|Within the dying plants of last season are hidden the seeds for the new one ahead.|
|I arrived back at the airport in Hamilton where Anne greeted me with a camera and kisses.|
|Bhiro, Georgia, Idanis, Jorge, me at Bhiro's home|
- this year was the smoothest run and most organized ever. I would like to say that I am getting better, but the real credit must go to an "old" first year student - 2009, Candy Mohan. She has obtained a B.Sc. Nursing, and lots of nursing experience. This year she was a full time Faculty member at the School of Nursing and was keen on helping me coordinate the PBL. She also knew many of her University of Guyana colleagues and "enticed" them into leading some of the small groups when we needed help.
- Roberta Binda, was a constant leader of small groups and added some welcome consistency. She also took her rotation in scoring the daily exams. The Senior Faculty member, Jackie David, assisted with small groups. And Candy recruited not-a- boyfriend,Chan, who was in between jobs to run a small group for three weeks while Nurse Elsie was in the US exploring with St Joseph's University ways to increase cooperation.
- So there seems to be increased integration and cooperation in many areas. One for which I also have to give credit to Candy was the idea that we could offer Continuing Education Credits to staff nurses who lead the PBL small groups. We proposed that they take the same student exam and we grade them on a pass-fail basis. Our staff tutors really liked the idea and all who took the exam passed. A Win-Win.
- We have begun conversations about introducing some clinical skills training and readjusting the content in the Anatomy and Physiology course to parallel issues raised in the PBL pages. Might happen next year or the year after or "Just Now".
- Finally, all the "t's" are dotted and the "i's" crossed. There is a Master in Medicine -Psychiatry offered by University Guyana and the Georgetown Public Hospital. This is the result of the years of hard work by Bhiro and Jorge who were excited to begin official residency before I left. They weren't the most excited; the four residents who had been working a doctors in psychiatry for several years were finally to get rewarded for their patience.
The four "new" psychiatric residents and John
- I had the honor of conducting the second academic day in the new degree programme and talked about the ethics of truth telling in psychiatry. I only now realized some of the irony of that topic as the residents had been told for several years that it was about to start! But who really knows the truth?
- I hope that my Canadian Colleagues with the newly named "Mental Health Without Borders" can continue to offer their support for visiting faculty over the next three years so they can see them graduate! It is one thing to start something and another to continue it.
|Helen was so excited about her degree, |
she bought me dinner.
I did have to go drinking without my colleague, Rev. Two, Dennis LeBlanc. This year he had to attend to more important items; his [and Maggie's] daughter Emily's wedding.
|Rev 2 reading large print service|
So Does Change Happen?
Of course, you can't see changes if you look all the time... If you look every minute, it seems nothing has changed, but if you wait a week one can see changes. Well, in Guyana it may take more than a week but improvements happen. When I first came to Mercy the Eve Leary Parade Ground's grass was cute by men with cutlasses!. Here is a picture from 2016: