Photo Contest Winners Announced

The St. George’s University community is full of talent. The third annual photo contest proved to be quite successful with more than 300 submissions from all sectors of the SGU community, including students, faculty, administration, staff and alumni. After days of deliberation, a select panel of judges awarded winners for each of the six categories as well as an overall Best in Show.

All winning photographs have been published in the latest edition of the Mace magazine and will be enlarged and framed in a public area on campus that is yet to be determined. First place winners of each of category—people, edges of the earth, night, tradition, natural light, and reflections—will be awarded $20 USD gift certificate and the overall winner will be awarded $100 gift certificate to SGU online store, where they will have a selection of SGU logo hoodies, t-shirts, hats, diploma frames, and more. The winning photographs are as follows:

In order to view all winning photographs, visit “Photo Contest Winners 2010” on St. George’s University’s official Facebook page,

Patrick F. Adams Honored with Dedication of New Science Hall

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St. George’s University hosted a dedication ceremony on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at the site of its new science lecture hall which will now be known as Patrick F. Adams Hall. Adams Hall houses the University’s largest lecture facility with a seating capacity of 820 and state-of-the-art A/V support. Father Harris attended the ceremony and handled the invocation and Bishop Darius was on site to formally dedicate and bless the newly named building.

Patrick Adams, the founding and senior partner of his law firm, Patrick F. Adams, P.C. in New York, is a co-founder, Trustee and officer of St. George’s University. Together with Louis Modica and Edward McGowan, Mr. Adams agreed to underwrite Chancellor Modica’s dream of building an independent School of Medicine in Grenada more than thirty years ago. He brought his significant experience in business and law to the fledgling venture as a member of its first Board of Trustees. His guidance and support helped shape St. George’s and has assured the University is well positioned to continue its growth and commitment to its students, its host nation, and the burgeoning community of St. George’s University alumni around the globe.

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“When I recall the beginnings of this university, I am deeply grateful to the support of the founding members, and Patrick Adams specifically,” recalls Chancellor Modica. “Not only was Patrick instrumental in helping to make this University a reality, but his vision, time, and support were an invaluable resource for me as the University emerged from its humble beginnings. I am confident that the University would not have become the innovative and international center of education that it is today without his early and ongoing support.”

Returning from U.S. military service after the Korean War in 1955, Patrick Adams came back to New York where he has been practicing law for over fifty years. His devotion to public service has included tenure as one of the first Legislators elected in Suffolk County, New York. Patrick has been honored with appointments to the Council of Stewarts of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, a member of the Development Committee of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and Chairman of the Bishops Annual Appeal for the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1999. In 1971 he was the recipient of the Mater Dei Award presented by the Most Reverend Walter P. Kellenberg, Ordinary of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. In 1996, John Cardinal O’Connor inducted him and his wife Angela, as Knight & Lady of the Holy Sepulcher.

In addition to his duties as a Trustee of St. George’s University School of Medicine, Mr. Adams is also the School of Medicine Corporate Secretary and General Counsel. Of all these accomplishments, his proudest is his marriage of more than forty-five years to his wife Angela. Together they have raised seven children and are the proud grandparents of twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

What began as a shared dream has become an international University that has educated more than 11,000 people worldwide. Patrick’s lifelong devotion to St. George’s University is honored with this dedication.

The Worldwide Challenge of Cardiovascular Disease

Top Cardiologist Dr. Valetin Fuster Presents at Joint K.B. Taylor Memorial and Annual WINDREF Research Lecture Series.

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L to R: Dr. Macpherson, Dr. Beaubrun, Dr. Fuster (WINDREF speaker), and Dr. Modica

St. George’s University Charter Hall on the True Blue campus was recently filled with more than 650 attendees of the joint K.B. Taylor Memorial-WINDREF Research Lecture. Delivered by renowned cardiologist Dr. Valetin Fuster, this year’s topic “The Worldwide Challenge of Cardiovascular Disease” provided attendees with an insightful analysis of this global health problem.

Dr. Fuster spoke at length about the various issues of cardiovascular disease, including the disparity between developed and developing nations both in terms of the cost of health care as well as the allocation of spending towards preventative care versus treatment. He stated, “We talk about treating disease rather than talking about promoting health. Educating the public about cardiovascular health is one of the most important and difficult things to accomplish,” said Fuster. “You need passion and you need funding.” Not surprisingly Dr. Fuster is actively involved with several projects aimed at effecting change through behavior modification, including the Grenada Heart Project and an awareness campaign in Bogota that works with Sesame Street to bring the message of heart health to children.

