Clinical Placements 2017-11-06T12:02:28+00:00

Clinical Placements

With a fully integrated clinical training programme spanning three continents, the Medical School offers a truly international educational experience.

The first two years of the course take place in Cyprus, with students gaining initial clinical experience at the country’s leading hospitals.

The last two years are spent in teaching hospitals: Limassol General Hospitals in Cyprus, Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, the affiliated hospitals of Ponce Health Sciences University in Puerto Rico and the Sheba Medical Centre in Tel Aviv. In addition, students training in Cyprus who are interested in experiencing the US healthcare setting are able to spend from 10 to 17 weeks in the United States (New York, Massachusetts, Florida).

Wherever their clinical experience is gained in the third and fourth years of the programme, all graduating students do so with a degree from St George’s Hospital Medical School, a constituent college of the University of London.

The Medical School curriculum is taught in English, and all students will spend their first two years in Cyprus, where English is widely spoken and understood. Some knowledge of the Greek language will enhance your learning experience in the first two years and generally make your experience of living in Cyprus more fulfilling. For this reason, the Medical School provides optional free Greek classes from the beginning of the MBBS programme.

If you remain in Cyprus for clinical training, you will need to attain a working level of Greek through these free classes, as this will substantially enhance your learning experience. For any form of postgraduate clinical training in Cyprus (based on regulatory approval at the time), an upper intermediate level in Greek is a prerequisite.

Ponce Health Sciences University offers an excellent opportunity for students to pursue a medical career in the United States even if they do not meet the citizenship requirements for training at Swedish Covenant Hospital. While instruction is in English, a working level of Spanish is necessary to interact with patients. If you intend to train in Puerto Rico during your final two years, the Medical School will provide free Spanish classes from the start of the course.

Affiliated Hospitals

Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Swedish Covenant Hospital is a comprehensive healthcare facility providing health and wellness services to the communities of Chicago’s north and northwest sides. An established teaching hospital, Swedish Covenant Hospital offers a range of medical programs, including the latest cardiac, cancer, orthopaedic, surgical, women’s health, back health and emergency services. As one of the few independent, non-profit hospitals in the area, its mission is to provide compassionate care in a healing environment.

Swedish Covenant Hospital offers ACGME-approved residencies in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine. In addition, its Emergency Medicine, Critical-Care and Pulmonary programmes are accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), which starting in 2015 began to transition its training programs to dual AOA/ACGME recognition and accreditation.”

With a capacity of 335 beds and 2,444 employees, including more than 550 physicians, each year Swedish Covenant Hospital admits over 14,500 patients and handles approximately 48,000 emergency treatments. The hospital is affiliated with three US medical schools and our medical school is its only international education partner.

The Medical School has a permanent presence at the hospital with its office in the professional suite. The Student Support Officer and Head of Quality Assurance for North America are based in the office and work closely with the Clinical Dean for North America and the teams at both Swedish Covenant Hospital and Ponce Health Sciences University (details below).

* Because of visa regulations, only US and Canadian citizens are able to undertake their clinical training at Swedish Covenant Hospital.


Ponce Health Sciences University, Puerto Rico

The Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU) is an institution of academic excellence located in Ponce, a city on the southern coast of the island of Puerto Rico, a US territory. PHSU is a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges and is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) of the United States.

PHSU works with hospitals approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), including Hospital Damas, Hospital Episcopal San Lucas Ponce, La Concepcion Hospital, Mayaguez Medical Center, Bella Vista Hospital and PHSU’s Multi-Medical Clinic. Collectively, the ACGME-approved specialities include Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Surgery. Together, these hospitals employ over 3,500 professionals and have available over 1,000 beds.

PHSU offers a variety of health programmes such as a Doctor of Medicine (MD), an MSc in Medical Sciences, a PhD in Biomedical Sciences and a Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology. It was chosen by the US Department of Health and Human Services to operate one of 62 Regional Extension Centres (RECs) in the United States, in order to help primary care physicians successfully adopt and implement health information technology.


