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A Review and Nested Case Study of Special Study Modules in Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.081
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Synopsis: 
This paper describes the range of topics covered in the delivery of Special Study Modules (SSMs) to students from the inception of the new MBBS curriculum and explores the value of SSMs in enhancing curriculum diversity. The SWOT analysis revealed a wide range of benefits to participating students and opportunities for curriculum diversification through external stakeholders were identified.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To evaluate the special study modules (SSMs) that were developed with the aim that students should have learnt new skills, adopt new attitudes and acquire knowledge in areas outside the mainstream of medical education that enrich and enhance their professional development.

Accepted: 
15 Jun, 2018
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e-Published: 27 Feb, 2019

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Manuscripts that are Published Ahead of Print have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by the Editorial Board of the West Indian Medical Journal. They may appear in their original format and may not be copy edited or formatted in the style guide of this Journal. While accepted manuscripts are not yet assigned a volume, issue or page numbers, they can be cited using the DOI and date of e-publication. See our Instructions for Authors on how to properly cite manuscripts at this stage. The contents of the manuscript may change before it is published in its final form. Manuscripts in this section will be removed once they have been issued to a volume and issue, but will still retain the DOI and date of e-publication.

Prevalence and Possible Risk Factors of Hypertension in Harmons, Jamaica

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.078
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Synopsis: 
The rural community of Harmons, Manchester, Jamaica has a high prevalence of hypertension. Correlation was found between certain health history markers and blood pressure measurements. This research serves as a basis for future research and health related work in this rural community.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To determine the prevalence and possible risk factors of hypertension in the rural community of Harmons, Manchester, Jamaica.

Methods: The present study was conducted in Harmons over the span of one week. Community wide blood pressure measurements and health history data were recorded by an investigational team. Basic anthropometric data were also collected. Statistical and descriptive analyses were performed on collected data.

Accepted: 
15 Jun, 2018
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e-Published: 27 Feb, 2019

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Manuscripts that are Published Ahead of Print have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by the Editorial Board of the West Indian Medical Journal. They may appear in their original format and may not be copy edited or formatted in the style guide of this Journal. While accepted manuscripts are not yet assigned a volume, issue or page numbers, they can be cited using the DOI and date of e-publication. See our Instructions for Authors on how to properly cite manuscripts at this stage. The contents of the manuscript may change before it is published in its final form. Manuscripts in this section will be removed once they have been issued to a volume and issue, but will still retain the DOI and date of e-publication.

Investigation of the National Drug Lists and the Perception of Pharmacists and Physicians about Generic Drugs at Health Institutions in the North Central Region of Trinidad

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.014
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Synopsis: 
The national drug list aids prescribing and addresses countries’ major health issues. To reduce cost generic drugs are included, however, some persons believe that cheaper means substandard. Therefore, perception of key individuals about generic drugs is beneficial.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To investigate the drugs on three annual national drug pricing lists and via a survey determine the perception and concerns physicians and pharmacists have about generic drugs.

Accepted: 
08 May, 2018
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e-Published: 26 Feb, 2019

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Manuscripts that are Published Ahead of Print have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by the Editorial Board of the West Indian Medical Journal. They may appear in their original format and may not be copy edited or formatted in the style guide of this Journal. While accepted manuscripts are not yet assigned a volume, issue or page numbers, they can be cited using the DOI and date of e-publication. See our Instructions for Authors on how to properly cite manuscripts at this stage. The contents of the manuscript may change before it is published in its final form. Manuscripts in this section will be removed once they have been issued to a volume and issue, but will still retain the DOI and date of e-publication.

Oesophageal Carcinoma in Jamaica, 1978–2007: Histological Distribution and Trends in Incidence

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.015
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Synopsis: 
The incidence of oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma in Jamaica has been decreasing in both genders. Oesophageal adenocarcinoma incidence has been increasing in males, but, unlike data reported elsewhere, has been decreasing in females. Investigation into risk factors for oesophageal adenocarcinoma in Jamaica is warranted

 

ABSTRACT

Objectives: To investigate the trends in incidence and histological distribution of oesophageal carcinoma in Kingston and St Andrew (KSA), Jamaica, over the 30-year period 1978‒2007.

Accepted: 
08 May, 2018
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e-Published: 26 Feb, 2019

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Manuscripts that are Published Ahead of Print have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by the Editorial Board of the West Indian Medical Journal. They may appear in their original format and may not be copy edited or formatted in the style guide of this Journal. While accepted manuscripts are not yet assigned a volume, issue or page numbers, they can be cited using the DOI and date of e-publication. See our Instructions for Authors on how to properly cite manuscripts at this stage. The contents of the manuscript may change before it is published in its final form. Manuscripts in this section will be removed once they have been issued to a volume and issue, but will still retain the DOI and date of e-publication.

Tracking Medical Graduates in Jamaica and The Bahamas

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.029
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47-52
Synopsis: 
In Jamaica and The Bahamas, there were 1079 medical graduates between 2012 and 2016; 69% of them were female. All graduates obtained internship posts, mainly in public hospitals. Of the 2259 applicants, 664 were accepted to postgraduate programmes. Seventy per cent of all graduates were working in the English-speaking Caribbean.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To determine the availability of employment and retention for the increased number of medical graduates in Jamaica and The Bahamas.

Methods: The availability of internships and junior medical posts for graduates of The University of the West Indies in Jamaica and The Bahamas over the five-year period of 2012 to 2016 was reviewed.

