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The Student Guide 2013-2014 Edition


Table of Contents Pg Message from JAMSA President......................................................................2-3 Message from President of 2017.....................................................................4 What is IFMSA?................................................................................................5 What is PAMSA?..............................................................................................6 What is JAMSA?...............................................................................................7-8 JAMSA Executive Board...................................................................................9 JAMSA on the International Scene................................................................. 10-11 Standing Committee Profiles..........................................................................12-16 What is Smoker?.............................................................................................17 Assessment and Evaluation............................................................................18-19 Required and Recommended Texts................................................................20-23 Tips for Medical Students...............................................................................24 Tools of the Trade...........................................................................................25 People to Know...............................................................................................26 Contact us.......................................................................................................27-28 Just for Laughs.................................................................................................29


Message from the President

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure… And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. -Marianne Williamson

Each day in Medical School is a new experience. Some days will be very good, while others may be quite challenging. Always remember though that you have done well in school before entering medical school, hence your acceptance. This level of excellence can also be continued in medical school, regardless of how dismal things appear. I encourage all year one students to do your best. Below are some tips on what may help: 

Maintain friendships that will keep you motivated.

Establish good relationships with students in the years above your class as they are able to provide you with useful information. 2


Ensure that you get adequate rest. Each person may need different durations of sleep, so, know yourself, and know what is adequate for you. Remember that it in order to do well in your courses, you will need your rest.

As you focus on your studies, I ask that you also try to be well-rounded. Develop on your areas of interest, whether it is learning a foreign language, involvement in sports or other cocurricular activities. Also bear in mind that all Medical Students are members of the Jamaica Medical Students’ Association (JAMSA). The JAMSA Council welcomes all persons who are interested in the standing committees or other aspects of the association. More information on involvement in JAMSA will be provided during orientation and throughout the year, however, do not hesitate to contact any member of the JAMSA executive if you have any queries.

Sachalee Campbell JAMSA President 2013-2014


… FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE CLASS OF 2017 My future health care professionals, There are three fundamental ingredients that are essential for success: 1. Ambition - The strong desire to do something typically requiring determination and hard work to achieve success 2. Ability- Endowment with natural capability and special talents to excel academically 3.Opportunity- Circumstances that makes it possible to accomplish anything. Each of you is present here because without a doubt you possess these ingredients! This is the beginning of a long professional journey. Most beginnings are usually difficult. It’s not an easy road! I want to remind you that the easiest part of medical and dental school was getting accepted! Brace yourselves for the many challenges that lie ahead! Stay focused! Hold on to your dreams, because “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” Be your brothers and sisters keepers, encourage one another! Hold on to your ambitions, utilize your abilities to its fullest potential and do not miss your opportunity to be successful medical practitioners and dental surgeons! On behalf of your big brothers and sisters of the class of 2017, we welcome you into the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

Annya Gordon- Whyte President M.B.B.S. Class of 2017


The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) is an independent, non-governmental and non-political federation of medical students from 103 National Member Organizations on six continents. The IFMSA was founded in 1951 and is run for and by medical students on a non-profit basis. It is officially recognized as a Non Governmental Organization within the United Nations system, and is recognized by the World Health Organization as the International Forum for medical students. It exists to serve medical students all over the world. IFMSA is built around six standing Committees: Human Rights and Peace, Reproductive Health including AIDS, Public Health, Professional Exchange, Research Exchange and Medical Education.