New York Medical College: Brookdale Hospital

Students who are based in Cyprus for their third and fourth years are provided the opportunity to gain international clinical experience in the United States as part of an exchange agreement in place with the New York Medical College’s Brookdale Hospital and the Ponce Health Sciences University in Puerto Rico.

Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, based in Brooklyn, New York is a 530-bed voluntary non-profit treatment facility as well as an established teaching hospital. It provides large-scale general and specialized inpatient and outpatient care, through more than 50 specialty clinics, for around 350,000 patients per year.

Brookdale offers eight ACGME accredited programmes in Internal medicine; Haematology and Oncology; Nephrology; Paediatrics; Psychiatry; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Surgery and Urology.

Since 2014, Brookdale has had an academic affiliation with the long-established New York Medical College. Founded in 1860 by those who believed that medical studies should be practiced with a better understanding of what the patient needs, New York Medical College is one of the oldest medical schools in the US. Over 150 years later it now delivers a comprehensive range of programmes in biomedical and healthcare sciences.

Westchester Hospital, Miami, Florida, USA

Westchester Hospital provides students an opportunity to undertake elective and core clinical rotations during their Final Year.  The hospital offers comprehensive clinical programmes covering a full range of specialties to meet most healthcare needs with 5,500 annual admissions, 20,000 annual outpatient visits, and 11,000 annual ER visits.  Its medical staff includes family physicians, internists, a wide range of sub-specialty physicians, psychiatrists, surgeons, and podiatrists. The Westchester Hospital network offers diverse services including behavioral health, wound care, physical therapy, surgical services, diagnostic radiology, clinical laboratory, cardiopulmonary services and a well-equipped Emergency department.

Westchester Hospital offers an AOA-approved residency in Family Medicine and an Internship year.

Southampton Hospital, Long Island, New York, USA

Southampton Hospital provides students an opportunity to undertake elective and core clinical rotations during their Final Year.  The hospital offers comprehensive clinical programmes covering a full range of specialties to meet most healthcare needs with 6,100 annual admissions, 24,000 annual ER visits, 5,800 annual surgical cases and 750 annual births.  Southampton Hospital’s staff of 1,700 includes more than 280 physicians, dentists and allied health professionals.  Its extensive network of conveniently located satellite facilities from Westhampton to Montauk provides access to primary care, laboratory, radiology, and wellness services close to home for Long Island residents.

Southampton Hospital offers ACGME/AOA-approved residencies in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine and an AOA-approved Residency in Surgery. The Graduate Medical Education Office is very active, offering daily lectures in various medical topics for residents and medical students.


Shriners Hospitals for Children, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA

Medical students who are spending their final two years in Cyprus and have a career interest in orthopaedics may participate in clinical training at the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Springfield, Massachusetts as part of their elective rotations.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system with 22 medical facilities across North America. The hospitals provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment regardless of the families’ ability to pay.  In addition, the Shriners Hospital system conducts research to discover new knowledge that will improve the quality of care and the quality of life of children and their families and provides for the education of physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Since 1981, orthopaedic specialists from the hospital have visited Cyprus annually as part of an established humanitarian partnership with the George and Thelma Paraskevaides Foundation. About 8,000 children from all communities of Cyprus have been examined for a range of orthopaedic conditions since the annual visits began


Nicosia General Hospital, Nicosia, Cyprus

The Nicosia General Hospital (NGH) is the largest state hospital in Cyprus, located on the outskirts of the country’s capital. It has 500 inpatient beds and covers a wide range of medical specialities, being the only referral hospital on the island. Offering secondary and tertiary health care as well as diagnostic and laboratory tests, NGH is equipped with the latest biomedical and laboratory technology and employs 2,200 medical, nursing, paramedical, technical and other staff.

