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Working as a geriatrician in Denmark

If you are interested in working as a geriatrician 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.

Facts on being a geriatrician in Denmark

There are about 100 geriatricians in Denmark and with a population that is getting older on average, more are needed now and in the future. At the moment the Danish geriatricians work at 23 different locations all over the country. An average Danish working week is 37 hours and the starting salary for a specialist doctor in Denmark is around 53.000 DKK (a monthly wage equivalent to 7100 EUR).

A geriatrician deals with so-called somatic (physical) conditions. Besides that he/she also deals with the changes in the brain and psyche that happens over the years. Generally, changes in the psyche are caused by something somatic. E.g. lack of oxygen to the brain due to a weak heart.

When a senior citizen falls ill - be it physically and mentally - he/she is admitted (often by their GP) to the hospital. At first, the department where he/she has been admitted tries to treat the disease/injury. If they fail, the senior citizen can then be referred to a geriatric department.

How to gain authorisation in Denmark as a geriatrician

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

DSG (Danish Geriatric Society) is a society that promotes geriatrics in Denmark. They have workshops and conferences and also assist geriatricians in gaining further knowledge within their field as well as additional training. They also keep their members up to speed on the latest developments within the field.

If you are interested in working in Denmark as a geriatrician, or if you need more information, do not hesitate to contact us at or the contact form below. We are looking forward to assist you.

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