Accepted: 
11 Apr, 2018
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e-Published: 26 Feb, 2019

Prevalence of Obesity among Adult Surgical Patients in Tobago

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.050
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Synopsis: 
Obesity is associated with several medical conditions and leads to a reduced quality of life and increased risks of morbidity and mortality. The prevalence of obesity among adult surgical patients in Tobago is high with females having a significantly higher percentage than males.
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Objective: To estimate the prevalence of obesity among adult surgical patients in Tobago.
 
Accepted: 
30 May, 2018
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e-Published: 26 Feb, 2019

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Manuscripts that are Published Ahead of Print have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by the Editorial Board of the West Indian Medical Journal. They may appear in their original format and may not be copy edited or formatted in the style guide of this Journal. While accepted manuscripts are not yet assigned a volume, issue or page numbers, they can be cited using the DOI and date of e-publication. See our Instructions for Authors on how to properly cite manuscripts at this stage. The contents of the manuscript may change before it is published in its final form. Manuscripts in this section will be removed once they have been issued to a volume and issue, but will still retain the DOI and date of e-publication.

A Retrospective Review of Gastroschisis at The University Hospital of the West Indies: Factors affecting outcome

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.061
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Synopsis: 
Gastroschisis is a common congenital defect and affected infants generally have a high survival rate. This retrospective review of cases of gastroschisis at UHWI seeks to investigate the role of antenatal, peripartum and postnatal factors associated with adverse outcomes.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To identify the antenatal, perinatal and postnatal factors associated with adverse outcomes in infants diagnosed with gastroschisis at The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) over a ten-year period.

Accepted: 
09 May, 2018
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e-Published: 26 Feb, 2019

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Manuscripts that are Published Ahead of Print have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by the Editorial Board of the West Indian Medical Journal. They may appear in their original format and may not be copy edited or formatted in the style guide of this Journal. While accepted manuscripts are not yet assigned a volume, issue or page numbers, they can be cited using the DOI and date of e-publication. See our Instructions for Authors on how to properly cite manuscripts at this stage. The contents of the manuscript may change before it is published in its final form. Manuscripts in this section will be removed once they have been issued to a volume and issue, but will still retain the DOI and date of e-publication.

Patterns of Azole Susceptibility of Candida albicans Isolated from Clinical Samples at a Tertiary Care Hospital in Georgetown, Guyana

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.069
Synopsis: 
This study investigated the frequency of isolation of azole resistant Candida albicans in the setting of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation in Guyana, 28.6% of the isolates tested exhibited resistance to fluconazole and voriconazole, respectively.

ABSTRACT

Objective: This study sought to examine the frequency of isolation and azole susceptibility patterns of clinical Candida albicans isolates from a tertiary hospital in Georgetown, Guyana during a three-month period.

Accepted: 
22 May, 2018
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e-Published: 26 Feb, 2019

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Manuscripts that are Published Ahead of Print have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by the Editorial Board of the West Indian Medical Journal. They may appear in their original format and may not be copy edited or formatted in the style guide of this Journal. While accepted manuscripts are not yet assigned a volume, issue or page numbers, they can be cited using the DOI and date of e-publication. See our Instructions for Authors on how to properly cite manuscripts at this stage. The contents of the manuscript may change before it is published in its final form. Manuscripts in this section will be removed once they have been issued to a volume and issue, but will still retain the DOI and date of e-publication.

Epidemiology and Factors Associated with Mortality among Haitian Children and Adolescents Treated for Cancer at a Paediatric Hospital from 2010 to 2014

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.055
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Synopsis: This study evaluated the epidemiology of paediatric cancer and factors associated with mortality among Haitian children and adolescents. Eleven types of cancer were diagnosed and the odds of dying of cancer were more significant in patients with blood cancer, relapse or complications.

ABSTRACT

Background: Paediatric cancers represent about 1% of all diagnosed cancers around the world (1). This study aimed to describe the epidemiology and determine the factors associated with mortality of paediatric cancers managed at a Haitian paediatric hospital.

Accepted: 
05 Mar, 2018
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e-Published: 26 Feb, 2019

Disclaimer

Manuscripts that are Published Ahead of Print have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by the Editorial Board of the West Indian Medical Journal. They may appear in their original format and may not be copy edited or formatted in the style guide of this Journal. While accepted manuscripts are not yet assigned a volume, issue or page numbers, they can be cited using the DOI and date of e-publication. See our Instructions for Authors on how to properly cite manuscripts at this stage. The contents of the manuscript may change before it is published in its final form. Manuscripts in this section will be removed once they have been issued to a volume and issue, but will still retain the DOI and date of e-publication.

Ethical Concerns for Global Cancer Research

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.053
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Synopsis: 
This article examines some important ethical considerations necessary in global cancer research. It ends with some specific recommendations.

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Accepted: 
30 Sep, 2018
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e-Published: 26 Feb, 2019

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Manuscripts that are Published Ahead of Print have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by the Editorial Board of the West Indian Medical Journal. They may appear in their original format and may not be copy edited or formatted in the style guide of this Journal. While accepted manuscripts are not yet assigned a volume, issue or page numbers, they can be cited using the DOI and date of e-publication. See our Instructions for Authors on how to properly cite manuscripts at this stage. The contents of the manuscript may change before it is published in its final form. Manuscripts in this section will be removed once they have been issued to a volume and issue, but will still retain the DOI and date of e-publication.

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