Among clinical specialities and services at NGH are heart, vascular and thoracic surgery; neurosurgery; plastic surgery; a burns clinic; oral and maxillofacial surgery; transplantation; magnetic tomography; lithotripsy; and nuclear medicine. NGH’s departments include a state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit; a fully equipped Department of Radiology; histopathology, cytology, audiology and nuclear medicine laboratories; physiotherapy, endoscopy and urodynamic units; a Department of Interventional Cardiology; and other clinical laboratories. Each year NGH admits over 22,000 patients and performs 7,000 operations, in addition to seeing 300,000 outpatients and over 130,000 emergency cases.

Students gain their paediatric and obstetrics and gynaecology clinical training at the affiliated Archbishop Makarios III Children’s Hospital, a 250-bed facility that includes a neonate intensive care unit.

Additionally, a number of Primary Care centres are utilised for Final Year General Practice training.


Limassol General Hospital, Limassol, Cyprus

The Limassol General Hospital is the second largest hospital in Cyprus with capacity of 410 beds. It provides medical services to 200,000 inhabitants for the city of Limassol and its district. It also covers the district of Paphos for some specialties which are not offered at the Paphos General Hospital. In addition, Limassol General Hospital is a teaching Hospital for nurses and doctors in six main specialties (surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, orthopaedics, gynaecology /obstetrics and nephrology).

The Limassol General Hospital is the only hospital in Cyprus with a special unit providing services for infectious diseases. There is also a centre which offers training programmes supporting trauma patients (ATLS PHTLS).

Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics, Cyprus

The Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING), which is the parent organisation of the Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine, was established in 1990 as a bi-communal, non-profit, private, academic and medical institution.  The vision of CING is to function as an international centre of excellence and a regional centre in the areas of Neurology, Genetics, Biomedical, Medical and other similar and related sciences.

CING provides specialised services and research aimed at early detection and prevention of disease, the provision of high quality medical services and improvement in the quality of the life of the community.  CING has established departments dedicated to specific research areas dealing with neurological and genetics conditions, such as muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chromosomal abnormalities and all other aspects of molecular biology and genetics, including thalassaemia, molecular virology, mental retardation, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, cystic fibrosis and neurogenesis.


Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel

The Sheba Medical Center is a university-affiliated tertiary referral hospital that serves as Israel’s national medical centre in many fields. Located at Tel Hashomer, adjacent to Tel Aviv, it is the most comprehensive medical centre in the Middle East, renowned for its compassionate care and leading-edge medicine. It is also a major medical-scientific research powerhouse that collaborates internationally with the bio-tech and pharmaceutical industries to develop new drugs, treatments and technologies, and a foremost global centre for medical education.

Today, the Sheba Medical Center combines six major facilities: a vast medical research complex, medical education academic campus, acute care hospital, children’s hospital, women’s hospital and the country’s main rehabilitation hospital.

The Sheba Medical Center comprises 64 medical departments, 75 laboratories, 110 outpatient clinics and 1,700 beds. With more than 6,000 healthcare professionals and scientists on campus, including 900 doctors, 1,300 paramedic professionals, 1,650 technicians and support staff, and 2,200 nurses, Sheba conducts 32,000 operations annually and handles 1.5 million patient visits a year.

* Please note that this placement is only available to Israeli citizens. Please see our clinical allocations page for further information.

During Years 1 and 2, our students gain a variety of clinical experiences at leading hospitals in Cyprus:

American Medical Center, Nicosia

The American Medical Center is a state-of-the-art private health care facility that offers a wide range of specialist medical and surgical services, including adult cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, neurology, general surgery, transplant medicine and spinal surgery. Its technologically advanced medical environment was presented with the “Green Building Award 2011” from the European Commission.

