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Working as a Rheumatologist in Denmark

If you are interested in working as a rheumatologist 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 rheumatologist in Denmark

The Danish Society for Rheumatology knows of 400 rheumatologists in Denmark, but it is unclear exactly how many rheumatologists work there. As a rheumatologist you have a 37 hour working week and the monthly wage is around 53.000 DKK (equivalent to a monthly wage of 7100 EUR). 

Rheumatologists in Denmark mainly work in hospitals as medical specialists. As a rheumatologist, you will treat patients who suffer from diseases that are related to the locomotive apparatus, which in many cases also involves other organ systems. You will therefore encounter patients suffering from both acute and chronic diseases, among these inflammatory joint and connective tissue diseases, acute and chronic back pains,work or sport related repetitive strain injuries.

How to gain authorisation in Denmark as a rheumatologist

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 rheumatology

Danish Society for Rheumatology: The society seeks to encourage research, education, prevention and treatment within rheumatology. Furthermore, they want to give guidance as to how rheumatology should develop and where it should be placed in the Danish Health Care system.


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Work as a rheumatologist in Denmark