Hospital sends out call to med students

| 26/06/2015 | 17 Comments
Cayman News Service

Cayman Islands Hospital, George Town

(CNS): Officials from the Health Services Authority are asking Caymanian students abroad who are training to be doctors to get in touch with the Cayman Islands Hospital to secure a place with the HSA to practice medicine when they return. Making the connection with soon-to-be Caymanian doctors as early as possible is very important to the authority, according to HSA CEO Lizzette Yearwood.

The hospital is closely involved in the development of local trainee doctors and has a robust internship programme for students’ university breaks, giving them valuable early experience with an eye to recruiting them when they qualify.

“The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority is committed to recruiting as many Caymanian doctors and medical staff as possible,” Yearwood said. “Our student internship programme is an extremely useful way for us to develop a relationship with students which will hopefully last all the way through their studies and eventually result in them wishing to come back to the Cayman Islands and to work with us at the HSA. We want all Caymanian students to feel a part of the HSA and we welcome them all.”

Dr Delroy Jefferson, the hospital’s Medical Director, said that any medical student planning a career in medicine when they return home to the Cayman Islands should contact the HSA as soon as they can.

“We are keen to get to know all students who are currently in school, wherever they are studying around the world, and we would like to know when they are planning to return back to Cayman for their professional career,” he said. “This will allow us to anticipate and plan for the students’ return.  If we can plan to expect a new doctor to return during a certain time, we can also plan and possibly help create more job opportunities for those newly qualified doctors and medical professionals.”

Jefferson explained that the more the hospital knows about the country’s future doctors, the easier it should be for health authority to make provision for them when they come back if they want to work at the government hospital.

“One of the benefits when making contact with the office of the medical director is that this facilitates dialogue; the returning physician could gain insightful information as to the clinical fields with the most pressing needs,” Dr Jefferson added

Any student wishing to participate in the HSA’s internship programme or those students who are in school and planning to return are encouraged to complete the online form in the Student Registration section of the HSA website.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    With Health City having been in operation for just over a year and having already gained full accreditation from the JCI, I would be interested to know when the HSA expects to receive the same. It has been in operation for several decades now and should be the leader in gaining full accreditation. I don’t know what the requirements are or why the process is not completed yet after all these years of operation but am interested to know and believe that the public generally is too.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Does this mean HSA has no idea who is on a CI Govt scholarship for medicine?

  3. cimboco says:

    I meant ,”competition iis a wonderful thing”

  4. cimboco says:

    Ms Yearwood!! Please give me a break. !!

  5. cimboco says:

    As they say better late than never. They are beginning to see the light at the HSA and must be taking a leaf out of Dr. Shetty’s book. Finally it looks like they are showing a little respect towards the locals. completion is a wonderful thing. Now if they could pick up some of the Shetty’s customer service and professionalism.

    • Anonymous says:

      Wow Cimboco, how easily you are impressed by Shetty’s “Paper Tiger”.

      Shetty is not interested in improving the health of our nation – just going after the US healthcare market and circumventing the regulation. None of his doctors are even registered to practice here they have to have an institutional exemption. Would their training and qualifications not stand up to scrutiny?

      Must say though they run a lovely PR campaign. The promotional video is very high quality.

      • cimboco says:

        You may be right, I don’t know about that but I do know that their customer service is second to none and they seemed to have help quite a lot of patients. I have not heard that they turned anyone away so far.

  6. Sharkey says:

    This is just political propaganda, Ms Yearwood, and Dr Jefferson could have contacted the universities and contacted the Caymanian students, when you talk about a Doctor you should also be talking $$, do they think that a Dr would just come back and work for half of what they could make some where else, I didn’t see them say anything about pay, only jobs.

    • Anon says:

      What more are you asking for, silly? Jobs mean pay. This is not volunteering that we’re asking qualified doctors to come home and do.

      • Sharkey says:

        I see employer’s hiring people every day and paying as little as they can get away with everyday, this is one of the reason why Government can make so much money from work permits.

  7. WaYaSay says:

    Kudos to you Ms. Yearwood and to you Dr. Jefferson. Definitely a step in the right direction.

    • Anonymous says:

      The negativity of posters with their negativity and thumbs down on this site never fails to amaze me.

      • cimboco says:

        Maybe negative but it is the truth. If you only knew how a recently qualified doctor has been treated at the HSA you would not call it negative. The only thing they have done is to discourage the person.

        • Anonymous says:

          No, I don’t know about that case but I do know about a recently Caymanian qualified doctor making a disaster of a patient’s treatment.

        • Anon says:

          The HSA’s problem is, like the rest of government’s, zero succession planning which has employees feeling hopeless. If they say they have a succession planning program, it’s just on paper but not practice unless they really like you. That’s when they point to their two and only examples.

          The discouraging part you mentioned is true though, from my own personal experience.

          If you’re younger than 40, do not waste your time there. Seriously. Unless you have no goals in life.

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