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The Pulse AAIMS Newsletter June 20, 2013

Volume II Issue 8

Support the Each one, reach on blood drive! On Monday June 24, 2013 , at 10AM, just outside the Medical Centre

The Good Doctor Preceded by an infectious laugh, Dr. Wellington is most often heard then seen. With a sense of humour unmatched, he effortlessly makes highly stressful situations bearable and despite his many accomplishments, Dr. Peter Wellington, during lecture at AAIMS his humility remains unfeigned. A General Surgeon and Part- time lecturer at All American Institute of Medical Sciences (AAIMS), Dr. Wellington practices privately and has been on the medical scene since his graduation from the University of the West Indies (UWI) in 1971. A candid Dr. Wellington shared why he chose medicine, “well to tell you the truth, is follow I followed my friends; most of them went into medicine so I did too,” he shared with a grin. His eyes showed his mind leaping back a few years and glistened at his recollection of that time, when he fell in love with medicine. For Dr. Wellington, his decision to enter medicine though influenced by his friends was a seed planted from his beginning. “I’ve always wanted to become a doctor, since childhood. Medicine grew on me and the further I went into it the more I loved it,” he shared. When it comes to career, change is constant- for most individuals at least, but an utter contrast to this school of thought, Dr. Wellington remains rooted in medicine having been in practice for almost half a century. “I decided to practice and stay with medicine when I discovered it’s the only thing I had any talent for; it was the only thing that came naturally to me,” he said. This commitment for better or worse has been affirmed over the years. In 2008, Dr. Wellington received an order of distinction –OD for long service from the Government of Jamaica. A slew of prestigious awards followed, in the same year he received The Association of surgeons in Jamaica award for outstanding contribution to the health services and advancement of surgery in Jamaica. The platinum year of 2008 also chronicles the good doctor receiving a health award for significant contribution and overall excellence in his field, The Jamaica Medical Foundation award for outstanding achievements as leading gastroenterologist in teaching and services and numerous award from the Lions Club for his participation in ‘men who love to cook’ for the past twelve years. In 2010 Dr. Wellington received a long service award (32 years) and the surgeon extraordinaire awards from the Mandeville Regional Hospital. And more recently in 2013, Dr. Wellington received a coveted awarded from The Medical Foundation of Jamaica for his work done in the medical field.

bedside, staying there for hours on hours, because what he did was just an act in the moment,” he recalled. As a lecturer at AAIMS, Dr. Wellington hopes above all things that the institution will become a successful medical school, a factory of hallmarks manufacturing noble doctors. When asked to share his vision for the students, he said “I hope that they become excellent physicians technically and socially. They must be able to interact with any community because it’s that human ‘touchy feely’ aspect of the job that’s vital. They must have emotional competence and the knowledge, and if they apply themselves they will.” Dr. Wellington went on to sharing pointers on how to survive medical studies and attitudes that must be developed by medical students if these were not innate. “Organize yourself. Have an exercise programme, and realize that everyday of the week is a workday. Develop constructive leisure time, and by this I mean go swimming, play tennis with friends and so on.”Dr. Wellington is very honoured to have indirectly influenced AAIMS’ inception. Unknown to him was the fact that his reputation as a skilled and noble physician had caught the eye of AAIMS’ main investor, Dr. Ram Chalasani. “Wow, I was not aware of this, I feel great, I hope I can influence other investments,” he said with his signature chuckle and a twinkle in the eye.

AAIMS to give the ‘Gift of Life’ Friday June 14, 2013 was recognized as World Blood Donor Day worldwide, and Jamaica joined the world in acknowledging this event by hosting a series of blood drive across the Island. It is hoped that a positive outcome to satisfy the need for blood and blood products will result, while increasing awareness of the same. Today, Jamaica meets just over fifty per cent of the 60,000 units of blood it needs each year, and for this reason Minister of Health Dr. Fenton Ferguson has echoed the World Health Organization’s call for more blood donations. On June 24, 2013 at 10AM, All American Institute of Medical Sciences (AAIMS) will be hosting a blood drive under the theme, ‘Each one, reach one.’ This drive will be facilitated by the blood bank’s mobile unit that will be situated outside the soon-to-beopened medical centre. The goal of this initiative is to expose students to the process of giving blood and to encourage them to get involved in the act. In order to become a blood donor, the following must be satisfied:  

Age for donation: 17 to 60 Weight: 110 pounds or 50 kilograms or more Had enough rest No cold, flu nor any other transmissible disease Controlled hypertension and diabetes

For Dr. Wellington, being able to relate well to people is one of the most important components in the making of a good doctor. He added that the ability to empathize, having a good work ethic as well as being a hard worker are also key elements. The rush that comes from helping individuals get well is a rewarding accomplishment in the life of a doctor, but the loss of a patient tips the opposite end of the tangent.

The good Doctor shared what he thought was a profound experience. “I remember a guy came in with a stab wound, stabbed by his best friend. He didn’t make it; he died. The most poignant thing to watch throughout all of this was the best friend who came and sat by the guy’s

If you satisfy the criteria, join the cause and remember 'Every Blood Donation is a Gift of Life'.

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Please note that blood donors should not use illegal drugs, have tattoo done under a year or practice risky sexual behaviours.

