As a medical student I believe that we must consistently educate ourselves, learn from the people who are experienced and immerse ourselves in the field. The National Belize Medical and Dental Association Congress gave me and my fellow medical students a chance to do this in the country of Belize. I was pleased to listen to the many informative and inspiring presentations by some of the country’s top physicians, and surgeons. It truly inspired me and the seminar made me even more excited to be on this chosen career path.
As we sat there, looking very professional in our white coats, I was proud to be a part of the WUHS family. The day started with an introduction to the history of the medical practice in Belize. We heard stories of times when there were very limited resources, and how the doctors and nurses would be forced to improvise and use what they had available to carry out treatments. Although there are still limited medical resources in Belize there has been a notable improvement and access to proper health care over the years. In cases where the equipment is not readily available in Belize, patients are encouraged to travel to neighboring countries to receive the appropriate testing and treatments. Presenters from Mexico, Dr. Silvio Cuneo Pareto was invited to present on In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) as well as, Dr. Marinee Torres, who presented on Advances in treatment of Breast Cancer. Their techniques are much more advanced than what is currently available in Belize.
All the presenters were very professional and spoke on interesting topics. They were mostly Belizean Doctors and a few from Mexico, Taiwan, United States and Guatemala. Some that stood out to me were Radiology, Laser in Clinical Practices, Pressure ulcer treatments, reconstructive surgery, pulmonary embolism, Plastic Surgery, Oral Pemphigus Vulgaris, Advanced treatment in Breast Cancers, Tracheostomy, Prenatal nutrition, Gastrointestinal bleeding, Kidney disease, Dental Emergencies just to name a few. Some presentations were very graphic, however; very realistic and made me think about what I will be up against when I am practicing in the hospital. It also amazed me to see the marvelous works of medical doctors and made me proud to know that I too will one day be saving lives and inspiring hope. I look forward to coming back and utilizing the knowledge I gain to help to offer better healthcare in the country of Belize.
The Congress offered complimentary tea, coffee, water, juices, breakfast and lunch buffet at the Biltmore Best Western Hotel. We were also fortunate to learn about some of the pharmaceuticals available in the country of Belize. Samples were handed out and we got to take home several of the products.
At the end of the Congress we were all delighted to pick up our certificates. It was two days of informative, enjoyable, learning fun! I’m so glad to have been able to share this experience with my fellow intelligent and beautiful medical students. Thank you to Washington University of Health and Sciences for giving us the opportunity to attend this wonderful event.