Hi there! I am Dr. Diana Prasad, a PGY1 in the Family Medicine Residency Program in Guyana. I am 29 years of age and I was born and grew up in this beautiful country I call home, Guyana. I am of East Indian decent and a part of a small family of four persons- parents and a younger sister. I am often described as a simple and humble person who enjoys the little things in life.
I obtained my degree in Medicine in Cuba (studied in Spanish!), where I lived for six years. Upon graduation, I returned to Guyana for my internship then subsequently started working in the public health system. Thus far I have worked almost four years practicing as a general medical doctor. My experience working in Guyana is one that can be described as “eye opening”. It deeply saddens me to see how sick and unhealthy our people are and how little is seemingly being done to combat this issue.
As a strong believer of preventative medicine, I realized that a strong Primary Health Care System would ease the health burden significantly, and so I decided to join the program. Many thanks to everyone involved, especially Dr. Ruth Derkenne, who played a pivotal role in the initiation of the program and for giving me this opportunity to equip myself with the right set of skills and knowledge that will allow me to make a purposeful difference in health care in Guyana.
With a physician as a father and a registered nurse-midwife as a mother, very early on I was exposed to the medical system of Guyana, passing a lot of time in many of its facilities. I completed my first degree and internship in Human Medicine abroad. I was exposed to the medical system of Cuba, a country similar to Guyana in many aspects, however, still very different in its own regard.
From all of this, what has become clear to me is the importance and huge difference a properly functioning primary health care system makes to a country and its population. While this is still in the initial stages in Guyana, it is something I wish to be a pivotal part of as a Family Medicine physician.
Hi, my name is Keon Harmon. I'm 29 years old, and a member of the graduating class of 2013, at the Calixto García university of medical sciences, Havana, Cuba.
Moving towards Family Medicine in our country is most appropriate, especially at this time, since it continues to stand at the core of health care.
I'm fortunate indeed to have this opportunity to contribute effectively to the improvement of health care in Guyana. And besides, who isn't up for making history?
My name is Ronald Arlington Robertson; I was born on the 18th of November 1988, in the west Demerara Regional Hospital.
I always aspired to be a physician and that dream became a reality on the 9th of July 2013, when I graduated. I have since been practicing medicine in various regions across Guyana, and have noticed an alarmingly high number of patients who suffered from complications of preventable chronic illnesses. This coupled with my personal desire to make a great impact on the health of my country, attracted me to the family medicine program. I do believe that prevention is better than cure and more emphasis should be placed on primary health care. This program offers all the tools necessary to improve the health of my fellow citizens.
Class of 2019
Dr. Tariq Jagnarine
“Even death is not to be feared by those who live wisely”-Buddha
My name is Tariq Jagnarine and I was born in 1986 in a small town called “Linden” found in Guyana. As a young boy, I was driven to always learn more and improve my environment. In 2003, I graduated from the University of Guyana with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Biology. However, my motivation to provide care for persons, especially the disabled, mentally challenged and the sick, inspired me to pursue a career in medicine and in 2007 I began studying at the Universidad de Ciencias Medicas, Santiago in Cuba through a scholarship awarded by the Government of Guyana.
Following my successful completion of study in 2013, I returned home and commenced internship at the West Demerara Regional Hospital and was subsequently transferred to the country’s central referral hospital-Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation. There I continued to provide health care services in the various departments, honed my skills and gain new experiences.
Currently, I am at the Mabaruma Regional Hospital, Region One, providing health care and administrative services to the Hospital and surrounding Indigenous Communities. My goal is to assist in the provision of accessible and affordable world class health care services throughout Guyana.
Based on assessments of my working environment thus far, I have noted that a significant effort is required to ensure our local health policies and programmes adequately meet the needs of our population. This can only be realized with appropriate training and technical knowledge. I am of the firm belief that the opportunity to pursue a Masters in Family Medicine can essentially assist to advance the public health system and foster national development. I am delighted to be a part of this programme and look forward to an edifying experience.
Dr. Aneisha Udelle Moore
I am 32 year - old Aneisha Udelle Moore. Though Guyanese, I have had the privilege of completing my secondary education in the land – locked country of Botswana, Southern Africa and my tertiary education from the picturesque island of Cuba.
During my rotation through the various specialties in medical school, I have always been intrigued by the promotion and prevention pillars of treatment, especially when it focused on Women’s Health. Therefore, studying Family Medicine will help me fulfill the passion I have for such an important aspect of medical treatment – which will eventually boost the nation’s potential of achieving reduced morbidity and mortality rates.
I enjoy a good laugh; and take joy in caring for others, viewing each person as the unique individual he or she is; but at the same time considering how each is intricately entwined in the beautiful society.
