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Research training

Mandatory research training in general practice

The education to become a specialist in general medicine includes a module of research training of altogether 20 days, consisting of a ten days’ theoretical part and a ten days’ project of individual work.

The theoretical part is divided into a three days’ introduction module, treating basic research methodology, critical reading of scientific articles, and an introduction to search tools. The remaining seven days consist of seminars, courses, and project presentations.

The individual work is based on a general medical issue, which the doctor specialising to become a general practitioner chooses for him- or herself. Ten days have been allotted for the planning, completion, and presentation of this, meaning that you have time for a small literature survey or a pilot project for a future research project.

Who has to attend research training?

All doctors in a general medical educational position have to complete the course of research training. The only exceptions are doctors with documented research experience from before they started their principal education, for example an academic degree, DrMedSci, or PhD. Furthermore, there is a possibility of dispensation from the research training module for doctors who either will have gone through with all the theoretical parts of a PhD study, are enrolled, or have been awarded (or is going to be awarded) a DrMedSci at the latest two years after starting on the principal education.

Doctors who are exempted from research training or who want to apply for dispensation have to contact the Secretariat for Further Medical Education: Sekretariatet for Lægelig Videreuddannelse i Region Øst, Ledreborg Allé 40 st., 2820 Gentofte. Phone number 39 75 06 80, email If you are uncertain whether you can get dispensation from the course, you can contact the principal course leader John Brodersen.
When, during the education?

As a doctor specialising in general medicine, you have to attend research training at the right point in your education. The 20 days of research training are placed in phase two of the principal education. As a rule, the course cannot extend beyond 12 months and must be completed at the latest six months before the completion of the principal education.

When does the course take place?

We offer four courses annually.

How do I sign up?

Everybody conducting a normal sequence of courses in the specialty training for general medicine will be told to sign up, when we expect you to be at the right point of your education. A leave of absence etc. may mean that you will have to attend another course than the colleagues you go with on the regular theoretical specialty course. It is important that you inform the course secretariat if you are going on a leave, or if you have other changes to your educational course. If you have any questions, please contact the secretariat on or the principal course leader John Brodersen.
What is the purpose of the course?

The research training module along with the clinical education and the rest of the theoretical education will impart the doctor with competences within the academic role as outlined in the description of the purposes for the education to become a specialist in general medicine, specifically the following purposes:

* Purpose no. 37. Quality development and research
* Purpose no. 38. Theoretical realms of understanding
* Purpose no. 39. Critical reflection
* Purpose no. 40. Personal education and development
* Purpose no. 41. Relating to knowledge

Fundamentally, research training aims at providing all specialists in general medicine competences to:

* Formulate a problem based on an actual clinical practice within one’s own area of specialization and point out present and lacking knowledge about the problem.
* Run a systematic search in the research literature in order to elucidate the chosen problem.
* Interpret the results of the literature critically and use the results for a critical evaluation of the established practice.
* Evaluate any organizational, economical, and ethical consequences of changing the practice with the help of the knowledge obtained through the literature survey.
* Convey the results of both the literature survey and any other considerations.

Where can I learn more?

The programme for the general medical research training in the Eastern Region can be found on 
The guidelines of the National Board of Health for the mandatory research training module can be found on

Place of tuition

The lessons usually take place in the General Medical House, Building 24, entrance Q, Center of Health and Society (Center for Sundhed og Samfund - CSS), Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1014 Copenhagen K (view map).

For general information about the course, contact the secretariat on or the principal course leader John Brodersen.