Dr. Fuster’s ability to present highly technical material in language that all in the audience were able to relate to resulted in a presentation that was well received and appreciated by the students, medical practioners/professionals, and members of the general public who were in attendance. Commenting on Dr. Fuster’s unique blend of passion and dedication to his work, St. George’s University Chancellor, Charles Modica said, “He has that idealism that many of our students have today, that you get at the age of 18, 19, or 20. There are some people {like Dr. Fuster} on this earth that never lose it and there are some people on this earth that make a difference.”

Dr. Fuster serves The Mount Sinai Medical Center as Director of Mount Sinai Heart, the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and the Maire-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health. He is the Richard Gorlin, MD/Heart Research Foundation Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Fuster was the President of Science and is not the General Director of the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC) in Madrid, Spain.

Among the seemingly countless positions of distinction that he holds are Past President of the American Heart Association, Past President of the World Heart Federation, Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences where he serves as Chair of the committee on Preventing the Global Epidemic of Cardiovascular Disease, former member of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Advisory Council, and former Chairman of the Fellowship Training Directors Program of the American College of Cardiology. Twenty-six distinguished universities throughout the world have granted him Honorary Doctorate Degrees.

St. George’s University is honored to have had this rare privilege and we thank Dr. Fuster for his insightful presentation.

SGU in the New York Times

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff and Friends,

A week ago I sent you a letter outlining the situation with the deans of New York medical colleges demanding that the prevalence of students from Caribbean students in New York hospitals be reviewed by the New York State Board of Regents.

The Chronicle of Higher Education published an article on the situation. Today, The New York Times published an article on the same topic. This article highlights the fact that St. George’s University has excellent students who were unable to get a seat in a US medical school. It also highlights the need to review the academic standards of Caribbean medical schools that places medical students in New York hospitals.

We laud this effort at tightening up the standards. We think it is necessary and have thought so for some time. Please listen to the radio interview. One of the issues facing St. George’s is that all Caribbean schools tend to be lumped together; certainly the “Big Three” are lumped together. But all Caribbean schools are not equal, and St. George’s outshines all the other schools in any quantifiable performance outcome. The article mentions a 75 percent pass rate for foreign trained students in the Clinical Knowledge section of the USMLE II. SGU students had a 88 percent first time pass rate on this exam during the 2008–2009 academic year. Also, St. George’s pass rate for all first-time takers of USMLE I in 2009 was 91 percent (2009 was the last complete year of examinations). This score represents the pass rate for all 917 students who took the examination for the first time in 2009. There are no disclaimers or qualifiers on this number, unlike the disclaimers/qualifiers we see for other international schools.

When it comes to pass rates, we have had years of setting the record straight about the misrepresentations of many international medical schools. In 1983, JAMA published a report which showed that St. George’s had the highest initial pass rate for any international school with a substantial number of US test takers during a 10-year period up to 1982—we were then only five years old. Since that time, there has been no external report of the examination results for 25 years. In October of 2008, the journal Academic Medicine published a 15-year study of USMLE first-time pass rates. It shows clearly that Grenada clearly outperforms the Caribbean countries; the closest private Caribbean country performed 14 points below Grenada students over the 15-year period.

I just spoke with a past president of a New York medical school who called to speak about this article and its implications. He told me that our most important task was to differentiate ourselves from many of the other schools, to hold our heads high, to be proud of the performance of our students and graduates, and to continue to show the world how well our graduates are doing in a health care system with a serious shortage of physicians.

You should all be proud to be a part of this great University. I know I am. I wish you all a happy and peaceful holiday season and best wishes for the New Year.


Charles R. Modica

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Sport for Health Initiative Seeks to Inspire Healthier Generation of Caribbean Youth

Grenada Olympic Athletes to Become Sporting Ambassadors at Secondary School Sports Days

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The Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF ), the research institute at St George’s University, Grenada, is encouraging a “Sport for Health in the Caribbean” initiative in hopes to “inspire a healthier generation of Caribbean youth.” The campaign has been endorsed by Grenada’s National Olympic Committee and the Government of Grenada, Ministry of Sports.

