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Greater Guyana Initiative funds UG’s School of Medicine Innovate Skills and Anatomy lab

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Stakeholders of the recently unveiled Skills and Anatomy Lab Left to right: Dr. Martina Mc. Kenzie – Assistant Dean, College of Medical Sciences, Professor Paloma Mohamed, Vice Chancellor – UG Dr. Cecil Boston, Dean, College of Medical Sciences Professor Rajni Karup, Dean of Graduate Studies, College of Medical Sciences Dr. Roberta Martin, 3rd Year MBBS Coordinator, College of Medical Sciences

The Greater Guyana Initiative (GGI) recently unveiled a fully equipped Skills and Anatomy Lab at the University of Guyana’s School of Medicine. This momentous occasion marked the official handover of fully equipped medical facilities to advance healthcare education in Guyana.

As part of this transformative collaboration, GGI is funding key projects at the University of Guyana, including the School of Medicine Higher Education Enhancement Project. The project is designed to establish a fully equipped and functional skills lab, a pivotal component in training healthcare professionals. The lab will feature anatomy models, providing invaluable insights into functional anatomy, and creating a skills-based learning environment to enhance the practical aspects of undergraduate training.

By fostering early exposure to clinical skills in a simulated environment, the project aims to improve student learning, application, and retention of various skills. This, in turn, will contribute to the development of highly competent health practitioners.

Cutting of the ribbon with Dr. Antonette Hamer (ExxonMobil Guyana Limited) and Dr. Roberta Martin (3rd Year MBBS Coordinator, College of Medical Sciences)

Occupational Health Physician at ExxonMobil Guyana Limited, Dr. Antonette Hamer shared that being in the medical field she is aware of how essential it is to have a hands-on approach to subject areas such as anatomy. Hence, GGI said in a release that it is pleased to have supported the School of Medical Science in making its vision come to fruition. Dr Hamer shared that, “The anatomy lab provides great visualization and insight to the fine distinctions of human anatomy.” She added that “Undergraduate students will develop the technical competency needed within their work scope, allowing for a seamless transition in the clinical environment.”

With GGI’s mission of capacity building in education and training, economic development, and health, Guyana Standard understands that this initiative will strengthen the Guyanese workforce and increase the capacity of human resources and competencies across the health sector.

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Emanuel Cummings shared that the establishment of the skills and anatomy lab is a significant cornerstone as this addition will aid in the training of the college’s healthcare professionals and allow them to gain practical experience.

He further noted that “the equipment will surely strengthen the foundation in the development and training of our doctors, who will at the end of their five years, be fit for purpose and deliver the kind of healthcare that the country needs,”

This news agency previously reported that the Greater Guyana Initiative is a US$100 million, 10-year investment made by the Stabroek Block co-venturers – ExxonMobil Guyana Limited, Hess Guyana Exploration Limited and CNOOC Petroleum Guyana Limited. It is geared towards developing the local workforce, building human capacity, enhancing education, and improving healthcare, aimed at promoting sustainable economic diversification in Guyana.

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