The program was excellent and pursuing it turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. I unreservedly recommend the MSc in Family Medicine to every GP. I can also say work at my practices has increased in volume since I completed the course as today’s patients—because they are able to cross-reference information online—are in a better position to realize if their doctor is up to date on new medical developments or not.
I strongly believe that doctors need to keep their knowledge and skills up to date and this was initially my main reason for undertaking the new degree. There are constantly new developments in medicine and I had for some time been mainly focused on homeopathy. When I looked into the University of Nicosia’s postgraduate programme in Family Medicine I realized it would be a good opportunity for me to undertake a review of what I know and update my knowledge on conventional medicine. That was where it began. I had originally been concerned about time restraints due to my heavy work schedule treating patients in three towns around Cyprus and lecturing but have never regretted going ahead. It has been very useful.
You update your knowledge and you cover cases that you may not otherwise encounter in your everyday practice until then. It also helps you become even better prepared to help your patients and your patients pick up on this and trust you more. You basically learn to approach them in a much more effective way. It also helps you avoid mistakes and excess because you are reminded of certain guidelines that should be followed, something that had not necessarily been touched upon as much when I first qualified as a medical doctor (in 1990). The course also helped me in many other aspects of my work, from making better diagnoses and treatment choices when someone seeks your help for the first time, to helping patients understand the importance of prevention, a duty that is especially important for a GP. Every doctor should find the time to do this course. Cypr