Tech boost for med­i­cal stu­dents at UWI

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

MED­I­CAL STU­DENTS at the Univer­sity of the West Indies (UWI) are ex­pected to ben­e­fit from a tech­no­log­i­cal boost which the Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal of the West Indies (UHWI) will un­dergo in the com­ing years.

Dr Carl Bruce, med­i­cal chief of staff at the UHWI, says the hos­pi­tal, which was founded in 1953 as a teach­ing lab­o­ra­tory for the stu­dents of the UWI, will be made more tech­no­log­i­cally and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly.

“We would like to con­struct train­ing cen­tres that can hold up to 50 peo­ple at a time, “so while the hos­pi­tal will be more mod­ern, there will be mod­ern teach­ing also,” he said.

Bruce is op­ti­mistic about the de­vel­op­ments and be­lieves they will help in pro­vid­ing bet­ter train­ing for the stu­dents.

“With a mod­ern in­fra­struc­ture sys­tem, dig­i­tal cam­eras will be in­stalled in the cen­tre of the op­er­at­ing rooms and all the stu­dents can see with­out try­ing to climb on a stool.

“Also, lec­ture rooms will be built in the new unit, so they can do their lec­tures in there, view the op­er­a­tions and in­ter­act with lec­tur­ers and con­sult­ing sur­geons,” he ex­pressed.

Bruce was among the pan­elists from the UHWI ad­dress­ing plans to de­velop the hos­pi­tal at a Gleaner Ed­i­tors’ Fo­rum.

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