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Montego Bay to host Caribbean Accreditation in Medicine conference

Published:Saturday | July 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Montego Bay will host the 10th Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP) conference at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel between July 28 and 30, 2014.

According to CAAM-HP spokesperson Natasha Parkins, close to 100 health professionals have already registered for the conference which is to be staged under the theme 'Coming of Age: Lessons from the Past, Strategies for the Future'.

"Jamaica was selected on the premise that this is where the Caribbean Accreditation Authority was launched in 2004, and so it was with this in mind that we have chosen to celebrate such a milestone here in Jamaica," Parkins told Western Focus.

The CAAM-HP is a regional accreditation system which was established in 2003 in a bid to provide quality assurance to generate confidence in the principal stakeholders. It was officially launched under the auspices of CARICOM in July 2004 to accredit the education programmes of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing, and other health professions in CARICOM member states.

The CAAM-HP accreditation process ensures that medical, dental, veterinary, and other health-professions schools meet standards of structure, function, and performance.

It also provides assurance that health professionals and graduates of accredited schools meet the education requirements for further training as well as the health-care needs of the people in the Caribbean.

Parkins said the aim of this year's conference is to strengthen the CAAM-HP accreditation mechanism in order to maintain its relevance in the global effort to improve medical education and secure the confidence of students, the public, governments, the health professions, regulatory bodies, and policymakers in the Caribbean community, North America, and Europe.


The main presenters slated for the conference are Dr Emmanuel Cassimatis, president and chief executive officer of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG); Dr Paul L. Gaston, trustees professor at Kent State University and author of Higher Education Accreditation: How It's Changing, Why It Must; Dr Murray Kopelow, president and chief executive officer of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME); and Professor Judy McKimm, dean of Medical Education at Swansea University.

Two regional presenters are also slated to address the conference: retired professor of surgery from the University of the West Indies (UWI), Sir Errol Walrond; and Professor Alvin Wint, a former pro vice-chancellor of the UWI and an expert on internal quality assurance.

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