Male shortage

QEH doctor wants more male interns

A leading medical official here wants to know why Barbadian men are not joining the profession, as females continue to dominate internship positions at the main hospital.

As he welcomed 29 new interns to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), Internship Coordinator Dr Clyde Cave lamented that only two males were included among the group.

Intern of the Year Dr Alana Francis (centre) and the new set of interns she gave a pep talk to.
Intern of the Year Dr Alana Francis (centre) and the new set of interns she gave a pep talk to.

He said it was not unusual for the number of females who graduate from the University of the West Indies medical programme to outnumber males, however this year was extreme, and the authorities might soon have to investigate this discrepancy.

 Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), Internship Coordinator Dr Clyde Cave
Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), Internship Coordinator Dr Clyde Cave

“I think the question must be asked, where are the males? What are they doing if anything, and why [are they] not choosing medicine? It is always good to have a balance and when it’s this extreme, I think an explanation must be sought because there must be a reason somewhere, whether within the system of within the society.”

Dr Cave also noted that the “feminization” of medicine presented logistical problems, particularly when it comes to planning for maternal leave.

“. . . if you are offered a chunk of time, that could logistically pose a problem. There are all the anecdotal stories that too many women in a group is not always a good thing. It does bring certain factors, but once they are professional it is not insurmountable,” he said.

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 to practice clinical medicine here. The QEH provides a one year professional apprenticeship for newly graduated medical doctors.

During this time, they spend three-month rotations in each of the major clinical departments of Medicine: Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Pediatrics and Surgery.

By the end of their internship, medical graduates are expected to have gained relevant professional experience and to have been mentored by senior doctors to prepare them for independent practice or further post graduate specialty studies.

12 Responses to Male shortage

  1. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte July 2, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Survey them and see what they focusing on.

  2. jrsmith July 2, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Sitting playing dominoes ,or getting drunk , that’s too hard for them ,they are a load of wankers. that’s why we are seeing how fast dodds is filling up, as in the UK ,a dam lot of the black young men are all enjoying lock down vacations at her majesty’s pleasure Brixton jail and others.

  3. Danielle Reid-Melillo
    Danielle Reid-Melillo July 2, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Does every profession have to be dominated by males??? The point about maternity leave is invalid! If there is adequate staff it wouldn’t be a problem! Some people fail to realise that without women or species would not continue!

  4. Ras Small
    Ras Small July 2, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Men don’t know what it means to be alpha males anymore or were not taught the responsibilities/accountabilities of being the universal man. True identities are no longer respected/overstood by worldly agendas. Male shortages in certain professions is only the beginning.

  5. Kevin Cave
    Kevin Cave July 2, 2015 at 10:48 am

    You know, it can be ignorance. I thought nurses were subject only to females. I never knew there were male nurses until I came to America. Probably need to be more efficient at getting the word out.

  6. Patrick Blackman July 2, 2015 at 11:02 am

    @Danielle Reid-Melillo – I think your point “Does every profession have to be dominated by males??? The point about maternity leave is invalid!” is quite valid, it should not be an issue of gender, its about human resource planning, the issue should be centered around having the required level of staffing to meet current and future projected needs. Again this reflects the level of management in play here.

  7. ch July 2, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Gender is irrelevant to being a doctor as long as you are a good one. Stop focusing on deadbeat young people- male or female- and encourage the majority ( yes, majority) who are positive.
    Congratulations to these interns- always give of your best and always demand your respect.

  8. Charles Worrell July 2, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Alas, the observation and question by the good doctor has been lost to the current listeners. If those of you who decided to make a comment understood the ramifications of a female dominated work forced and this is NOT SAYING the ladies should not comprised that force; there is already the teaching profession with a huge unbalance and on and on it is going.
    Folks whether you understand it or not, men, males are the backbone of a people, and you will find this in God’s plan and when they abdicate that role for whatever reason, the implications are startling.
    The lament has been going out all across Barbados for quite a while and we have opted to shrug it off as gender bias and everything other than what it is.
    The balance in our country is going quickly; things are going the other way because when the ladies were crying for more, the others moved over and gave them all and now, we are wondering what our children look like; they look just like the fathers.
    PLease note that I am NOT SAYING for one moment that women should not be part of it all; indeed in Barbados, they have always been part and parcel of our development but like Eve, they were convinced that this was not so and the ‘fight’ begun. The unfortunate thing here is that, those few males who have something couldn’t care less about the implications here and this is a germ that moving throughout this country. It is not good.

    • allison archer July 2, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      thank you Charles Worrell very well said, I am pleading with males to get their honour, valour, authority, leadership back from a female, if only they would hearken
      Lord Jesus have to come through this place and wake these people up, sleeping with their eyes wide open
      come Lord Jesus come

  9. allison archer July 2, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    I honour, respect, love females but I am tired seeing them everywhere especially in leadership roles, need some balance, there is a great need for males to acquire their manhood and stop all this carousing now,
    the world is falling apart for the males have no identity, they have given their strength to a female who believes it is their time to lead, to shine. Lord help us all
    males turn to the Living God and be transform into the man that He created you to be

  10. Tony Waterman July 3, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    @Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), Internship Coordinator Dr Clyde Cave!!!!!
    I find your Remarks about the lack of Men in the Medical profession, very disrespectful to FEMALES, considering that you were supposed to be WELCOMING 27 FEMALE interns into the Medical profession.
    You are the Internship Coordinator, not a Social Worker, your job was not to make it look like they only succeeded because they were not enough Men in the program, which you did very effectively, Shame on you, i am sure that they had to work extremely hard to get to this point, so how dare you play down their achievement, by lamenting the fact that there were not more men there.
    I don’t know, where you were hiding Sir!!!, but the lack of men Graduating to higher Heights, has been a KNOWN problem Internationally for at least TWO Decades now, so why are you so surprised now, or were you NOT aware of this International Phenomenon.
    It is my Opinion, Though Humble it may be, that you SHOULD Apologize to the Ladies for your untimely seemingly anti Female Remarks, because that is how i see your Remarks on this occasion, and at this Time.
    Males in Barbados and around the Globe , will have to make up their minds as to how they will proceed in life. maybe MENSA can be of help to you.

  11. Patrick Blackman July 3, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    @Tony Waterman – very well said, I was going to focus my comments on that same notion but decided not to as there would be people out there to blast me on it. But thanks very good job, everyone now is a moral authority.


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