicine
3. Pain Relief
4. Emergency, trauma and pre hospital medicine

Multidisciplinary intensive medicine has always been part of the speciality of anesthesiology in Denmark, whereas this in other countries is usually handled by other specialties. The trend in intensive care medicine is towards more atraumatic and non-invasive techniques.

How to gain authorisation in Denmark as an anaesthesiologist

To get authorization and employment as a staff consultant or chief specialist in Denmark, an education matching the Danish model and fulfilling the training standards of the appropriate articles of Council directive 2005/36/EF[1], is necessary. Naturally, knowledge of the Danish language is an important factor as well, in terms of cooperation with patients and colleagues. The Danish model of medical education consists of 6 years of general medical training, which provides the MD degree, one year basic clinical training and a specialist training which might take between 4 and 7 years. The basic clinical training includes working at two of the following places: a medical department, a surgical department, a psychiatric department and a GP. At each place you have to work 6 months.

Medicolink will assist you in getting your previous education and training acknowledged in Denmark.

Societies for the speciality

DASAIM (Danish Society for Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine): The society’s aim is to promote scientific and professional development of its disciplines as well as providing advice on further education possibilities and medical issues


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