Mission Statement: “Through our programming and opportunities, we develop culturally sensitive students of medicine, intent on influencing the trans-national inequalities that shape the health of our planet.” mission is to offer future physicians a comprehensive introduction to global health issues. “IFMSA is the other half of being a medical student; as well as playing our role in the improvement of medical education, IFMSA gives medical students the opportunity to go beyond the medical school and hospital and get the global health picture…keeping in mind. Think Global…Act Local”Anas Eid, IFMSA Past President, 2007/2008

Visit IFMSA’s website at: 5

The Pan-American Medical Students Association, PAMSA is one of the largest and most diverse sub divisions of the IFMSA. We the members of the Jamaican Medical Students’ Association, JAMSA are proud to be a part of this family for the past 10 years. PAMSA has long been a cultural melting pot that brings together some of the world’s most driven medical students in our united quest in advocacy and other humanitarian efforts. Whether it is at our annual Regional Meeting of the Americas or at the biannual IFMSA GA’s, the relationships we forged have often times outlasted our days with the IFMSA. It is this spirit that drives the ‘PAMSA-bred’ influencers within the Americas and the rest of the world. Our region has a population of over one billion people. That’s over a billion lives that we try to impact on a daily basis. Congratulations PAMSA for all the successes of the past 10 years and the best of luck in the myriad of tasks ahead!

- Jason Knight

Representatives of the National Member Organizations of PAMSA 6

The Jamaica Medical Students’ Association, JAMSA, is a not-for-profit student organization comprised of all the students at the UWI Mona campus registered in the Bachelors of Medicine and Bachelors of Surgery (M.B., B.S.) programme. The role of the elected “Council” of JAMSA is to simply represent views of students as well as to coordinate and facilitate the Association’s various activities and initiatives.

JAMSA’s Mission: The mission of the Jamaica Medical Students’ Association is to offer to the Caribbean’s future physicians, a comprehensive introduction to global health issues within a setting, and of a quality, that closely mimics current world standards. Through our programming and opportunities we develop:


• An enhanced interface between Faculty, University, the Nation, the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations and our members; • Culturally sensitive & committed health care professionals intent on: – Meeting the health needs of the people of the Caribbean Community; – Enhancing the quality of service available to all members of the public. • Partners of global health care set on influencing the transnational inequalities that shape the health of our planet.

JAMSA’s Vision The vision of the Jamaica Medical Students’ Association is to see culturally sensitive and committed medical students with a spirit of volunteerism and charity, and a heart of empathy. These students will be intent on meeting the healthcare needs of the people of the Caribbean community, while learning in a state of the art institution, with world class teachers and resources. The practice of Medicine eventually becomes a part of who we are throughout our medical school training and because our profession is a people-oriented one, it is important that we use our university experience to develop as well-rounded individuals. With this in mind, JAMSA aims to provide a medium through which we as medical students can grow and develop personally, outside of our hectic world of academics. The Association attempts to provide avenues for us to give back to our society and country, as well as opportunities to expand our knowledge and experience in the vast and dynamic world of health care. One of the roles of JAMSA is to play our part in effecting curriculum change in order to constantly raise the standard of medical education in Jamaica and, by extension, the Caribbean. Our social, sporting and outreach activities help to foster a spirit of unity amongst us and as an organized and united body we are much better able to effectively express our needs and concerns to our Faculty and University.

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JAMSA delegates at IFMSA March meeting in Baltimore, USA. From left: Jason Knight, Anna-Lee Clarke, Sachalee Campbell, Errol Williamson, Annya Gordon-Whyte, Brandon Dixon, Auvarhenne Howell, Adrian Coore

JAMSA delegates clad in their black, gold and green.


To di worl or whatever they’re doing.

JAMSA president (Sachalee Campbell) beaming the company of W.H.O. Director- Dr. Margaret Chan (second from left).

JAMSA president (Sachalee Campbell) is all smiles in the presence of PAHO director Carissa Etienne (second from left). 11

The internal affairs division of JAMSA consist 6 individual standing committees which each addresses one of the core issues outlined in IFMSA’s mission statement. Each standing committee is headed by a director which relays information between the committee and the JAMSA council.


