by Karen Stephanou

Since the start of the Fall term, the Medical School’s Careers Office has organised two events under their series ‘A Career In…’. The series was implemented last year in order to address the needs of students in choosing a career specialisation.

Launching the 2016-2017 series was ‘A Career in Psychiatry’, held on 10 October in conjunction with World Mental Health Day. The second event, ‘A Career in Paediatrics’, was held on 13 December in recognition of Universal Children’s Day.


As Careers Lead, Dr Evagoras Nicolaides opened both events and introduced the Careers series and the speakers.

 ‘A Career in Psychiatry’

During ‘A Career in Psychiatry’, Dr Anna Polyniki, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, spoke about the theme of World Mental Health Day 2016 and introduced  the pre-taped interviews  which featured:  Prof Paul Kymissis, Dean and Founding Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Nicosia Medical School; Prof Michael Davidson, Head, Department of Psychiatry, Sheba Medical Center, and Professor of Psychiatry, Sackler School of Medicine, University of Tel Aviv; and Dr Eleni Palazidou, Professor in Psychiatry, University of Nicosia Medical School, Honorary appointment with Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London.

‘A Career in Paediatrics’

During ‘A Career in Paediatrics’ in December, Dr Paola Nicolaides, Clinical Associate Professor and Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, talked about the process and practice of Paediatrics in the UK, and Dr Nicos Skordis, Professor in Paediatrics and Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist, discussed the same topic but from his experience of studying and practising in Greece and the USA.

The event also featured pre-taped video interviews from Dr Peter Arkwright, Senior Lecturer and Paediatric Allergy Consultant from the University of Manchester and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in the UK, and Dr Robert Sacy, Professor of Paediatrics and Neonatology at Balamand University and Saint George Hospital University Medical Center in Beirut, Lebanon.

Both presentations were well attended by students from the MBBS and MD programmes and concluded with a Q&A session.  All presentations and interviews can be viewed on Moodle under the Careers section.