As you enter our Faculty you will become a part of the seventy year history of medical training and practice at The University of The West Indies. However, the first teaching in the Faculty at this campus was started in 1969 at the Port of Spain General Hospital where several of our current senior staff have been trained. You have worked hard to get into this Faculty and so we want to congratulate you on your success. In particular, we want to extend to our new students who are from other Caribbean and extra-Caribbean lands a warm welcome into the diversity of the St Augustine Campus.
This Faculty consists of several different training institutions: the Dental School, Medical School, Nursing School, Pharmacy School and the School of Veterinary Medicine and we also give training in Optometry. These differing Programmes offer the trainee a wide array of opportunities to understand how different treatments in medicine are applied and in what circumstances. The University of The West Indies has a proud tradition of producing great clinicians who have contributed handsomely to the growth of their respective fields both in the Caribbean and elsewhere. While we emphasize a high degree of knowledge-based learning, in the clinical sciences we put great emphasis on empathy, compassion, humility and ethics.
It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to journey with us through your field of interest and as you do so and also we encourage you to aim for excellence in knowledge and practice and you will become a 'light shining from the west'.
Professor Terence Seemungal