When he is not seeing patients at The Physicians’ Clinic, Professor Anthony Warrens is in charge (amongst other things) of training medical students at Barts and The London School of Medicine, following the amalgamation of two venerable UK institutions, the Medical College of St Bartholomew’s Hospital and the London Hospital Medical College. As Dean for Education at the School, Professor Warrens is continually looking for opportunities to expand the range of its activities and has been considering various international ventures.
On 17th March 2015, he signed an agreement with the Government of Malta to establish a branch medical school of Barts in their country. This is a very exciting opportunity. Malta has a great tradition of looking to the UK for postgraduate medical training, so the vast majority of its doctors practice in a way that would be very familiar to us. English is almost universal. And possibly most importantly, this development is part of a very significant expansion of medical facilities on the islands.
The Government of Malta has agreed to build a brand new medical school facility at the same time as it redevelops two hospitals, all completed to the very highest standard with state-of-the-art medical facilities. Professor Warrens commented “We are greatly looking forward to welcoming our first students in September 2016 and plan on having some exchanges of students and staff between London and Malta. As you might imagine, this is something that has been widely welcomed.”