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Smartphones want to dethrone the doctor

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Smartphones want to dethrone the doctor


Electrocardiogram, urinary test, analysis of a nevus. These analyses can soon be made within a few seconds.

Do I have to make an appointment at the doctor? As the medical systems are more and more lacking of doctors, the problem has taken a new dimension.  On the basis of the lack of doctors and the spectacular technological advancements, new tools appear on the market. These products filled with miniature sensors, connected to smartphones, promise to replace the doctors, at least partially. Innovations which fascinate, calling into question the limits of technology.

The exponential success of the smartphones is the main vector of these innovations. ˝The iPhone has an advantage: it is always at hands ˝, explains thus to the Figaro David Sullivan, the owner of AliveCor, a Californian start-up who has been commercializing for a few months a new electrocardiogram incorporated in a phone shell. The tool, easy and simple to use, has been validated in December by the FDA, Food and Drug Administration, and obtained the CE label from the European Union, where it should be available in the current year at the price of 199 $ (about 150 euros). The patient has only to hold the object in two hands pushing on the sensors, the result appears within 30 seconds. It can be then stocked or sent by e-mail to one´s doctor. Soon, an application should even issue a short analysis of the results. Sold at the moment on the basis of a prescription – but AliveCor hopes to quickly obtain the green light for its free sale. The aimed clients are both the non-cardiologist doctors who wish to equip themselves at a lower price to ward the emergencies, and the private individuals. ˝The patients who have already suffered an infarction might worry when feeling a pain. The AliveCor ECG allows them to get quickly reassured˝, explains David Sullivan.

» Demonstration of the AliveCor ECG usage, which might function without network:

The miniaturization of the sensors has also opened the way to the multi-functional tools, as the Scout de Scanadu, another start-up of the Silicon Valley. This small flat and round case which is applied on the forehead measures several ˝vital constants˝ (blood pressure  temperature, saturation of oxygen, pulse…) and treat them on an associated application. ˝We think this tool could be very useful to the families with several children˝ explains the co founder Lounis de Brouwer. The putting on sale of the product is foreseen for the end of the year and the procedures to obtain the green light from the FDA are in progress.


Educate the patient

The company prepares as well the launch of Scanaflo, an application associated to a urinary test which must allow to the patient to test oneself for tens of pathogens (gestationel diabetes, pre-enclampsia, urinary infections, kidney dysfunction…). We could still mention the otoscope from CellScope Inc. which allows to inspect the ear canal and read the results on one´s smartphone, reader of photos of nerves to evaluate the risk of melanoma…

For Denise Silber, consultant in digital health, these technologies innovate through the instantaneousness of results, but they wouldn’t meet their public unless their quality is validated. The founder of the annual Parisian congress Doctors 2.0 & You is however skeptical concerning the welcome of these technologies in France. ˝In the USA, where the consultations cost more than 100 dollars, spending 200 for this kind of tool might be interesting. But in France, where the consultation is nearly free of charge for the insured individual, this is different˝. Besides, stresses she, these products are cutting down on a domain reserved only to the doctors so far, the diagnosis. ˝In there resides its added value˝.

At the National Medical Chamber, Dr. Jacques Lucas, delegated to the systems of health information, appears also cautious. ˝The permanent supervision which authorizes these innovations might be counterproductive if it develops the hypochondria. But these tools might be beneficial if they go with the education of the patients, in particular on the limits of the device˝. These tools might be then prescribed by the doctors. The idea is to enrich the exchange of patient-doctor and not to interrupt it…


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To the attention of all Healthcare professionals that seek job opportunities abroad!

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

It has come to our attention that a certain Dr. Med. Paul Andersen approaches medical professionals online claiming to be the Manager of EGV and thus offering strange contracts to unsuspecting candidates.

He claims to be under contract with our firm, EGV Recruiting, but we can assure you that he is not, and the contract that he signs and stamps does not come from our firm. His stamp does not represent the official stamp of EGV Recruiting!

Very important!

EGV Recruiting is a very serious healthcare recruiting firm. We do not contact candidates from Yahoo E-mail accounts!

Official EGV Recruiting contact details are listed on our website here:

EGV Recruiting cannot be held responsible for the contracts issued by Dr. Med. Paul Andersen.

The German experience of a young Romanian Surgeon

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Once Romania entered the European Union in 2007, significant advantages for the highly skilled and educated were created with the liberalization of the labor-market.

