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Students promised world-class experience

For Release Upon Receipt - Thursday, June 15, 2017

An enriched student experience in world class, state-of-the-art skills training facilities awaits incoming enrollees in the five year medical programme offered at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

Word of this from Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Dr. Peter Adams as he addressed an Oath Taking ceremony last Sunday for the latest cohort of students to complete the MBBS degree.

“Facilities are now better than they have ever been in the 50 years of medical education at Cave Hill.

“For example, we have a world class Errol Walrond Clinical Skills Building. World class is not a title I have bestowed on the building – visiting accreditors and professors from top international universities have made this observation,” Dr. Adams told the new doctors, their relatives, faculty and staff who attended the dinner ceremony at Mahogany Ridge.

The senior lecturer in family medicine and consultant in charge of the general practice unit, through which 5th year undergraduate students and Family Medicine and Accident and Emergency DM residents rotate, lauded the campus’ record during its half a century of medical education. He indicated that the medical programme has an even brighter future.

He said: “Far from resting on our laurels we have been spending a lot of time over the last two years making sure standards are maintained and indeed gradually improved. I will mention just three initiatives.

Firstly, a Director of Medical Education has been recently hired and he is working to optimize the MBBS programme.

“Secondly, come September we are rolling out an enhanced academic advising programme designed to optimise the performance of every student at Cave Hill.

“In addition, to regular meetings with advisors, students will keep a portfolio and will reflect on problems encountered and possible solutions. Thus a self-learning, problem-solving process guided by advisors will be encouraged. We are not leaving anything to chance.

“Thirdly, while much of the research of the Faculty of Medical Sciences and Chronic Disease Research Centre is definitely world class we realise that our undergraduates need more opportunity to participate in research. We will be introducing an elective in the fourth year for students wishing to gain experience in research and we will be synchronizing this elective with the Family Medicine and Public Health clerkships so that students will have at least a 12-week opportunity to carry out research.”

Dr Adams reminded that The UWI Faculty of Medical Sciences was the only facility offering medical education in Barbados that has been accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professionals (CAAM-HP) and is also recognised by the United States’ Department of Education ‘s National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA).

“Students graduating from a non-NCFMEA recognized school from 2023 onwards will not be allowed to practice in the USA,” he said.

“The Faculty of Medical Sciences at Cave Hill is therefore in a position to expand and internationalize its student intake but to do this we will have to seek clinical placements for students internationally, for example, in quality hospitals in the USA. We have plans to do this.”


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