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Career opportunities

There is a need for doctors

Almost all graduates continue working as doctors in the public or private health services, but there are also career opportunities in e.g., the university and industrial sectors. No unemployment among doctors is expected in the years to come, on the contrary a shortage of doctors is expected.

House Officer

 The graduate programme is followed by an 18 month period of internships, involving 6 month rotation posts as house officer in medicine and surgery as well as employment in a general practice. During the house internships the graduate's practical skills are improved, and he/she is in touch with many patients, thereby gaining a lot of experience with planning and carrying out examination and treatment plans. The house internships may take place in any of the country's hospitals, and the National Board of Health is responsible for distributing the graduates among the relevant hospital departments and general practices.

Becoming a specialist

After the internships you will begin training to become a specialist. There are 37 approved medical and surgical specialties in Denmark, and you will meet representatives from many of these during the study programme. Unless you choose an alternative medical career in the university or industry sector, all doctors are required to specialise themselves. The specialist training takes at least 6-7 years and comprises 1 year of basic training and 5-6 years of further training in the main speciality in question. The specialist training is undertaken and completed whilst employed as a doctor at an approved training institution. On the road to becoming a specialist you must also complete a number of theoretical courses and research training activities.