Successful Collaboration Strengthens the Recruitment of Doctors for Region Zealand – University of Copenhagen

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20 February 2019

Successful Collaboration Strengthens the Recruitment of Doctors for Region Zealand

Master's Degree

Students of medicine at the University of Copenhagen have given the new module of the study programme in medicine a good reception; it offers them the chance to train as a doctor in Region Zealand. The first 16 students have already agreed to become affiliated to the new module at the Zealand University Hospital in Køge.

On 1 February 2019 the new module of the master’s degree programme in medicine at the Zealand University Hospital (SUH) in Køge welcomed the first group of students. The module is part of the optional fifth semester at the University of Copenhagen and is called the ‘Master’s degree programme in medicine in Region Zealand’. The majority of the teaching and clinical stays are conducted at SUH in Køge and Roskilde. And the aim is to expand the module to the remaining hospitals in Region Zealand in the near future. Among other things, the students will be offered mentoring schemes and stays with the emergency standby services.

‘In addition to strengthening the programme in the hospitals in the region, there is great potential for further developing the local research environments, which are a precondition for the programme. Sustainable research environments very much benefit the everyday treatment,’ says Vice-Dean for Education at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Hans Henrik Saxild.

The collaboration focusses on making it attractive for students of medicine to live in Region Zealand and to plan on a career in one of the hospitals in the region, within psychiatry or as a general practitioner.

‘We offer students of medicine a study programme with closer links between their studies and the interaction with patients. We also provide a unique opportunity to train as a specialist doctor here after graduating from university,’ says Chairman of the Regional Council of Region Zealand Heino Knudsen. 

Own Study Environment in Newly Built Knowledge Building
At SUH in Køge the students will get their own study environment in a newly built knowledge building. This ensures close contact with patients and the doctors who will be teaching them.

‘We offer our master’s degree students a mentor in the form of an experienced specialist doctor, just as they, as an attractive offer, can get experience from our ambulances as part of the programme,’ says Director of Healthcare in Region Zealand Preben Cramon.

The first group of students who have chosen to do the master’s degree programme in Region Zealand are all in their last year. In 2020 the module welcomes the first group of students to do their entire three-year master’s degree programme in Region Zealand. SUH will be the base, but over time all hospitals in the region will participate in the programme. In 2021 the module will be able to take in around 150 students. 

After graduating from university, the students have a first claim to a place on the Guaranteed Basic Clinical Training (KBU) in Region Zealand. They will be exempted from the lottery that could otherwise assign them a place on a clinical basic programme anywhere in the country. Subsequently, they can continue to train as specialist doctors in Region Zealand. 

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