If you are interested in working as a general surgeon 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 general surgeon in Denmark
The average Danish working week is 37 hours and the starting salary for a doctor specialist is about 104.000 EUR yearly (including pension benefits).
There are surgical departments at all hospitals with emergency rooms and the speciality is represented at all levels of the hospital. Besides specialists of general surgery, there are also other surgical specialties attached to the surgical ward, but this differs from hospital to hospital.
General surgery includes examination, treatment and control of diseases, injuries and congenital malformations and mutilations, which may need surgical attention other than those performed in other specialities, for example orthopedic surgery, gynecology, or otorhinolaryngology. Other specialities include vascular surgery, thoracic surgery, urology, surgical gastroenterology, endocrine surgery, breast surgery and pediatric surgery.
Societies for the speciality
Danish Surgical Society is an association founded in 1908, whose purpose is to promote scientific cooperation among its members and between the surgical speciality companies, and promoting education and research within surgery.