Employment for adaptation and training purposes

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When you have passed the medical tests and the course in Danish Health Legislation and received a letter from the Danish Patient Safety Authority, you can take up employment for adaptation and training purposes (evalueringsansættelse).

This employment is for the purpose of assesing your clinical and your communication skills. You must take up this employment no later than 12 months after you have passed the last medical test or course in Danish Health Legislation. Your salary and work are under general employment terms.

No specialist qualifications

If you do not hold specialist qualifications or if you hold specialist qualifications in a speciality which the Danish Patient Safety Authority cannot approve in relation to the duration of the employment for adaptation and training purposes, you have to complete a 12-month-employment for adaptation and training purposes (2 x 6-month-employment periods in two different specialities). The two employment periods must correspond to the basic clinical training for Danish medical doctors and include mandatory courses.

During the employment, the department must assess whether your clinical and communication skills are satisfactory. The department must send an assessment (evalueringsskema) to the Danish Patient Safety Authority after the 1st, 3rd and 12th month of employment.

The first 6-month-period will not be approved if you find and start your second 6-month-period more than 3 months after you completed the first 6-month-period.

Specialist qualifications

If you hold specialist qualifications in a speciality that exists in Denmark and has a minimum duration as defined in Council Directive 2005/36/EC, you must complete a 6-month-employment period in a department which trains specialists within your speciality. If you are a specialist in general medicine, you need to seek employment with a general practitioner approved for post-graduate speciality education (hoveduddannelse).

The department or general practitioner that offers you employment will assess whether your clinical and communication skills are satisfactory. Assessments of your basic formal qualifications as well as your specialist qualifications must be made. The department or general practitioner must send assessments (evalueringsskema) after the 1st, 3rd and 6th month of employment.

During the employment for adaptation and training purposes your competencies in relation to the objectives of Danish specialist training may be assessed. Your competencies will be documented by signatures in the speciality log book and approval on any competency cards/forms. Your log book with signed competencies will be used if you, after having completed the employment for adaptation and training purposes, want to apply for an assessment of your completed specialist training with a view to additional training, if necessary, from one of the three Regional Councils for Postgraduate Medical Training.

Jobs

You have to find and apply for any vacant positions yourself. You may look for vacant positions at Sundhedsjobs.dk (only in Danish) or contact a hospital/general practice. You can also contact one of the three Regionale Råd for Lægers Videreuddannelse (Regional Councils for Postgraduate Medical Training) to get advice and guidance on how to find vacant positions.

You need to make sure that the job you apply for is or can be approved for an employment for adaptation and training purposes. One of the three Regionale Råd for Lægers Videreuddannelse (Regional Councils for Postgraduate Medical Training) must approve the employments.

Temporary authorisation (evalueringsautorisation)

Before you start your employment, you need an evalueringsautorisation (only in Danish). When you have been offered a position, you need to apply for an "evalueringsautorisation" at the Danish Patient Safety Authority that is awarded for your 6-month or 12-month-employment period.

Positive assessments

When you have completed the employment for adaptation and training purposes and we have received positive assessments (evalueringsskemaer) from the department/general practise, you will be awarded Danish authorisation and permission to work independently as a medical doctor.

Negative assessments

If, during the employment period, we receive negative assessments from your employer and it is noted that it is unlikely you can improve your clinical and/or communication skills, the Regional Council for Postgraduate Medical Training must be contacted with a view to possible adjustment of the employment or the like.

Based on the negative assessment, we will decide on the next steps.