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Medical interns rewarded

Interns Sonita Alexandra, Greg Padmore and Anique Atherley.

Barbadian Dr. Greg Padmore has been selected as Barbados’ Medical Intern of the Year.

Padmore came out ahead of four other young doctors who completed their internship at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for the July 2011 to June 2012 period.

The awards, which were presented last week by the QEH Internship Coordinator, Dr. Clyde T. Cave, are given to outstanding newly graduated medical doctors, not only for their intelligence, but for their commitment, compassion and dedication in the four main clinical departments of Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Pediatrics and Surgery.

After receiving an academic medical degree from a university, an approved internship is required in order for doctors to register with the Medical Council of Barbados and be able to practise in the country.

“The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has the capacity for 36 interns at any one time. Intake to the programme occurs every January and July. Most interns at the QEH are from Barbados, with some from other Caribbean territories,” Cave explained.

Padmore said after receiving his prize, that he was always a dedicated and committed person.

“First of all I am very humbled at the award. To me it shows my work here is appreciated. I’m a very dedicated individual, hard working, always keep the patients at the centre of whatever I do. But for me, it encourages me to continue to work harder. I always aim for excellence… So, to me, it’s just motivation to press on and keep God at the centre and I will continue to seek to achieve the best,” Padmore declared.

His aim is to specialise in lung and heart surgery.

The other outstanding awardees were Barbadians Dr. Sonita Alexander, Dr. Anique Atherley, Dr. Kaiawa Clarke, and Jamaican/Trinidadian Dr. Kiri-an Bridgewater. (EJ)

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