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The Pulse Volume II, Issue 11

October 31, 2013

AAIMS Medical Centre is now Open

On October 14, 2013, the AAIMS Medical Centre was officially opened. Here are highlights of the opening ceremony.

School Excursion to the 9th Annual Research Day Conference on Monday September 30, 2013 at Golf View On Monday September 30, 2013, twenty-three (23) students along with Ms. Shelley McIntyre from Student Services embarked on a journey to Mandeville to attend the ninth Annual Research Day Conference held at the Golf View Hotel. The aim of the excursion was to expose students to research that is being currently done in the field of medicine, the different medications that are being utilized in today’s market for various conditions and to support our Dean, Dr Owen James who was an honorary guest judge at this year’s conference. Presentations from the various departments and hospitals such as Surgery, OB/GYN and UWI Hospital were given and they found studies showing that:  Almost eighty (80) percent of breast cancer patients come in when they have reached Stage III or Stage IV, which is the malignant stage.  Breast cancer can be seen in patients as young as nineteen (19) years of age.  Ovarian cancer is becoming the new “silent killer” next to breast cancer.  Majority of females are not following up on their Pap smear tests, as they are time consuming and puts them at even more risk for cervical cancer. Health Fair Drives need to be increased across the island to better inform the public as to the different conditions that are coming up in today’s society and how to better manage them. A small intermission was allotted for persons to view the different posters from the various departments as well as booths from the different sponsors of the event such as Sagicor, Enterogermina, Sanofi Aventis and Nestle. Refreshments were served and students utilized the break period to socialize with other medical professionals who attended.

Medical Centre Opening Hours Monday to Friday: 8 AM - 8 PM Saturday & Sunday: 11 AM - 4 PM

Overall, the conference was a real informative one and I hope that AAIMS will continue to endorse students attending more of these medical conferences in the near future. Report by Nyameche Solomon — MD 5 Student

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October is Breast Cancer Month…. Know Your Status Contributed by Nyameche Solomon - MD 5 Student & President of the FAME Club 2. A nipple that has changed position or an inverted nipple October is recognized worldwide as Breast Cancer Month and the (pushed inward instead of sticking out) First Aid and Medical Emergency (FAME) Club commemorated the month in fine style by hosting “Wear Pink Day” on Friday Oc- 3. Redness, soreness, rash, or swelling tober 18, 2013 which is also recognized as World Mammogram Day. This day saw the staff as well as the students wearing pink to remember those who lost the fight against breast cancer, those who continue the fight as well as those who overcame breast cancer. Here are a few facts on Breast Cancer:  Every twenty nine (29) seconds, a new case of breast cancer is diagnosed somewhere in the world Breast cancer causes fourteen (14) percent of cancer deaths in women with over 465,000 deaths annually worldwide  Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the world. Globally it kills one woman every seventy five (75) seconds  One in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime but there is HOPE as there is a twenty seven (27) percent survival rate in the advanced stage while there is a ninety eight (98) percent survival rate in early detection

Step 2: Raise your arms and look for the same changes. Step 3: While you're at the mirror, look for any signs of fluid coming out of one or both nipples (this could be a watery, milky, or yellow fluid or blood). Step 4: Feel your breasts while lying down, using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast. Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few finger pads of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together. Use a circular motion, about the size of a quarter. Cover the entire breast from top to bottom, side to side from your collarbone to the top of your abdomen, and from your armpit to your cleavage.

Some of the risk factors include:  Age 

Female gender (breast cancer in males are rare)

Family history of the disease

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Being overweight Use of hormone receptive therapy

Lack of Vitamin D

Exposure to radiation and carcinogens

Follow a pattern to be sure that you cover the whole breast. You can begin at the nipple, moving in larger and larger circles until  Smoking you reach the outer edge of the breast. You can also move your  Drinking fingers up and down vertically, in rows, as if you were mowing a Factors that Can Help Lower the Risk of Breast Cancer lawn. This up-and-down approach seems to work best for most women. Be sure to feel all the tissue from the front to the back of include: your breasts: for the skin and tissue just beneath, use light pres Physical Activity sure; use medium pressure for tissue in the middle of your  Not smoking breasts; use firm pressure for the deep tissue in the back. When  Maintaining a healthy weight you've reached the deep tissue, you should be able to feel down to  Moderate alcohol use ( no more than one(1) drink a day) your ribcage. 

