Issue Date: Mar 30, 2011
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New Auditorium Dedicated in Honor of Patrick F Adams

Left: Chancellor Charles R. Modica. Right: Mr. Patrick F. Adams
St. George’s University’s newest and largest auditorium has been named Patrick F. Adams Hall in honor of co-founder, Trustee and officer of the University, Mr. Patrick F. Adams. The new hall is 12,412 sq ft with a seating capacity of 820 and features state-of-the-art A/V support. The building was dedicated and blessed by Bishop Vincent Darius at a ceremony held on Wednesday, March 9, 2011.

Thirty-four years ago, Mr. Patrick Adams, together with Louis Modica and Edward McGowan, agreed to underwrite Chancellor Modica’s dream of building an independent School of Medicine in Grenada. He brought his significant experience in business and law to the fledgling venture as a member of its first Board of Trustees. His guidance and support helped shape St. George’s and has assured the University is well positioned to continue its growth and commitment to its students, its host nation, and the burgeoning community of St. George’s University alumni around the globe.

“When I recall the beginnings of this university, I am deeply grateful to the support of the founding members, and Patrick Adams specifically,” recalls Chancellor Modica. “Not only was Patrick instrumental in helping to make this University a reality, but his vision, time, and support were an invaluable resource for me as the University emerged from its humble beginnings. I am confident that the University would not have become the innovative and international center of education that it is today without his early and ongoing support.”

Patrick Adams has practiced law in New York for over fifty years. His devotion to public service has included tenure as one of the first Legislators elected in Suffolk County, New York. Patrick has been honored with appointments to the Council of Stewarts of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, a member of the Development Committee of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and Chairman of the Bishops Annual Appeal for the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1999. In 1971 he was the recipient of the Mater Dei Award presented by the Most Reverend Walter P. Kellenberg, Ordinary of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. In 1996, John Cardinal O’Connor inducted him and his wife Angela, as Knight and Lady of the Holy Sepulcher.

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2011 Geoffrey Bourne Lecture

Approximately 250 persons turned out to hear the 2011 Geoffrey Bourne Lecture held on February 28, 2011. This year’s lecture was presented by Dr. Fiona Godley who did a splendid job delivering on the topic: “The integrity of medical knowledge – why does it matter and what can we do to defend it”.

Dr. Godley discussed the ideals of integrity in medical literature and why the reality is different from this ideal. She also gave several examples of breaches of integrity and noted that the systems in place to ensure that medical literature maintains the required standard of integrity are “unequal to the task”. She pointed out, for example, that peer review tended to be slow, expensive, biased and not very good at detecting error or fraud.

Dr. Godley expressed her hope that the future held a better prospect and put forward a few suggestions for measures that could serve to improve transparency and integrity, among them understanding and improving peer review, training editors and peer reviewers, having better education for junior researchers and putting in place stiffer penalties for persons who commit fraud. She also listed some possibilities for a “more radical future of transparency”: stopping pharmaceutical companies from directly evaluating their own products, having central industry funding for advice and independent trials, publishing entire data sets and returning to investigative journalism.

In concluding, Dr. Godley quoted Dr. Hugh Clegg, editor of the British Medical Journal from 1947 to 1965: “A subject that needs reform should be kept before the public until it demands reform.” Dr. Godley’s very insightful presentation was very well received and sparked a lively question and answer session at the end.

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Professor Rosin Presents 22nd Public Lecture

On February 10, Professor R. David Rosin visited St. George’s University to present a lecture on surgery. The lecture, which was the 22nd in the University’s Public Lecture series, was attended by approximately eighty-five persons from the SGU and local communities.

In his presentation, Professor Rosin discussed the earliest recorded accounts of surgery, the emergence of notable breakthroughs of the past which have become standard in the field and great surgeons of fore, for example French surgeon Ambroise Pare, whom he credits with the introduction of compassion to surgery. He also showed how medicine changed the face of history by illustrating how, in several instances, illnesses of political leaders influenced their diplomatic decisions at key points in history.

Professor Rosin also focused on research and technology currently under development which have great promise of leading to wonderful medical breakthroughs. He painted a dream of a future where patients' comprehensive medical records are at physicians' fingertips and where medicine transcends the boundaries of physical space bringing care where it is needed even when patients and doctors are separated by vast distances. A lively question and answer session followed the presentation.

Professor R. David Rosin, MS, RCS, FRCS (Ed), FICS (Hon). DOHM was born in Zimbabwe and is a graduate of Westminster Hospital School of Medicine, University of London. He currently heads the Academic Surgery Unit of the Department of Surgery in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados and is Professor of Surgery at the University of the West Indies, Cavehill, Barbados.





SGU and Ministry of Health Host Workshop on Diabetes

Workshop facilitator, Dr. Dwight Mathias
St. George’s University in collaboration with Ministry of Health, Grenada hosted a two-day workshop on Tuesday March 8th and 9th at Caribbean House. The workshop, held under the theme, “Novel Management Strategies for Diabetes and its Complications”, was facilitated by Grenadian-born Alumni and Clinical Endocrinologist, Dr. Dwight Mathias.

Dr. Mathias spoke to an audience of eighty health care professionals educating them on the growing epidemic of diabetes, its pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment. The workshop included an examination of case scenarios with diabetic patients and the medication best suited to start treatments. The SGU Alumni said, “It was a freewill discussion to hear different physicians express how they will manage diabetes - it was a very intense workshop.”

Dr. Mathias emphasized that, “Diabetes management should not be limited to the physician but patients have to take ownership of this disease, and that ownership includes lifestyle changes, being compliant to the medication and also monitoring blood sugar.”

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SGU/AU Partnership – A Remarkable Experience

Krystle Noel, the first student to take advantage of the ‘Washington Semester Program’ (WSP), part of a partnership between St. George’s University and American University (AU), has returned with raving reviews of her experience. The International Business major spent her Fall semester at AU in Washington DC and visited China for three weeks in November. Krystle says that the program has served to reinforce what she has learnt at SGU and noted that she felt that the university prepared her very well for the program.

Krystle has this to say about the WSP: “It was better than I anticipated. They put so much effort into making the students’ experience so remarkable. It is something that I will be able to take with me the rest of my life.” She was very impressed by the cultural diversity she met in the WSP and was happy to have been exposed to the business cultures of China and DC, which were very different from each other and from her home country.

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AMSA Raises EC$12,850 for GHF

On February 11th American Medical Student Association (AMSA) held its Valentine’s Day Date Auction, one of its main annual charity events. St. George’s University students volunteered to be auctioned off for this wonderful charity which benefited the Grenada Heart Foundation. AMSA picked this charity because it is a compassionate organization that brings cardiac care to Grenada through education, service, and trained experts. The auction raised an impressive $12,850 E.C. and broke last year’s record of $10,000 E.C.

AMSA was founded in 1950, and is the largest and oldest independent organization for medical students. It has over 150 chapters and 60,000 members. St. George’s University is one of its biggest international chapters.
by Natasha Kasabwala