St. George’s University 2010: A Year in Review

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Fifth term medical students and sixth term veterinary medical students leave Grenada every year in order to complete their clinical studies abroad. At the same time, hundreds of anxious first termers will take their first steps on the island every August and January. It all goes by in the blink of an eye.

Fortunately, St. George’s University Campus Photographer Josh Yetman is there to capture it all—from library hours buried in anatomy and biology books to plenty of fun in the sun. According to Yetman, “Every class is different and every semester is unique.” He estimates that more than 20,000 photographs were taken in the last year alone. Yetman picks through his favorite photographs to capture the most memorable moments of 2010.

To see his selection click here.

Agreement Signed by St. George’s University and Fayetteville State University

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St. George’s University and Fayetteville State University (FSU) in North Carolina have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for an extensive collaboration designed to enhance the academic experience for faculty, staff, and students of both institutions. The agreement became official in October, and stemmed from a meeting between Dr. Thompson Cummings, St. George’s University’s Chair and Professor of Computer and Technology, and several key personnel from FSU including University Chancellor Dr. James Anderson.

The areas of initial interest for collaboration as outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding are: Management Information Sciences; Premedical Sciences Program; Criminal Justice; Online courses leading to the BSN degree; Online courses in Caribbean Literature; and Summer Study Abroad.

The first meeting between the two institutions took place on the True Blue campus of St. George’s University when Dr. David Barlow, Professor and Dean at Fayetteville State University, and Dr. Bogdan Czejdo, Belk Distinguished Professor in College of Arts and Sciences at FSU, visited Grenada.

This collaboration will benefit the students and faculty at both administrations and everyone at both institutions is eager to commence working on joint efforts which will enhance the academic and social environments of both institutions.

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St. George’s University School of Medicine Announces Student Research Competition

The Dean of St. George’s University School of Medicine has announced a student research competition which encourages and promotes the research component of St. George’s University’s medical program.  Senior medical students are invited to submit an abstract of research completed during their SGUSOM medical education.  All submissions should be accompanied by any published abstracts, papers, posters or manuscripts used in preparation of the work.

A faculty panel will review the submissions and choose three winners based on originality, scientific merit and level of involvement.   Each of the winning students will receive an all expenses paid trip to Grenada the week of the faculty meeting (March 1-5, 2010), with the opportunity to present and discuss their research with faculty and students on True Blue campus.  This is a unique opportunity to showcase investigative work to the SGU community at large, and will encourage other students in their research endeavors.

Students interested in participating in the competition should submit their work to the Office of the Dean, School of Medicine. A copy should also be sent to Meg Conlon in the Office of Research at

The applications should start with a description of the student’s level of involvement in the research project, when the work was completed, and any other pertinent remarks.  An abstract adhering to the established guidelines must accompany the application.  Students can submit more than one entry.

The deadline for submission is November 15, 2009, and winners will be notified by December 15, 2009.

Bioethicist Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel Keynote Speaker at St. George’s University KBTGSP WCC

news ezekiel emanuelSunday, August 16th marked a celebration for St. George’s University School of Medicine (SGUSOM) and Northumbria University’s School of Applied Sciences (NU) as they welcomed a new class of 120 medical students into the Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program (KBTGSP).  The ceremony, the sixth of its kind, was held at Civic Centre, Newcastle Upon Tyne. This incoming class brings the total number of students enrolled in the Program to 645.

Both St. George’s University and Northumbria University were pleased to have Dr. Ezekiel J.  Emanuel, an internationally known bioethicist and breast oncologist, as the event’s Keynote Speaker.  While this was the first time Dr. Emanuel addressed the KBTGSP medical students, he was the White Coat Ceremony speaker in Grenada for St. George’s University School of Medicine in August of 2006.

Dr. Carol Rutendo Munyame, SGUSOM Class of 2004, born in Zimbabwe and educated in the UK and then St. George’s University, was the Master of Ceremonies.  Other members of the dais included Lord Walton of Detchant and Dr. Alan St. Clair Gibson.   Dr. Randall House, Vice Provost of the KBTGSP, on behalf of the administration of St. George’s University and Dr. David Chesser, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Finance Director, Northumbria University welcomed the medical students and their families and friends.

Dr. Emanuel’s poignant keynote speech drew upon personal experiences, as he addressed a physician’s responsibility to deal with mistakes. His powerful message reached out to the new medical students, asking them to accept inevitable mistakes and learn from them.  Referencing four situations that occurred throughout his career, he stressed the importance of acknowledging errors in judgment and seeing them as opportunities to acknowledge one’s humanity, and to learn and improve as a physician.  Dr. Emanuel emphasized the importance of being upfront with each patient, providing them with as much accurate information as possible, but balancing the clinical aspect of medicine with empathy and compassion.  Each story was etched from his personal experience as a doctor and as a human being.   He exhorted the class to embrace their humanity and to learn from patients and from their own capacity for error.

