Three prizes to top doc
Three newcomers and two veterans were singled out for special awards and prizes at Friday’s 76th Annual Independence University of the West Indies/Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners Continuing Medical Education (CME) Conference.
Dr John Ross Clarke, who was judged the best overall in the graduating class and had the best performance in the clinical section of medicine and therapeutics in the final exams at Cave Hill, received the Arnott Cato Foundation Prize, the Merck Sharpe & Dohme Prize and the Harry And Anne Bayley Prize.
The Barbados Association Of Psychiatrists Prize went to Dr Russell Broome-Webster for achieving the highest mark in psychiatry in the final written examination in medicine and therapeutics.
Also singled out was Dr Melissa Weekes, who received the Lionel Stuart Prize for surgery. She had the best performance in the final surgery examination at Cave Hill.
Meanwhile, Awards Of Merit were handed out to Dr Ramesh Jonnalagadda and Dr Malcolm Howitt for their leadership in education.
“Ramesh has demonstrated through his career his willingness to disseminate what knowledge he has acquired for the benefit of his colleagues and students, so that a younger generation will –– and do –– say, ‘I learned that from him’,” said Professor Sir Errol Waldron in his citation.
In his brief remarks, Jonnalagadda, who qualified as a doctor 41 years ago in India and moved to Barbados in 1981, advised: “One thing I’ve learnt in life is that hard work is ultimately recognized, and I would like our youngsters to keep working hard.”
Howitt, a former student of The Lodge School, who specialized in family medicine with special interest in asthma, said he remained passionate about CME.
“I’m a CME nerd because all my professional life I’ve committed to CME. I strongly believe that CME should be an integral part of a doctor’s and physician’s professional life,” he said, after receiving his award.
Dr Abdon DaSilva, who read his citation stated: “This award honours his significant contribution to medical education, research, professional achievements and dedicated service; his contributions to the medical profession demonstrated through the quality of publications, community and national leadership in the profession and by activities that have garnered national, regional and international recognition.”