Kingstown Medical College Celebrates 25 Years of Academic Excellence

The Kingstown Medical College, a long time affiliate of St. George’s University School of Medicine, kicked off a week long celebration of its 25th Anniversary on February 14th 2004. The Kingstown Medical College was founded in January, 1979 and since its inception, has provided outstanding preclinical training for St. George’s University medical students during their fifth and sixth term.

SGU’s medical students spend a critical period of their medical training at KMC in a semester whose curriculum bridges knowledge from the basic sciences to the clinical program. Their program includes frequent visits to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital where students obtain clinical experience in core rotations and certain specialties.

KMC’s 25th Anniversary celebration was launched by a Cardiology Symposium chaired by His Excellency, Sir Frederick N. Ballantyne, followed by a luncheon reception attended by faculty, staff, alumni, and distinguished guests of Kingstown Medical College and St. George’s University. A Celebratory Program in the KMC Lecture Hall was moderated by the Dean of KMC, Dr. Ed Johnson, who introduced the principle speakers.

The keynote speakers, Drs. Mary Jeanne Kreek and Richard Roberts, both of the Cornell and Rockefeller Universities, have been long time lecturers at KMC. Dr. Frederick Ballantyne, Governor General of St. Vincent and one of the School’s first champions back in 1978 and Dr. Charles R Modica, Chancellor of St. George’s University, gave somewhat different, but equally entertaining early histories of KMC. Rosalind Ambrose, MD (SGU, 1983) Director of Medical Education at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, spoke of her experiences as an early student at the University. In addition, Dr. Douglas Slater, Minister of Health and the Environment SVG; The Honorable Vincent Beache, Acting Prime Minister for SVG., also spoke at the Celebratory Program. Eloquent closing remarks were offered by Dr. Jack Cush, SGU graduate and Chair of the Academic Board and member of the Board of Trustees.

The celebration culminated in an evening reception, hosted by Sir Fredrick and Lady Sally Ann Ballantyne, at Government House. Toasts were offered by Sir Frederick, Chancellor Modica, and Dean Johnson. The successes of KMC and SGU graduates was noted and special tribute was paid to the 21 Vincentian graduates who are now practicing in Saint Vincent, many of whom serve as Clinical Faculty at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital.

Additional events during the “Celebration Week” included a “Handing over of the Keys” ceremony on Tuesday the 17th. The keys were presented in recognition of the renovations performed on the Calliaqua Clinic by KMC staff members. The Clinic, a training site for KMC in the early 1980’s, was remodeled to provide better patient care and to again provide a clinical training site for KMC’s students. On Thursday, February 19th, Dr. Timothy Providence, the Director of the Cato Memorial Hospital and Dr. Frederick Ballantyne, the Governor General, officially thanked SGU and KMC for the donation of 5 Automated External Defibrillators, which were obtained through the dedicated efforts of Rosann Hansford, RN, Deputy Director, Cardiology Unit of University Health Services at SGU and Dr. Henry Halperin, ACLS visiting instructor from John’s Hopkins University.

The week’s activities closed with a dinner party for the employees of KMC on Saturday evening February 21st. On this occasion employees with 10 or more years service at KMC were awarded a certificate of appreciation and given gifts to note their contribution, with a special acknowledgement of those with 25 years of service. The Administration, faculty and staff of KMC extended their sincere appreciation to all of the members of the Vincentian Government and community, SGU graduates and Grenada visitors who participated in these festivities.

Published on 02/27/2004