Dr. Emanuel received his MD from Harvard Medical School, his PhD in political philosophy from Harvard University, and an MSc in Biochemistry from Oxford University. His PhD dissertation received the Toppan Award for the finest political sciences dissertation of the year. He was also a fellow in the Program in Ethics and the Professions at the Kennedy School of Government and Harvard.

Since 1998, Dr. Emanuel has served as Chair of the Department of Clinical Bioethics at the Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.

Dr. Emanuel was elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) in October of 2005 in recognition of his work in bioethics. Since 1970, the IOM, a component of the National Academy of Sciences, extends beyond the parameters of the US government, serving to improve health care and health and science policy for the nation.

After completing his internship and residency in internal medicine at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital and his oncology fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, he joined the faculty at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Emanuel was an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. He has published widely on the ethics of clinical research, advance care directives, end of life care issues, euthanasia, the ethics of managed care, and the physician-patient relationship in The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, JAMA, , and many other medical journals. His book on medical ethics, The Ends of Human Life, has been widely praised and received honorable mention for the Rosenhaupt Memorial Book Award by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. He has received numerous awards including the AMA-Burroughs Wellcome Leadership Award and a Fulbright Scholarship. Dr. Emanuel served on the ethics section of President Clinton’s Health Care Task Force, the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, and on PAHO. Dr. Emanuel has been a visiting professor at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine and the Brin Professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School.

Dr. Carol Munyame served as the Master of Ceremony. Born in Edinburgh, but raised and educated in Zimbabwe, Carol, whose African name is Rutendo, was a recipient of two highly regarded scholarships from the University: the International Peace Scholarship in 2000 and the Morris Alpert Scholarship in 2004 which recognized both her academic excellence and service to the community.  She is currently a specialist registrar in obstetrics and gynecology at Poole Hospital NHS Trust in the United Kingdom.

SGUSOM Secures Canadian Clinical Affiliation

After many months of negotiations, St. George’s University has secured a formal affiliation agreement for a clinical program in Canada.

Beginning January 2010, St. George’s University School of Medicine will officially add Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) to its impressive list of clinical affiliates.  A pilot program will allow SGUSOM students in their senior year to continue their medical training at Vancouver General Hospital by rotating through psychiatry for a six week elective.

Dr. Matthew Myatt, an SGUSOM graduate and Director, Canadian Clinical Program Development, played an integral role in securing this significant partnership.  “A formal agreement with a Canadian hospital will now open doors for future affiliations in other provinces and greater opportunities for Canadian medical students at St. George’s”, he said.  Dr. Myatt explained that this process, albeit challenging, was essential.  Although several SGU graduates have obtained residencies in Canada, it is a very difficult process.  While not official, it is almost a requirement for residency to participate in Canadian rotations and obtain a reference letter from a practicing Canadian physician.  This, combined with a lengthy application process, extra examinations, and associated fees, makes obtaining residency challenging.

Through the collaborative efforts of many individuals including Dr. Stephen Weitzman, Dean of the School of Medicine, Robert Ryan, Associate Dean of Enrolment Planning, and SGU’s Dr. Robert Jordan, St. George’s University is well on its way to expanding its strong clinical program in Canada.  Dr. Myatt also credits Dr. Soma Ganesan, Medical Director, Department of Psychiatry at Vancouver General Hospital and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Dr. Hiram Mok, Clinical Associate Professor, UBC Department of Psychiatry, for their vision and understanding that St. George’s University students can contribute to the healthcare system in Canada.  Both Dr. Ganesan and Dr. Mok will serve St. George’s University as VGH Director of Medical Education and VGH Clerkship Director respectively.

With the shortage of physicians in Canada on the rise, and approximately 15% of Canadians (4.1 million people) without a primary care physician, the need for qualified medical doctors is grave.  To combat the shortage, which is largely due to an increase in population and the rise of retiring Canadian physicians, the government of Canada has increased enrollment in its 16 medical schools, further limiting opportunities for foreign medical school graduates. With over 600 Canadian students in the medical program at St. George’s University, the University has taken a key step forward in providing them the opportunities they have both earned and deserve.

