St. George’s University Makes an Impact at Annual American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) Meeting

table photo from 24th annual aacaAt the 24th Annual American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) in Las Vegas, NV from June 17-June 20, 2007, SGU’s Department of Anatomical Sciences proved that strength in numbers has its exceptions.  While SGU sent 22 honor students from the Students Clinical Research Society (SCRS) to last year’s conference, this year’s smaller demonstrated enormous professionalism, knowledge and dedication.

Dr. Marios Loukas, Associate Professor of Anatomical Sciences and Dr. Robert Jordan, Professor and Department Chair of Anatomical Sciences, were joined by two PhD students, Cara Fisher and Candice Myers, one SGUSOM student, Christopher Kinsella and the Research Fellow from Turkey, Dr. Nihal Apaydin.  With the vast majority of SCRS students back in Grenada taking exams, this unified group of six represented their team honorably and successfully.

SCRS is a student driven organization established by Dr. Loukas which promotes communication and instills team work values critically beneficial to students involved in meaningful anatomical research.  Currently, SCRS students have co-authored 30 papers published in peer reviewed journals and 22 abstracts presented as oral or poster presentation in congresses.

Christopher Kinsela and Dr. Loukas presented a paper entitled “Anatomical research, a teaching method in career guidance.”  This was an educational study which demonstrates the intrinsic value of research for a student’s overall academic success.  The study found a direct correlation with student GPA’s and their participation in research.  Students involved in research had a higher GPA at the end of their Basic Sciences when compared with an identical group of GPA’s of non-research students.

Dr. Loukas, a longtime attendee to AACA meetings, said “….our example of blending quality teaching and research experience has been widely accepted as an ideal model for anatomy education. More and more US schools are following our example (SCRS model) regarding anatomy education. The Department of Anatomy at AlbertEinsteinCollege of Medicine has initiated a similar program. Their students are in direct communication with our SGU SCRS students in order to get all necessary details to set up their program.” Dr. Loukas and his team look forward to the presentation being published.

Published 7/30/2007

NYC’s Health and Hospital Corporation and St. George’s University Agreement

two doctors with patientYesterday, at the Board of Directors meeting of New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) it was announced that St. George’s University in Grenada has been selected as the exclusive international medical school to utilize the HHC system for training its third and fourth year medical students.

Students from other non-US schools will be allowed to finish currently scheduled rotations, but under the terms of the agreement, no new rotations will be scheduled for any students other than those attending St. George’s and U.S. accredited medical schools.

Under the terms of the agreement and over the course of the intended 10 years of the contract, St. George’s University will pay HHC an estimated 100 million USD, and will be guaranteed a minimum of 600 training positions.  This is the largest single affiliation agreement for the  clinical training of SGU’s clinical students in the University’s history.

Chancellor Charles Modica spoke at the meeting and voiced his enthusiasm for this agreement, “This agreement will ensure that New York City hospitals will continue to recruit the finest international medical graduates for their residency programs, so vital for the city’s excellent health care.  The agreement makes HHC a major partner in the education of St. George’s University medical students as it assists in the training of tomorrow’s doctors.”  Chancellor Modica pointed out that although St. George’s University does not have enough students at present in their clinical program to fill these HHC training slots, the agreement allows for the slow phasing in of SGU’s larger classes over the next two years.     Chancellor Modica finished his remarks with  “St. George’s University is proud to enter into this agreement.  We know that this is a win-win for the University, its students, the HHC and the people of New York City.”

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), is the largest municipal hospital and health care system in the country which serves 1.3 million New Yorkers and nearly 400,000 who are uninsured.  HHC provides medical, mental health and substance abuse services through its 11 acute care hospitals, four skilled nursing facilities, six large diagnostic and treatment centers and more than 80 community based clinics.

Published on 7/27/07

St. George’s University School of Medicine Student Captivates Panel at American College of Physicians (ACP) Conference

acp sgu logosAt the annual American College of Physicians (ACP) Conference in San Diego, CA, SGUSOM student Raymond Craciun received kudos for his case report on the revolutionary effects of Botulinum toxin (Botox) injections for refractory gastroparesis, a gastric disorder common in diabetics.  As a resident at St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston, New Jersey, Raymond Craciun was assigned to a patient who was being treated with the toxin for this condition.

While Botox has gained notoriety for its use as cosmetic age-defying agent, it is a viable and effective treatment for many branches of medicine.  Raymond Craciun was not as familiar with its exact indications and overall benefit, and decided to research its use further, in part, to combat the many misconceptions of the toxin.

