Health Minister Giorgos Pamborides signed an agreement with the Dean of the University of Cyprus Professor Constantinos Christofides on Thursday which guarantees that medical students undertake training at the Nicosia General Hospital.
The agreement also reads that medical doctors who are currently in academia, will be able to practise in state hospitals.
Implementation of this agreement will strengthen the liaising of academic doctors with their colleagues in state hospitals, which will significantly improve health care in Cyprus.
In addition, the research and teaching needs of the medical school will be covered through hospital doctors and other healthcare professionals such as nurses and pharmacists.
Commenting on the agreement, Christofides said, “This is a big day for our university and medical school”, “as it would lead to our medical students not only receiving the appropriate academic knowledge but also excellent training and experience”.
Christofides continued, “We want our students to stand out for their training and ability to meet the high demands of the profession, which will be achieved through this agreement”.
The Health Minister said that “this is only the first step in the long list of collaborations we will have with the university”.
He also added that, “the agreement is currently reviewed and will be soon legally approved”.
“This step aims to not only improve medical training in Cyprus, but also to enrich the service offered by state hospitals through academic input”, said Pamborides.
Vice Dean Kostas Konstantinou also added that “through this agreement, we are given the opportunity to transform state hospitals into research facilities and to apply scientific evidence in practice”.