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UNIC Mobile Clinic travelled to Switzerland UNIC Mobile Clinic travelled to Switzerland

UNIC Mobile Clinic Travelled to Switzerland

University of Nicosia Medical School’s Mobile Clinic had the chance to travel to Switzerland this August. The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) had accepted the abstract for a mounted poster presentation titled‘Mobile Clinic: Connecting medical students and the community’ for its international conference held in Basel, Switzerland between August 25 - 29.

The abstract was submitted by four members of the Medical School – two medical students, Ioannis Balanos and William Verbist, and two staff-members, Peter McCrorie and George Sycallides.

The two students, Balanos and Verbist, travelled to Basel to present the poster.
The University of Nicosia Medical School is one of the few, if not the only one, in Europe which operates a Mobile Clinic. It was launched in 2013, and since then more than 60 expeditions have been organised throughout the country.

From blood pressure, glucose, body mass index and spirometry tests to electrocardiograms, ophthalmic, dermatological and gynaecological examinations, the clinic has so far provided free diagnostic tests to more than 3,500 plus people, including the elderly, refugees and asylum seekers, as well as the general public during charity events.

Also, the Mobile Clinic is active in health promotion by organising talks to high schools for the presentation of issues of concern to teenagers such as smoking, eating disorders and sexual health, while academic staff offer volunteer counselling services to both governmental and non-governmental organisations that promote important health issues such as vaccinations and breastfeeding.