To fulfil my dream to become a doctor and to earn a British degree, with the opportunity to see real patients starting in the first month of classes, the St George’s, University of London medical programme in Cyprus is an excellent choice.
Our programme is taught by leading doctors in Cyprus who are very kind to students and are experts in their fields. They teach us the principles of medicine and the skills of a doctor. They train us to become competent doctors by exposing us to real patients starting the first month. By taking a history from them, and doing a physical examination, we feel proud and confident as a medical student.
Our practical competencies are further advanced in the second year, by spending time on the wards. After examining a patient, we analyse the case with experienced doctors. The doctors explain the case to us, ask us to formulate a differential diagnosis, suggest investigations to confirm the diagnosis, and devise a management plan for the patient. This encourages us to apply our previously learned knowledge to a real scenario, trains us to consider various aspects when formulating a diagnosis, and emphasises the important principles to be considered in patient management. By doing so, we already start thinking like a doctor.
With the opportunity to study for the first two years in sunny Cyprus and last two years in Chicago, electing to join the St George’s, University of London medical programme in Cyprus is one of the most important and rewarding decisions I have made.