Sedentary Lifestyle

Doing self breast examinations; starting at age forty (40) and getting yearly monograms is HIGHLY recommended since the risk increases as you age. How to Perform a Self Breast Examination Step 5: Finally, feel your breasts while you are standing or sitting. Many women find that the easiest way to feel their breasts is when their skin is wet and slippery, so they like to do this step in the shower. Cover your entire breast, using the same hand movements described in step 4. Step 1: Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your The FAME Club wishes to express shoulders straight and your arms on your hips. Here's what you their sincerest gratitude to the should look for: staff as well as the students for 1. Breasts that are their usual size, shape, and color their overwhelming support 2. Breasts that are evenly shaped without visible distortion or towards Wear Pink Day as well as purchasing pink ribbons. Let us swelling continue the fight against breast If you see any of the following changes, bring them to your doctor's cancer and hopefully as future attention: physicians we can find a cure. 1. Dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin 66 High St, Black River, St. Elizabeth

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Counsellor 's Corner with Mrs. Myrna Bailey PROFESSIONALISM The word “Professionalism” is used a lot these days with many bemoaning the lack thereof in all spheres of life. It has become a buzzword in our society as many long for the days when more of this was observed among our professionals. It is a key word in the field of medicine so it is only fitting that we give this concept some attention. Medicine is a moral endeavor, which demands integrity, competence, and high ethical standards among other key attributes. Professionalism then becomes the cornerstone of the medical profession. It embodies the relationship between medicine and society as it forms the basis of patient-physician trust. It is an elusive word, but it attempts to underscore certain attitudes, behaviours and characteristics that are desirable among the medical profession. Professionalism, in medicine, begins the day one enters medical school. It includes, but is not limited to encouraging positive peer relations; presenting yourself appropriately at clinical encounters and arriving to class on time. Students have an obligation, as future physicians, to maintain the values of professionalism throughout medical training and into ones career. Professional behavior is not only expected of students in the clinical setting, but is also required in the classroom, seminar room, library etc. Expectations of the medical student are outlined below:  Respect for professors, preceptors and peers.  Respect for caregivers and anatomical specimens in the anatomy lab.  Respect for the institution of which you are a part.  

Respect for patients and their families at clinical encounters. Respect for patient confidentiality.

Respect for members of the health care team.

Respect for administrative and support staff.

Respect for the core values of professionalism.

Below is a short quiz. Test your knowledge and understanding of Professionalism. The answers are at the end of this article. 1. Which of the following values and attributes would likely be omitted from a university handbook for medical students? a. Responsibility and Accountability b. Determination and Economy c. Honesty and Integrity d. Compassion and Empathy e. Altruism and Respect 2. The Nuremberg Code, established after World War II, is a set of principles governing a. The use of animals in medical research b. The use of antibiotics in medical research c. Informed consent in medical research d. Physician’s commitment to the humanitarian goals of medicine e. Professionalism in research Which of the following is/are obligations of a medical student? a. Respect for patient confidentiality b. Respect for all members of the health care team c. Respect for professors, preceptors, and peers d. Respect for cadavers and anatomical specimens in the anatomy lab e. All of the above What are your obligations to professionalism after medical school? a. Dedication to cost-effectiveness and resource allocation b. Dedication to ethical medical practice c. Dedication to pharmaceutical research in the elderly population d. Dedication to lifelong learning e. b and d.