Sport for Health will make its debut in Grenada, and will be spread to the rest of the Caribbean with activities geared to addressing the growing burden of childhood obesity and the chronic growth of non- communicable diseases, including diabetes, and promote a healthier philosophy among children and their families. As a first step, Grenada’s Olympic athletes will be asked to become sporting ambassadors at sports days to he held in all Grenada’s secondary schools in the coming year.

A dinner at London’s historic House of Lords, co-hosted by Grenadian peer, Baroness Howells of St David’s and WINDREF’s President, Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior, will be held this evening to raise funds for the campaign. Lord (Seb) Coe, Chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and former double Olympic gold medallist, will speak on “Sport for Health in the Caribbean: The Inspiration of the Olympics”. Additionally, Professor Alan Fenwick of Tropical Parasitology at Imperial College, London, will speak at the dinner, describing the threat posed to the health of the region by Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)—a subject of concern for the Caribbean that WINDREF is currently addressing through its research. Tickets for the House of Lords dinner are sold out.

WINDREF’s support for Grenada’s Olympic team and “Sport for Health in the Caribbean” campaign initiatives align with its mission to advance health and environmental development through multi-disciplinary research and education programmes and to promote collaborative relationships between internationally recognised scholars, scientists, and charitable institutions. WINDREF was founded in 1994 and is located on St George’s University True Blue campus in Grenada.

Donations can be sent to Elliott Fox at Raitt Orr & Associates, 2 Vincent Street, London, SW1P 4LD, UK. Checks should be made out to WINDREF UK.

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The WINDREF Board with some of the attendees at the dinner from left to right: Trevor Noel, Karen Lawson, Royston La Hee, Lord Coe, Kirani James, Calum Macpherson, Lord Soulsby, Richard Summerfield, Margaret Lambert, Charles Modica, Baroness Howells, Patrick Orr.

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St. George’s University Reflects upon the Passing of Dr. Stephen Ayres, Executive Dean, St. George’s University School of Medicine

St. George’s Commitment to Excellence in Teaching a Testament to His Legacy

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Dr. Stephen Ayres, former Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of St. George’s University School of Medicine, and a significant force in the development of the medical school’s commitment to excellence in teaching, died in September of last year. With the new academic year upon us, the St. George’s community is reflecting upon the influence he had on the University throughout his tenure.

Dr. Ayres’ commitment to “training the trainers”, especially in clinical medicine at the bedside, had a significant influence on the culture of lifelong learning that is the foundation of medical education at St. George’s. He believed, and wrote extensively in published works, that medical schools need to spend more time teaching the clinicians who train medical students and residents at the bedside. He instituted workshops and seminars during the School of Medicine’s clinical meetings, and his passion for this subject influenced the change of mission of the Bourne Lecture Series in the School of Medicine which now also addresses the topic of clinical teaching.

As Executive Dean of the School of Medicine, Dr. Ayres worked to bridge traditional medical education methods with a hands-on approach for a global community of students. His dedication to student and faculty success fostered St. George’s commitment to academic support services and to helping teachers teach even better than they do already, utilizing the best in technology and traditional methods.

Margaret Lambert, St. George’s University Dean of Enrollment Planning and co-Director of University Communications remembers Dr. Ayres fondly. “St. George’s was lucky to have counted Dr. Ayres as a member of our community,” Dean Lambert recalled. “His leadership provided the medical school with rich educational opportunities and helped pave the way for its continued progress and growth in stature throughout the world.”

Providing St. George’s medical students with the opportunity to learn how medicine is practiced in a very real, hands-on way remains the cornerstone of his legacy. Dr. Ayres devoted his life to academic leadership and the St. George’s Community will remain forever grateful to have had the opportunity to thrive under his direction.

Dr. Stephen Ayres was preceded in death by his son, Stephen McClintock Ayres Jr. He is survived by his wife, Dolores Kobrick Ayres; two daughters, Elizabeth Ayres-Kerr of St. Louis and Margaret Frazer of Manteo, N.C.; a brother, David Ayres of Raleigh, N.C.; five grandchildren and a great-grandson.

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St. George’s University School of Medicine Awards Scholarships to the Exceptional

Chancellor’s Circle and Legacy of Excellence Scholarships Awarded to 79 Entering Medical Students

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St. George’s University School of Medicine, a top-ranked international private medical school, has awarded the prestigious Chancellor’s Circle of the Legacy of Excellence (CCLOE) Scholarship to 36 medical students of the entering Class of 2014. The CCLOE scholarship is automatically awarded to accepted students fulfilling the minimum requirements of an undergraduate 3.7 cumulative GPA, 3.5 science GPA and total score of 29 on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). This elite group of students will receive one-third tuition scholarships toward their entire four year medical education.

