The city of Odense has a large university hospital, OUH, that has over 1000 beds available. Each year over 1 mio people gets treated at OUH. 7000 people work at OUH in Odense, from them are 1400 doctors. It is one of the 3 largest hospitals in Denmark.
The Hospital and Medical Faculty of Odense
Odense University Hospital is Denmark's second biggest hospital with a large number of departments and specialties. The hospital is located on Sdr. Boulevard in the city. The medical faculty in Odense is divided in two. One is located next to the hospital and is called Winsløwparken. The other part of the faculty is located at the university in the outskirts of the city.
You must be aware that most of the time Danish will be spoken, especially when talking to patients. But – do not panic – everybody here speaks English. Usually there are no language problems. You do not need to bring a white-coat, but it is a good idea to bring your stethoscope etc. Your working hours will most likely be between 8 am and 3 pm, but this varies. Students in a surgical ward will get the appropriate clothing at their department. The hospital will provide the clothes. Footwear could be anything from sandals to sneakers or cloth shoes - most people wear white clogs. It should be possible to clean them.
Concerning the departments: We try our best to fulfill your 1st or 2nd priority but it might be difficult and sometimes even impossible. Please be understanding. The atmosphere differs a lot from one department to another, but in general the system is less hierarchical than in many other countries. Don't be afraid to ask questions to the doctors or others, most of them are nice and friendly, and you will learn a lot more if you show some interest. Please remember that you are working under professional secrecy at the hospital, and we kindly ask you to respect it. MRSA-test: It is very important that you all make sure to have a valid (=no more than 2 weeks old) negative MRSA (Methiciline Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) test at your arrival. If you do not have the valid test, you are not allowed to work at the hospitals in Denmark. This is a requirement from the Danish Ministry of Health. It is possible to have the test made at your arrival in Denmark, but in this case I suggest you to arrive some days before, since it might take some days to receive the answer, and in this period you can’t join the work at the hospital. We urge you to take the test before you arrive. If your test is positive you might need to have an eradication cure. Contact us immediately if your test comes back positive.
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Getting to Odense – National Transport
The main airport in Denmark is in Copenhagen, Kastrup (CPH). From Kastrup Airport there is a direct railway to Odense. There are also airports near Aarhus, Billund and Odense with routes bound for destinations in Europe. The railway in Denmark is fast and reliable, and there are connecting lines from Copenhagen and Aarhus to Odense. The railway connects Denmark with Germany and Europe and this is an alternative way to travel to Odense. There are also a few ferries bound to Denmark from the countries nearby.
Getting from Copenhagen Airport to Odense
After exiting the arrival hall at the airport you can buy a train ticket to get to Odense. Look for the signs for the trains and there you will find ticket vending machines. You have to buy the ticket before you enter the train, if you do not buy a ticket you will get fined 750 DKK. The ticket normally costs about 280 DKK if you want to reserve a seat it is additional 30 DKK. To get to Odense you have to take a train bound for Århus, Esbjerg, Frederikshavn or Sønderborg. You may have to take a train bound for Copenhagen Central Station and get a connecting train bound for Odense there. See the timetables and an overview on the railroad in Denmark at www.dsb.dk. If you have not yet turned 26, you may get your train-tickets at a discount. You can buy the ticket in the same machine or go to the counter. Remember to say that you want a Ungkort ticket. We recommend a visit to the bigger cities, Copenhagen and Århus while you are in Denmark. Going back and forth to these cities by train is easily done. Going to Copenhagen and back for a weekend will cost you approximately 400 DKK with discount. We recommend you to see the cities, together with exchange, in the social weekends. Then you can also get a chance to meet other exchange students in Denmark! There are one social weekend in each LC during the summer, two in July and two in August. See more information on the Facebook group (name of the group will be sent to by the LEO in Odense). If you want to "prepare yourself" for your stay here or plan trips to the bigger cities, you can check out the websites for each city. See External Websites.
Bus in Denmark
Pendulfart, Flixbus, Kombardoexpressen and Rute 888 is also a cheap way to go around Denmark. The ticket from Odense-Copenhagen is 90 kr with student discount and the same price from Aarhus to Odense. That is much cheaper than taking the train!
When arriving at Billund airport: Take a bus to Vejle, then a train to Odense. The distance from Odense to Billund is shorter, but it is more convenient to arrive at Copenhagen airport.
6. Getting around in Odense – Local Transport
The easiest way to get around in Odense is by bike, but there are alternatives. If you go by bus every day, a good option would be to buy a card for 30 days of unlimited bus-rides. The price is about 350 DKK. You have to pay 50 DKK as a deposit for an electronic card. Remember a passport-photo if you go for the 30-days bus-pass. IMCC-Denmark cannot cover your travel-expenses.
