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Working as a neurologist in Denmark



If you are interested in working as a neurologist 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.

Neurology in Denmark

There are currently about 300 neurologists in Denmark. The average Danish working week is 37 hours and the starting salary for a specialist doctor is about 53.000 DKK (which adds up to an annual income of about 85.200 EUR). The need for neurologists has increased through the years, and the demand is expected to continue.

Neurologists in Denmark mainly work in hospitals, but a few neurologists also work within private practices. You will therefore have several work options in Denmark: practising as a medical specialist, staff specialist or consultant at neurological and clinical neuro-physiological departments. In Denmark the neurological specialty is independent and covers diagnostics, treatment, and prevention of organic diseases in the central and peripheral nervous system and muscle diseases in the neuro-muscular passage. Around the country there are different neurological research centres that work with more or less specialised neurological aspects. There is the DNC, which seeks to strengthen the development of new treatments of brain diseases and to increase knowledge about how the brain functions, Hammel Neurocenter, which is a specialized neurorehabilitation hospital and the Danish Dementia Research Centre, which strives towards preventing dementia and to create better life quality for patients diagnosed with dementia, their relatives, and caregivers.

How to gain authorisation in Denmark as a neurologist

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 neurologists

DNS: Danish Neurological Association has about 500 members. The purpose of the association is to improve medical education, science and development within neurology in Denmark. Once a year there is a joint meeting for all the members, and among other things recent neurological findings are presented and discussed.

If working in Scandinavia as a neurologist sounds interesting for you, or you would like to get more information, feel free to do one of the following things:

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Your career as a neurologist in Denmark