Gabriel B. lives in Germany since 2007, and is currently in the 5th residency year as a General Surgeon. After graduating medicine in 2007, Gabriel moved to Nordrhein-Westfalen in a city with about 25 000 inhabitants in order to start his medical career.

The hospital in which Gabriel is currently working, benefits of 150 beds for inpatient care and 59 beds for the surgical department. Offering high quality diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with comprehensive and modern medical equipment, combining high tech medical care with humanity and personal attention is a high priority of the hospital. The hospital benefits from:

  • CT scanner
  • Ultrasound devices
  • High quality video and X-ray systems
  • Zeus and Cicero devices

“Starting off in a smaller city and a smaller hospital is ideal for foreign doctors. Accommodation with the system and integration in the medical team is the key factor and one of the hospitals focal points when it comes to foreign doctors. Colleagues are patient and helpful, soon I felt like part of the team”, stated Gabriel.

“Social integration is also not an issue. Living in a smaller city, and working with people for people, especially in the respected field of medicine grants you rapid recognition. People greet me on the street, so we get to know each other resulting to mutual respect and of course friendship.

But, of course social integration does not only mean receiving recognition, it also means sharing interests. For example Germans value their gardens, spending a decent amount of their time gardening and making their front and back gardens esthetic. Of course they also love their home, their cars, their sports and to travel,” added Gabriel.

“The home environment is another plus. I enjoy getting to live in a two story house with a beautiful front and back garden in a nice and peaceful neighborhood. I don’t live by myself in the whole house, I have upstairs neighbors but its ok we don’t bother one another, the house has different entrances so we don’t have to bump into one another unless we want to”, stated Gabriel.

A common misconception is created when it comes to thinking about smaller cities. People think that smaller cities bring no opportunities for leisure and entertainment, schools and employment for the rest of the family.

“I can honestly say that in a radius of 20km you can find everything! Pharmacies, schools, kindergartens, cinemas, theaters, malls, stores like H&M or Zara, restaurants ranging from Chinese, Italian and Turkish to restaurants with traditional German food, and of course McDonalds and Burger King.

Sports and other outdoors leisure activities are also easily accessible. Tennis courts, football fields, swimming-pools and indoor swimming pools are close by. Spas and Gyms are easily accessible. Besides all the above, Nordic walks, hiking and biking are sought after activities here in Germany”, stated Gabriel.

Getting from A to B

“One of the most important things about Germany is its infrastructure. Airports, highways, freeways, bike lanes, public transport… they all seem to eat up the distance between different cities, counties and even different countries. No wonder the Germans love to travel!” stated Gabriel.

“I can honestly say I’m proud to make part of the community in the city I live and work in”, Gabriel B.

Celebrating our candidates success stories

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

“A thing of great importance to us is learning from your experience, learning from your success, thus perfecting ourselves in the future”

In life, one should always find time to celebrate success and give credit to the success of others. Every year we like to dedicate an evening to all of our successful candidates that are happily living and working in Germany, and that have remained thankful for all of our hard work and time that we invested in helping them reach their goal: Starting a better life in Germany.

For the celebrations of 2012, the location for the meeting played a key role creating the perfect atmosphere. The city of Weilburg has an historical significance that spread out for over a millennia, giving tourists and visitors the ability to experience to travel back in time and wander through its old squares, castle gardens and narrow medieval streets, and of course – Castle Weilburg.

Dining in the shadow of Weilburg Castle:

As ripped out of a fairytale, a medieval setting, bright lighted hall with tasteful decorations, red velvet seats and big round dining tables and of course, music in the background.

As the guests started arriving, cheerful greets and laughter started to fill the room, transforming the formal setting into a more family-like environment. Every guest is greeted with a glass of champagne, an honest thank you for joining our event and a smile that illustrates the true satisfaction of seeing former candidates so well and truly happy with their new found life in Germany.

“Tonight cultural and ethnic backgrounds do not matter, we are all Europeans!” 

It was so nice to see the fact that cultural backgrounds didn’t matter. Doctors in Germany are doctors in Germany, and they loved to share their experience with one another and exchange experiences about medical and non-medical related topics.

Once everybody got acquainted with each other and the champagne glasses where empty, a short toast was held:

“It is my great pleasure to see you all here at our yearly event. I am so happy to see that you are all well and that you and your families have adapted to the German way of life so well over the years. A thing of great importance to us is learning from your experience, learning from your success, thus perfecting ourselves and our services in the future. But first, let’s honor the mission of our cooks that prepared tonight’s meal for us. Thank you again for coming! Bon Appetite!”

