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Dr. Uma Gaur

Dr. Uma Gaur

Senior Lecturer in Anatomy

FMS
Preclinical and Health Sciences

Bio

Dr Gaur joined the Preclinical Department at Cave Hill Campus as a Senior Lecturer with a primary focus on imparting knowledge in the field of Human Anatomy. She served as Phase 1 Coordinator from 2014 to 2016. Before her tenure at the Cave Hill Campus, she was a Professor at Lady Hardinge Medical College in Delhi, India. Her academic journey began with premedical studies with Botany (Hon) from Miranda House, Delhi. Subsequently, she pursued a degree in Medicine (MBBS) and a Master of Surgery (MS) from Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi. In the initial phase of her career, she served as a house officer in Surgery, accumulating valuable experience, and later worked for several years in the same capacity in General Surgery.

Continuing her professional journey, she received a fellowship in Clinical Genetics from the World Health Organization (WHO).  Additionally, she earned a Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning from UWI and hands-on training in Research Methodology in Reproductive Medicine from NIHAFW, India. Dr Gaur has contributed to various scholarly publications, authored books, and supervised numerous postgraduates' theses. Dr Gaur is the recipient of the Dean's Special Appreciation Award for exceptional support of the Preclinical Teaching initiative at The University of the West Indies. Additionally, she was honoured with several appreciation awards from the Medical Students' Association (MSA).

Dr Gaur has occupied diverse academic roles, including membership in the "Campus Health and Wellness Committee," involvement in the Finances and General Purposes Committee and served as a member of the National Task Force for Wellness in Barbados, appointed by the Ministry of Health, a position he held for three years, concluding in 2021.  She additionally served as an Internal Academic Member during the Quality Assurance Unit review held at the UWI St Augustine campus.

In addition to her academic pursuits, Dr. Gaur instructs individuals in yoga and Reiki Healing techniques as a means of reducing stress and anxiety in his students

Qualifications

  • B.Sc. (Hons.) (Botany with Physics and English) - Miranda House, Delhi, India
  • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) - Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi, India 
  • MS (Master of Surgery) - Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi, India 
  • Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning - UWI Cave Hill Campus 

Research Areas

Dr Gaur’s major research interest lies in medical education and the morphological study of the musculoskeletal system and cadavers. I have published research articles on these topics in indexed journals. 

1. Morphometric assessment of adult dry human scapula: Factor responsible for Etiopathogenesis of SSNES.

2.  A comparative study to assess the Level of knowledge and preventable risk factors about congenital malformation among the pregnant mothers in India and Barbados.

3. Morphological Variation in the Pancreatic Ductal System: A Cadaveric Study

Research Projects
1. 1994 --Project Research report submitted to CSIR India as scientific pool officer: Title-   Immunohistology study of tonsils. (Referee – Dir. Prof. C Anand)
 
2. 1988---Research Thesis- Title:  Histogenesis of cornea, iris and angle of the eye in human Fetuses. Submitted to Delhi University as Postgraduate (Master of Surgery) Referee (Prof. R Choudhary)

 

Teaching Areas

MBBS - Year 2:

  • MDSC2202: Central Nervous System 2
  • MDSC2201: Endocrine System and Skin
  • MDSC2104: Gastrointestinal System
  • MDSC2103: Cardiovascular System

DM (Psychiatry) - Nervous System

BHSc:
  • HESC1000: Structure and Function 2 (Cell and Tissues of Body)

HND:
  • HESC1000: Structure and Function 2 (Cell and Tissues of Body)

Publications

1. Gaur, U.; et al. "Understanding the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Hand Hygiene, Wearing Mask, and Social Distancing among the Public Hospital and Polyclinic Nurses in Barbados Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic." Preprints 2023, 2023092063. https://doi.org/10.20944/preprints202309.2063.v1
 
