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Sir Christopher Edwards to speak at UWI

For Release Upon Receipt - February 24, 2010

St. Augustine

As part of the ongoing Sir George Alleyne Distinguished Lecture Series, Sir Christopher Edwards, Chairman of Medical Education England (MEE), will visit The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago to deliver a Distinguished Lecture on the future of medical education.

Sir Christopher's lecture, titled “The development of medical education towards 2020 and beyond,” will be held at Daaga Auditorium, UWI St. Augustine on Friday 12th March, 2010 at 6 p.m. 

The Sir George Alleyne Distinguished Lecture began as the Sir George Alleyne Distinguished Symposium (inaugurated in 2002 when Sir George retired as Director of the PAHO/WHO), in recognition of his outstanding contribution to UWI, the Caribbean and the Americas.  The inaugural Symposium was held in Barbados on November 6th, 2002, and it included a lecture by Professor Terrence Forrester on the Chronic Disease Epidemic, a lecture by Professor Peter Figueroa on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and a lecture by Sir George, titled, “A vision for Caribbean Health,” all published the following year in the West Indian Medical Journal. The following lecture, held in Barbados on April 24th, 2007, was given by Sir Graeme Catto, President of the British General Medical Council, on medical ethics and professionalism.

There are plans for a lecture to be held in Jamaica in 2012.


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