Monday, 22 January 2018

The Medical School announced earlier this month the appointment of Dr Costas Constantinou, Associate Professor and Medical Sociology Lead, to the new post of Associate Dean for Students.

MedNews asked Dr Constantinou to comment on his new appointment with the School:

«As the Associate Dean for Students, I am excited by this new opportunity to work closely with students and the School in order to enhance the student experience and to promote the student ‘voice’. My objectives are to have in-depth discussions with students in order to understand the student perspective, to evaluate student feedback, and to propose plans and suggestions for developing the experience of students at the University of Nicosia Medical School. My long-term objective is to work with both students and faculty/staff to maintain a student-centered culture and a relationship of trust. I will communicate with students soon in order to organise meetings and discussion groups. Looking forward to working with you all!»

Dr Costas Constantinou studied Sociology and Psychology at Simon Fraser University in Canada and was awarded his PhD from the University of Bristol, UK.

Apart from his recent appointment as the Associate Dean for Students Dr Constantinou is the Medical Sociology Lead. He has experience in medical education and holds a PgCert in Healthcare and Biomedical Education from St George’s, University of London. Previous positions at the Medical School are: MD Year 1 Academic Lead and Chief Examiner, SSC and Projects Lead, SSC G Lead, Lead for Module Research Projects in Primary Care (MSc in Family Medicine), and Community Placements Lead.

Dr Constantinou has published scientific work in the area of illness experience, qualitative research methodology, and cultural competence, and he is the author of the book Applied sociology of health and illness: a problem-based learning approach (Radcliffe, 2014). His most recent publications are: Social research in health and illness: case-based approaches (Routledge, 2017), and Acquire, apply and activate knowledge: a pyramid model for teaching and integrating cultural competence in medical curricula (journal: Patient Education and Counseling, 2018).

 

Contact details

Centre for Primary Care and Population Health
21 Ilia Papakyriakou, Engomi
P.O. Box 24005
1700 Nicosia, Cyprus
Tel.: 22-471922
Email: constantinou.c@unic.ac.cy