Over 80 Global Scholars Celebrate White Coat Ceremony in UK as St. George’s University Ushers in New Class of Medical Students

On the first step of their path to becoming an MD, 782 incoming students took part in the St. George’s University School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony, with 86 Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars taking part in the ceremony at Northumbria University, Newcastle on August 15, 2013. Baroness (Ros) Howells of St Davids, the only Grenadian in the House of Lords, was guest of honor at the ceremony.

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Addressing the new intake, Baroness Howells said she envied the students for “the wonderful years you will spend in Grenada, not least after your experience in this modern and progressive city of Newcastle – and at such an outstanding university as Northumbria.”

She congratulated them on having “chosen a great and noble profession.”

Baroness Howells is a trustee of St George’s University’s UK Trust and serves on the board of the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF), the research institute situated on St George’s University’s True Blue campus.

At the ceremony, Kenya’s Joyce Mbogo – a former St George’s scholar and now paediatric endocrinology lecturer at Nairobi’s Aga Khan University Hospital – introduced keynote speaker Leslie Hamilton, consultant cardiac surgeon with the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle; and Ian Postlethwaite, Northumbria’s Deputy Vice Chancellor.

After the students had been robed with their symbolic white coats, Dr. Mbogo led the students in stating their professional commitment to work alongside colleagues and professors “with tolerance, compassion and honesty.”

About the Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program.
The Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program (KBTGSP) provides students accepted to St. George’s University School of Medicine the unique opportunity to spend their first year of Basic Medical Sciences at Northumbria University in Newcastle, England, followed by study in Grenada and clinical rotations in the United States, United Kingdom, and Grenada. Students follow the same curriculum as Grenada and are taught by SGU faculty while in the United Kingdom. The Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program (KBTGSP) provides an opportunity for medical students to students to take their first year of basic sciences at Northumbria before moving to St George’s University, Grenada, to complete their preclinical training.