As a recently married young woman, who is also actively engaged in community development and now embarking on the advancement of my career, I look forward to the balance that will be derived from these experiences, all in an effort to contribute significantly to a healthier community, region, country, world!
Dr. Mehendranauth Raghunauth
I have been practicing medicine in Guyana for the past seven years at various levels of health care facilities throughout the country. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a physician. I consider myself privileged that I had the opportunity to pursue my dream of becoming a physician.
I don’t however; think there was a specific moment in time when I knew I would want to become a family physician. Due to many years of service to my country I began to observe the importance of patient-doctor relationships. I witnessed family member interactions and how they were intertwined as they developed. The family as a whole provided more of a distinct and complete picture of how to provide comprehensive care for the family, and in turn, each individual.
Since family medicine offers challenges, flexibility and tremendous diversity with a keen focus on prevention, management of chronic disease, and coordination of care i was determined to make family medicine my career choice.
I have always been motivated by the community, family, and patient-based perspective of family medicine since no other specialty embraces this approach I was determined to make family medicine my natural path of choice.
Dr. Sahodra Rambharose
My name is Dr. Sahodra Rambharose. I joined the Family Medicine Program in Guyana because I want to help raise awareness about health issues and help empower people to become more involved in their own health care. I strongly believe in preventative medicine and I am sure that Family Medicine will allow me the forum with which I can make a positive impact in our health care system.
Dr. Kwesi Vancooen
Hello I’m Kwesi, I graduated from medical school in Cuba, faculty Victoria de Girón in 2013. Having spent six years on the island I was able to see firsthand the role, importance and effectiveness of family medicine.
My passion for family medicine and my zeal for improved health care at the community level in Guyana has propelled me to improve myself as a healthcare provider in order to exceed the quality and standard of care and services I am able to provide to the people of my country.
Being part of the post graduate program gives me the opportunity to join with others before me to promote the importance of family medicine and to contribute in making Guyana a healthy nation for all Guyanese.
Class of 2018
Dr. Indira Bhoj
After finishing my studies and internship in Cuba, I returned home to Guyana in 2007 where I worked exclusively in a hospital setting and later became involved in Diabetic Foot care and wound care at the Georgetown Hospital. I began to understand that I couldn’t treat a wound successfully without first treating the patient’s general health and psychological/emotional concerns. This interest in a more holistic approach to medicine was an important factor in my decision to work at the primary care level.
Patients are presenting with more complex and multiple medical issues that I must be competent at managing. I’ve seen that when care is too complex or tedious, patients find it difficult to follow through. I’ve also learned that patients will access services wherever they perceive they are cared for the most. And I am convinced that primary care is the level where we can restore health to our communities. I’m excited to be a part of this program. I believe it will bring major changes in the way we are able to serve our communities as health care providers.
Dr. Tamica Daniels-Williamson
I am 28 years old and a mother of two. I have always desired to advance my studies, but restrictions in studying overseas have been a barrier to this. I am thrilled for the opportunity to be able to advance my studies and still be with my family.
I love my job, learning new things every day and working with patients one on one. Seeing people of all ages and with different pathologies can be challenging but this course will make me more capable to manage my patients. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to live out my dream as a medical doctor, doing what I love doing and being a leader in my community.
Thank you all for this opportunity!
Dr. Krystle Fraser
Hello, I am Krystle Elizabeth Fraser. I'm 31 years old and have been a Doctor for five years. I particularly enjoy teaching, travel and interaction with diverse types of personalities. I'm privileged to be a member of the inaugural class of Family Medicine in Guyana.
This initiative is welcome, as Family Medicine is the core of the Healthcare system, and the attempts to strengthen and prioritize it will bolster Guyana's Healthcare, channeling much needed resources to critical areas via prevention of a myriad of illnesses.
I am therefore excited about the empowering of Guyana's population and the creation of a healthier, stronger, Guyana.
Dr. Kampta Prashad
I am a Guyanese born Medical Practitioner, who graduated from the University of Guyana Medical School in 1994. I have a wide knowledge and experience in Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV Care and Treatment and enjoy seeing patients of all ages. Working with the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association an affiliate of the International Planned Parenthood Federation for eleven years, I was instrumental in extending the clinic from a Sexual and Reproductive Health clinic to a Holistic Clinic catering for everyone.
Presently at the Campbellville Health Centre, I am serving everyone in a Primary Health Care setting. My career goal is to be a well-trained family physician, dedicated to making a difference for every patient in the community. I am excited to be doing Family Medicine due to its wide scope, procedural skills and continuity of care. I am married and have one son. I am grateful to be granted this opportunity.