Two day seminar to focus in Family Medicine

FINAL PLANS – Grand Bahama Health Services (GBHS) Family Medicine Continuing Education Committee in conjunction with the Family Medicine Department and Tufts University School of Medicine will host a two-day Family Medicine Conference beginning 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 22 through Friday, February 23 at Pelican Bay Resort. (PHOTO: JENNEVA RUSSELL)

Grand Bahama Health Services (GBHS) Family Medicine Continuing Education Committee in conjunction with the Family Medicine Department and Tufts University School of Medicine will host a two-day Family Medicine Conference beginning 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 22 through Friday, February 23 at Pelican Bay Resort.

Dr. Tiadra Johnson, GBHS Family Medicine Consultant/Clinical Director and Conference Coordinator invites all public and private family medicine physicians, nurses and pharmacists throughout the Grand Bahama community to attend the two-day event.

Respected international Clinicians from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, Baptist Health South Florida Hospital and Cleveland Clinic Florida as well as Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands and Minister of State for Grand Bahama Senator J. Kwasi Thompson, will address conference attendees regarding the significance of enhancing the quality of medical care and services.

Understanding the importance of Family Medicine and the role physicians, nurses and pharmacists play, which extends beyond merely treating diseases but essentially helping to aid and preserve the health of patients, Dr. Johnson revealed, “Indeed we are pleased to announce that the upcoming two-day Family Medicine Conference will be the very first of its kind on Grand Bahama Island; as the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) of the GBHS Family Medicine Continuing Education Committee strives to enhance access to lifelong learning in medicine, we invite all primary care providers to attend and participate in this dynamic learning experience.

“Undoubtedly, the Family Medicine Conference, which will be held under the theme, “Family Medicine Best Practices 2018,” has been orchestrated to assist in enhancing the quality of patient care provided throughout the region and participants in attendance will also gain Continuing Education Credits.

“Hundreds of physicians, nurses and pharmacists are expected to attend the two-day conference from throughout the United States of America, The Bahamas and the Caribbean and those unable to be physically present will be pleased to know live streaming of the event will occur, allowing clinicians in New Providence, San Salvador, Exuma and Bimini to be readily engaged.

“All participants are encouraged to pre-register for the conference by contacting the Family Medicine Department of the Rand Memorial Hospital by telephoning1-242-350-6700 ext. 2603 or 2633 as well as by emailing gbfamilymedconference@gmail.com.”

Thanking all community partners for their assistance in ensuring that the upcoming two-day conference is conducted in a smooth, effective and efficient manner, Dr. Johnson noted that a cadre of Family Medicine subtopics will be addressed inclusive of Outpatient Treatment of Heart Disease, Dermatological Treatment of Skin Disorders, Preventative Health Medicine and Wellness as well as Motivational Workshops involving How to Engage Patients in Proper Self-care and Management, Risk Communication Patients and Physician Programmes along with many others will be expounded upon.

Promising that the two-day Family Medicine Conference is guaranteed to be didactic and interactive, Dr. Johnson revealed she looks forward to hosting the event, especially as representatives from the Ministry of Tourism are expected to be in attendance, assisting with the enhancement and exposure of Grand Bahama’s Medical Tourism Sector that continues to successfully grow and thrive and thereby further strengthening the health care industry.

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