Windsor University students urged to contribute to advancement of medical fraternity
St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas addressing Windsor University School of Medicine studenst at Brighton, St. Kitts (photo by Erasmus Williams)
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, SEPTEMBER 28TH 2010 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has told hundreds of students attending the Windsor University School of Medicine they must be determine to contribute to the advancement of the medical fraternity.
“This is the time to begin shaping your destiny, to determine what you would contribute to the advancement of medicine, health care and the development of your chosen profession. This kind of vision starts with tiny ideas that are often nebulous, not easily defined, but usually with some partial context on which those ideas will survive. Yours is the challenge of bringing clarity and maturity to such ideas over time, to distill them, then to advance your ideas into the realm of reality,” said Prime Minister Douglas, himself a physician by profession.
He told the 1100 students, 300 of them first semesters at the recent dedication and naming of a new two-storey class room facility that while the environment is encouraging in shaping their future and the right career path, they must manage the distractions.
“As an individual, your success would be measured from many standpoints. The bottom line is that you are here at the expense of people who love you, who understand your own dreams and who would share in your success or weep in your failure. So your first order of business, at all times, is to focus on the reason you are here. Manage your distractions well as there will be several distractions in this paradise of an island and certainly, take care of your personal health and your well being,” said Prime Minister Douglas.
“Being a medical doctor requires you to learn new information on an ongoing basis. This is how you keep your edge, and have the best opportunity to help your patients. Above all, you must learn the art of listening, to interpret and analyze, then to provide them with the best advice and options. They are putting their trust in you. Do not betray that trust. Throughout your student life and after, keep this in mind always,” advised Dr. Douglas.
He used the opportunity to extend a warm welcome to the new students.
“I hope that your time with us would be wonderfully memorable, and that you would overcome the challenges that would come before you along the way. To the faculty and staff, I wish you well in all your endeavours, as I envision the continued growth and development of Windsor University School of Medicine,” Prime Minister Douglas concluded.