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TCI Hospital Concludes 2ND Annual Medical Conference Themed "Emerging Trends in Clinical Oncology"

The Cheshire Hall Medical Centre in Providenciales

Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital Concludes Second Annual Medical Conference Under The Theme "Emerging Trends in Clinical Oncology”

 InterHealth Canada - The Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital successfully completed its second Annual Medical Conference, held under the theme "Emerging Trends in Clinical Oncology."

The two-day event held at the Palms Resort in Providenciales on January 26th and 27th, 2024, gathered regional healthcare policymakers, professionals, experts, and participants, both in person and virtually, to exchange knowledge and advancements in the field of oncology.

The in-person sessions achieved full attendance, providing an engaging experience for all participants. The virtual sessions welcomed nearly 200 participants each day, demonstrating a high level of interest and dedication to advancing the understanding and treatment of oncological conditions.

The conference facilitated knowledge dissemination, innovation, and collaborative synergy within the field of oncology. Participation, discussions, and presentations reflected a commitment to advancing oncological research, diagnosis, and patient care.

Expert speakers and researchers in the persons of Dr. Taraleen Malcom, PAHO Advisor for NCDs and Mental Health for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, delivered the keynote address entitled “Establishing Effective National Cancer Screening and Prevention Programs In Small Island Developing States (SIDS)”.

This keynote address was followed by a panel discussion, “Developing National Cancer Prevention Programs in SIDS Through Policy and Education: The Way Forward,” featuring Dr. Mauricio Maza - PAHO Regional Advisor For Cancer, Dr. Heather Armstrong – CARPHA, Head of Chronic Disease and Injury Department, Ms. Daisilyn Chin - Acting Chief Epidemiologist, Ministry of Health, Turks and Caicos Islands, Dr. Taraleen Malcom and Dr. Dingle Spence.

Other distinguished presenters included:


·        Professor Joseph Plummer, Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon of The University Hospital of The West Indies, who presented the topic “The Modern Management of Rectal Cancer: Miles Operation to Organ Sparing Surgery”;

·        Dr. Dingle Spence, Consultant Visiting Oncologist - InterHealth Canada-TCI Hospital, delivered a passionate and inspiring lecture on “Palliative Care and Pain Management.

·        Dr. Sheray Ward Chin, Consultant Oncologist- InterHealth Canada-TCI Hospital, presented the topic “Genetic Testing For Hereditary Cancer Risk :Cost versus Benefit. The Regional Perspective ».

·        Dr. Darren Halliday, Consultant Gynecologic Oncologist at Princess Margaret Hospital, Bahamas who addressed “Cervical Cancer Screening: Past, Present, Future”.

·        Dr. Ian Bambury, Consultant Gynaecologic Oncologist- University Hospital of the West Indies, spoke to “Managing Ovarian Masses: Taking a Closer Look.

·        Dr. Jason Copeland, Consultant General Surgeon and Breast Surgical Oncologist at Kingston Public Hospital-Jamaica, presented “De-escalating Surgeries in Breast Cancer Treatment - Oncoplastic Breast Conservation Therapy: What Patients and Physicians Need to Know”.

·        Dr. Roy McGregor, Consultant Visiting Urologist InterHealth Canada-TCI Hospital, presented the topic “A Physician’s Guide to Prostate Cancer: Emerging Trends in Management”.

Dr. Dawn Perry-Ewing, Chief of Medical Services and the visionary leader behind the Annual Medical Conference, voiced elation at the event's success, explained, "The overwhelming success of our second Annual Medical Conference, centred on the theme of 'Emerging Trends in Oncology,' encapsulates the unwavering dedication of our healthcare community to fostering innovation, knowledge dissemination, and transformative strides in cancer care. We are even more encouraged to continue our battle against this group of diseases after experiencing the passion for resource sharing from all stakeholders who gathered with us this weekend".

Also bringing remarks were the Minister of Health and Human Services, Hon. Shaun D. Malcolm and Chief Executive Officer for InterHealth Canada – Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital, Dr. Denise Braithwaite-Tennant.

InterHealth Canada - The Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital extends heartfelt gratitude to the participants, speakers, the Ministry of Health and Human Services, organizers, and all stakeholders who contributed to the unparalleled success of the second Annual Medical Conference, thereby igniting new horizons of knowledge, collaboration, and compassionate excellence in oncological care.



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