Course in pediatric surgery for
physicians is scheduled in the last term of medical training in connection with
the clinical residency in pediatrics.
There are 1-2 formalised tutorials in
pediatric surgery subjects.
Furthermore some students will work 3 days at
the Department of Pediatric Surgery.
It is possible to write Mandatory
Individual Elective Assignments (in Danish OSVAL) within pediatric surgery
A professor of pediatric surgery is employed at the University of
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 pediatric 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
surgery for specialists
Objectives description for pediatric surgery course for medical
The objective of the pediatric 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 pediatric 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 pediatric surgery are currently being
prepared by the Scandinavian Association of Pediatric Surgeons.
Clinical training includes:
- Introductory course
- Common trunk of surgery as other surgical specialist areas
- Medical specialist course in surgery
- 24 months of pediatric surgery
The place of training for pediatric surgery is to cooperate with
specialist units on:
- pediatric oncology
- pediatric anaesthesiology
- pediatric radiology
- pediatric pathology
- intensive care
- prenatal ultrasound diagnosis
Pediatric surgery course
The candidate participates in a
mandatory pediatric surgery course in the training period.
knowledge about general surgery subjects is included in the course under common
trunk of surgery. The pediatric 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:
- 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
- Pediatric neurology
- General surgery
- Hernias, hydrocele, appendicitis, invagination
- Haediatric surgical oncology