Message From The CME Director, Princess Margaret Hospital

Dr. Omala Ablack

The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live” – Mortimer  Adler

We the physicians in the Bahamas are members of this profession because we love our profession and strive to be the best we can be providing the highest medical care.

Continuing medical education in the Bahamas is not new, it aims to improve the delivery of patient care by improving competency in deficient areas and highlighting new trends in the field. The CME department at the PMH has been in existence since 1991, and under the previous directors we have seen it grow, evolve and change with technology.

Continuing Medical Education is not a new concept as case presentations, grand rounds, peer meetings and peer journal reviews have been taking place from the beginnings of most of our medical careers.

We in the Bahamas have seen a recent mandate, via the medical act of 2014 to CME attainment to maintain professional licensure to practice in our desired medical field.  In this vein, our goals at the CME department at The Princess Margaret Hospital includes:

To direct, develop and co-ordinate the educational program offered to the medical community ensuring a provision of timely and relevant topics, with diversity that will serve to improve the quality of care in the Bahamas adhering to the evidence based philosophy. While also developing and expanding the CME program development at the local level.

Our patients deserve the best educated doctors, so we will strive to continuously improve our CME program and our Doctors in the Islands of the Bahamas.

To continue to provide timely information via dynamic and expert speakers to help impact decision making in a way that addresses technological advances and availability, with cost effectiveness.

In a time when things are changing rapidly with technology, research and new treatments, and improved patient survival and hence long-term challenges.

Accredited CME is an essential and integral part of continuing physician development.

At the PMH we are a teaching hospital, so in guiding and molding young doctors, not only is it essential that we impart relevant and evidence based knowledge, but it is also important that we teach and guide the entire physician community in the importance of continued lifelong learning in the practice of medicine.

The Bahamian healthcare system strives to provide updated first world medicine

In the last few years under Dr. Hunt-Burrows tenure we have seen CME move into the online forum and electronic participation and paperless CME certificate generation. The CME department applauds these strides and recognizes the hard work of the outgoing director.

I look forward to further improvements in convenience of cme acquisition and moving to an  ever “green” status.

“You'll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.”

― Julia Child

Last modified: Monday, 16 October 2023, 5:55 PM