Maltese Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, today officially inaugurated the Barts Anatomy Centre at Queen Mary’s Malta campus, marking a significant milestone in plans to improve the educational and health care offering in Gozo.
The Anatomy Centre includes a dedicated area for teaching anatomy through dissection and it will be equipped with facilities for clinical imaging, videos of surgical procedures and specialised computer imaging. The space includes a mortuary area, which has an embalming area with state of the art refrigeration and storage facilities. The building also has a central courtyard that provides outdoor space and includes office accommodation for academic, technical and administrative staff.
Maltese Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat said the Anatomy Centre was the beginning of a long-term relationship with Barts and London School of Medicine and Dentistry: “They are the future generation of doctors, professors, specialists and researchers in various fields of medicine. They are getting training here and taking their knowledge far and wide. We want these students to say that they are proud to call our islands their home."
Professor Steve Thornton, Vice-Principal (Health) at Queen Mary University of London, said: “We are incredibly excited to see our new state-of-the-art anatomy centre ready for teaching. These facilities, in combination with the high-quality educational programme that we’ve been delivering, will give our students the very best start to their medical careers and help train the next generation of doctors.”
The Anatomy Centre has now started receiving Year 1 and Year 2 medical students carrying out their Medicine MBBS with Queen Mary University of London in Gozo. The University is currently using the Sir M.A. Refalo 6th Form College as a temporary teaching facility until the medical school on the Gozo General Hospital campus is completed in 2019.
Speaking at the inauguration, Steward Health Care International President, Dr Armin Ernst, explained that “the completion of the Anatomy Centre within a stringent 4-month period shows Steward Health Care’s commitment towards the Maltese & Gozitan community and towards our partners in this project over at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.”
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