Apollonion Hospital, Nicosia

Founded in 1991, Apollonion is an ultramodern private hospital purposely built to offer the best and most complete medical care to its patients. Its facilities include a First Aid and Intensive Care units, Endoscopy and Bronchoscopy Department, In-vitro fertilization unit, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Haematology, Ultrasound and Mammography, X-ray department, C.T. Scanning, Doppler, Peripheral Angiography, Neurophysical laboratory, Osteoporosis lab, Lithotripsy, Pneumoniology lab, Laser Centre, Physiotherapy and Cardiac lab.

Aretaeio Hospital, Nicosia

Aretaeion Hospital is a new private medical facility with high-tech equipment and highly trained and motivated medical and ancillary staff. The hospital provides beds for 70 patients and comprises all diagnostic, therapeutic, medical and surgical services including 6 operating theatres; Haematology, Biochemical, Microbiological, and Radiology Laboratories; Physiotherapeutic E.N.T., In Vitro Fertilization and Operational Endoscopy Units and a Treadmill Stress Test Laboratory.

BOC Oncology Centre, Nicosia

BOC Oncology Centre is a not-for-profit charitable organisation devoted to the cause of treating cancer with the use of the latest state-of-the-art technology and through cooperation with hospitals and voluntary organizations. It comprises two main departments: The Department of Radiation Oncology and Diagnostics and the Department of Medical Oncology.

Evangelistria Medical Centre, Nicosia

Evangelistria Medical Center is a private hospital with modern medical equipment, offering high-quality medical and nursing care with well-trained nursing and administrative staff.  It has a capacity of 40 beds and its facilities include  two large surgical rooms, Radiological Centre, Physiotherapy, Endoscopic Unit, Enhanced Care Unit, Isolation Room, Diagnostic Cardiology Laboratory, and Outpatient Centre.

Hippocrateon Private Hospital, Nicosia

Hippocrateon Private Hospital was established in 1987 and is staffed by leading doctors and a dedicated team of highly trained medical professionals. It is equipped with the latest in medical technology, to ensure the highest standard of personalised care for all patients. The hospital provides a wide range of medical and diagnostic tools in Plastic Surgery, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Traumatology & Orthopaedics, Urology, Ear Nose & Throat Surgery, Neurosurgery, Oncology/Haematology, Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Endocrinology & Diabetes, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, and General & Laparoscopic Surgery.

Mediterranean Hospital of Cyprus, Limassol

Mediterranean Hospital of Cyprus is a modern private health care institution and one of the largest in the country, providing safe and high quality medical services. Its facilities include a Centre of Sexual & Reproductive Medicine, Nutrition Department, Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery, Urology, Mediterranean Robotics Centre, General Surgery, Neurosurgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Cardio Surgery, Cardiology, Radiology-Diagnostic Imaging Department, Anaesthesia Department , Gynaecology/Obstetrics, Endoscopy Unit, Emergency Department , Medical Offices , Preventive Medicine Department , Clinical Laboratory, High Dependency Unit, Orthopaedic Traumatology Centre, Intensive Care Unit, Medical Ward, Operation Theatres, Surgical Wards and, Spine and Trauma Centre.

Pantheo Eye Centre, Limassol

Pantheo Eye Centre is a single specialty centre, dealing with ophthalmic disorders, comparable to any in Europe. It is staffed by 12 eye specialists, 2 orthoptists, 2 optometrists and a number of specialist nurses, delivering patient care through a team approach that maximises quality and ensures patient safety and comfort.  Subspecialisations include glaucoma, retinal diseases, corneal diseases and transplantation, paediatrics and strabismus, oculo-plastic surgery and laser refractive surgery for myopia.

Ygia Polyclinic, Limassol

Ygia Polyclinic is a private hospital located in the second largest city of Cyprus, Limassol. It offers modern facilities with a wide range of departments including general surgery, oncology, plastic surgery, ENT, gynaecology, obstetrics and paediatrics. It contains 152 beds, 11 operating theatres, a Chemical Laboratory, X-Ray facilities, Tomography Examinations (CT & MRI), and a Multi-dynamic Intensive Care Unit (ICU).