On Sunday, 26 March 2023, the Mobile Clinic travelled to Pedoulas village in the district of Nicosia, situated on the northern flanks of the Troodos mountains at an altitude of 1,100 metres. Nineteen medical students, under the supervision of Clinical Associate Professor and Graduate Entry MD Programme Director, Danagra Ikossi, performed free diagnostic tests like blood pressure, glucose and body mass index to more than 70 patients.

Following the expedition and a debriefing session, the team visited Pedoulas’ Folklore Museum, and enjoyed a guided tour by the president of the community’s council board, Mr Marios Theocharous. The expedition ended with lunch at a local tavern.

“The Mobile Clinic is a wonderful opportunity for students to practise both their clinical and communication skills with real patients. It was lovely to engage with the residents of the village and to provide them with some very important primary care services. The expedition to Pedoulas village was a huge success and I highly recommend my peers to consider attending future expeditions.”

Michaela Takos, MD Student – Year 4, Australia

“‘I am so glad I have signed up for this amazing experience. Through this mobile clinic expedition, I had the opportunity to put the clinical knowledge in practice and make new friends with medical students from other cohorts. The patients were so nice to us, so welcoming and kind. They made us feel like home. This is an experience that each of the medical students must have.”

Abdallah Al-Qari, MD Student – Year 4, Oman

“It was an honour to get to know the people of Pedoulas village and give back to the community. The expedition allowed us to practise our clinical and communication skills, but also to be part of a team and to work with fellow medical students from other programmes and years. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in experiencing the Cypriot culture and hospitality.”

Maria Ioannou, MD Student – Year 4, Cyprus