2. Majumder MAA, Singh K, Johnson WMS, Rajasundaram A, Gupta S, Gaur U, Kumar S, et al. "Evaluation of Short-Term Side Effects Following the First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccines Among Physicians and Dentists: A Cross-Sectional Study from India." J Multidiscip Healthc. 2023; 16:161-174,1. https://doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S390364
 
3. Singh K, Sarkar S, Gaur U, Gupta S, Adams, Sa B, Majumder A.A. "Smartphones and Educational Apps Use Among Medical Students of a Smart University Campus." Front. Commun., 02 November 2021 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fcomm.2021.649102
 
4. Sarkar S, Sa B, Singh K, Gaur U, Bharatha A, et al. "Psychophysiological effects of yoga in stress management among medical and allied health professional students during COVID-19 pandemic: A narrative review." Advances in Human Biology: 2021, 11/Issue: 4 | Page: 3-12
 
5. Md Anwarul Azim Majumder, Uma Gaur, et al. "Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on radiology education, training, and practice: A narrative review." World J Radiol 2021 October 22; 0(0): 0-D10.4329/wjr. v0.i0.0000
 
6. Keerti Singh, Uma Gaur, et al. "Teaching anatomy and dissection in an era of social distancing and remote learning." Advances in Human Biology. Year: 2020 | Volume: 10 | Issue: 3/Page: 90-94
 
7. Uma Gaur, et al. "Challenges and Opportunities of Preclinical Medical Education: COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond." SN Compr Clin Med. 2020 Sep 22: 1–6. doi: 10.1007/s42399-020-00528-1 [Epub ahead of print] PMCID: PMC7508422

 

Additional Info

Coordinator of Phase 1 (Pre-clinical) - 2014-2016

Fellowships:

  • Fellow of the International Medical Science Academy (Geneva) - Oct. 2007
  • W.H.O Fellowship - 2001 in "Clinical Genetics," Organized by the Department of Pediatrics, AIIMS, Delhi

Awards:
  • Recipient of the Dean's Special Appreciation Award for outstanding support of the Preclinical Teaching effort at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados (2008-2010)
  • Received 15 appreciation awards from MSA (2017-2023)
 
  • Public lectures 
  • Titled – Career option in medical profession Oct 22, 2013, at UWI. Organized by IGDS UWI Cave hill Campus.
  • Public lecture - for 6th-form students at Queen’s College. July 2012
  • Public lecture -various career paths in Medical Sciences PTM, Queen’s college –Aug ,2013
 
Professional duties
  • Examiner for PhD. (Pharmacology) appointed by –Vinyaka Mission’s foundation , Karnataka  2022 -2023
  • Reviewer of Manuscripts for Indian Journal of Health Sciences and Biomedical Research (KLEU)
  • Reviewer of Manuscripts for Frontier publishers
  • Referee for Indian Journal of Health Sciences
  • Reviewer for research and publications for assessment to the level of Senior Lecturer Turkey and Campus Greater George Town Guyana.

Administrative Posts:
  • Co-opted member of the Advisory Committee panel for the recruitment of a lecturer in Human Anatomy (STA 2023).
  • Representative for the Finances and General Purposes Committee on the Campus Health and Wellness Committee for 2022-2023.
  • Appointed as Safety Officer for FMS since 2016.
  • FMS representative for the "Campus Health and Wellness Committee" from 2022 until the present.
  • Representative for the Finances and General Purposes Committee on the Campus Health and Wellness Committee.
  • Selected as a member of the National Task Force for Wellness in Barbados by the Ministry of Health for three years until 2021.
  • Represented FMS on the Chancellor's Commission on Governance.
  • Internal Academic Member of the Quality Assurance Unit review held at UWI St Augustine campus.
 

 


 

Keywords

Anatomy in Clinical Practice, Medical Education, Neurosciences, Histology, and Developmental Anatomy.


Faculty of Medical Sciences
Telephone: (246) 417-4694/4703/4264 Fax: (246) 438-9170 Email: fms@cavehill.uwi.edu