Danish Society for Medical Physics

Danish Society for Medical Physics is a scientific community related to the application of radiation in the diagnostic and therapeutic areas in health care. The society represents the group of hospital physicists in the hospital departments utilising ionising radiation, i.e. the areas of radiation oncology, x-ray diagnostics and nuclear medicine.

History

Danish Society for Medical Physics was founded in the autumn of 1981. In the years before some of the important international organisations for medical physics were founded, first The International Organisation for Medical Physics (IOMP) in 1963 and later The European Federation of Organisations for Medical Physics (EFOMP) in 1980. This increased the need of a more direct and formalised contact to these organisations, and as a consequence many countries (including Denmark) founded their own medical physics societies and enroled in the corporate work in EFOMP.

The aim for the Danish Society for Medical Physics is to represent the interests of the three main branches in medical physics in Denmark:

  • Therapetic oncology
  • Diagnostic radiology
  • Nuclear Medicine

Even though the branches are recognised as unique specialities with respect to educational requirements and professional responsabilities there are common interests which makes it logical to unite the eforts in one society.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

  • Can I work as a medical physicist in Denmark?

In Denmark, medical physics as a profession is not protected by an authorization license under the National Health Authorities. This means that it is the local chief physicist who decides whether the qualifications of the job applicant meets the local requirements.

If you have a medical physics degree and/or practical experience working as a medical phycisist in a clinical environment, you will probably qualify for a medical physics position but, again, it is up to an individual evaluation made by the chief physicist.

Both clinical job openings and research positions are often advertised on the website for the 
Danish Society for Medical Physics, even though the text will be in Danish.

The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a page about residence and work permits.

  • Can I study medical physics in Denmark?

Clinical medical physics is not a dedicated university education in Denmark. Some universities like Copenhagen, DTU, Aarhus and Aalborg have programmes with a large content of medical physics, but these programmes are not considered a complete clinical education. You could also want to consider our close neighbours in Sweden, who have university programmes in medical physics.

Most physicists working in Danish hospitals have completed an educational programme coordinated by the Danish Society for Medical Physics. This is a 3-year on-the-job combination of theory and practical training for one of the three branches: 1) Radiation therapy, 2) Diagnostic radiology, or 3) Nuclear medicine.

Entry into this program requires employment at a hospital department and is normally completed within the first years of employment. To enter the program, you thus need to apply for an open position as a medical phycisist. At least a MSc degree in physics is required. If you succeed in getting a position, you will have a supervisor assigned, and an individual study programme will be defined.

  • Can I apply for a research position in Denmark?

Danish PhD and post.doc. positions are often filled by applicant from outside Denmark. If you are interested in a research position, we recommend directly contacting senior research professors at radiotherapy centres at the university hospitals in Denmark.

Both clinical job openings and research positions are often advertised on the website for the
Danish Society for Medical Physics, even though the text will be in Danish.

Contact

The society can be contacted using the email address bestyrelse@dsmf.org.