“Genesis” is the name of the first Greek doctors association operating in the region of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. The association was founded at the end of 2014 and was officially presented just a week ago in a packed Dusseldorf Municipality hall. At the association’s official opening ceremony, young Greek doctors that have migrated to Germany and decided to join their forces presented their objectives and association program.
Genesis’ primary purpose is to support young Greek and Cypriots doctors who went to Germany seeking a better professional environment driven there by the economic crisis that hit their homelands in recent years. Greek doctors in North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous German state, are currently estimated at around 1,800 and is the largest group of foreign doctors in the region. The percentage of Greek doctors in North Rhine-Westphalia corresponds to 2%.
Stamatis Kioufis, a cardiologist trainee and President of the association, talking to German news network Deutsche Welle, pointed out that Genesis also has a charity character, aiming to help with money, drugs and knowledge for people in need back in Greece. As he highlighted, an agreement with the Social Clinic of Athens, the largest of its kind in Greece, has already been signed. Another aim of the association is to organize training seminars on medical issues for Greeks already living in Germany for many years.