The food was great, the service was impeccable, and the atmosphere was of joy and laughter. As soon as the deserts were finished it was time to honor our own mission and learn about our doctor’s success.

Everybody was keen to share their own personal experiences with us, experiences involving everything from the profession and workplace to the personal life and comparisons between living in Germany and life back home.

First of all, I have to underline the fact that no one was thinking of leaving Germany in the future and going back home, thus denoting a change for the better.

“Integration at the workplace and in society is relatively easy achieved. At the workplace, the multicultural aspects play a key role, German doctors and patients are used to having foreign doctors and foreign colleagues, as long as you can speak German and as long as you prove yourself as a professional people will treat you with respect.” 

“Integration in the German society is also helped by the facts that in Germany doctors are respected, especially in smaller cities where people get to know you. Of course the financial aspect helps the integration process as well. It’s nice to know that you can afford to go out and eat at a restaurant whenever you want, or go to the cinema or the theater.”

“Back home if we wanted to plan a vacation, we had to start putting money aside for months in a row just to be able to afford it; here you can have a decent vacation with the whole family out of just one paycheck.”

“The way of life is far more relaxed and far more comfortable than it was back home. Actually the whole quality of life is much better here, from the professional to the private aspects of life, it is a dream come true to be able to use high tech equipment in the hospital with no restrictions, to be able to prescribe any medications because they are all available in the hospital and to be able to go relaxed home knowing that you can easily pay your bills have fun, go to the restaurant, to the theater, to the cinema, or to go on vacation and still be able to put money aside in your bank account.”

“Starting off in a smaller hospital in a smaller city was the best decision I could have ever taken. As a foreigner having to adapt to so many aspects and break so many barriers at the beginning having a peaceful and calm home and work environment was all I needed. It is hard at first to get used to the system and the culture and the country… having great colleagues that were eager to help me adapt made my life a whole lot easier.”

“Another great thing is the learning experience here as a doctor. Hospitals put a huge accent on learning and training. The residency here as opposed to back home is not only a theoretical learning curve, everybody gets the chance to practice what they learn thus making us responsible doctors.”

As a plus, Dr. Cristian Baluta, resident doctor for Neurology, offerd us the chance to take a short interview with him, interview in which he describes his own experience as a young foreign doctor in Germany. You can access the interview here:

Besides sharing personal and professional experiences with us, it was nice to see that over the years we managed to create a tightly knit community of doctors with foreign backgrounds that thanks to our annual meetings have gotten to know each other and become friends.

We can only conclude that our annual doctor meeting of 2012 was a success. It was a pleasure for us to help you find a position in Germany and now, it is an honor for us to get to learn from your personal success and experience! Thank you!

“From our first contact with EGV Recruiting, we knew that we were dealing with a serious firm. We will forever be thankful to the people that helped us start a better life here in Germany”

The best country to start your life in 2013

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a sister company of The Economist, has for the first time measured which country will provide overall the best health, safety and prosperity conditions for the future.

Switzerland is the best place in the world in which to be born in 2013. Romania on the other hand occupies number 56 in this chart, passing countries such as Lithuania, India or Russia, according to the study conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Swiss people will tend to be the happiest and have the best living conditions judging in terms of welfare, health and confidence in public institutions.

Scandinavian countries: Norway, Sweden and Denmark are also included on the five top positions. Hierarchy is guided by a measure of quality of life that emphasizes places where it is best to be born next year. The Economist Intelligence Unit attempts to measure how countries will provide the best opportunities for health, safety and prosperity of life in the coming years.

The index combines survey results of subjective satisfaction – how happy people say they are – with the objective factors of quality of life nationwide.

One of the most important factors is wealth, but also includes crime, trust in public institutions and family health. In total, the index takes into account 11 indicators.

These include fixed factors such as geography; others change slowly with time as demography, social and cultural characteristics, and state of the global economy. This index looks at income per capita in 2030, when children born in 2013 reach maturity.

Smaller economies dominate the top ten charts, with Australia on the second place and New Zeeland and the Netherlands close behind. Half of the top ten countries are European. European countries where the crisis has left its imprint, such as Greece, Portugal and Spain are pulled down in the chart despite its advantages offered by the climate.


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German hospitals interested in Czech doctors

Friday, November 16th, 2012

German hospitals atract more and more czech doctors offering them hundreds of positions. The salary of doctor in Germany is 4 times higher that in the Czech Republic, but this is not the sole reason that makes Germany so attractive, equippment and professional growth opportunities also tip the ballance in Germany’s favor.

