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Caribbean Governor's Newsletter June 2022
In this Issue:
- Upcoming Meetings
- Previous Meetings and Programs
- Fellow Profiles
- New and Reactivated Members
- ACP Resources
- Connect with us!
Everard N. Barton, MD, FACP, ACP Governor
Regional Grand Rounds
On June 17, 2022 the Caribbean Chapter will be holding a virtual Grand Rounds from 1:30-2:30pm EST. Hear from distinguished speakers on Rheumatology. Be prepared to update your knowledge on diagnostic strategies and clinical management. Click here to register for the meeting.
Caribbean Internal Medicine Meeting
The Education Committee of the Caribbean Chapter has announced plans to host the first Caribbean Chapter Internal Medicine Meeting on October 7-8, 2022. The meeting will be held virtually and all members will be encouraged to log-in and attend. Save the date!
Previous Meetings and Programs
Harvard CReDo Conference
The Caribbean Chapter of the ACP was pleased to be offered complimentary registration for 50 of our members to attend a virtual conference that addressed the treatment of patients with or at risk of developing Cardiovascular disease, Renal disease, Diabetes, or Obesity (CReDO). This meeting offered 12 hours of best practices from Harvard Medical School faculty and renowned international faculty over two weeks, March 22- April 2.
Outreach to Underserved Communities
In March, ACP student members, members and fellows carried out outreach activities focused on underserved communities.
In collaboration with the University of the West Indies, they conducted screening for chronic noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and kidney disease in Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, and Jamaica. Patients were screened and counselled about healthy lifestyle choices including diet and exercise.
Regional Grand Rounds
On Friday March 25, the ACP Caribbean Chapter collaborated with the University of the West Indies to host a Virtual regional Grand Rounds. Cases were presented from the Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica. Caribbean Chapter Governor, Prof Everard Barton delivered remarks on behalf of the Chapter and used the opportunity to encourage physicians and students to join the ACP.
This quarter we would like to highlight two of our Chapter's recently named Fellows— Dr. Tounesha La Rosa and Dr. Nikkiah Forbes.
Nikkiah Forbes, FACP
Dr. Nikkiah Forbes is the Director of the National HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Programme at the Bahamas Ministry of Health. She is a Consultant in Infectious Disease at the Princess Margaret Hospital and Doctors Hospital and an Clinical Tutor at the University of the West Indies, School of Clinical Medicine and Research (SCMR), Bahamas.
Dr. Forbes is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and a member of the Society of Health Care Epidemiology of America and the Medical Association.
She has received numerous awards including the Pan Caribbean Partnership on HIV and AIDS Champion for Change Award, the Society for Health Care Epidemiology of America International Ambassador, A Paul Harris Fellow award for humanitarian work and a national hero recognition for her work on COVID-19 in The Bahamas.
Dr. Forbes is committed to advancing health policy and programming related to HIV and Infectious Diseases in The Bahamas.
Tounesha La Rosa, FACP
Dr. Tounesha Rhonda La Rosa is a specialist in General Internal Medicine, currently working as a consultant in the Department of Gerontology St James Medical Complex, Trinidad. She is a member of the Royal College of Physicians UK, having completed her MRCP diploma. And most recently a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Apart from tending to her patients, Dr La Rosa's passion is also in teaching and medical education and volunteers in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate medical students. She holds the mantra ‘each one, teach one’ dearly and engages in actively mentoring colleagues.
Outside of her professional interests, Dr La Rosa is an avid scrabble player and enjoys travelling and nature hikes. She also leads a Christian youth group in her childhood community in Maraval, Trinidad. Enjoying time with her family and close friends is something she intentionally carves out time for each day.
She believes that ‘there is always something to be grateful for’, and encourages colleagues to always seek out the ‘silver lining’ in each scenario, by changing the lens from which we view it; our mind's perspective.
New and Reactivated Members
Please join us in welcoming members who joined the college or renewed their membership in the first quarter of 2022. We look forward to their active participation in the activities of the Chapter and the College.
- Melissa Arthurs, MBBS - Jamaica
- Adriele A Austin, Jr, MD - Jamaica
- Danielle D Dottin, MBBS - Barbados
- Lesly ETIENNE, MD - Haiti
- Karen M Galloway-Blake, MBBS FACP – Cayman Islands
- Swane Gardener, MBBS FACP - Jamaica
- Amoy D Henry, MD - Jamaica
- Penelope A McCallum, MD – Trinidad and Tobago
- Jibril Mohamed – Trinidad and Tobago
- Altagracia C Moise, MD - Haiti
- Trudyann Morrison, MBBS - Jamaica
- Reva A Richardson, MD – United States
- Leighton Samuels, MBBS - - Jamaica
- Ariane M Sandiford, MBBS - Barbaodos
- Cherice A Stoddard, MBBS - Jamaica
- Fritz Verly Vernet, MD - - Haiti
- Angella S Wright, MD – Jamaica
Protect your health and well-being by connecting with easily-accessible peer support through the Physician Support Line, and affordable, confidential counseling is available through The Emotional PPE Project and The Therapy Aid Coalition.
Here are some tools to support your well-being:
- Growing Through Adversity: Transforming Medicine in the Wake of the Pandemic (With Actionable Recommendations for Systems, Organizations, and Individuals): Transform medicine from where you are through disruptions and constant change with actionable and timely recommendations for systems, organizations, and individuals
- Your Circles of Control and Influence: How do you know what you can control versus what you can influence? Map your spheres of control with this quick exercise to analyze if there are ways you can grow your sphere.
- Communicating Needs for Win-Win Outcomes: Learn to use the Nonviolent Communication model to articulate the relationship between feelings and needs to achieve win-win outcomes in conflict resolution.
- ACP recently created a Resident Well-Being Learning Hub with three modules focused on burnout in Residency, Individuals and Organizational strategies, and promoting collaborative learning environments for well-being
ACP Journal Club
ACP Journal Club helps you stay current with the latest evidence-based clinical information relevant to internal medicine and its subspecialties. Reviewing over 120 leading medical journals, this monthly feature in Annals of Internal Medicine contains an editorial, easy to read abstracts, and a page of other notable articles.
All ACP members have free access to the online version of Journal Club. Non-member subscribers who receive Annals of Internal Medicine also have free access to the online version of Journal Club.
Connect with us!
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