With the support of other residents in the program and Dr. Schuman, the overseeing Gastroenterologist, Craciun began to research the topic, compile information and prepare a case report.

With the encouragement of SGU’s Dean Weitzman and SGUSOM colleague and friend Greg Tiesi, himself a 2006 ACP finalist  and the first SGU student to present at the ACP Conference, Raymond Craciun submitted his report to the ACP for consideration.With 3,000 submissions, the ACP selected a total of 70 finalist presentations, divided equally in two categories including a medical research group and a clinical vignette group. Raymond Craciun’s case report was presented and evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges at the National ACP Conference in the category of clinical vignette group.  His effective and comprehensive presentation received an impressive response.  “Most importantly,” said Craciun, “I felt tremendous pride representing the SGUSOM community and hope that the overall exposure helped our school and all of its students to gain well-deserved recognition and praise.”

Craciun’s experience at the conference and with the ACP organization as a whole is one he will not soon forget.  The ACP is a valuable resource for all medical students as it provides mentoring programs, residency information, volunteering opportunities and a variety of educational programs.  Each state has a local chapter, and membership for medical students is free.  Raymond Craciun has met with Dr. Sara Wallach, ACP NJ Chapter Governor, and plans to approach and encourage more SGUSOM students to get involved.

Published on 5/30/07

Ceremony Memorializes the Late Keith B. Taylor

keith b taylor portraitOn Friday evening, May 11th, colleagues, friends and family of the esteemed Dr. Keith B. Taylor convened in the Bourne Lecture Hall on True Blue Campus to pay tribute to a man who left his mark on all who were present.

The evening was a shared celebration of a life that was by all accounts extraordinary. Dr. Taylor’s professional achievements include many awards and prizes during his medical school years and postgraduate work as he began a lifetime of achievement in research and clinical medicine.  Having been published extensively in international peer reviewed journals and book chapters; he was widely regarded as the leading authority on many areas of gastroenterology.

His knowledge and leadership played a critical role in transforming St. George’s University from a medical school which was the first and the best of its kind in the Caribbean, to an international, world-class University with many schools and programs, a vibrant research institute in WINDREF and a beautiful and purpose built campus.

The memorial ceremony was particularly relevant as it preceded the commencement ceremony of the School of Arts and Sciences and Graduate Studies Program.  The timing is befitting, as Dr. Taylor’s dedication and passion was the driving force behind the creation of the SAS, as well as partnerships with many international institutions.

Perhaps his greatest accomplishment however is not visible on paper or in stone.  Dr. Taylor will be remembered most for his kindness and humility.  As colleagues shared stories of a man they admired and respected, they also spoke of a friend they will deeply miss. Three of Dr. Taylor’s children, Dan, Kate and Sebastian were present at the ceremony and graciously honored their father’s memory.

Earlier that day Dr. Charles R. Modica and Dr. C.R. House were among many faculty and guests present at a sod turning ceremony for Keith B. Taylor Hall to be built on the lower True Blue Campus.

Published 5/14/2007

Agreement Signed by St. George’s University and the Ministry of Health to Improve the General Hospital

dr charles modica and senator ann-david antoineSGU’s Chancellor, Dr. Charles R. Modica and the Minister of Health and the Environment, the Honourable Senator Ann-David Antoine signed a Memoranda of Understanding for a Virtual Staff Project and Hospital Accreditation Scheme to improve the quality of care available to patients at the General Hospital.

The following provides a summary of the Memoranda of Understanding:

Virtual Staff Project

The Memorandum of Understanding makes provision for the University, through the School of Medicine’s Alumni Association and the Ministry of Health to recruit healthcare professionals to serve as embedded coaches, teachers and mentors in the General Hospital.

The main aim of the Virtual Staff Project is to expand the capacity of the General Hospital, improve the quality of care for its patients and provide an environment for supporting the training of health care professionals. The virtual staff would be St. George’s University School of Medicine alumni in the main, supported by other healthcare professionals.  The primary role of the staff would be teaching, rounding, and coaching, to be accomplished by spending time on ward rounds, in the operating room, working with hospital leadership, and providing ongoing lecturing and mentoring series. The Emergency Medicine department will be used as the pilot, and the other departments would be brought on line as the project develops.

The project will run for approximately two years and will be reviewed after that period to determine the impact and the feasibility of further extension.

