For Release Upon Receipt - July 11, 2012
The University of the West Indies, Faculty of Medical Sciences in association with the Surgical and Allied specialties of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital present the Twelfth Annual Professor E. R. Walrond Scientific Symposium on July 20, 2012 at the Auditorium of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The first symposium was organized by the Surgical and Allied specialties and was held in July 2001 as part of weeklong activities celebrating forty years of Professor E. R. Walrond’s career in medicine and celebrating his contribution to medicine and to the community. The success of the first symposium encouraged the committee to continue organizing it as a yearly activity. Since our last symposium Professor Sir Walrond was further honoured by being bestowed the title of Knight of St Andrew in “recognition for extraordinary and outstanding achievement and merit in service to Barbados in the field of medicine”.
These symposia are well attended with standing room only at the auditorium. This symposium is intended for nurses, ancillary medical service staff, medical students and members of medical community comprising residents, consultants, and primary care physicians from both the polyclinics and private offices.
This scientific symposium is primarily organized to stimulate and encourage medical students, junior doctors from different specialties within the hospital as well as physicians at the polyclinics, the nursing community and other paramedical specialties to present original research papers. We are happy to have participants from Trinidad and we are also especially pleased that the student presenters are well represented, this can only mean research will continue to feature prominently amongst our graduates. A range of topics will be presented relevant to the health of the people of Barbados and the wider Caribbean region.
The papers are judged by a panel of experienced clinicians and researchers and the three highest rated papers are awarded monetary prizes and medals annually.
We are continuing to feature an Ethics Case Presentation which will be presented this year by Dr Shabier St John with Professor Sir Walrond as the lead discussant, similar presentations are held every 2nd Saturday in the QEH auditorium and all are invited. Another interesting highlight is an ethics topic in the form of a skit presented by our talented students.
The symposium is sponsored by Stokes &Bynoe Ltd, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and the Arnott Cato Foundation.
Interested persons and the public at large are invited to attend this special symposium.
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