Clinical Placement Allocations

The overriding aim of the Medical School is to provide our students with medical education of the highest standard.

The Medical School is based in Nicosia, Cyprus and students undertake clinical training in Nicosia and Limassol during the first two years of the course. An integrated clinical training programme, with the opportunity to gain international experience in the last two years of the course, is delivered at the following sites:

  • Cyprus (Limassol)
  • North America (Baltimore/Washington, DC and Chicago, Illinois)
  • Israel (Tel Hashomer-Tel Aviv)

All clinical sites provide the same level of clinical education to ensure that the learning objectives are achieved as required by the MBBS4 programme. This is accomplished through close monitoring and quality assurance of each site both by St George’s, University of London and the UK General Medical Council.  Each of the clinical sites has a locally appointed Associate Clinical Dean, Lead for each Discipline, Assessment Lead, Occupational Health Doctor, and a Student Support and Welfare Administrator.

Details of all clinical sites can be found on the Clinical Placements page.  Because of visa regulations, only US and Canadian citizens are able to undertake their clinical training at Swedish Covenant 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.

Clinical training at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv is available only to Israeli citizens in line with the requirements of the Council for Higher Education in Israel.

Allocation Process for Clinical Training Years

The allocation process for P&F Years (the last two years of the course) takes account of specific student career aspirations and place of permanent residence. Additionally it makes provision for students to submit their preference of clinical sites.  This, of course, is done within the remit of capacity at each site and where possible we try to accommodate the student’s first or second choice.

For our Chicago and Tel Aviv sites, we operate a “first come, first served” process of allocation based on admission to the programme and subsequent tuition deposit.  Further details will be made available to applicants by their admissions adviser.  In the event of oversubscription to the other clinical sites, the process is that of “random allocation”.  Every effort is made to accommodate each student’s choices; however, first preferences cannot be guaranteed.

Following the initial allocation, students are provided a period to swap between themselves (ordinarily, two weeks).  This requires students to agree the swap of clinical sites between themselves and inform administration of their written consent for the swap.

The allocation process commences in October of T Year (the 2nd year) and the allocations are announced in the Spring Term of T Year.  This allows sufficient time for the Student Affairs team to work with each student and arrange their move to the new clinical site (visas, accommodation, etc.), as well as for students to meet any additional requirements for their allocated site.

United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)

The USMLE is not a requirement for the MBBS4 programme; however, it is required for anyone who wants to practice medicine in the United States. Ordinarily, all three steps of the USMLE are completed within a seven-year period beginning when Step 1 is passed.

Students undertaking clinical training at UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center or Swedish Covenant Hospital must pass USMLE Step 1 before the end of their third year. To prepare you for taking this exam, the Medical School offers comprehensive academic support, including personal advice and full practice tests.  Students who do not pass this exam will complete their clinical training in Cyprus.