Hospital Accreditation

An improvement in the quality of care, patient outcomes and patient experience in the Grenada health care system is a concern for both the University and the Ministry of Health. Both parties understand that a healthy population contributes to overall development. Additionally, the onset of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) makes it imperative for the Grenada health system to be competitive regionally and internationally. Finally, the General Hospital needs to be recognized as a teaching hospital to support the rotation of the University’s medical students.

The University and the Ministry see the accreditation of the General Hospital and the Ambulatory Care system as an appropriate response to concerns regarding the quality of the healthcare delivery system in the country.  The Memorandum of Understanding makes provision for the University and the Ministry to work together to support the accreditation process in the General Hospital and for the maintenance of quality standards once accreditation is achieved.

Published on April 3, 2007

Grenada’s New Ambassador Presents Credentials At the United Nations

Dr Angus Friday and Ban Ki-MoonOn Grenada’s 33rd Anniversary of Independence Grenada’s new Ambassador to the United Nations, His Excellency Dr. Angus Friday (left), a graduate of St. George’s University School of Medicine, presented his credentials to UN Secretary General, His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon.The February 7 ceremony took place at UN headquarters in New York and was attended by Marguerite St. John, counselor at the Grenada Mission. Also presenting credentials on that day were the new ambassadors for Slovenia and Timor-Leste.

In accepting Dr. Friday’s credentials, the Secretary General noted the special significance of the day for Grenada and extended his congratulations to its government and people.  Commenting on the occasion, Ambassador Friday said, “It was a special honor to have this ceremony on Grenada’s Independence Day.  I thank the Government of Grenada for its confidence in me. With my team here at the UN, I look forward to contributing in areas that affect developing states”.  He also intends to help Grenada’s development by generating interest in Grenada’s investment opportunities.

Dr. Angus Friday is the son of the late Dr. Stan Friday OBE, who served as the Associate Dean of Clinical Studies at St. George’s University and also as Grenada’s Chief Medical Officer.  Angus graduated from St. George’s University at a ceremony held at the United Nations in the Summer of 1991.  Recalling his time at SGU he says, “I fondly remember Dr. Nelly Golarz telling me that I can achieve anything that I want; that was very inspirational.  Dr. Rao and Dr. Pensick were also supportive.”  After graduation he served as a junior doctor at the Grenada General Hospital before traveling to Scotland to complete an MBA degree.  He remained in London for ten years thereafter as an entrepreneur in medical information technology developing two software companies, one with Johnson and Johnson and the other with venture capital.  He returned to Grenada in 2004 to support the family business (Glenelg Spring Water) and to help with Grenada’s economic development.  He served as deputy chairman on the Grenada Board of Tourism and as director of Petro Caribe and he helped develop Grenada’s National Strategic Plan and its National Export Strategy.

He commented, “St. George’s University has contributed significantly to Grenada’s economic development and has been an outstanding example of successful entrepreneurship on the part of Chancellor Modica and his team.  Grenada needs to build on this with more international educational services, offshore health services, health tourism and biopharmaceuticals, starting with herbal medicines.”   The University, he hopes, may one day play an important role in incubating such projects.  Dr. Friday welcomes any interest from alumni in developing projects in Grenada.

Grenada’s stated purpose at the United Nations is “to promote and pursue Grenada’s interest within the community of nations, and to enhance Grenada’s image and its development.”  Ambassador Friday intends to contribute to this mission and support the efforts of Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, especially regarding the environment.  Dr. Friday noted, “Vulnerable small island states such as Grenada have an important role to play on issues related to global warming”.  He hopes that there may be scope to liaise with St. George’s University on related topics (such as coral reef bleaching) which are important for the 43 small island states represented at the UN.

Dr. Friday also said that he intends to seek partners for the development of Grenada.  He noted, “We would like to see Grenada as a natural choice in forming partnerships for development with our friends in the international community.  With its stable political climate and low crime rate, Grenada is moving forward at a steady and sustainable pace.”  He also hopes to interest Grenadians living in New York to invest in their homeland.  “Given some of the major developments coming on stream, the time is opportune for Grenadians and others to invest in Grenada and to share in the benefits of the island’s economic growth”.

He concluded, noting:  “At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and here at the Mission in New York, I’m delighted to be supported by a very good team of committed individuals who have already displayed a high degree of professionalism.  I am also grateful to have the support of New York Consul General the honourable Allen McGuire.  Working together, I am confident that we should see a number of positive results for Grenada in the months ahead.”