What are the core values of professionalism? These include: Honesty and integrity; altruism; respect; responsibility; accountability; compassion and empathy; dedication and self-improvement

Stay tuned for a discussion/workshop to be announced during the lunch hour when many of you will be able to participate. Your thoughts and ideas are valuable to such a discussion! Your Counsellor Myrna Bailey, (Mrs.) MSW Answers to quiz: 1. – b; 2. – c; 3. – e; 4. – d

Brain Teasers BFRTLAEIOLRDI Hint: Device that corrects an abnormal heart rhythm

1. What kind of doctor specializes in the treatment of diseases in women? a) Oncologist b) Radiology c) Ggynaecologist d) Paediatrics

2. What type of drug would be used to treat hay fever?

SRCLEIOSS Hint: Localized hardening of skin

a)Antihistamine b)c) Analgesic

b) Antibiotic d) Anti-inflammatory

3. Louis Pasteur developed a vaccine for which of these?

MATSTYCMOE

a) Whooping cough b) Rabies c) Polio d) German Measles

Hint: Term for removal of the breast 

FOR FUN - COMPLETE THIS QUIZ

Which country is the outgoing Guild Vice-President, Joanna Pascal from? HINT: Answer can be found in The PULSE (September 2013) Please email your answers to shelley.mcintyre@aaims.edu.jm 66 High St, Black River, St. Elizabeth

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Answers : 1. c - 2. a - 3. b

The first AAIMS student, to unscramble these THREE words and answer the question, will receive a prize. GOOD LUCK!!!


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Patients, Med Students To Benefit from New Clinic In Black River Written by Launtia Cuff (Gleaner Writer) A new clinic has been opened to serve the town of Black River and its environs. The clinic, which was opened by the All American Institute of Medical Science (AAIMS) on Monday, will serve the two-fold purpose of offering a service to the community as well as aiding with the instruction of the medical students enrolled at the school.

by engaging in cognitive activities based on real cases seen in our medical centre," Maxwell said. Previously, students would have to wait until they went on a clerkship or a clinical rotation before they would have been exposed to real medical cases. In medical education, a clerkship, or rotation, refers to the practice of medicine by medical students during their third and fourth years of study typically after having completed the first part of medical school training in a classroom setting.

Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson, in his keynote address, delivered on his behalf by Regional Technical Director of the Southern Regional Health Authority Dr Beverly Wright, said that Jamaica can boast some of the best health indicators anywhere in the world. He went on to state that on its own, the Government would not be able to meet all the health needs of the population, but through partnerships with private sector organisations, a high standard of health services could be maintained. "It is the partnership that the government health service enjoys with the private sector, non-governmental organisations along with medical missions and our donor or funding partners."

Although students will not be diagnosing and treating patients, where patient consent is given, they will be allowed to observe the practice of medicine in the clinic. Maxwell said that medical students often had difficulty applying the theory they had been taught to the actual practice of medicine. He said that early clinical exposure in the pre-clinical phase had been recommended to reduce such issues with transitioning. early clinical exposure He said that research had shown that clerkship students who had early clinical exposure in primary health-care centres were better able to perform when they began their clerkships than those who were only exposed to the theory of medicine.

"In the developing country context, primary health-care centres seem more appropriate for clinical skills training of pre-clinical That is where organisations such as AAIMS come in. students than secondary health-care centres and tertiary health"It is through these partnerships that we are able to continue to care centres. The AAIMS Medical Centre will provide a highdeliver quality health care where there is a shortfall in resources quality comprehensive range of general and specialist medical and or where the Government cannot immediately respond to [urgent] surgical services to the AAIMS Medical School and St Elizabeth needs through budgetary allocation. That is why I am pleased that communities. AAIMS is opening this medical centre today. This is a signal of "The AAIMS Medical Centre has already started to offer medical your partnership with us. services [and] consultations in general practice, general dermatol"I am extending to you the encouragement that will say to you that ogy, cosmetic dermatology, sexual dysfunctions, general surgery, you are doing a good thing as are all the other partners whose in- occupational medicine, and physical therapy (including hydronovation and generosity allow us to deliver health care in Jamaica therapy because we have a swimming pool). Within the next one the way we do," the minister added. to two months, the medical centre will also provide ear, nose, and Ferguson said that it was his hope that the AAIMS Medical Centre throat and obstetrics or gynaecology specialist consultations. We are actively seeking out orthopaedic and paediatric specialists," would become an example. He went on to indicate the Government's desire to cultivate genuine partnerships as these are one of Maxwell told Rural Express. the legs of the tripod that balanced the Jamaican health sector.

