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30 doctors don their robes and take an oath to serve their fellow men

Most successful group of doctors to have emerged from the School of Clinical Medicine and Research program since it started in 1997
  • DOCTOR 1: Thirty new doctors entered the medical fraternity in The Bahamas with their graduation from the University of the West Indies School of Clinical Medicine and Research Bahamas. Pictured are the new doctors with from left, seated, Dr. Robin Roberts, director of the School of Clinical Medicine and Research (SCMR) Bahamas; Dr. Merceline Dahl-Regis, chief medical officer, Ministry of Health; Dr. Perry Gomez, Minister of Health; Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes; Hyacinth Pratt, permanent secretary, Ministry of Health; Dr. Arthur Burnett, chief neurologist, John Hopkins School of Medicine; Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama and Dr. Bernard Nottage, Minister of National Security. PHOTOS: MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

Published: Jul 03, 2013

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The medical fraternity in The Bahamas welcomed 30 new doctors who recently graduated from the University of the West Indies School of Clinical Medicine and Research (SCMR) Bahamas Campus. Before a capacity-filled room, the new physicians donned their robes and took their oath to serve their fellow men.
Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Jerome Fitzgerald, heralded the fact that the graduates were the most successful group of doctors to have emerged from the program since it started in 1997. He told the students that their achievements represented the advancement of health care in The Bahamas.
The class included 24 students who successfully passed their exams on the first sitting, 30 doctors who graduated overall and 12 postgraduate students who passed their Doctor of Medicine (DM) examinations.
Three of the DM graduates specialized in emergency medicine — a first since the program started four years ago — one in child health and eight in family medicine. Two hundred and forty seven 247 doctors have now graduated from SCMR Bahamas.
Dr. Wilnaye Bain captured four of the top awards for her performance in the program — the Dr. Cecil M. Bethel Award for Most Outstanding Student, The Bahamas Class of 2013; Dr. Anthony Regis Award for Most Outstanding Student in Final MBBS Examinations; Professor Knolly Alan Butler Award for Most Outstanding Student in Surgery part of the Final MBBS Examinations and the top Graduate in the UWI School of Clinical Medicine and Research Class of 2013 Bahamas.
Dr. Sean Knowles was awarded the Dr. Mortimer Moxey award for Most Outstanding Performance in Community Health The Bahamas Class of 2013.

Fitzgerald also lauded the graduates on their success in medical research. The group submitted a record 13 papers to the Caribbean Health Research Conference in April 2012. Two Bahamians, Dr. Keith Rivers and Dr. Juana Rogers tied for first place from among the 150 submissions. At the same time, Dr. Indira Minus-Grimes won the prize for the best paper in the International and General Resident Poster sessions for her research on senior citizens in The Bahamas.
Amidst the celebratory occasion, Minister Fitzgerald reminded the students that the government had spent a considerable amount of money on their education and that they should now transfer their “greatness in medical research into action.”
“The Government, and by extension the Bahamian people’s generosity should be repaid through more doctors offering themselves to serve in Family Islands so that those residents  can have the same quality of health care that is provided in New Providence,” Fitzgerald said.
The education minister further told the graduates that more of their research must reach the people whom it most often impacts and that citizens should not only learn about health care issues when they arrive at the hospital or when there is a scare of a pending epidemic. He said research is less effective then.
The most recent graduates learned that they were to be the last class of doctors not to have their services bonded.
The new doctors were also told by Minister of Health, Dr. Perry Gomez that the government had created parity of pay between doctors in the public health sector and those in the Public Hospitals Authority. And that the government had also added a scarcity allowance to ensure access to timely, quality and affordable health care in the Family Islands. The health minister also told the group that their posting at public clinics in New Providence clinics will alleviate the traffic flowing through the Accident and Emergency Section of the Princess Margaret Hospital.
The 2013 Class also heard from Professor Arthur Burnett, professor of urology and director of the basic science laboratory in neurology at John Hopkins University School of Medicine who told the new doctors to find their passion and pursue it.

The SCMR campus has received its accreditation from the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Medical Education and Other Health Professionals. The UWI medically trained doctors will be the only individuals exempted from taking medical board examinations to practice in the United States, according to SCMR Bahamas director, Dr. Robin Roberts.

The Bahamas Class of 2013 of the School of Clinical Medicine and Research

Dr. Bokang Akanyang           Dr. Neo Gaboraone
Dr. Clifton Astwood              Dr. Thomas Gilbert
Dr. Wilnaye Bain                  Dr. Julio James
Dr. Davianne Carwright        Dr. Khristle Johnson
Dr. Racquel Clarke               Dr. Shalera Jones
Dr. Teran Clarke                  Dr. Khia King-Strachan
Dr. Vashti Darling                Dr. Sean Knowles
Dr. Rasheeda Darville          Dr. Philip Laramore
Dr. Irka Ebanks         
Dr. Nevillina Munnings
Dr. Unida Fane                   Dr. Lo-Mar Munroe
Dr. Shiaeah Ferguson         Dr. Mitesha Nottage
Dr. Latina Fritz-Gerald        Dr. Chenere Nixon
D. Petra Forbes                 Dr. Lakeisha Pinder
Dr. Alexandria Foulkes       Dr. Shervette Stevens
Dr. Diana Bannister           Dr. Kayshan Wilkinson

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