Barbados Branch

Ms
MsBranch Chairperson

Operating Hours

  • Monday-Friday 8.00 – 17.00
  • Saturday 9.30 – 17.30
  • Sunday 9.30 – 15.00
Membership Report

The Barbados Branch recorded 16 new Members during this period. Nine were recorded in 2015, three in 2016 and four in 2017. Of this 16, one Member was from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, another from St. Kitts, whilst the remaining Members were from Barbados. Of the those Members from Barbados, six were students of the Barbados Community College.

CASMET Secretariat

The CASMET Secretariat which opened in The Bahamas in October 2011 remains closed with the equipment still being housed at Bonaventure Medical Laboratory.  This equipment include the CASMET ID Printer, Laptop which is used only with the ID printer, and the Printer, Copier, Scanner. We continue to print CASMET ID’s from this location for distribution at the RCM.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

A Fundraising and Social committee was organized to facilitate the planning of social and fundraising events. One event was the participation in the annual Barbados Cancer Society Walk on October 4, 2015. A $10.00 contribution was given for those Members attending.  Although at short notice 11 persons proudly walked in their pink shirts. On October 5, 2016, 7 Members participated in the Cancer Society Walk.

 

A Hike and Moonlight picnic was held by BASMET, in association with the students of the Clinical Laboratory Science and Medical Laboratory Technology programs of the Barbados Community College on June 4, 2017. 

THE BARBADOS ASSOCIATION of MEDICAL TECHNOLOGISTS

BIENNIUM BRANCH REPORT October 2015 to July 2017
The Barbados Association of Medical Technologists is pleased to make this report for the Biennium October 2015 to July 2017 and wishes the Regional Council and Membership a successful and productive Scientific Symposium and General Meeting for 2017.

Branch Activities

COUNCIL MEETINGS

Council Meetings were held during the Biennium and even though a quorum was not obtained on all occasions, the Council was able to undertake the business of the Association. The Meetings were held at the Clinical Skills Complex of the University of the West Indies and the Winston Scott Polyclinic.

EXAMINATIONS

Mr. Edsel Chase and Ms. Donna Alleyne of Barbados were successful in their attainment of the Fellowship by Thesis in Microbiology.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Various courses were offered either online or as public lectures, which included:

  • The Role of Reference Materials in Precision Medicine
  • CLSI Webinar: CLSI 2016 Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
  • Managing Antibiotic Resistance
  • Maximize Your Laboratory Safety: Best Practices for Your Lab Work
  • The Importance of Antimicrobials and the Global Impact
OUTREACH

The Barbados Branch celebrated Medical Laboratory Technology week from July 10-17, 2016.  The events included were

  • Church Service at the Hawthorne Methodist Church, Rendevous Christ Church on Sunday July 10, 2016 at 9 a.m.; followed by lunch at the Coconut Court Hotel, in the same parish.
  • Lime at Blakey’s Bar and Restaurant on the Boardwalk, Hastings Christ Church on Saturday July 16, 2016.
General Meeting

An Extraordinary General Meeting was held on February 11, 2016 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Auditorium, with 33 members in attendance. The welcome was given by the Branch Chairperson, who gave an overview of the Association and the desired direction under her leadership. She was then followed by Council who spoke on various topics relative to their post as Council Members.

Mrs. Juann Ward spoke about the inaugural phlebotomy course, CASMET’s affiliation with AMT and the certifying examinations offered, which were in all disciplines except Histopathology, which could be obtained through the American Association of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).  Ms. Earther Went, gave an overview of the issues relative to the treasury such as the Membership dues, as well as the Regional Council and CASMET Fellowships, which were available in all disciplines except Cytology.

Dr. Edmund Blades, spoke about the various courses that would be made available to the Membership, whether online or as CE sessions organized by the Education Committee. Mr. Ken Clarke, a past member of the Paramedical Council, dealt with issues relating to the medical technology profession and the Medical Laboratory Technologists in the future, such as requiring CE credits per year to reregister. 

Due to the absence of Mr. Hutson Forde, Mrs. Nicole Durant spoke about the proposed plans for Medical Laboratory Technology Week, to be held April 24 – 30, 2016, which corresponded with the International Professionals Week.

At the end of the discourse, the Members expressed their views relative to the function and expectations of BASMET and how it may be improved.

An Annual General Meeting (AGM), was scheduled for September 6, 2016, however, only 12 persons attended and as they were not all of financial standing, the elections were postponed.  A second AGM was scheduled for July 17, 2017 with plans put in place to reach as many Medical Technologists as possible. This was done to motivate persons to attend the AGM and perhaps even become members of Council. However, as before the elections were postponed due to the lack of a quorum.

The Inaugural Phlebotomy

The Inaugural Phlebotomy course was launched on March 3, 2015 with sixteen (16) students (3 males and 13 females). The course Coordinator was Mrs. Juann Ward, the tutors were Mr. Adrian Howard and Mr. Mark Archer, assisted by Mr. Hutson Forde.

After completion of the course, the students undertook internship at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as well as private facilities to acquire their venipuncture and capillary sticks. Thirteen of the 16 students successfully completed the certifying exam with The American Medical Technologists (AMT).  Three of the students deferred taking the exam until 2016 due to work related reasons.

The Phlebotomy Awards and Pinning ceremony and dinner was held on February 27, 2016 at the 3W’s Oval of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, with the feature address given by Dr. Edmund Blades.

The second phlebotomy course commenced on March 01, 2016 and ran for five months with 15 students (1 males and 14 females). Eleven of the 15 phlebotomy students successfully completed the certifying exam with The American Medical Technologists (AMT). The third phlebotomy course started March 29, 2017, with 24 students (2 males and 22 females).

Ms. Keisha Mascoll was the most outstanding student, while Dr. Jason Jordan received the coordinators prize, presented by the Chairperson, Mrs. Tracia Charles-Thorpe.


Other Matters of Interest

Mr. Edmund Blades received his Doctorate in Microbiology from the University of the West Indies.

Ms. Cheryl Weeks received her Doctorate in Health from the University of Bath.

Mrs. Priscilla Jordan received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of the West Indies.

The 4 Yr. BSc. in Clinical Laboratory Science commenced in September 2016, with 11 students, (1 male and 10 females), resulting from a mandate by the Minister of Education to upgrade selected programs at the Barbados Community College. Hence, the Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) will be phased out, with the final graduating class in October 2018.

Also planned is the upgrade from Associate to Bachelor’s level, which should be offered part-time for 2 years.

Conclusion

The Barbados Branch has experienced a period of diminished activity and lack of interest in the Association. However we will continue to persevere as we strive to uplift the Association.  

We continue to wish CASMET every success.

 

Prepared by:

Mrs. Nicole Durant
Secretary
Barbados Association of Medical Technologists