Packed on a few extra pounds? SCOPH it up. Interested in saving great breasts? SCOPH it up. Don’t want medical school to steal your sanity? SCOPH it up. Walk on two limbs; breathe air? You guessed it ;-). It’s time to SCOPH it up! Through education, empowerment and support, the Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH) promotes the achievement and preservation of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing for all. Via various exciting initiatives both on and off campus, we strive to help you, the public, make informed decisions regarding health throughout daily living. So, come on over and meet the SCOPHers. You know you want to, and we would love to have you. It’s like they say: The more, the SCOPHier. -Roseanne Coleman, National Public Health Officer



The Standing Committee on Human Rights and Peace (SCORP) is a dynamic standing committee of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) and Jamaica Medical Students’ Association (JAMSA) that seeks to decrease the incidence of human rights violations by sensitizing the public to basic human rights issues. As future health care professionals we work towards empowering and improving the health of refugees and other vulnerable people. Human Rights, Refugees, and Peace are issues that are continuously changing under the ever-present influence of politics, nature and many other factors. The committee therefore is constantly evolving to meet the ever changing needs present in Jamaica. We all have rights? Do you know them? -Shasha-Marie Williams, National Officer on Human Rights & Peace


The Standing Committee on Professional Exchange is the standing committee of JAMSA which allows students to experience diversity in culture and a unique experience while pursuing electives in overseas locations. JAMSA SCOPE representatives sign contracts yearly which


allow students to participate in exchanges where the student is hosted for free and does not pay tuition to the exchange school. Students only pay air fare. In return for accepting our students, SCOPE also hosts partnering students from foreign countries. -Neris Allen, National Exchange Officer


One of the foremost goals of the Standing Committee on Medical Education (SCOME) is to provide a forum that can fill the gaps of traditional medical school curricula. SCOME seeks to develop skills and perspectives that medical students will need in their upcoming careers. In addition, SCOME undertakes the responsibility of creating awareness about health matters that are relevant to the surrounding local community. SCOME does not represent a body that simply discusses hypothetical ideals -- it is an organization that is driven to implement strategies for action that will affect change not only in the local university setting, but also the community at large. -Danielle Foster, National Officer on Medical Education



The Standing Committee on Research Exchange aims at expanding the knowledge of the average medical student in a particular scientific area. It does so by providing them with the unique opportunity to get involved in pre-clinical or clinical research both here in Jamaica and abroad. The standing committee acts as a bridge between the student and the faculty member running the research project. The student thus becomes a part of a research team and helps in the accomplishment of the project’s goals. In addition to this, ‘SCOREans’ are introduced to basic research principles such as collecting information, laboratory work, statistics and ethics. -Micha Mclaren, National Officer on Research Exchange


The Standing committee that aims to educate members of the UWI community and the wider Jamaica in the areas of HIV/AIDS, Antenatal Care and Reproductive Cancers. This is done through its three (3) subcommittees: • HIV/AIDS AWARENESS • PAP-KIT COMMITTEE


• THE Reproductive Cancers The Standing Committee on Reproductive Health including HIV/ AIDS (SCORA) of the Jamaica Medical Students Association (JAMSA) is an organization which aims to promote the awareness regarding issues of reproductive health to the Jamaican Public especially members of the UWI Mona campus. SCORA’s aim for 2013-2014 assist medical students in their matriculation process to become medical doctors through an environment where they are able to learn about preventative measures with regards to reproductive health in areas such as HIV, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Breast Cancer and issues surrounding Pregnancy and Childbirth and being able to spread this knowledge to the wider society. Join us as we embark on this very interactive journey; you’ll find that the real change starts with you. Kristina Collins, National Officer on Reproductive Health including HIV & AIDS

Kerri-Ann Patterson, WJC Rep

Division on Health Policy Development The bulk of the committee’s work involves writing Policy Statement Proposals for submission to the IFMSA, March and August General Meetings, GA. The Policy Statement is a document which, if accepted by the IFMSA, represents the stance of the 1.2 million medical students globally on a particular issue. Recent Policy Statements have explored issues on: Emergency and Disaster, Global Road Safety, Mental Health and the Discrimination of Persons with Disability. They have been used by medical students to persuade their governments to improve their public health systems. Paul Jones, Policy Advocacy Director


