Studying Medicine Abroad – Case Study
This page explores the experiences of 2nd-year student Kyle and 3rd-Year student Olivia, who are currently studying abroad at the University of Nicosia.
TMP: How did you decide where to study medicine?
Kyle: The decision to study medicine initially came from being exposed to a hospital environment at a young age, and being a patient myself. Seeing first-hand the impact physicians made on people’s lives, made a career in medicine very appealing.
Through further understanding of a medical career I was aware that a doctor uses the combination of medical knowledge, diagnostic skills, and effective communication/team-work for the primary goal of treating and caring for patients. Not only was this an array of skills and traits I believed I possessed, but I saw that this would be a life-long career, that is dynamic and rewarding.
Work experience and volunteering confirmed my understanding of medicine, but also showed me the challenges facing healthcare and doctors, which was vital to consider when making a balanced judgement to pursue such a career.
Ultimately I decided the gratification of working in a multidisciplinary team and treating people, far outweighed the other challenges I would face, and that in the future, I could be helping people like myself when I was younger.
TMP: What were the requirements to study medicine in Europe?
Kyle: To study at the University of Nicosia Medical School, many aspects of my application were taken into account. A certain set of attained GCSEs and A level predictions were required to be considered for an interview, and work experience, volunteering extra-curricular achievements were accounted for, to make my application stronger.
Studying a certain number of Science-based subjects is also needed. The interview for me was via a video call, and now takes the Multiple Mini Interview format, where candidates are required to show passion/understanding of medicine and a medical career, interpersonal skills, effective communication, and good situational judgement.
The admissions process is to determine who will be a good doctor, and also who would make a good student. The final outcome will also be based on the attained A level grades.
TMP: How long does it take to study medicine abroad?
Kyle: At UNIC, the MD program takes 6 years to complete. The first year is predominantly setting the foundations, by teaching the basic sciences, which prepares students for upcoming years.
Years 2-4 are the main academic years, where a majority of the medical knowledge is taught. These years are clinically oriented, and have placements, clinical/communication skills integrated into them, to prepare students to become competent doctors. The years 5 and 6 are clinical years, which I will be spending in the UK, in an NHS hospital.
TMP: Is studying medicine abroad worth it and what do you enjoy the most?
Kyle: Studying medicine abroad is one of the best decisions I have made. Not only do you get the experience of exploring a new country, but you also become part of a diverse and multicultural cohort. Alongside studying medicine, you also learn invaluable life skills through being abroad, which helps prepare you for your career, and life in general.
Cyprus as a country is incredible and is very diverse. From beaches to mountains, to cities, the small island has it all, which allows students the freedom to explore and enhance their student life. The Cypriot people are warm and welcoming, and always make me feel at home in their country.
Within my time in Cyprus so far, the most memorable moment was just following a final exam, where a group of us took a trip up to the Troodos mountains to catch the sunset. After all the hard work and dedication throughout the year, being able to enjoy an evening with such special people in a beautiful country is unbeatable.
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