THE EDITOR, Sir:
Colleagues in the Department of Surgery, Radiology, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care (SURRADIC), University of the West Indies (UWI), congratulate Professor Archibald McDonald on his appointment as principal, effective September 1.
Professor McDonald transformed the Casualty Department into a modern Accident & Emergency Unit, spawning the new speciality of emergency medicine.
The unit became the laboratory for newly accredited postgraduate programmes in nursing and emergency medicine. He also established the Advanced Trauma Life Support programme and a trauma registry in SURRADIC.
Professor McDonald conducted research along with colleagues which became pivotal in defining the epidemiology of injuries in Jamaica. As department head, he was generally uncompromising about academic research output and staff-student engagement.
On appointment as dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Professor McDonald confronted one major financial challenge facing the university by introducing the Full Fee Paying Programme towards the MBBS degree. At the same time, he expanded student enrolment by more than 200 per cent and increased student assistance.
He always operated an open-door policy for students. Increasing student numbers led to the expansion in the number of non-UWI clinical training sites, to include Cornwall Regional Hospital and Mandeville Regional Hospital.
Professor McDonald oversaw the full accreditation of the Faculty of Medical Sciences by the Caribbean Authority of Medical Education in 2010 and spearheaded the development of a Dental Training Programme on the Mona campus.
His considerable financial knowhow has been called upon by the University Hospital, leading him to offer his service as CEO for two years during a time of special crisis.
SURRADIC salutes its esteemed colleague as he enters a new chapter of service to the University and Jamaica.
NEWTON D. DUNCAN
Head, Department of Surgery,
Radiology, Anaesthesia and
Intensive Care (UWI)