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April 1, 2014

SickKids honoured by the University of West Indies for Caribbean initiative

By Justin Faiola

On Saturday March 29, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) was honoured at the fifth annual University of West Indies (UWI) Toronto Benefit Gala at The Ritz-Carlton.

SickKids received UWI’s prestigious Chancellor’s Award for its significant contributions to the UWI and the Caribbean through its SickKids Caribbean Initiative (SCI) to enhance capacity for care in paediatric cancer and serious blood disorders.

SCI, which is funded by SickKids Foundation, works with stakeholders across the English-speaking Caribbean to improve the outcomes and quality of life for children with cancer and blood disorders as well as their families. SCI collaborates with governments, hospitals and academic institutions in Jamaica, Barbados, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia to identify the needs, priorities and areas of specialization for sustainable capacity building. The project focuses its work in six working groups: Clinical Care, Diagnostics, Oncology Database, Research & Evaluation, Sickle Cell Disease, and Nursing .

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“The SickKids-Caribbean Initiative is an important project in pooling resources and working together to improve the quality of care in cancer and blood diseases for children in our region,” said Dr. Corinne SinQuee, Paediatric Haematologist-Oncologist and UWI Lecturer in Child Health from The Bahamas and SCI Co-Lead Physician Representative.

Since its launch in February 2013, SCI has launched telemedicine facilities at the BTC Telemedicine Room in The Bahamas and The Shaw Family Telemedicine Room at the UWI Clinical Skills Building, Cave Hill campus in Barbados. SCI has also successfully held six case consultation rounds, bringing together physicians from the participating sites and SickKids via telemedicine to deliver educational presentations, evaluation and recommendations for additional studies.

In 2014-2015, SCI will implement telemedicine facilities in St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and upgrade Trinidad & Tobago’s Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex telemedicine lab. SCI will also finalize and implement several key components of its strategy for the six working groups, including a new nursing leadership strategy based on unique site requirements. SCI leaders believe development in the six working groups is critical in enhancing the treatment and care of children living in the Caribbean.

The UWI Toronto Benefit Gala honours outstanding leaders of Canadian and Caribbean heritage and raises funds for the university’s scholarship fund. To date, almost 150 scholarships have been awarded to students in financial need.

For more information on SickKids Caribbean Initiative or the UWI Toronto Benefit Gala, please see https://www.sickkids.ca/globalchildhealth/Education-and-Capacity-Building/Caribbean-SickKids/Caribbean-SickKids.html and http://www.uwitorontogala.com/2014/.

Dr. Anna Jarvis receives prestigious honour from University of West Indies

By Justin Faiola

Dr. Anna Jarvis, a retired staff physician in the Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), was presented with the University of West Indies (UWI) Vice Chancellor’s Award at the UWI Toronto Benefit Gala on March 29.

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Dr. Anna Jarvis receives her Vice Chancellor’s Award from Professor E. Nigel Harris, Vice Chancellor, The University of the West Indies.

Jarvis, who is a UWI alumna, is one of five recipients of the award, which is given to people of Caribbean heritage who have made significant contributions in Canadian organizations.

“The UWI was an integral part of my personal development,” said Jarvis. “Not only did I attend the UWI – Mona campus in Jamaica – I also lived on campus as my father taught at UWI for many years, and was the first West Indian to be appointed a professor and department head. I witnessed the creation and establishment of the institution as a whole, so to be honoured with this award is something very special.”

Jarvis became a staff member at SickKids in 1977 after four years of paediatric training at SickKids followed by paediatric oncology clinic and ward work at Princess Margaret Hospital. For 13 years, she supervised the Department of Paediatrics Clinical Fellowship Program in Paediatric Emergency Medicine, a program she was instrumental in creating and implementing. She also served as the Associate Dean Health Professions, Student Affairs, University of Toronto, in 2001-2009.

Jarvis has made major educational contributions to the creation and development of learning opportunities in Paediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM), Continuing Education and Life Support in Ontario and abroad. She supported the establishment of PEM and Paediatric Advanced Life Support Programs in Japan and mentors former trainees in the Middle East and other parts of the world as they develop PEM programs. She serves as External Examiner for UWI and Kuwait and also played an active role in the establishment and accreditation of PEM as an independent subspecialty by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Despite her retirement, Jarvis continues to work with SickKids, attending Grand Rounds regularly. She says her continued dedication to education and training is rooted in her experiences at UWI and SickKids.

“Being immersed in education and training at UWI and SickKids has taught me it is important to never give up your students. There are always ways to support them as they travel down new paths. I feel very lucky to have contributed to great changes in health care and health educational learning opportunities.”

The UWI Benefit Gala honours outstanding leaders of Canadian and Caribbean heritage and raises funds for the university scholarship fund. To date, almost 150 scholarships have been awarded to students in financial need. Please visit http://www.uwitorontogala.com/2014/ for more information.  

Photo: Heather Bubb-Clarke