Medical students
Course in paediatric surgery for physicians is scheduled in the last term of medical training in connection with the clinical residency in paediatrics.
There are 1-2 formalised tutorials in paediatric surgery subjects.
Furthermore some students will work 3 days at the Department of Paediatric Surgery.
It is possible to write Mandatory Individual Elective Assignments (in Danish OSVAL) within paediatric surgery subjects.
A professor of paediatric surgery is employed at the University of Copenhagen.


In connection with the new Danish training programme structure from 2004, the plan is to formalise the education and training programme within the specialist field of paediatric surgery under the specialist subject surgery.
The subject comprises surgery on children. The age limit is determined arbitrarily as 0-16 years, however the specialist area also includes diagnostics and treatment of foetuses. The professional content is general surgery, neonatal surgery and other malformation surgery, gastroenterological surgery, urology and soft-tissue and oncologic surgery outside the central nervous system (CNS), limbs, heart and major vessels.

Paediatric surgery for specialists

Objectives description for paediatric surgery course for medical specialists
The objective of the paediatric surgery course is to enable the candidate to examine and treat children with surgical diseases. In addition to the basic training in general surgery, the course is to provide the candidate with knowledge about special physiological, anatomical and pathophysiological conditions and the special diseases and conditions in children, as well as knowledge about and practical training in operations and other procedures performed on children.

Level of competency
A specialist in paediatric surgery must be able to take responsibility for examination, diagnosis and treatment of children with surgical diseases as defined by the specialist area. The medical specialist must be able to practise as a specialist and be valued as such by public hospitals in Denmark and in the countries with which Denmark has entered agreement on the validity of the status as specialist.

The course is both practical and theoretical. The practical training takes place during clinical employments, the theoretical training is through mandatory courses.
Joint Nordic courses in paediatric surgery are currently being prepared by the Scandinavian Association of Paediatric

Clinical training includes:

  • Introductory course
  • Common trunk of surgery as other surgical specialist areas
  • Medical specialist course in surgery
  • 24 months of paediatric surgery​

The place of training for paediatric surgery is to cooperate with specialist units on:

  • paediatrics 
  • neonatology 
  • paediatric oncology
  • paediatric anaesthesiology 
  • paediatric radiology 
  • paediatric pathology 
  • intensive care 
  • prenatal ultrasound diagnosis 

Paediatric surgery course
The candidate participates in a mandatory paediatric surgery course in the training period.
Theoretical knowledge about general surgery subjects is included in the course under common trunk of surgery.
The paediatric surgery course is to communicate the specialist knowledge necessary for performing surgery on
children and is to provide the necessary theoretical background.

Course subject are:

  • Genetics
  • Embryology
  • Embryopathogenesis of malformations
  • Prenatal diagnosis of malformations
  • Child growth and development
  • Child nutrition
  • Neonatal physiology and pathophysiology
  • Fluid therapy for children
  • Neonatal surgery
  • Gastroenterology in children 
  • Paediatric neurology 
  • General surgery 
  • Hernias, hydrocele, appendicitis, invagination
  • Haediatric surgical oncology
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