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Living and Working as an Oncologist in Greece

Facts and Statistics

  • Location:  Southern Europe, bordering Albania, F.Y.R.O.M., Bulgaria, and Turkey; surrounded to the west by the Ionian Sea; to the south by the Mediterranean Sea and to the east by the Aegean Sea
  • Climate: predominantly Mediterranean, mild winters and hot, dry summers
  • Population: 10,767 million (statistics 2012)
  • Ethnic make-up: 94% Greeks, 4% Albanians, 2% others
  • Religions: 97% Christian orthodox, 1.3% Muslim, 1.7% other
  • Government: Parliamentary Republic
  • Language: the official language of Greece is Greek. Foreign languages learned by Greeks are English, French, German, Spanish and Italian

Studying medicine in Greece

Studying medicine in Greece will take you 6 years. A formal entrance exam restricting the entrance into the university is mandatory. The medical Universities in Greece are the following:

After medical school one needs to register with the medical council in Greece. The Choice of the medical council will be dependent on the provience you are planning to practice medicine. For more information please visit the web site of the Hellenic Medial Association.

What do I need to do to become a oncologist in Greece?

In Greece “Medical Oncology” is an officially recognised speciality. The training consists of 3 years of internal medicine, including training for six month within a haematologic department and 3 years of medical oncology. After 6 years of training you can undergo the examination of the responsible medical association.

Are there any Oncology Societies in Greece?

The official Greek society for medical oncology is HeSMO - Hellenic Society of Medical Oncology, which also has an active group of Young Oncologists. Furthermore, there are several other societies for medical haematologists and oncologists from different disciplines dealing with cancer patients.
Please find below some examples:

Is it possible to do a fellowship in Greece?

Greece has several fellowship opportunities in different hospitals/institutions in the field of medical oncology and haematology.
Please check the following page for more information: University Liaison Office

Greek Society & Culture

Greece is considered the mother of western civilization. From the ancient until the modern times, there are many Greek people like Alexander the Great, Homer, Socrates (the founder of western philosophy), Aristotle, Plato that have left their mark in various domains: philosophy, arts, music, literature, science, politics and much more.    Greek culture and Society is characterised by its’ great diversity and richness, influenced by its location, at the junction between the East and the West and by the many occupations endured by the Greek people throughout history. Traditions, religion, music, language, food and wine are all integral parts of Greek culture. Greek society consists of close-knit families.

Where can I find useful information for living in Greece?

Useful information about Greece can be found on the Visit Greece website

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