Guyana Help The Kids

Pediatric Residency Program

The Paediatric Residency Program was launched in October, 2010. It is currently delivered through the Institute of Health Science Education and accredited through the University of Guyana.  The program is financially supported by the Guyana Help the Kids Organisation and has affiliation with external faculty from:

  • McMaster University – Canada
  • University of Toronto – Canada
  • Buffalo State University – USA
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (UTSW) – USA
  • University of the West Indies – Trinidad and Tobago
  • Humber River Hospital – Canada
  • Hospital for Sick Children – Canada
  • McMaster’s Children Hospital – Canada
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital –USA
  • Eric Williams Medical Centre – Trinidad and Tobago

The program is delivered through a three (3) years residency at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation with four (4) years attachment in the public health sector after graduation. The minimum requirements for application into the program are a BSC in Medicine from a recognized university and one (1) year post internship experience. It is currently managed by Dr. Narendra Singh – External Director, Dr. Andrea Hunter – Co-Director, Dr. Arnelle Sparman – Local Director, Dr. Julie Johnstone – Curriculum Director and Ms. Aruna Faria – Program Administrative Assistant.

Residents are required to complete modules in the following areas:

  1. PGY-1(Year 1) MED 661
  1. 2 Months of General Paediatric Clinic
  2. 3 Months of General Paediatric Ward
  3. 2 Months of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  4. 2 Months of Newborn Medicine Service
  5. 1 Month of Infectious Disease
  6. 1 Month of Emergency Department
  7. 1 Month of Community Rotation

 

  1. PGY-2(Year 2) MED 761
  1. 2 Months of Electives (Infectious Diseases, Paediatric Surgery)
  2. 1 Month of Surgery Clinic
  3. 2 Months of General Paediatric Clinic
  4. 2 Months of General Paediatric Ward
  5. 1 Month of Paediatric Intensive Care Unit or Adult Intensive Care Unit
  6. 1 Month of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  7. 1 Month of Developmental / Adolescent Paediatric Clinic
  8. 1 Month of Community Rotation
  9. 1 Month of Infectious Disease

 

  1. PGY-3 (Year 3) MED 861
  1. 3 Months of General Paediatric Clinic
  2. 2 Months of General Paediatric Ward
  3. 1 Month of Developmental Paediatrics Clinic
  4. 1 Month of Paediatric Intensive Care Unit or Adult Intensive Care Unit
  5. 1 Month of Community Rotation
  6. 1 Month of Paediatric Emergency Department
  7. 3 Months of Electives (Adolescent Paediatric Clinic, Neonatal Intensive Care)
  8. 4 Months of Chief Resident during Rotations

Clinical rotations are also incorporated into the program requirements for graduation. These are designed to include a full complement of internal and external rotation. These include:

  • Infectious Disease – HIV/TB Clinics
  • Paediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Neonatology
  • Paediatric ICU
  • Adolescent and Developmental Clinics
  • General Paediatric and Postnatal Wards
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Orthopedics
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Community ( either of the sites where NICUs are currently established)

The program has graduated ten (10) Paediatricians as of November, 2016. Final examinations are held in May of every year and are conducted by both local and external examiners. The finals examinations consist of a Short Answer and a Multiple Choice Question segment on day one and are supervised by a University of Guyana proctor. Day two consists of seven (7) Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) stations.  The required passing grade is 65% for the program.