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The first International Medical Students Congress "Eastern Mediterranean International Medical Students' Congress" organised by Eastern Mediterranean University Dr. Fazıl Küçük Medicine Faculty Students and Student Scientific Research Club. Congress took place at Rauf Raif Denktaş Culture and Congress Center in N. Cyprus between 19 and 21 May 2016. Following the opening addresses, keynote speaker Public Health, Paediatrics and Community & Family Medicine Professor Dr. Stephen H. Gehlbach delivered a presentation entitled "Evidence-based Medicine". Second speaker Prof. Dr. Nesrin Çobanoğlu give a speech about Global Bioethics. Final speaker Dr. Ülvan Özad delivered her speech about "Nano-diagnostics".

11 posters presentation and 25 oral presentation were held during the congress by the students and there were interactions between guests and the students regarding their research results and recommendations.

Workshops of the congress were divided on the bases of 2 aspects: educational and social, entertaining workshops. Educational workshops included: male and female catheterization workshop, suturing, auscultation of the heart sounds, breath sounds and tendon reflexes examination. During the 3 days social workshops were held. They were Indian dancing, hand painting and creating magnets from cocoon which all the guests participated and enjoyed a lot. Part of the entertainment program include tours around the old city, beach event and EMU spring fest events like famous singers concerts.

The congress was closed by closing speech followed by Gala lunch, award ceremony and distribution of certificates to all participants.


Sculpture In Our Poster Is Asclepius

Asclepius was said to be a demigod, the son of god Apollo and a mortal woman,princess of Thesellia, named Coronis. While Coronis was pregnant with Asclepius, she fell in love with Ischys, another mortal man and married him.This so angered Apollo that he sent his sister Artemis to struck both Coronis and her husband dead. Artemis burnt them on a funeral pyre. As Coronis' body lay burning on the funeral pyre, Apollo felt guilty of killing his unborn child and performed the first Caesarian section of human history, freeing the baby Asclepius from his mother's womb and certain death. Apollo entrusted the baby to centaur Chiron, a strange yet wise creature, half-human half-horse, who was famous for his skills in medicine.Asclepius became a great physician and surgeon, and raised the art of medicine to unprecedented heights.The goddess Athena gave Asclepius a gift, a small bottle of of Medusa's blood. The blood from the left side of Medusa was supposed to kill a mortal man, while the blood from Medusa's right side was believed to bring a dead person back to life. Therefore, a bottle of such blood was a powerful remedy in the hands of Asclepius, who used to go from town to town and heal people from pain and diseases. Asclepius' raising of the dead aroused the wrath of Zeus, the Jove. As the father of the gods sees this skill as a threat to the eternal division between humanity and the gods, he killed Asclepius with a thunderbolt. In some versions of the story, it is said that Zeus was fair enough to recognize the great service that Asclepius had offered to humanity and decided to turn him into a constellation to live forever in the sky. Despite the rumors of his death, Asclepius became a living god. Healing sanctuaries, or Asclepions, were dedicated to him at sacred sites throughout ancient Greece. It is also said that Hippocrates, the father of medicine, studied and started his medical career at one of these Asclepieions on Kos Island.

The Rod of Asclepius

Asclepius, in the ancient times, was almost always depicted as a middle-aged man holding a rod with a snake rapped around it. The snake symbolizes the snake bite, which was the worst kind of disease someone could have in the antiquity and very difficult to cure. However, Asclepius had the power to heal even the snake bite. This rod with the snake is known as the Rod of Asclepius and is even today the symbol of the physicians throughout the world.