We recommend visiting these 5 attractions in Odense
1. Odense Zoo
2. The Funen Village
3. H.C. Andersen's House
4. Danish Railway museum
5. Sct. Canute Cathedral (skt. Knuds kirke)
Odense Zoo first opened in 1930. The then Garden Director, Christian Jensen, had for many years been breeding pheasants, chickens and pigeons in his backyard. The interest in his animals was huge, and he decided to try to open an Animal Garden (Danish: Dyrehave) as it was called then. The first animals in the garden were two monkeys, a peacock, a deer, a mule, a number of birds and some guinea pigs. The first day the Odense Dyrehave had an impressive attendance of no less than 5620 guests. Even compared with the number of visitors today, it is an impressive figure. In 1933 the garden was transformed into a limited company and came to be called Odense Zoo. Today the Garden has a number of different animals like amphibians, mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and arthropods. Now it is one of the most visited attractions in Denmark. For more information go to www.odensezoo.dk
The Funen Village
The Funen Village (Danish: Den Fynske Landsby) is a Danish open air museum located in the Fruens Bøge district of Odense. It features 25 buildings from Funish villages, most of which date to the 18th and 19th century. The Funen Village was founded as a public works project in 1942, during the German occupation of Denmark, and opened to the public on 1 April 1946. Among the guests attending the opening was King Christian X. The open air scene in the museum opened to the public already in 1944, and was used for patriotic song festivals (alsangsstævner) during the Occupation.
For more information go to http://www.museum.odense.dk/museer/den-fynske-landsby.aspx
H. C. Andersen’s House
Hans Christian Andersen was a famous danish writer born in 1805 (died 1875), and he was born in a small yellow house in the inner city. This house you can visit, as it is now a museum.
The Danish Railway Museum
The largest Railway museum in Denmark, it has a lot of old and used trains that you can go into and investigate on your own and travel back in time and see Denmark from another, older side.
Sct. Canute Cathedral
The cathedral is one of the most famous buildings in Odense. It is a big, protestantic church and inside as well as outside it is very beautiful.
IMCC Exchange Odense is a group of about twenty medical students that spend their spare time arranging the clerkships for incoming exchangers. We will find departments for clerkships, accommodations, contact persons, boarding at the hospital and arrange the social event program for the summer. We also answer questions from outgoing exchangers and arrange different info-nights in Odense for all medicine students. We have meetings every month in the IMCC Office in Odense The address is:
Winsløw parken 19 st. J. B. Winsløws vej DK-5000 Odense C
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mind that IMCC is a voluntary organization. Volunteers are all full time students and only have limited time to do extra work. We will help answering questions in any way we can.
You will be contacted by your contact person (buddy) by email before your arrival in Odense. You can ask your buddy questions about your stay, the hospital, your journey, arrival, Odense, Denmark and much more. Sometimes it takes a while for us to find a buddy for you. Be patient! We WILL get you one. Start by reading the Explore Pages and the EC thoroughly, and if your questions are not answered you can direct them to email@example.com which is answered by the Odense LEOs (Local Exchange Officers). Your buddy will pick you up at the railway-station in Odense and take you to your accommodation. Therefore it is VERY important that you inform your buddy about the exact date, time and place of your arrival, and write the details in the CC aswell. It’s a very good idea to give him/her your exact flight information (flight number). Be sure to get the phone number of your buddy before you go so that you can call him/her to give information about your arrival. If possible, give your number to him/her as well. There will be phones in the airports and train/bus stations (remember to bring cash that you can change into DKK. in the airport to use a phone). You can buy a Danish simcard which makes it cheaper to use your phone in Denmark. Your buddy can help you. Your buddy will also take you to the hospital the first day. Be sure to be ready on time!
Things to bring to Odense, Denmark
Insurance papers for Health- AND Liability-insurance.
Cash (Dollars, Euro or another worldwide currency) to change money at the airport (to DDK.) or VISA/Mastercard (You can use Visa or Mastercard almost everywhere!)
Raincoat and umbrella (also in the summer, sorry!)
Warm clothes (especially if your are visiting in September-April, but bear in mind that the temperature in Denmark in the summer can be as low as 15 degrees and windy/rainy at the same time!)
Shoes for the hospital
Bring your own stethoscope and reflex hammer to relevant departments
You don’t have to bring:
Invitation letter: The Danish embassy in some countries wants an invitation letter to give out a Visa to get into Denmark. The NEO in Denmark can see who needs one through www.ifmsa.org and will issued to your NEO at March Meeting. Please contact your own LEO in your home LC if you have not recieved it 30th of march.
At your arrival you will have to fill in 3(4) documents. Your buddy/contact person will bring you these documents and help you fill them in.
1. Tenancy agreement: between the owner of the apartment and the exchange student that lends it.
2. Rules of conduct: an agreement between the exchange student and the owner of the apartment that the exchange student will take care of the apartment and hand it back clean and without damages. For this you must have an insurance that will cover any damage caused on the apartment or contents. You need you to fill in information about your insurance.
3. Room report: a list of what is cleaned and damaged upon arrival and departure.
In Odense the faculties of medicine at the university as well as the hospital of the city urge to educate, develop and practice medicine as the highest possible level. Therefore, of course, the Local Committee of SCOPE supports the initiatives upon assurance of Academic Quality taken by IFMSA. This means that the incoming student must bring his/her Students Handbook and use it (i.e. fill it daily at the hospital and get it signed by a doctor), show up, show interest and participate during the stay at the department of the hospital and of course do so during the whole period of the Exchange clerkship. The Local Exchange Officer will deny signing the certificate, if the student fails to fulfill the logbook. These rules are made to assure the Academic Quality in order to benefit the incoming student! We want all students doing an exchange here to learn, see and experience as much as possible! Also, we want to assure to the departments, that they will receive interested and eager students from around the world.