St. George’s University Welcomes Samantha Ince-John and Racher Croney to Staff

St. George’s University welcomes two new staff members to the Offices of University Communications and Publications, respectively.

news ouc staff samantha ince johnMrs. Samantha Ince-John, Assistant Director of Office of University Communications, brings to the position a keen eye for marketing and promotions. In this position, Samantha will provide support for the design and implementation of Communications projects, both internal and external, including written, electronic and visual communications.  She will also be working closely with the Office of University Publications and the Office of the Provost in support of all aspects of university communication.




news ouc staff archer croneyRacher Croney, an alumna of St. George’s University, has assumed the position of Staff Writer within the Office of University Publications. Her skills will prove invaluable in the development of a plethora of print publications and communications that are essential to keeping the SGU community-at-large informed of key events and endeavors.The addition of these talented professionals will enable St. George’s University to further its 21st century communications strategies.

St. George’s University Partners with United Nations on Climate Change Convention

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True to the spirit on which the institution was founded, St. George’s University extends a warm welcome to the delegates and is pleased to be a partner in this noble venture which encourages us all to “think beyond.”

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St. George’s University Hosts Football Elite Liverpool Legends and Jason Roberts Foundation

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St. George’s University, Grenada last Tuesday hosted the Liverpool Legends at a sumptuous cocktail reception held at Caribbean House on the True Blue Campus.

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Canadian Radio Host, Writer, McGill University Director’s Visit to St. George’s University School of Medicine

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As Director of McGill University Office for Science and Society, Dr. Joe Schwarcz, PhD advises some of McGill University’s bright and driven undergraduate students, many of whom are eager to study and practice medicine.

Following a recent visit to St. George’s University’s True Blue campus in Grenada, Dr. Joe, as he is familiarly known , feels strongly that St. George’s University has the same outstanding academic credentials as many US and Canadian medical schools.

In fact, his highly respected opinion was voiced on air on Montreal’s CJAD and Toronto’s CFRM during his weekly Sunday evening radio program “Dr. Joe Show” and in a recently published article in the Montreal Gazette.

Prior to visiting St. George’s University’s True Blue campus, Dr. Joe Schwarcz knew little about the University, except for the feedback he received from a few former students. The opportunity to see the campus in person provided him with a very favorable opinion. “Setting aside the visual appeal of the campus, arguably the prettiest in the world, ” he said, ”St. George’s University’s teaching facilities, lecture rooms, laboratories and technology services were on par with many of the more high profile medical schools in the United States and Canada.”   Dr. Joe felt the three days spent in Grenada provided him with an accurate representation of the University, one that offers its students superior academics, and sets requirements as rigorous as those established at his own McGill.

During his March 22nd episode of the “Dr. Joe Show,” he expressed displeasure with the fact that so many qualified internationally trained physicians, born and raised in Canada, were having difficulty practicing medicine in their native country. Particularly disturbing to Dr. Joe is the apparent shortage of physicians in major Canadian provinces like Quebec and Ontario–a trend which could be reversed if the Canadian regulations were less rigid in accepting internationally educated and trained medical students.

This was an opinion shared by many of the “Dr. Joe Show” listeners that Sunday afternoon, as this particular program, said Dr. Joe, generated an incredibly strong audience response. Many of his callers reinforced the difficulties in finding a family physician within their communities, and were disenchanted by the struggles these internationally trained medical students endure to practice in a country that is in need of such an important resource.

Dr. Joe explained that there are signs of light ahead, and has high hopes that Canada will soon embrace the many internationally trained physicians eager to practice medicine in Canada, thereby rebuilding the diminishing pool of qualified physicians in the country.

Dr. Joe sits on the Medical Admissions Committee at McGill University, one of the top medical schools in North America, which accepts approximately 165 students from thousand of well-qualified applicants. He is frequently called upon by McGill undergraduates to write letters of reference on their behalf as they pursue a highly coveted spot at a variety of medical schools. He explained: “There is such a plethora of top-quality students applying to medical schools, that so many of the applicants that don’t get accepted are actually quite superb.”

Dr. Joe not only encourages students to explore St. George’s University as an option for their medical education, but in fact “takes issue with critics of the SGUSOM program.” He hopes that an urgent change in Canadian policy will open doors for the many impressive Canadian students he met while at St. George’s University, as these students represent the future of medical care in Canada.

Disney Internship Broadens Vision for St. George’s University Students

news sas disney1Five undergraduate business students from the St. George’s University School of Arts and Sciences recently returned from a seven-month internship at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida: an incredible first-time opportunity for these highly motivated students.  The Walt Disney World University Program is currently ranked as one of the top ten internships in the world by Business Week magazine.

