The University of Nicosia Medical School and St George’s, University of London have expanded their partnership by offering a Postgraduate Diploma and Master in Family Medicine as concurrent awards from both institutions.
Strengthening primary health care in Cyprus is a key requirement for the successful implementation of the new National Health System, in which General Practitioners and primary care-oriented Internists, Paediatricians, and Obstetricians & Gynaecologists will play a major role. This is the first postgraduate programme in Family Medicine in Cyprus and will contribute positively to the continuing professional development of physicians in this country as well as the wider region.
The course is delivered through a blended learning format that combines flexible e-learning with intensive face-to-face training in advanced clinical skills and communications. If enrolled full-time, students can obtain their Master in Family Medicine within 18 months (three semesters), or they can study part-time for up to four academic years.
The first two semesters consist of eight core clinically focused modules, while semester three is primarily research-oriented. Students who do not wish to continue with the third semester can receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Family Medicine from both the University of Nicosia Medical School and St George’s, University of London following the successful completion of the first two semesters.
These concurrent awards are the latest development from the long-term agreement between the University of Nicosia Medical School and St George’s, University of London. This successful and innovative partnership in medical education began in 2011, when the University of Nicosia established the first medical school in Cyprus and launched the graduate-entry 4-Year MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) in collaboration with St George’s, University of London. On 15 May 2015, the programme’s first cohort of medical students graduated in Cyprus with a St George’s award.