Private medical school graduates urged to commit to quality health care
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen is urging graduates of the All American Institute of Medical Science (AAIMS) to commit to the delivery of quality health care.
He was speaking at the AAIMS' inaugural graduation exercise held on Thursday on the grounds of the institution in Black River, St Elizabeth.
He noted that the health-care field, while potentially lucrative, "is not an easy road" as health workers in Jamaica and around the world are being faced with many challenges. He said, however, that as highly trained professionals, they will be required to "deliver quality care to all".
"I hope that for all of you, who pass through this institution, the ideal of serving humanity is what drives you," he expressed.
Meanwhile, the governor general heaped praises on the management of AAIMS for the achievements of the institution to date.
He recalled that on being appointed governor general of Jamaica in 2011, he signed the charter giving AAIMS legal authority to grant degrees in the medical science field.
He noted that since then, "AAIMS has achieved so much as you pursue your mandate to provide tertiary-level education for students, who seek careers in the health sector. I commend the vision, which inspires your work, and I congratulate the directors, the board of management, the faculty and staff and students for what you have achieved thus far... you have built a solid foundation for your future success."
A total of 19 premedical and 34 preclinical students graduated from AAIMS during the ceremony. The students are drawn from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Nigeria, The Bahamas, Bermuda, the United States, Canada and India.
AAIMS is the first offshore private medical school in Jamaica. It opened in 2011 with six students on roll but enrolment has grown significantly over the years.