Cyprus can be a core of medical science in the Middle East with the opening of the Medical School from this academic year, Dean of the Medical School of the University of Cyprus (UCY) Andreas Adam told CNΑ.
"Cyprus has great potential to become a medical center, because of its geographical position but also because of the high level of medicine that is able to provide," said Adam.
Asked about the academic program of the School of Medicine, he said that it’s based to the European standard program, where students are in direct friction with the medical environment, but there will also be theoretical courses, such as chemistry and biology during the first year. For this purpose, as from this year the Nicosia General Hospital becomes also a teaching hospital.
The number of the teachers will depend on the size of Cyprus Medical School. It is estimated that the number of students will increase to 150 from 37 today in the next five years.
Speaking about the relations between the Medical School and the Ministry of Health, Adam said that in a meeting with Minister of Health Petros Petrides, they restated the excellent relations between the two sides.
Additionally he said that Cyprus will benefit from referring patients from abroad to the country for medical reasons and that Cyprus will be saving in public resources, because the patients will stay in the country due to high level of treatment.
He also pointed out that the country will also have revenues from the tuition fees, especially when the Medical School will become English speaking and will accept students from abroad.
University of Cyprus welcomed the first students of its newly established Medical School on August 30.
Andreas Adam, Dean of the Medical School, studied medicine at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London University, and then trained for four years in internal medicine, cardiology and oncology. He then trained in radiology at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, obtaining Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Surgeons. In 1992, he was appointed to the first professorial chair of interventional radiology in Europe, at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Medical School at the University of London.
His research work has shaped clinical practice internationally, especially in the fields of interventional radiology and surgery. He has made extensive original contributions to medical and scientific literature and has published ten books. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology and as Joint Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Interventional Radiology.
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