The Medical Association of Jamaica

in association with

The Ministry of Health & Wellness


MAJ SYMPOSIUM 2024 (Hybrid)

Resilience in Healthcare! A Global Imperative

June 6-9, 2024

CME: 27 1/2 hrs (including 2 hrs ethics)

Registration Fees 


Season – 
J$6,500 or USD$110

Daily –
J$2,500 or USD$30


Season –
J$7,500 or USD $110

Daily –
J$3,000 or USD $30

Nurses/Other Allied Professionals 

Season – J $4,000 or USD$80 Daily – J$1,500 or USD $25



Thursday June 6, 2024 1:30p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Friday June 7, 2024 11:00a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday June 8, 2024 9:00a.m. to 3:30 p.m.



Venue: Jamaica Pegasus Hotel
Sunday June 9, 2024 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  

Public Forum “Cancer Screening”
Thursday June 6, 2024 6:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
(Broadcast on Nationwide90FM)

Annual Awards Banquet
Saturday June 8, 2024 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel at 7:00p.m.
Contribution: $20,000.00

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Why you should attend?

The recent Covid 19 pandemic revealed the fragility of health care systems throughout the world and highlighted the need for a more integrated approach to health system strengthening. In Jamaica our healthcare system experienced similar Read more…

Feature Lectures

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Scientific Sessions

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MAJ Symposium

Symposium Schedule


1:30 p.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks – Dr. Leslie Meade, President, MAJ

1:35 p.m. Greeting – Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, PAHO/WHO Director

1:40 p.m. Greeting and Declaration of Symposium Open – Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health

1:55 p.m. Sponsor’s Presentation:


Moderator: Dr. Colette Cunningham-Myrie

Session I Public Health  Seeing Red?

2:00 p.m. The Jamaican Public Health Dashboard: What’s flashing? – Dr. Karen Webster-Kerr

2:20 p.m. On Boarding Communities: Communication strategies to improve population health – Dr. Simone Spence

2:40 p.m. Q/A Discussion

3:00 p.m. Sponsor’s Presentation: NATIONAL HEALTH FUND

Session II Public Health  Tuning the Engine

3:05 p.m. All Talk and No walk: Tuning the physical environment to improve health – Dr. Alverston Bailey

3:25 p.m. Motorcycle injuries – Steps to mitigate the impact on the health sector  Dr. Cary Fletcher

3:45 p.m. Q/A Discussion

4:05 p.m. Sponsor’s Presentation:

Session III Public Health  Augmenting Services for Health Equity

4:10 p.m. Rehabilitation Services and the Disabled: Are we doing enough? – Dr. Rory Dixon

4:30 p.m. Preparing for the Next Pandemic, How is our Blood Supply? Are we ready to fulfill the demand for SAFE Blood & Blood Products? – Professor dr. A. J. Duits

5:00 p.m. Q/A Discussion

5:15 p.m. Sponsor’s Presentation: DIAMED CARIBBEAN INC.



5:20 p.m. Sponsor’s Presentation:

5:25 p.m. Obesity Management – The ABC – Dr. Patrice Francis-Emmanuel

5:55 p.m. Q/A Discussion



6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Panel Discussion – Cancer Screening (Dr. Tamu Davidson)

CME for Thursday June 6th 2024: 4 Hrs

WORKSHOP 2 Vaccine Education Workshop (PAHO)

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Moderator: TBA



Moderator: Dr. Samantha Walker

Session IV INFECTIOUS DISEASES – Pesky Viruses or Submissive hosts

2:00 p.m. Public Crises – Lessons from Dengue Outbreak – Dr. Michelle Brown

2:20 p.m. HIV Cured? The Public – Private Collaboration – Dr. Nicola Skyers

2:40 p.m. Health Connect: The HIV Care Cascade – Dr. Alicia Webster

3:00 p.m. Q/A Discussion


3:15 pm Sponsor’s Presentation:

Session V INFECTIOUS DISEASES  The Emperor’s New Clothes: Viruses exposed

3:20 p.m. Diagnostic and Therapeutic Advances in the Management of Fungal Infections- Dr Niel McKnight

3:40 p.m. Viral Surveillance Networks: Do they matter? – Dr. Sandra Jackson

4: 00 p.m. Q/A Discussion

4:15 p.m. Sponsor’s Presentation: MSN

Session VI INFECTIOUS DISEASES -Therapeutics: Too much of a good thing

4:20 p.m. Multi Drug Resistant Pathogen Animal Health – Dr. Paul Cadogan

4:40 p.m. Achieving ‘No antibiotics ever’ in poultry and other livestock – Dr. Patrick Craig

5:00 p.m. Q/A Discussion

5:15 p.m. Sponsor’s Presentation: GLENMARK PHARMACEUTICALS



5:20 p.m. Sponsor’s Presentation:

5:25 p.m. Our Role in a Global Effort Addressing the Burden and Improving Outcomes from Sepsis – Professor Niranjan Kissoon

5:55 p.m. Q/A Discussion


CME for Friday June 7th 2024: 6 Hrs


Moderator: Dr. Lisabeth Crossman

9:00 a.m. Depressive Disorders: Changes since covid: Dr. Geoffrey Walcott

10:00 a.m. Assessment and Management of Generalized Anxiety Disorder – Dr. Doreth Garvey