A young doctor in Germany earns about 3800 Euro’s /month while in the Czech republic the starting salary for a young doctor is 1000 Euros.

Last year, 172 med school graduates applyed for work abroad. After the first half of this year almost 100 doctors applied, having Germany the main destination point.


Source of the article: Slovenský rozhlas (12.11.2012 ,posted by Boris Kršňák, Prague)

Romanians want access to the latest in medication

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

88.5% of the Romanian population believes that serious illnesses should be treated with state of the art medication, according to the study conducted by the IMAS institute. More so, over half of the questioned stated that they would rather pay the full price for the generic medicines covered by the state and in exchange for the compensation of newer and more expensive medicine.

Concerning the preferences for the medication selected for treatment, over 46% of Romanian citizens prefer to buy innovative medicine, and 16% chooses generic medicine.

Also, 82% of the respondents admit the importance of new medication for the overall health of the population.

When it comes to access to the latest generation in medication, 34% believe that the actualization of the list of compensated medicine should be updated every year. 23% of the Romanian population thinks that this should be done every 6 months.


What do you think?


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Public health VS. Tobacco in the digital era!

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

The high-tech times we live in have all sorts of repercussions on our day to day life. We are always connected with the fast moving world on the internet; smart phones keep track of our daily life and alter our lifestyle. Of course some of these influences can be considered negative ones, but app developers are actually here to help us in any ways possible.

The fight between Public Health and the Tobacco Industry has never been more up front than it is today. We all know the effects of smoking and how it can potentially cause harm to an individual, yet people seem not to care or think that it can’t happen to them, thus ignoring messages like:

  • “smoking causes cancer”
  • “smokers die younger”
  • “smoking leads to infertility”
  • “smoking can cause stroke”

We all have that grandparent or great uncle that lived to be 85 yet smoked for 65 years. Those cases can be considered extreme luck!

As evidences are compelling an even stronger case against smoking the “Gadget and Apps” department are coming up with more and more solutions. I bet every smoker tried a nicotine patch, an electric cigarette and yet still smoke.

So, leaving the old-school quitting methods behind and focusing on the new, high tech  apps for smartphones are here to help smokers quit.

ICoach: – free for IPhone and Android!

ICoach is an online digital health coaching platform that helps individuals stop smoking. Digital coaching, or the process of behavioral change in an online environment, is based on pioneering research, practical clinical experience and the expertise of psychologists and communication experts.

The platform, which is free of charge, is available in 23 official Eu languages. ICoach has been proven effective. More than 30% of people who used ICoach quit smoking.

An interesting thing about this app is that it does not only target people ready to quit! It also aims to inform those who are not yet ready to stub out their last cigarette. This makes ICoach unique. The user is presented with a brief questionnaire that determines his or her stage in a five phase stop smoking process. The questionnaire assesses the user’s behavior attitude and motivation.

The five ICoach phases are:

  1. I do not plan on stopping
  2. I should stop, but I am still in doubt
  3. I will stop smoking shortly
  4. I have just stopped
  5. I have stopped for some time now

ICoach guides the user through a series of comprehensive interactive tools. It also provides tailored feedback, advice, techniques, tasks as well as mini tests. ICoach sends the user daily emails-tips as reminders and for motivation. The user is able to record his progress in a diary.

At the end of each month, ICoach compiles a consultation report. The report gives an overview of the user’s progress until they reach the final phase.
So what are you waiting for? Sign up and feel better, look better, be happier, and start spending your cigarette money on something more rewarding and fun.

Sign up ! 

Maybe you should try the app out, after all it’s free, and it’s designed to help.

Think about it while you finish the cigarette that you lit up while reading this article.

In the end, it’s your decision if you plan to quit or to keep smoking, and you may choose any method that suits you for giving it up. ICoach is just an alternative.


Choosing a German State

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Recently, we held a short survey designed to better understand our candidates’ wishes and desires when it comes to moving abroad and starting a career as a foreign doctor in a foreign land.
The survey was relatively simple with just two separate questions.

  1. In which country would you rather see yourself working as a doctor?
  2. In which German state would you like to live and work as a doctor?

Although some candidates prefer different countries or areas, some not even in Europe most of them seem to be interested in Germany.

Although Germany is the most sought after destination, it has its own “hot spots”, such as the land Bayern.

