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Welcome to the winter issue of our newsletter. This past year has been extremely difficult for both our country and the international community. Under these circumstances, Balint work which focuses on the therapeutic relationship between the doctor and the patient as well as on providing support to the clinicians, becomes even more important.
Dr. Minas Mastrominas, obstetrician- gynecologist, gave us an interview where he reveals with honesty and sensitivity the psychological implications of the method of in vitro fertilization and the special relationship that develops between the doctor and the patient.
Relevant to this issue was the participation of our group in the 13th Congress of the Hellenic Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, held on May 28-31, 2015 at the Thessalia Congress Centre in Volos, Greece, with two presentations titled “The triadic relationship of doctor-patient-partner during in vitro fertilization” and  “The role of gender in the doctor-patient relationship, with an emphasis on obstetrics-gynecology”. You will have the opportunity to read more about this in Dr. Fay Griva’s article.
The Hellenic Balint Group took part in a conference of the Scientific Society of Medical Students of Greece, on October 19, 2015. A Balint group took place with some of the students as participants. and the rest of the audience as observers. The students had the opportunity to think and discuss the problems that they already encounter in the relationship with their patients. Dr. Evgenia Karantoni informs us about this special meeting with the medical students in her article.
You can also read about the participation of our group leader, Mrs Lida Bitrou, in the Balint weekend that took place in Leeds last November, in her report, and also get informed about the events that will take place in Greece and abroad.

We wish you wholeheartedly happy holidays and a joyous and creative 2016!  

Magda Hadjidemetri



Dr. Minas Mastrominas
The prominent obstetrician-gynecologist talks to us about the doctor-patient relationship and the psychological aspects of IVF.
Read his exclusive interview here


Presentation of our participation in the 13th Congress of the Hellenic Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Read the article

Participation of the group leader Mrs Lida Bitrou at the Balint weekend that took place in Leeds UK last November.
Read the article


The new Balint group that started this year for doctors and mental health professionals is accepting applications for participation from doctors of all medical specialties and residents.
If you are interested in a more patient-centered approach to Medicine and would like to share the difficult aspects of your work in a group of colleagues, contact us by phone at +30 210 8016431 or by mail at 

Balint group at the conference of the Scientific Society of Medical Students of Greece
Read the article


Events in Greece
In June 2016 an open Balint group will take place for the doctors and other health professionals who would like to become acquainted with the method of Balint groups.
Details will follow soon.                             

On February 5 2016 the Balint Society is holding a leaders' study day; the theme of the study day will be "Nurturing the roots of psychoanalytic thinking in Balint work-a day for leaders to examine the underlying principles of the work and how we use them in practice". The 46th annual dinner will follow at the Medical Society of London.
The next Balint weekend will take place in Whalley Abbey between 11 and 13 March 2016.
To obtain information about other Balint  events internationally please visit the site


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