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Working as a pathologist in Denmark

If you are interested in working as a pathologist in Denmark / Scandinavia, Medicolink finds it relevant for you to become acquainted withthe 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 organizedinto a primary healthcare sector (GPs and private practicing specialist doctors) and a secondary healthcare sector (hospitals and outpatientunits), i.e. the GPs function as gatekeepers for the hospitals and specialist doctors. There are a number of private clinics, but thehighest proportion of patients are treated in the public institutions.


Being a pathologist in Denmark

There are about 200 pathologists in Denmark. An average Danish workweek is 37 hours and the starting salary is for a specialty doctor isaround 53.000 DKK per month. At the moment there is a definite need for more pathologists in Denmark.

Except for the forensic pathologists, Danish pathologists do not work in shifts as many other specialists do. Pathologists usually workwithin standard business hours and they do not have any scheduled weekend or holiday work. Besides the diagnostically work, the specialtyoffers a wide range of research and developmental work – especially because of the massive tissue database and the close cooperationwith clinical and other diagnostic specialties.

The job as a pathologist contains various responsibilities. The largest part of the job is diagnosing cancer. Pathologists also work withautoimmune, inflammatory and degenerative diseases. Forensic pathologists are the ones who perform crime scene investigations, inquests,and autopsies, which also means that they have a shifting schedule.

How to gain authorisation as a pathologist in Denmark

To get authorization and employment as a staff consultant or chief specialist in Denmark, an education matching the Danish model and fulfillingthe training standards of the appropriate articles of Council directive 2005/36/EF[1], is necessary. Naturally, knowledge of the Danishlanguage is an important factor as well, in terms of cooperation with patients and colleagues. The Danish model of medical educationconsists of 6 years of general medical training, which provides the MD degree, one year basic clinical training and a specialist trainingwhich 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.

DASP (Danish Pathology Society)

DASP was founded in 1994 and the society's aim is to promote the development and research of the human anatomical pathology and cytology. DASP also helps with training and arrange workshops for Danish pathologists. They also provide information on upcoming pathology events worldwide.



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