By Staff Reporter
NINETEEN students from the European University’s medical school began the first of their internships yesterday at the Larnaca General Hospital, which was marked by a special ceremony.
The ceremony was attended by the Bishop of Kition Chrysostomos and was addressed by the Medical School’s Dean Dr Giorgos Markoullis, the Larnaca Hospital’s Education Coordinator for the medical school’s students Loizos Antoniades and Larnaca Mayor Andreas Louroudjiatis.
Markoullis said the medical students were destined to succeed because they were chosen on merit, and had the stamina for hard work, stubbornness and persistence needed for the medical field.
Antoniades said it was an historic moment for Larnaca hospital, which had been upgraded to a University Hospital.
According to Antoniades, the hospital has 20 departments and 90 physicians of all specialities and covers a population of 147,000. Each year 15,000 patients are examined and 9,000 hospitalised. The medical students will also have the opportunity to participate in the hospital’s scientific and research programmes.
Over the next six years, the students will intern each year at the hospital. The first three-week period they will study pathology, surgery and labs and be trained in patient approach and clinical examinations.