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Published 2/23/2007

Professor Ian McConnell Delivers the Thirteenth Annual Geoffrey H. Bourne Memorial Lecture

Professor Ian McConnell Balck and White PortraitThe Thirteenth Annual Bourne Lecture was delivered by Professor Ian McConnell on the evening of February 12, 2007 at the True Blue campus in Grenada.  Professor McConnell presented on the topic: One Medicine: A Continuum of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science, focusing on the interplay between the three fields.

The lecture drew upon Professor McConnell’s distinguished career in research, specifically in the immunology of infectious diseases of animals and man.  One Medicine has been a consistent theme of his extensive research and teaching.  Throughout his research career he has exploited uniqueness offered by animal physiology and animal disease problems to gain insights into basic aspects of immunology and pathology of diseases importance to both veterinary and comparative medicine.

Professor McConnell is Professor of Veterinary Science and Director of Research at the University of Cambridge, England.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE), Founder Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, and Professorial Fellow at Darwin College Cambridge.  He graduated in veterinary medicine from the University of Glasgow and in Natural Sciences (Pathology) from the University of Cambridge.  He carried out his doctoral studies (PhD) in immunology in the laboratory of Prof. RRA Coombs in the Department of Pathology, Cambridge.

Professor McConnell has 150 scientific publications which focus on studies on the immune system in health and disease, with particular focus on infectious diseases of man and animals including zoonotic diseases transmissible to man.  He was principal author of two editions of a highly successful book on the Immune System – a major undergraduate textbook in immunology.

He has made many fundamental discoveries on the immune system, particularly in the area of membrane receptors on lymphocytes, the role of the complement system in viral immunity lymphocyte physiology, and unique studies on immunity and pathogenesis of a naturally occurring ruminant lentivirus (maedi visna virus – MVV) – which is a prototype AIDS virus.  His research has provided unique insights into immune physiology and the pathogenesis of lentiviral infections of man and animals.  His current research is on the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) and is focused on the mechanisms whereby prions which cause scrapie in sheep are able to invade the central nervous system.

Professor McConnell is recognized as an authority on infectious diseases of livestock, and through chairmanship and membership of several key Government and Royal Society Committees in animal and human health, has played a leading role in top-level Government Committees dealing with BSE, the Royal Society’s Inquiry into Foot and Mouth Disease, and more recently the Nuffield Council Inquiry on the ethics of research involving animals.  He was chairman of the Vaccination Subgroup for the Royal Society’s Inquiry  into Foot and Mouth Disease which led to the UK Government’s decision that emergency vaccination would be used in any future outbreak of FMD in the UK.  This is a major policy shift for the UK Animal Health Authorities.  As a member of the UK’s main advisory committee on spongiform encephalopathies (SEAC), he has been involved in scientific and advisory issues relating to transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) of animals and man.  He has also had a widespread involvement with the food industry through his expertise in diseases transmitted to man through the food chain.

For a synopsis of Prof. McConnell’s lecture “One Medicine: A Continuum of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science” please see: Bourne Lecture.

Published 2/20/2007

The Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program Launched First Step in St. George’s University’s World Outreach Program

Dr Charles Modica with Professor Kel Fidler See Program Description

On January 11th at the Northumbria University campus in Newcastle, UK,  Dr. Charles R. Modica, Chancellor of St. George’s University, and Professor Kel Fidler, Vice Chancellor of Northumbria University, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, launching a groundbreaking academic partnership between the two universities.

This was a proud moment for many individuals who have worked diligently to see this program come to fruition.  The new Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program will allow SGU’s School of Medicine to offer the first year of basic sciences on the Northumbria University campus. Students accepted into this program will be matriculated at both SGU and Northumbria University, although faculty and curricula will remain under the direction of SGUSOM.  It is designed for students who want to practice medicine in the developing world.

At the reception following this signing which demonstrated our new partnership Professor Fidler, Vice Chancellor of the Northumbria University lauded the spirit of cooperation and initiative which is celebrated by both universities.  He welcomed St. George’s administration, faculty and students to the Northumbria University and voiced confidence in a positive outcome to the partnership.

Students from 10 countries joined this Charter Class of the Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars program, marking a momentous moment in both their lives and the life of St. George’s University.  During the White Coat Ceremony which followed the signing of the agreement, Chancellor Modica made special mention of Dr. Keith B. Taylor, Vice Chancellor Emeritus, whose vision was integral to shaping the international goals of St. George’s.  Sadly, Dr. Taylor died on December 31, 2006.  In his honor, Dr. Modica announced that this program would henceforward be named the Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars

Pictured L. to R. Bakri Saeed, Associate Dean of Basic Sciences (SGU), Calum Macpherson, Dean of Graduate Studies (SGU), Margaret Lambert, Dean of Enrolment (SGU), Kel Fidler, Vice Chancellor (UNN), Julie Mennell, Dean, School of Applied Science (UNN), Chancellor Modica (SGU), C. V. Rao, Dean of Students (SGU) and Allen Pensick, Provost (SGU).

