The Dean's Message

The Faculty of Medical Sciences is excited to celebrate seventy years this academic year (2017/2018).  This celebration brings into focus the many achievements and contributions of our alumni while at the same time projects an exciting vision for the future. 

Our Faculty is an outstanding academy for the training of health professionals.  We have a mix of undergraduate students across the disciplines of medicine, dentistry, nursing, clinical pharmacy, basic medical science, diagnostic imaging and physical therapy.   We also offer an array of graduate and research programmes.  Our students have the privilege of learning in diverse settings under the guidance of supportive and first class faculty.  This year, the Faculty is expanding and strengthening its Medical Education Unit and has also launched a continuous quality improvement initiative from which everyone will benefit.

The vision for all of our students is one of success.  This vision is an exciting one that embraces our University’s core values of excellence, integrity and diversity.  We make space for everyone in the Faculty to have the opportunity to be their best.  Our team of teachers, researchers, administrators, technical and service staff are all engaged in this journey. 

Despite the many challenges that confront us, we are on a path of growth.  This year our Western Jamaican Campus got an award for the best nursing campus while also copping the best nursing student award.  We are strengthening the use of educational technologies in teaching and learning and have launched an open learning initiative which will improve access and flexibility in our offerings.

Congratulations to all as we celebrate 70 years of proud service to society.  Our vision of student success and the path of growth for all our staff is made real by everyone working together to achieve this goal and so I invite our alumni across the disciplines to sign up this academic year for service to the academy.  We are working to develop 70 FMS Success Projects in teaching, research and outreach which are in need of your brainpower and skills.   Send your interest and enquiries to medsci@uwimona.edu.jm and let’s continue to work together to build our academy.

"The true test of the health professional lies not within the long transcript of grades and courses, but it challenges the caring corners of our hearts and wrestles with the yearning of our minds to serve.  You have a wonderful opportunity in our academy to take and pass this test."

- Dr. Tomlin J. Paul, MB,BS, MPH, DFPHM, FAcadMEd Dean Faculty of Medical Sciences The University of the West Indies.