As a long-standing and honoured tradition, third year medical students of the University of the West Indies, Mona have produced the annual charity production called Smoker. This event is held in an attempt for medical students to start their careers by giving back to a country that has benefited them so tremendously. The name Smoker was coined because of annual concert the Faculty of Medical Sciences held to raise funds for a particular charity. Many people used to come to the concert to enjoy the unforgettable heart-warming performances and unfortunately smoke hence the name Smoker.

Class of 2k16’s Smoker


Assessment & Evaluation

An overview Assessment of students in the medical undergraduate programme is multi-modal and will take the form of written, practical, clinical, and in some cases, oral examinations. Coursework, projects and other in course grades where appropriate and in keeping with interdisciplinary approach to teaching, your assessments will become more integrated as you proceed through the programme. GPA and the Assessment System In 2006, the faculty of Medical Sciences adopted the GPA system of assigning credits. The system adopted the Faculty for the MBBS Programme conforms to that in use by other faculties with the following programme specific differences. Students will be assessed at the end of all courses or clerkships and must pass all core courses in order to graduate. The core courses or clerkships include those assigned credit values contributing to your GPA as well as courses categorized as pass/fail. Grades from credit rated coursed contribute to your GPA which is used to determine the level of degree awarded. Core pass/fail courses are compulsory but do not contribute to your GPA. Satisfactory completion of credit-rated courses requires that you achieve a letter grade of C or higher. Students scoring less than C (2.0 quality points) are assigned an F and are required to repeat the failed course and/or the assessment at the next available opportunity.


Students who pass a failed course on a subsequent attempt are assigned a maximum of a C (2.0) and their GPA is recalculated using this new grade. Failed attempts (F) are, however, re-trained on your record. Assessment in stage 1 Student in years 1 and 2 will normally be permitted to proceed into the subsequent year only if the credit value of failed courses in the preceding year does not exceed a total of 9 credits. Students who proceed into subsequent years carrying failed courses will be required to register for and sit them at the next available opportunity. Students who fail to pass a course after a total of three attempts will normally be required to withdraw. Students will not be permitted to proceed into Stage 2 of the programme unless and until all required Stage 1 courses have been passed. Assessment in Stage 2 Students in year 4 will normally be permitted to proceed into the 5th and final year only if the credit value of courses/clerkships failed does not exceed a total of 9 credits. Students who proceed into Year 5 carrying failed courses/clerkships will be required to register for and sit them at the next available opportunity. Students must complete and pass all courses/clerkships in stage 2 and pass all parts of the final MBBS examination to be eligible for the award of the MBBS Degree Award of the MBBS Degree. Award of the MBBS Degree requires that student pass all specified courses and all parts of the final MB, BS Examination at the end of Stage 2. The final MBBS examination will comprise written and clinical components in each the major disciplines and will be held at eh end of the 5th year. Dependent upon the above, the Faculty of Medical Sciences has designated the following categories for the award of the MBBS Degree.

Kevouy Reid Medical Class of 2017 Publications Committee Chairperson (2013-2014)


Required & Recommended Texts

The textbooks listed below are suggestions from various students and are aimed at maximizing your potential by arming you with the necessary equipments to achieve your full potential. Note: It is not expected that students aim to purchase all books as most are available at the library and some are also available online in e-book format. The most important text for any new medical student is a medical dictionary, the two most common are Stedman’s Medical Dictionary and Dorland’s Medical Dictionary (both are available for online use). Pre-clinical (Stage 1) Gross Anatomy There are two basic reading materials necessary for anatomy: an atlas and a text. Gross Anatomy Texts Last's Anatomy by Chummy Sinnatamby – is the recommended text, some students say the earlier editions were a bit difficult to read but the most recent edition has coloured pictures and has greatly increased its appeal. Grey's Anatomy for Students by Drake et al. – Highly recommended by students. Detailed and easy to read, with tables and colour drawings. Excellent clinical correlations to put information into context.

