Ugeskr Læger 2009;171(51):3771-3775
Summary Goodsbye to half of tomorrow's physicians Ugeskr Læger 2009;171(51):3771-3775 Introduction: Danish citizenship can only be obtained by passing a citizenship test. The test was introduced in December 2005 which made it more difficult to obtain Danish citizenship, and revised in 2008 which made the process even harder. We present a study which tests how many Danish and Swedish medical students enrolled at the University of Copenhagen would be able to obtain a Danish citizenship. Material and methods: The test comprised 40 questions regarding Danish democracy, history and politics. The questions were taken from the Ministry of Refugee and Immigration's pool of questions. Medical students at the University of Copenhagen were invited to participate in the study. Participation was voluntary. The tests were revised blinded and anonymously. The results were analyzed using Fisher's exact test and Mann-Whitney U-test. Results: We enrolled 202 medical students (139 women and 63 men). Among these participants, 168 were Danish and 34 Swedish medical students studying in Copenhagen. A total of 49% of the students passed the test. 58% of the Danish students and 6% of the Swedish students passed the test (p < 0.001). The Danish students had a median of eight errors (range: 1-18) and Swedish students had a median of 15 errors (range: 5-25) (p < 0.001). Conclusion: We suggest an export agreement with countries like Poland and India comprising the 51% students who failed the citizenship test as part of a package solution, where Denmark in return receives competent physicians of said nationalities. We also suggest that the contents of the test for citizenship be revised to achieve a better assessment of the applicant's ability to integrate in the Danish society.