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Memories of Guyana

Beauty Sandhu, a uCalgary Family Medicine resident, shares her experiences from an elective with our Family Medicine program in Guyana. "My time in Guyana as a first-year Family Medicine resident was something I will never forget. I went to Guyana with an open mind and came back with a heart filled with gratitude." Read more.

Reflections on the Guyana elective

Driven by a lifelong desire to give back to society and help those in need, Dr. Maude B. Perras, a PGY2 resident at the Montfort Unit, has always had a strong interest in Global Health. Her previous experiences in under-resourced and marginalized populations as a medical student led to her interest in the Guyana elective, where residents spend one month working in community health centres and hospital settings in Georgetown, Guyana. Read more.

Sophia Health Centre in Guyana, a critical resource to pregnant teens, showcased to Caribbean First Ladies

By Dr. Krystle Fraser

As a means of addressing a high rate of teenage pregnancy in Sophia, a depressed community in Georgetown, Guyana, the Sophia Health Centre launched a teenage pregnancy support group on the 26th October, 2016. During the second week of February, Guyana hosted a CARICOM heads of government meeting and some of the First Ladies visited Guyana for the meeting. The First Ladies visited the Sophia Health Centre on February 16th, where they met with some of the teenage girls from the support group. 

Suicide prevention in Guyana: Family medicine residents engage in national action plan

Dr. Tamica Daniels-Williamson and Dr. Krystle Fraser, two of the first-ever residents in the Family Medicine Training Program in Guyana, have successfully completed “Integration of mental health into primary care”, an online course developed by the WHO’s Mental Health Gap Action Program (mhGAP). Guyana is among the countries with the highest suicide rates in the world, and the training of Guyanese physicians in the diagnosis and management of mental health disorders is a crucial step in a national suicide prevention plan. Drs. Daniel-Williamson and Fraser were featured in “Suicide Prevention in Guyana", available on the WHO website.

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