Pictured L. to R. Bakri Saeed, Associate Dean of Basic Sciences (SGU), Calum Macpherson, Dean of Graduate Studies (SGU), Margaret Lambert, Dean of Enrolment (SGU), Kel Fidler, Vice Chancellor (UNN), Julie Mennell, Dean, School of Applied Science (UNN), Chancellor Modica (SGU), C. V. Rao, Dean of Students (SGU) and Allen Pensick, Provost (SGU).

Program, in recognition of his vision and dedication to the international growth of St. George’s University.

Chancellor Modica told the students that he believes that the urgent and growing need for doctors in developing nations will be filled by the students he welcomes in this program and others alike.“ This agreement is designed to enhance our commitment to international health delivery.  We see this new program as being particularly attractive to students who wish to be involved in improving standards of healthcare in developing countries,“ Chancellor Modica said.  “Northumbria University is an ideal partner in this important mission.”

Dr. Catherine Burrell, DMus, MD, exhorted the students to pay attention to each and every patient in their career and to learn from the patients.  She explained the seriousness of the coats they were about to don as symbols of their acceptance of their professional commitment.  Students were urged accept the coat, the symbol of their chosen profession, with the gravity that the medical profession deserves.  Students were welcomed into the medical profession, and they recited the professional commitment, promising to live up to the expectations of the medical profession.
Northumbria Students with Charles Modica

They were then welcomed to the Northumbria University by Professor Gavin Black, the Pro Vice Chancellor of Northumbria University.  Mr. Black welcomed SGU as the most recent of its over 90 international partnerships.  He said that Northumbria University is excited about this venture as it opens up all sorts of possibilities for future developments.  He cited the international nature of the incoming class and underlined the fact that Northumbria University has a large and varied international student body.  Northumbria University has a long record in teaching Biomedical Sciences, and is recognized by professional bodies as being one of the principal innovators in the field.

This January’s pilot program commenced with 54 students from over 10 countries including the Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Canada, Nigeria, Bahamas, Philippines, Iran, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Ireland, Azerbajan, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Published on 1/12/07

University Mourns Visionary Leader In Memoriam

Keith Breden Taylor, DM, FRCP
16 April 1924 – 31 December 2006

Dr Taylor HeadshotThere is often disagreement as to whether the man makes history or history makes the man. There is no disagreement at St. George’s University that Keith B. Taylor made SGU history, and, along with Chancellor Charles Modica and former Vice Chancellor Geoffrey Bourne, put St. George’s University on the world’s radar screen. Because of his tireless efforts and unswerving dedication, St. George’s was transformed from a medical school which was the first and best of its kind in the Caribbean, to an international, world class University with many schools and programs and a vibrant research institute needed in the region.

Dr. Taylor came to SGU from Stanford University where he had served in academic medicine for 30 years. As well as being appointed the George de Forest Barnett Professor of Medicine he also served as Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine and the Chief of Medical Service, Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital. Prior to his achievements at Stanford, Dr. Taylor had been a senior lecturer in medicine at the Nuffield Department of Medicine, Oxford. He had won many awards and prizes during his medical school years and postgraduate work as he began a lifetime of achievement in research and clinical medicine. Dr. Taylor published over 100 papers and abstracts in international peer reviewed journals such as Nature, Science, The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, the British Medical Journal, Gut, Gastroenterology, and Clinical Science. He published nine book chapters and was widely regarded as the leading authority on many areas of gastroenterology, particularly in the area of vitamin B12 absorption and pernicious anemia.

Dr. Taylor believed deeply in the concept that international communications and networking were vital in the world of medicine; he traveled widely as a visiting professor, lecturing and learning at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, Boston University, Wisconsin at Madison, Baylor in Texas, Rochester in New York, Washington in Seattle, Columbia in New York, New Mexico in Albuquerque, Adelaide and Queensland in Australia, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne in Australia, Natal in Durban South Africa, and McMaster in Canada. Dr. Taylor created a wide network of scholars, experts and scientists most of whom became his dear friends for life because of his open, warm and inclusive nature.

