GASTROENTEROLOGY IN SCANDINAVIA
Working as a Gastroenterologist in Sweden
Sweden is still increasing the number of physicians from abroad due to the shortage of gastroenterologists, among other specialists. Gastroenterology in Sweden concerns gastrointestinal disorders, as well as hepatology (biliary tract, liver and pancreas), and the most common conditions you will find working in the Swedish healthcare system include oesophageal and gastrointestinal diseases, acute and chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, nutritional upsets, gallbladder disease and bile ducts, inflammatory bowel disease, and gastrointestinal cancer. Endoscopic examinations are important in diagnosis.
The diagnostic methods include gastroscopy and colonoscopy. In recent years, medical treatments of inflammatory bowel disease have advanced and grown as a speciality in the field of diagnosis.
Working as a Gastroenterologist in Norway
The shortage of gastroenterologists in Norway means a growing demand for specialists from abroad. As a gastroenterologist working in Norway, you will treat everything from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to hepatitis C. You will perform endoscopic procedures and make diagnoses. Some gastroenterologists treat general diseases of the GI. Others focus on particular areas like hepatology with diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Specialist doctors in Gastroenterology working in Norway perform a wide range of nonsurgical procedures. This means that if you wish to work as a gastroenterologist, it is essential to collaborate closely with a GI surgeon and other members of the staff. Gastroenterology is considered as a part of internal medicine, so having double specialities is highly appreciated in Norway.
Working as a Gastroenterologist in Denmark
Due to the growing demand of gastroenterologists in Denmark, we often search for medical specialists within this field.
In Denmark, doctors who are specialised in Gastroenterology perform the bulk of research involving gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures as well as the interpretation of results. As gastroenterologists deal with all diseases involving the digestive tract, a cross-disciplinary approach and the ability to cooperate closely with other specialists like gastro-surgeons and staff to provide the patient
Approximately 80% of the gastroenterologist’s activity is exercised in the outpatient area. The hepatological tasks of the speciality are dominated by the investigation and treatment of patients with cirrhosis and its complications, as well as viral hepatitis, autoimmune liver disease, vascular liver disorders and tumours in the liver.
You can work as a gastroenterology specialist at almost all hospitals in Denmark. Further, the speciality has a high research tradition with significant international status.