After a rigorous application process, which required students to demonstrate a 3.2 or higher GPA and a record of extracurricular activities, students Dana Lalsee of St. Vincent; Nadge Leonce of St. Lucia; and Necia Samuel, Yoan Baldeau and Tornia Charles of Grenada joined 1,000 students from all over the world to participate in this program.  Dr. Reccia Charles, Business Degrees Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of International Businesses and Finance, played an integral role in St. George’s University’s participation in this program.

Dr. Charles considers this new partnership between SGU and Disney a “major feather in SGU’s cap,” as Disney only accepts accredited and recognized universities into its program.  “In fact,” said Dr. Charles, “Disney was very excited about having students from their first English-speaking Caribbean university involved in this highly competitive program.”

For Yoan Baldeau, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in management, “each week presented a new experience,” including on-the job training as a control tower operator at the Animal Kingdom, crowd control and customer service at the Magic Kingdom, and store merchandising at several of the Disney signature shops.

Tornia Charles, a tourism & hospitality management student, was an attraction hostess at the Magic Kingdom, working on such special events as Halloween and Christmas.  Tornia was impressed that Disney empowers its employees to go above and beyond for customer service.

Dana Lalsee, currently in her final term as an international business major, credits SGU for helping her develop professional perspective sufficient to  recognize the thoroughness and logic of Disney’s marketing and operational efforts. Former President of the SGU Business Student Association, Ms. Lalsee explained that her responsibilities at Disney focused on the outdoor food and beverage services where she frequently prepared the product in the kitchen for vendor distribution and served as a park vendor.

“At the time, I did not immediately grasp the importance of these opportunities, but looking back at the big picture, I see the direct correlation between my education and the hands-on experience, understanding the importance of inventory control, merchandising and customer service.”

In addition to a 40- to 50-hour workweek, students participated in classroom studies which reinforced skills they had learned as undergraduates and provided insight into the day-to-day operations of a world-class entertainment company.  Dr. Charles explained that the lessons offered by the Disney program are a wonderful compliment to SGU’s business curriculum.  Students earn between 15-21 credits over the course of the internship.

Yoan was selected to participate in a human resource management course, where he was exposed to the many aspects of staffing, casting, effective communication and crisis management inherent in HR work.  His skills were put to the test, particularly throughout the holiday season when up to 66,000 visitors entered the theme park each day.  When asked what he gained from this experience, Yoan was most impressed by Disney’s unwavering attention to its customers: “I was amazed to find a company this large would make customer service and attention to detail its top priority.”

Dana found the academic portion of the internships (which for her focused on corporate communications) equally as beneficial. She selected courses that reflected her interest in international business, finding the financial courses which demonstrated how Disney justifies the creation of new attractions and resorts the most relevant to her current academic plan.

Tornia Charles describes this opportunity as an “absolutely amazing experience, which helped me grow personally and professionally, shaping my future as a small business owner.”  She explained that although there was an initial adjustment (this was her first visit both to the United States and a Disney Resort), she is grateful for this opportunity, which opened her eyes to many new and exciting career possibilities and sparked her interest in exploring other countries.  After she graduates in May, Tornia plans to further her education in hotel management at a university in the United States.  Her long-term goal is to merge event planning and accommodations into a successful, self-owned and managed business.

Dr. Charles has enlisted this group of seasoned Disney interns to help with recruitment efforts for prospective SGU SAS students and future interns. Communicating their first-hand perspective on the unique value of this program helps would-be interns navigate the selection process.  Ms. Lalsee believes that the Disney internship program will prove to be an incredible draw for future undergraduate students at SGU and encourages students from different majors to apply. Dana explained that a number of majors were represented in the internship program in Orlando, including such disparate fields of study as exercise science, liberal arts and foreign languages.

According to Yoan, Dana and Tornia, the interaction with students from different cultures was an unexpected benefit.  Yoan developed long-lasting friendships with students from Portugal, Brazil, United Kingdom, Canada and Indonesia, and describes the internships as “one of the most wonderful experiences of my life, bringing me that much closer to my dream of being a successful business owner.”  Dana said: “The global appeal of Disney’s enterprise is so vast and diverse it gave me an unprecedented opportunity not only to build friendships with individuals from many cultures, but also to meet and interact with customers from all over the world.”  Tornia remarked that she made friends from countries close to home like Barbados and Trinidad, and from as far away as France and China.

The inaugural group of St. George’s University Disney interns represented themselves and the University with pride and dedication.  Javier Reyes, Recruiter Disney International Programs, was impressed with the performance of the SGU contingent, describing them as self-motivated and determined individuals.  SGU and Disney look forward to continuing this fruitful partnership in years to come.