Dr. Taylor brought to St. George’s this lifetime of experience on the front lines of superior academic medicine, coupled with a rare nature filled with inquisitive intelligence and gentle understanding of humans and their institutions. St. George’s was not exactly the academic milieu he was used to. He did not storm into SGU with a series of imperatives for the administration to follow. Because his nature, and hence his management style, was inclusive and embracing, he spent his initial time as Vice Chancellor to discover how, and why, this small band of dedicated people had taken this dream of creating a powerful, excellent medical school and turned it into a successful reality. He discovered the strengths and weaknesses and then very carefully led the administration into expanding that dream. He worked with many others, especially Chancellor Charles Modica, to plan and execute a beautiful and purpose built campus to house the academic dream. Research was one of his top priorities, rightly believing that the study of medicine needs research as a component. His efforts led to the creation of the Windward Island Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) which in turn brought the St. George’s University name out into the world of scientists and researchers. He guided the University into a graduate program which attracted more faculty and students. He expanded the faculty with recruitment initiatives designed to attract scholars. Dr. Taylor was the driving force behind the creation of the School of Arts and Sciences, developed to aid Grenada and the region in its need for quality tertiary education. The recruitment of international students and partnerships with international institutions was one of his main goals and he pursued this with such dedication and drive that results were seen almost immediately. Today, the University has multiple schools and programs, graduate studies, a respected research program with many international partnerships, a lively and highly qualified faculty, a campus that is the envy of many universities all over the world, international partnerships with educational establishments in many countries, and a student body that hails from over 85 countries.

But to those he left behind at the University, he will be remembered most for his kind and giving nature. He was a gentleman, perhaps the last of the breed. His kindness and humility were legendary. He abhorred pomposity and self-promotion. He would have considered this eulogy, this list of accomplishments (woefully abbreviated as it is) “fulsome,” since his personal quest was always to learn more and know more and he shunned accolades. He had a generosity of spirit that he shared with all. This spirit, coupled with his unfailing intellectual curiosity, turned every conversation, discussion, encounter, every word spoken in passing, into a positive philosophical discussion, pursued with honesty and intelligence. To be with him was to be invited into a world of ideas and kindness. He elevated the everyday discussions at the University as he imbued its academic endeavors with this generous nature and intellectual curiosity. St. George’s University was radically transformed by his gift to us, and we will miss him.

Dr. Taylor died quietly at home, surrounded by his family and friends. He was survived by his four children – Sebastian, Niicholas, Kate, and Daniel – seven grandchildren, and his friend Patricia Staniszewski.

Published on 1/5/07

St. George’s University and Northumbria University Expand Academic Partnership

NorthumbriaSGU and the Northumbria University unite for another innovative academic partnership designed to further enhance SGU’s commitment to international medical education and health delivery.

This new Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program will allow SGU’s School of Medicine to offer the first year of basic sciences on the Northumbria University campus in Newcastle, United Kingdom. Students accepted into this program will be matriculated at both St. George’s University and the Northumbria University, although faculty and curricula will remain under the direction of SGUSOM. The courses will be the same as to course delivery, calendars, course content, examinations, etc.).

When the first year of studies is successfully completed at Northumbria University, students will proceed to Grenada to complete the second year of the basic sciences curriculum there. Student will receive a diploma certificate from Northumbria University at the end of their year at Northumbria University. They will then be offered the option of completing a bachelor’s degree (Hons) with Northumbria University, while simultaneously completing SGUSOM’s second year curriculum at SGU’s True Blue campus in Grenada. The final two clinical years are completed at affiliated hospitals in the US and the UK

The initial pilot program will begin with a class of 50-60 eager and dedicated students this January. SGU is seeking students from developing countries who are committed to returning home to practice medicine in their home communities. SGU is also seeking students from developed countries who plan to dedicate a part of their professional careers to practice medicine in struggling parts of the world. Partial scholarships are offered for this program.

In academic partnership with the Northumbria University, SGU anticipates the future endeavors of students accepted into this program will help to transform the medical health delivery in the Caribbean region and throughout the world. It is the intention that after the SGU medical program becomes fully established and successful, SGU and Northumbria University will venture to implement other avenues of collaboration.

Northumbria University was established as a polytechnic institute in 1969 and inaugurated as a university in 1992. St. George’s University was founded as an independent school of medicine nearly 30 years ago. It has evolved into a beacon of academic excellence from which more than 6,500 graduates are practicing medicine worldwide.

Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program

Published on 12/05/2006