AAIMS, which is a little over two years old, started in January Medical Director of the AAIMS Medical Centre, Dr Stanhope Max- 2011 as an offshore medical school where foreign students would train before returning overseas. The school, which started with well, said that with the opening of the clinic, students would be about six students, has since seen growth and changes to the naexposed to real medical cases in addition to the theory. ture of its programmes. Now, the majority of the students hail "From day one, our medical students will facilitate their learning from Jamaica and the Caribbean.

This article was originally published in

(Jamaica) on Saturday, October 19, 2013

See the virtual link for the article HERE

Blazing the USMLE Trail Gavin who hails from the parish of Manchester, Jamaica, embarked on his AAIMS medical journey in May 2011. The MD 2 student is now the first AAIMS student to successfully pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1. The AAIMS Administration would like to acknowledge and congratulate Mr. Tyndale and wish him the best as he embarks on the clinical rotation phase of his journey. In addition, a function will soon be held in his honour and students will be able to interact with him and hear about his experience, as well as learn best practices on how to prepare for this exam. 66 High St, Black River, St. Elizabeth

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AAIMS recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Ms. Bent & Mr. Jones all smiles

Dr. Owen James (Dean), Nyameche Solomon ( MD5 Student) and members of the administrative staff, all wore pink to show their support.

Premed 3 Students

Ms. Karen & Ms. Ann from the Tuck Shop

Support Services Staff

MD 5 Students MD 7 Students

CAMPUS SNIPPETS

Mrs. Robinson cuts her birthday cake with Dr. Watson.

Board Members of the St. Elizabeth parish Homecoming Foundation stopped by for a visit.

A section of the audience, at the opening of the medical centre

Students listening attentively to the research day presentations.

MD 7 students in class

Special greetings to the following who celebrated

Ms. McIntyre poses with Mrs. Rattigan & Gaynor on her birthday .

Ms.

Birthday Celebrants for the month of October

birthdays this month:

STUDENTS

STAFF Ms. Asheika Williams

Mrs. Lois Robinson

Ms. Sasha-Gaye Matthews Ms. Deandra Passley

Ms. Shelly Miles

Ms. Wanda Trott

Ms. Paula James Mr. Dwayne Nelson

Mrs. Karen Williams Ms. Shelley McIntyre

Ms. Suesan Bailey

Dr. Rayapati Sreenathan Ms. Natoya Wilmot Mr. Mario Bryson Ms. Shanice Haye Mr. Leon Lemonias

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Announcements FYI for your Information Retake Exam Fees MD Program $300 per subject Pre-Med Program $200 per subject Retake Course Fees MD Program $250 per credit Pre-Med Program $187 per credit Other Fees Late Registration $300 ID/Access control Card $30 Graduation Fee $650 Transcript Request $10 (per request) Late Tuition fee payment $150 (applied when past due date) Loan Processing fee $100 (per application) Status letter $5 Library Deposit $200 (refundable)

All appointments to see the Dean, the Associate Dean, the Registrar & Director of Student Services and Admissions, should be made through Ms. Tiffany Gillespie or Ms. Shelley McIntyre at the Front Desk.

A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. ~ Colin Powell

INFORMATION CORNER Office Of The Registrar

Accounts Department: Students are being reminded that the cafeteria caters to you and not the general public; therefore its viability depends on your full support.

Student Services: Identification cards can now be collected from Ms. Tiffany Gillespie at the front desk. Students who use the kitchenette are being asked to ensure that they leave the stove and microwave clean after each use.

STATUS LETTERS During your studies, you may be asked to provide information to confirm your student status. A Status Letter can be requested from the Office of the Registrar which will confirm your enrollment status. Status letters are prepared for a wide variety of purposes, including: • work permits • visa applications • health insurance • financial / lending institutions · and much more.

Registry:

Students who wish to request a Status Letter should complete the Status Letter Request Form

All students with outstanding documents are kindly being asked to submit them to the registry by November 29, 2013.

available from the Registry. The Form includes detailed instructions on completing and submitting the request.

Failure to do so will prevent you from doing End of

There is a Processing Fee of US$5.00, which should be paid in advance to the Bursary. Letters are usually processed and ready for collection (or mailing) within five (5) business days.

Semester Examinations.

Please contact the Office of the Registrar for further information.

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The PULSE - October 2013