This outcome can just raises the following question: “Why?”.

All German states have state of the art hospitals, all German states have great infrastructure, and some German states have even an easier dialect than Boarisch (the German dialect spoken in Bayern).

Of course some of you may have friends or family in some states and that would justify your decision when picking a specific region.
For some people of course the distance from their homeland plays a key role, so here is something you might not know.

As in antiquity all roads led to Rome, for the East-West medical highway all roads lead to Vienna, thus we invite you to take a closer look to the maps below and pinpoint the distance form your country and hometown to any German state and city.


The first map represents the map of Europe and all circles have Vienna as an epicenter. 

The second map is a close-up of the first map with focus on Germany so that you can see all German cities and states in the 300km, 450km, 600km, 750km and 900km distance radius of Vienna:

  • 300km radius: 
    Part of Bayern, including cities such as Passau, Deggendorf, Bad Füssing.
  • 300-450km radius:
    Part of Bayern, including cities such as München, Augsburg, Ingolstadt, Regensburg, Nürnberg, Erlangen.
    Part of Thüringen, including cities such as Grea.
    Most of Sachsen, including cities such as Zwickau, Plauen, Chemnitz, Dresden, Leipzig, Radeberg, Görlitz.
    Part of the state Brandenburg, including cities such as Cottbus, Lüben.
  • 450-600km radius:
    Most of Baden-Württemberg, including cities such as Albstadt, Ulm, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Pforzheim, Heidelberg.
    Part of Bayern, including cities such as Würzburg and Schweinfurt.
    Part of Hessen, including cities such as Darmstadt, Frankfurt am Main, Kassel, Schlitz, Fulda.
    Part of Thüringen including cities such as Erfurt, Suhl, Weimar, Mühlhausen.
    Part of Niedersachsen, including cities such as Göttingen, Brunswick.
    Sachsen Anhalt, with cities such as Halle, Dessau, Magdeburg, Stendal.
    Part of Brandenburg, with cities such as Potsdam, Rathenow, Neuruppin, Schwedt.
    Part of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with cities such as Neustrelitz.
  • 600-750km radius:
    Part of Baden-Württemberg, with cities such as Freiburg.
    Saarland, with cities such as Saarbrucken.
    Rheinland-Pfalz, with cities such as Kaiserlautern, Worms, Trier, Koblenz.
    Part of Hessen, including cities such as Wiesbaden, Wetzlar.
    Part of Nordrhein-Westfalen, including Bonn, Köln, Siegen, Remschied, Dortmund, Münster, Bielfeld.
    Part of Nidersachsen, icluding cities such as Hanover, Celle, Verden, Soltau, Uelzen, Lüneburg.
    Part of Schleswig-Holstein, with cities such as Ahrensburg, Lübeck.
    Part of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with cities such as Schwerin, Rostock, Greifswald, Stralsund, Barth, Bergen.
  • 750-900km radius:
    Part of Nordrhein-Westfalen, with cities such as Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Essen.
    Part of Niedersachsen, with cities such as Osnabruck, Oldenburg, Lingen, Cuxhaven.
    Part of Schleswig-Holstein, with cities such as Kiel, Schleswig, Flensburg.


We would be more than delighted if you would tell us your preferences regarding working as a doctor in Germany!

EGV Recruiting

20% of Hungarian physicians moved abroad

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012


It is estimated that 4-5 thousand Hungarian physicians, nearly 20% of Hungary’s doctors moved abroad in recent years with hope for better living conditions. Most of them are young specialists in which the Hungarian state invested tens of millions (UHF) for training and formation. Despite the initial investment in training and formation, wage policies and working conditions can’t match the conditions offered by recruitment agencies, so the government has a hard time trying to keep the professionals home.

“Swedish language courses for several weeks in a Spanish resort town, pre-rented housing, job for the spouse, a nursery, kindergarten and school for children…”

The 32-year-old Peter passed his specialist exam 2 years ago. He started working at a hospital and at a private practice. Besides work he also started a family. After visiting a Swedish hospital Peter accepted the generous offer. His story is not an isolated case.

There are more and more medical and non-medical professionals that undertake positions in Western Europe. In terms of medical migration, the current involves all types of specialists, from nurses, residents and specialists. This dangerous trend can lead to serious disruptions in the domestic health care. In the past decades Hungarian doctors were severely underpaid and the government failed to remedy this serious threat.

In August, the government tried to slow the alarming rate of migration by implementing new wage policies.

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