10:40 a.m. Q/A Discussion

10:55 a.m. Sponsor’s Presentation: VIATRIS



Moderator: Dr. Garfield Badal

Session VII Surgery – Building for the Present & Future

11:30 a.m. Resilience in Surgery – Dr. Rajeev Venugopal

11:50 a.m. Advances in Trauma Care – Dr. Andre Coombs

12:10 pm Q/A Discussion

12:30 pm. Sponsor’s Presentation: APEX RADIOLOGY

Session VIII Surgery  Surgical Triumphs: Transplantations and Cancer Care

12:35 p.m. Transplantation Surgical Services: A pipe dream or developmental necessity – Ms. Aimee Jewitt-Harris

12:55 p.m. Problems We Face in the Treatment of Breast Cancer: Solving them One By One – Dr. Hugh Roberts

1:15 p.m. Q/A Discussion


1:35 p.m. Sponsor’s Presentation: PRECISION IMAGING

Session IX Surgery  Mainstreaming the Menopause and Advances in Urology

1:40 p.m. Delivering Advanced Urological Care in Jamaica – Dr. Roy McGreggor

2:00 p.m. Advances in the Management of Menopause – Dr. Matthew Taylor

2:20 p.m. Q/A Discussion

2:40 p.m. Sponsor’s Presentation: RDL DISTRIBUTORS



Moderator: Dr. Anona Griffith

Session X CHILD HEALTH  Twin Vulnerabilities -Children with Neurodevelopmental disorders and Cancers

11:30 a.m. Paediatric Cancer Care – Dr. Michelle Reece Mills

11:50 a.m. Autism Trends: Causation, epidemiology and challenges – Dr. Andrea Garbutt

12:10 pm Q/A Discussion

12:30 pm. Sponsor’s Presentation: NESTLE Jamaica Limited

Session XI CHILD HEALTH  Paediatric infections : Old and New foes.

12:35 p.m. Covid19 and Children: The legacy – Professor Celia Christie

12:55 p.m. Emerging Infectious Diseases … the present and predicting the future – Professor Celia Christie

1:15 p.m. Q/A Discussion

1:35 p.m. Sponsor’s Presentation:

Session XII CHILD HEALTH  Clinical Practice Guidelines

1:40 p.m. Current Guidelines for UTI Management – Dr. Sandrica Young-Peart

2:00 p.m. Gastroschisis in Jamaica – Adaptive Strategies for Better Outcomes – Dr. Autrene Buchanan-Waite

2:20 p.m. Q/A Discussion

2:40 p.m. Sponsor’s Presentation:



2:45 p.m. Sponsor’s Presentation:

2:50 p.m. Artificial Intelligence in Surgery, a means of building resilience in healthcare – Professor Andrew A. Gumbs

3:20 p.m. Q/A Discussion


CME for Saturday, June 8th 2024: 10 Hrs (including 2 Hrs Mental Health) Breakdown: Live Stream: 4; Recorded Stream 4; Mental Health: 2 Hrs

9 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ETHICS WORKSHOP

Panel Discussion  Ethics & Moral Resilience in Healthcare Practice

9:00 a.m. Panelists Presentations: Professor Jan Helge Solbakk , Ms Pauline Anderson-Johnson, Dr Colin Abel & Team 

10:30 a.m. Q/A Discussion

10:55 a.m. Sponsor’s Presentation: LASCO DISTRIBUTORS

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. VIEWING OF EXHIBITS



Moderator: Dr. Myrton Smith

Session XIII HEALTH CARE System  Reformation vs Transformation: The Pursuit of Change

11:30 a.m. Secondary Care Reform – Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie

11:50 a.m. Stroke & Neuroplasticity: Future perspective and opportunities – Dr. Francene Gayle

12:10 pm Q/A Discussion

12:30 a.m. Sponsor’s Presentation: INDUS LIFE SCIENCES


Session XIV HEALTH CARE Delivery  The Pursuit of Resilience

1:15 p.m. Vaccination across life-course: A developmental and health imperative – Dr. Julia Rowe-Porter

1:35 p.m. Enhancing Healthcare Resilience: Integrative Strategies for Financial Security and Risk Management – Mr. Shubhash Gosine

1:55 p.m. Q/A Discussion

2:15 p.m. Sponsor’s Presentation: MAJIF TRUST

Session XV HEALTHY Heart & Healthy Lifestyle – The Pursuit of Wellness

2:20 p.m. Healthy Lifestyle – demystifying the nutritional prescription – Dr Suzanne Soares Wynter

2:40 p.m. Resilience in Cardiac Health – Dr. Victor Elliott

3:00 p.m. Q/A Discussion

3:10 p.m. Sponsor’s Presentation: HEART FOUNDATION OF JAMAICA


FEATURED LECTURE IV  Mike D’Silva Memorial Lecture

3:15 p.m. Sponsor’s Presentation:

3:20 p.m. Caribbean Cooperation in Health – A Caribbean Regional Framework for Resilience and Development – Dr. Joy St. John

3:50 p.m. Q/A Discussion



CME for Sunday, June 9th 2024: 6 Hrs (including 2 Hrs Ethics)


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