Life as a student at the Medical School is as intimidating as any anxious fresher would think. The material is extensive and complex. Classes are long and tiring. Walking between two campuses often involves acquiring a spectacular tan. Have I mentioned clinical visits involving real patients start from the first week? Well, I do not want to scare you away.
The life of a medical student is as rewarding as it is challenging. The material is demanding, but it is also absolutely fascinating. Weekly schedules and lectures can be rigorous, but that is more than made up for when resolution of cases later becomes effortless. The pressures of academics melt away during clinical visits when confronted with the reality of having to interact with a person who is possibly sick, tired, and scared. Experiencing the feeling of being a physician and applying learned knowledge is as humbling and heady as one can expect.
I am confident that for prospective students no elaboration is needed on the anticipation of becoming one of the best that the UK will have to offer. Clinical immersion starts upon arrival, and we are expected to approach the course with a physician’s mind-set. Problem-based learning, and its realistic progression of cases, is crucial in the development of this mentality and approach to medicine. But aside from the high quality of education, life in Cyprus is quite pleasant and picturesque. The country and her people are warm and welcoming.
Being a student here is a truly maturing and refining experience. The approach to independent learning, critical thinking, and clinical exposure will have a definite impact on your future career. I look forward to seeing brilliant individuals from diverse backgrounds as my future colleagues, and sincerely hope that the reader is inspired to be one of them.