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June 20, 2013

Volume II, Issue 8

Introducing the F.A.M.E. club An overwhelming turnout of faculty and students attended the inaugural meeting of the First Aid Medical and Emergency (F.A.M.E.) club, where they shared their manifesto and elected their executive team. The Club’s executive is a blend of capable students. Balance is evident in the distribution of Pre-med and MD students. At the helm of the F.A.M.E. club is President Nyameche Solomon, the team is as follows; Tashane Campbell –Vice President (VP), Donya Forbes-Public Relations Officer (PRO), Carolyn Blake-Treasurer, and the Secretary is to be decided. The club’s advisors for the 2013-14 inaugural year are Doctors James and Maxwell. The meeting was called to order by club founder and incumbent President Nyameche Solomon who for months mulled over the concept before pitching her idea to the Dean of AAIMS Dr. James, who encouraged her to follow through with the launching of a club. EMR is already taught in the Pre Medical Programme and has been posited as a useful addition to the MD Programme. However, until the latter takes places, and according to Ms. Solomon, all students at AAIMS need to be exposed to emergency response training as it will likely become useful in their medical professions. “The students need to be aware of the basic emergency responses. If it happens that no physician is present on campus, we should have an idea of what to do,” Nyameche shared. After consultations with Dr. James- who is now appointed as F.A.M.E. club advisor, the club’s objective was formulated.

“The objective is to train students on first aid responses, basically,” Nyameche said. Nyameche sees the club becoming an active force on and off campus. Already, the MD student has crafted proposals for health fairs and seminars to be held internally as well as externally. “As we grow I see the club visiting schools, businesses and agencies to make presentations on first aid and other emergency response,” Ms. Solomon shared. According to Ms. Solomon, plans are already underway to invite the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and the Fire Brigade to make presentations during scheduled club meetings. The incumbent president projects that hopefully sooner than later, the club will form affiliation with organizations such as the Jamaica Red Cross and St. John’s Ambulance; in order to facilitate the training and awarding of certificates in areas of Emergency Medical Response (EMR), Emergency Medical Treatment, First Aid, Basic Life Support and other emergency response certification provided through the said agencies. Affectionately known as Nya, the third year MD student has amassed a number of emergency response certifications. Ms. Solomon has certification in Emergency Response Treatment (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Basic Life Support (BLS), Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS). The group looks forward to the opening of the medical centre, foreshadowing it as practical training ground for lessons they would have learnt through the club.

F.A.M.E. Club’s Executive Team 2013-2014

President: Nyameche Solomon

Vice President: Tashaine Campbell

Public Relations Officer: Donya Forbes

Treasurer: Carolyn Blake

Club Advisor: Dr. Owen James

Club Advisor: Dr. Stanhope Maxwell

First Heritage Co-operative Credit Union visits AAIMS

FHC’s Mandeville Branch Manager, Anthony Williams

In continuation of its efforts to identify affordable loans for students, the AAIMS Administration invited a team from the First Heritage Cooperative Credit Union (FHC) to enlighten students on the company’s loan financing opportunities. 66 High St, Black River, St. Elizabeth

According to Mr. Williams, the FHC was forged from a merger between Church’s Co-operative Credit Union and the GSB Cooperative Credit Union to create for Jamaicans what is captured in their tagline “Solid past, secure future. ” With a combined heritage of over 100 years, First Heritage Co-operative Credit Union Limited now stands as the largest open bond Credit Union in Jamaica.

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The presentation convened in the dining room where an eager audience of staff and students gathered. The team of two from the FHC was made up of Branch Manager of the Mandeville Branch Anthony Williams and Business Development Officer Kadian Dyke. Mr. Williams spared no time with preambles and immediately opened his presentation on the topic of loan financing. “I’ll be skipping a few slides, and I’ll be going directly into products I know you are interested in,” he shared as he commenced his presentation.

A merger of this magnitude was the first of its kind in the history of the Credit Union movement. Having a focus on loan opportunities, Mr. Williams spoke at length about their secure loan and EZ loan products. The presentation was interrupted by intermittent questions from parents, staff and students, all keenly dissecting the information to obtain greater clarity. Following the presentation, many students sought one-on-one interviews with the presenter in a bid to garner additional information. From all indications, this was a welcomed gesture.


AAIMS at the 2013 Diaspora Convention

Ambassador Stephen Vasciannie with AAIMS ADA, Mrs. Lois Robinson.

AAIMS ADA( C) with Governor General of Jamaica (L).

AAIMS ADA with Minister of Education, Ronald Thwaites.

Panelists, Education Session, Diaspora Convention.

Audience at the education forum at the Diaspora Convention.

Professor Cecil Wright, UK.

CAMPUS Snippets F.A.M.E. Club’s inaugural meeting

AAIMS Community Alliance Committee AC2

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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 and Director of Student Services should be made through Ms Shelley McIntyre or Ms. Omoy Gaynor at Front Desk. Students, please make appointments during your breaktimes.

“Body and soul cannot be separated for purposes of treatment, for they are one and indivisible. Sick minds must be healed as well as sick bodies. ~C. Jeff Miller .

INFORMATION CORNER – OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR 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. Resident students are required to participate in a meal plan.

Registry: Reminder to all STUDENTS whose outstanding documents are pending to submit to Registry before Mid Term Examination. Please contact the Registry of you have any questions or concerns. We will be pleased to hear from you.

Student Services: Please make every effort to support the ‘Each one, reach one’ blood drive on Monday, June 24, 2013. The blood bank’s unit will be situated just outside the soon-to-be-opened medical centre. See you there!

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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. Students who wish to request a Status Letter should complete the Status Letter Request Form available from the Registry. The Form includes detailed instructions on completing and submitting the request. 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. Please contact the Office of the Registrar for further information.

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The Pulse June 20, 2013  

The PULSE - June 2013 Learn about the capable and accomplished faculty pool and planned campus activities in this issue of The PULSE.