September 27, 2016

American medical school to establish branch in Linden

BY UTAMU BELLE

The American International School of Medicine (AISM) has shown great interest in having a branch of its operations established in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) to become operational several months from now. This would benefit qualified people from across Linden and Region 10, Dr Colin Wilkinson, who is attached to the programme told the media during a visit to the mining town on Tuesday.

Dr Wilkinson (third from left), Region 10 Chairman Renis Morian (second from left), parliamentarian Jermaine Figueira (fourth from left) flanked by other doctors under the programme

Dr Wilkinson (third from left), Region 10 Chairman Renis Morian (second from left), parliamentarian Jermaine Figueira (fourth from left) flanked by other doctors under the programme

The AISM was formed in 1999 as the first international University established in Georgetown, with branches in London, Aberta, Toronto, Atlanta, India and the United Kingdom, in addition to various training centres around the world. Dr Wilkinson explained that he has been coming to Guyana since 1999 and met with Member of Parliament (MP) Jermaine Figuiera in Atlanta, Georgia last year. According to Dr Wilkinson, during the meeting, Figuiera expressed a strong interest in investing in the education of young people in the region. Owing to this, he said the team decided to explore the possibilities of making it a reality. A pre-medical programme is expected to set the pace of the three-part study programme, followed by Basic and Clinical Science.
“…all three of them (programmes) leading from high school to a full fledged practice doctor, practice in medicine,” Dr Wilkinson explained.
He added, “We run a medical school programme that focuses the physician on being able to practice medicine, teach medicine and do clinical research… We have our doctor’s licence in Guyana, Trinidad, throughout the Caribbean, throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa…”
Provided that all goes well, Dr Wilkinson said the programme will commence in September following the setting up of a branch in Linden, since it has been accredited. However, he noted that the logistics behind its establishment are still being worked out. Region 10 Regional Chairman Renis Morian has also pledged support to the initiative, noting how happy he was that Dr Wilkinson applauded the region’s administrators.
He said the School will be looking for the best qualified people to pursue studies, since it is intended that they are trained to give back to the community. The programme runs for five years and facilitates intakes up to three times per year – January, May and September.
“We want the brightest minds so everybody who qualifies, we’ll take them, train them, especially the people who are interested in actually working and teaching here and working to develop the community… We’re still working on the administrative aspects of it then we’ll get the admissions going and so on”, he further noted.
While it is a paid programme, Dr Wilkinson said the team will be looking at scholarships and is in the process of organising modified tuition.

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