An additional 43 entering students to the School of Medicine were awarded the Legacy of Excellence (LOE) scholarship. Students who do not automatically qualify for the Chancellor’s Circle are encouraged to apply for the Legacy of Excellence scholarship, which is awarded to entering students presenting academic merit and commitment to their school and to their chosen profession. The University established the Legacy of Excellence Scholarship program in 2003 and has awarded over $5.6 million in tuition scholarships to over 200 students in its Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.

St. George’s University has created these elite scholarships to award partial-tuition scholarships to entering students who demonstrate the commitment and dedication necessary to achieve academic excellence in a rigorous medical or veterinary medical curriculum.

Margaret Lambert, Dean of Enrollment Planning and University Registrar remarked on the continued success of the scholarship award. “We are proud to announce this year’s crop of winners and happy to be able to recognize 79 incoming medical students for their accomplishments. We’re thrilled to be able to reward their hard work and we look forward to the future contributions they will make to the world healthcare system as a result of their attendance at St. George’s.”

St. George’s University is dedicated to making a unique international medical education accessible to the best and brightest students from all over the world – regardless of circumstance. The University offers a wide variety of institutional scholarships designed to recognize academic excellence and the University has awarded over $40 million dollars in scholarships to more than 5,000 students over the years.

2010 Chancellor’s Circle Legacy of Excellence recipients

Ausim Chaghtai
Bogadi Loabile
Dmitri Aleksenko
Edward Kaye
He Sun
Jigar Panchal
Kamran Manek
Liji Abraham
Marina Iskandir
Umoren Mfon-Valencia
Moemedi Tshekedi
Mumtaheena Miah
Neha Verma
Oki Ishikawa
George Reju
Tarun Sabharwal
Warren Whitsitt
Xinyue Pan
Amanda Varughese
Benjamin Walker
Bilal Salame
Binh Quach
Daniel Simaan
Debasri Roy
Dimpy Mody
Elizabeth Ehrlich
Eric Sin
Hardik Patel
Joe Hong
Kunal Kambli
Michael DiSiena
Peter Stempniewicz
Priti Vinaykant Rawani
Rajive Zachariah
Samir Mehrotra Tanvir Kahlon

2010 Legacy of Excellence recipients

Mohsen Damavand
Eli Gilleran
Anum Hamiduzzaman
Nicholas Hooper
Ying Luu
Indu Michael
Foram Parikh
Sameer Sandhu
Matthew Alfano
Remigiusz Soltys
Roya Noorishad
Anthony Weaver
Khaled Abu-Ihweij
Sajeda Noor
Jeffrey Evans
Kristina Miller
Tanuj Sood
Audrey Seling
Samuel Son
Daniel Son
Jesse Ping
Roberta Lui
Manan Pandya
Soumya Vempalle
Nicole Brenner
Christopher Bulanowski
Daniel DiLeo
Saad Jamal
Daniel Kiniry
Ankit Shah
Stanislav Veytsman
Areeb Zamir
Steve Johnson
Charlie Tang
Stefanie Wade
Sara Elnaiem
Sonam Khoosal
David Ormond
Matthew Rubacha
Lorenzo Somma
Astha Tejpal
Brett Mullin
Leila Hesselson

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Doctors in Paradise

More American Students Enrolling in Caribbean Medical Schools Like St. George’s University.

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Chancellor Charles R. Modica recently appeared on where he discussed the influx of US students enrolling in Caribbean medical schools like St. George’s University. Today, one in every four US doctors has been trained abroad. According to Modica, “There’s not enough room in US medical schools for all the medical students who would like to go and are worthy of going.”

In the past 10 years, St. George’s University’s application pool has risen 300% —compare that to an increase of only 140% in US schools. “They go to Grenada because they know St. George’s University will give them the best opportunity to come back to the United States and practice medicine,” Modica said.

Click here to view Chancellor Modica’s full interview.

About St. George’s University

St. George’s University is a center of international medical, veterinary and liberal arts education, drawing students and faculty from 140 countries to the island of Grenada, in the West Indies. St. George’s is affiliated with educational institutions worldwide, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Ireland. The University’s nearly 10,000 graduates include physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and public health and business professionals across the world. The University programs are accredited and approved by many governing authorities and repeatedly recognized as the best in the region.

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Dr. T. Vidhya Persaud Recognized by American Association of Anatomists

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On April 27th, Dr. T. Vidhya (Vid) Persaud’s distinguished career as an educator was recognized by the American Association of Anatomists (AAA) at the society’s Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA. Dr. Persaud was presented with the 2010 Henry Gray/Elsevier Distinguished Educator Award, the AAA’s highest award for human anatomy education in the anatomical sciences, broadly defined to include gross anatomy, embryology, histology, and neuroanatomy.

Dr. Vid Persaud joins an elite group of educators in the field of anatomical sciences. His nomination and selection by the AAA Award Committee, chaired by Anna Lysakowski, is a true testament to his commitment to excellence within his profession.

Dr. Persaud is widely published with extensive research contributions in the areas of embryology, developmental biology, and teratogenesis including 25 books and monographs, 35 book chapters, and 160 primary research papers. He trained 25 fellows and graduate students, all of whom have achieved academic excellence in their own careers. His expertise in normal and abnormal development led to invitations to serve on 8 journal editorial boards, more than 35 professional appointments, and almost 40 visiting professorships. He has been a member of 14 professional societies or associations, serving as the president of 3 of these organizations.

Dr. Persaud taught a wide array of courses on embryology and birth defects, as well as teaching gross anatomy to medical and dental students, for which he received several awards and honors including the J.C.B. Grant Award from the Canadian Association of Anatomists, presented annually to an outstanding internationally recognized senior scientist in recognition of special merit and achievement in research and teaching in the field of anatomy, neurobiology, or cell biology. He also received the Honored Member Award of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (2008) for significant contributions to the field of clinically-relevant anatomy. He regularly teaches review courses in clinical anatomy and embryology for residents in surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, and radiology.

Dr. Persaud studied in London, England and in Germany, receiving his MD (summa cum laude) from the University of Rostock, Germany, in 1965. After completing his internship in Berlin, he returned to his native Guyana, where he worked as a government medical officer. After completing his PhD in anatomy at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, he served there as a Senior Lecturer.

In 1972, Persaud accepted an academic appointment in the Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Science, Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Manitoba, Canada where he dedicated the next 30 years to his faculty and discipline. In 1977, just five years later, he succeeded Keith Moore (also a recipient of the Henry Gray/Elsevier Distinguished Educator Award) as chair of that department. For the next 16 years, Dr. Persaud worked tirelessly in this position, developing the department into one of the premier units not only at the University of Manitoba (the largest university in the province of Manitoba), but also throughout Canada and abroad.

He remains active in the gross anatomy laboratory, instructing medical students as a visiting professor at St. George’s University. St. George’s University’s Dean of Enrolment Planning, Margaret Lambert, said of Dr. Persaud, “Our University has been lucky to have such a wonderful educator to help teach our students to be the best doctors possible. We (the University staff, faculty, and students) have also been fortunate to have known Dr. Persaud as a person. Our lives have been enriched by his contributions. “

The first recipient of the Henry Gray/Elsevier Distinguished Educator Award’s was Dr. Keith L. Moore in 2007. Dr. Moore is a professor emeritus in the division of anatomy (department of surgery), former Chair of anatomy from 1974 to 1984 and associate dean for Basic Medical Sciences (Faculty of Medicine) at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Following recipients were Dr. Duane Haines (University of Mississippi, Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.A), 2008 and Carmine Clemente (University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A.), 2009.

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St. George’s University Launches University Corner

On Friday, April 16th, St. George’s University launched the first edition of University Corner, a weekly column published in Grenada’s largest reaching newspaper The New Today. The New Today provides us with a powerful and timely vehicle to communicate the many successes and endeavors of St. George’s University’s staff, faculty, students, and alumni, as well as express opinion on topical issues that affect our well being.

Each week will feature a new topic written by one of St. George’s University’s key administrators or special guest contributors. By definition, a “University” exists to promote and share knowledge and St. George’s University’s international community of educators, researchers, and business professionals welcome this opportunity to share their expertise.

The Grenada community plays an integral role in the University’s growth, development and ultimate success, and the opportunity to reach this audience is embraced with much enthusiasm. We look forward to University Corner being a valuable resource and welcome addition to your week.

For a complete version of the inaugural University Corner column…

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