Anatomy Recall by Lippincott Williams and Wilkins-very good for revision and grasping core material quickly. 20

Gross Anatomy Atlases Netter's Atlas of Human Anatomy by Frank Netter M.D. – Comprehensive, full colour text. Required for optimal understanding of anatomy. Colour Atlas of Anatomy by Rohen et al. – A photographic study of the human body. Good colour dissection photography. Not as comprehensive as the Netter's but definitely a worthwhile buy, especially useful for days when you’re not able to make it to the lab. Pharmacology

Basic and Clinical Pharmacology by Katzung Pharmacology Recall by Lippincott Williams and Wilkins- very good for revision and grasping core material quickly. Pharmacology by Rang and Dale - The bright colours and ease of reading makes Rang and Dale the preferred book with medical students, however, acquiring both may be beneficial. Pathology Pathologic Basis of Disease by Robbins and Cotran Basic Pathology by Kumar et al – A concise form of the book above, which has basically what you need to know for pathology in stage 1 of the programme. Histology diFiore’s Atlas of Histology with Functional Correlations by Victor Eroschenko – Has excellent pictures and correlating notes. Includes an interactive atlas on CD Basic Histology by Junquiera et al. – More detailed than the diFiore’s, however, the accompanying CD is not quite as useful as the diFiore’s. The diFiore’s is enough for a good grasp of histology. Physiology Textbook of Medical Physiology by Guyton – Good book if you like to be taken slowly through a concept Review of Medical Physiology by Ganong – gives lots of detail in a few words. Chemical Pathology Lecture note on Clinical Biochemistry by Smith, Beckett et al. – A good concise look at your chemical pathology topics with case scenarios at the end of each chapter. Haematologv 21

Essential Haematology by Hoffbrand and Petit. - The only one you'll need, however pay close attention to the lecture notes as the topics stressed (in the lectures) are the most important, not necessarily the entire book. Neuroscience Any of the anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and pathology books previously mentioned. Neuroscience Clinical Neuroanatomy for Medical Students by Richard Snell – good for getting your bearings in neuroanatomy. BARR'S: The Human Nervous System by John Kiernan – all the detail you'll need to get by, but a little too detailed and difficult to read for some. Introduction to embryology The Developing Human, Clinically Oriented Embryology by Moore and Persaud – reading is quite long, but good pics and explanations that make the content easy to understand. Langman's Embryology by T.W. Sadler – succinct, good recap at the end of each chapter. MP, Introduction to Medical Practice and Health and Environment Read your notes and pay attention to the demonstrations. Cell biology Biochemistry Lippincott’s Illustrated Review by D.C. Champe & R.A, Harvey – succinct with almost all topics you need to know discussed Medical Microbiology and Immunology by Levinson and Jawetz, Appleton and Lange – good combination book for immunology and microbiology in conjunction with your notes from class Colour Atlas of Biochemistry by Jan Kooiman et al – tiny, short read, nice pictures. Introduction to Molecular Medicine Biochemistry. Lippincott’s Illustrated Review by D.C. Champe & R.A Harvey Pre-clinical clerkships (Junior clerkships) Introductory Clinical Texts (All you will need for 2nd year) Macleod’s Clinical Examination by Munro et al – A must have Hutchinson’s Clinical Methods by Michael Swash – A bit longer to read Internal Medicine


Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine by Murray Longmore and Ian B. Wilkinson – especially important and useful for ward rounds and on clinic days Davidson’s Principles and Practice of Medicine by Christopher Haslett and Edwin R. Chilvers – excellent book. Good coverage of signs and symptoms, management and the pathophysiology of some diseases. Surgery Surgical Recall by Lorne H. Blackbourne – especially important and useful for ward rounds and on clinic days Browse’s Introduction to Symptoms and Signs of Surgical Disease by N.L. Browse and John Black – Excellent physical examination of the surgical patient. Really good pics. Overall an excellent book Scott: An aid to Clinical Surgery by Robin C.N. Williamson and Bruce P. Waxman – Very concise, but perhaps too brief at times. No pics, just diagrams Lange: Current Surgical Diagnosis and treatment by Gerard M. Doherty Paediatrics Nelson: Essentials of Pediatrics by R.M. Kliegman and K.J. Marcdante - Recommended texts, has very good coverage of most of the essential topics in paediatrics. Paediatrics: A Primary Care Approach – Adequate coverage of topics. Illustrated Textbook of Paediatrics - Lots of nice pretty diagrams and pictures. Community Health and Psychiatry The department provides notes which are relevant for this rotation so no textbook is needed For the clinical aspect of the programme, students are advised to visit each department (or speak to your med brother/sister) to obtain a list of required and/or recommended text.


Tips for Med. School 1. Ensure that you remain focused and confident, remember the race is not for the swift but for those who can endure till the end. 2. Time management-very important- have sufficient rest as well as make time for study and leisure. It is also good to be involved in extra-curricular activities. Also spend time taking care of your health- exercising, eating healthy meals. 3. Spend more time focusing on your weak areas, while ensuring that you are up to date with your stronger areas of study. 4. Form a study group or have a study partner- this is good for review purposes or for clarifications. 5. Do not aim only to memorize the material, but, more importantly, try to understand it. 6. Make notes in your own words- this helps to ensure that you really understand the material 7. Always try to improve on your study methods- evaluate yourself every few days, weeks or each semester to determine strengths and weaknesses. 8. As you will hear quite often: pre-read, be present and post-read- the three p’s. Your success in the MBBS programme is dependent on these. 9. As much as is possible, after each class, take a few minutes to review the information presented. This will help you to retain the material. 10. If you do not understand something, read more on it and if this still does not help, ask the lecturer for clarification. Sachalee Campbell


Tools of the Trade So now that you’ve been accepted into Medical school, what are the items that you are required to have to make your transition as smooth as possible; well below are a few items that should come in handy, as with all things prioritizing is the key. Also keep in mind that the more you buy at one time (i.e buying in bulk) the cheaper the cost for each student.

Lab coats: depending on your route to medicine many students usually own a lab coat prior to entry into the faculty. In such a case you might not necessarily have to purchase a new one however seeing that on some days you may have more than one labs, another might just do you well. Lab coats are a must have as most lab sessions require that students are wearing their lab coats in they wish to attend.

Slide boxes Lab manuals Gloves Stethoscope Jackets Pins Class jerseys


Medical Faculty Representative Donielo Thomas

Deputy Dean-Student Affairs Prof. Russell Pierre:

Stage 1 Coordinator Dr. Laurinanne Young-Martin –

Administrative Support- Undergraduate Miss Janett Russell - Miss Trudy-Ann Campbell - Miss Charlette Brown - Miss Karen Campbell -

Administrative Officer Miss Sharon Roberts -

Assistant to the Administrative Officer Miss Janel Goulbourne -


Contact information for JAMSA Council 2013-2014 EXECUTIVE BODY Position: President

Name: Sachalee Campbell

Vice President – External Affairs

Jason Knight

Number: 366 – 5646 (d) 334 – 8834 (l) 581-5682

Vice President – Internal Affairs Treasurer Secretary General

Auvarhenne Howell Toni Melbourne Brandon Dixon

Projects Support Chairperson Policy Advocacy Director SCOPH Director SCORP Head SCOPE Head SCOME Head SCORE Head SCORA Head Fundraising Director Publications Cultural and Entertainment Chair Person Sports Representative Special Projects Co-ordinator I.T. Representative Facilities & Resources

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