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|Medical Intern wins New England Journal of Medicine (NJM) essay competition|
|Saturday, 16 June 2012 12:28|
--to attend symposium in the USA
MEDICAL student Quacy Grant, a scholar under the Government of Guyana/Cuba Scholarship Scheme who is currently doing his internship at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GHPC), has done Guyana proud. The former student and head prefect of Queen’s College, just months ahead of being formally accredited a Government Medical Officer (GMO) at the GPHC, has been chosen as one of the winners of an essay writing competition sponsored by the New England Journal of Medicine (NJM) on the topic: “The impact of Social Networking on the advancement of Medicine.”
Apart from an award to be granted by the NJM, Grant has also been selected, in recognition of his work, to attend a medical symposium being hosted by the Journal as part of its 200th anniversary celebrations.
The symposium and awards ceremony will be held at Harvard University in Boston, United States of America, beginning on June 22nd. Grant is expected to leave Guyana for Boston on Monday.
The New England Journal of Medicine is one of the World’s most distinguished medical journals, and the essay competition was open to medical students across the world.
The former Queen’s College student was granted a Government of Guyana scholarship to study medicine in Cuba over the period 2005–2011. After successfully completing studies there, he returned home to Guyana in July 2011, commenced his internship at GPHC, which is to be completed next month. He leaves Guyana on Monday to attend the symposium in the USA.
Grant, the eldest of six siblings to his parents, Earl and Simone Grant of Georgetown, began his formal education at St. Agnes Primary School; and having written the Common Entrance Examination in 1997, was awarded a place at Queen’s College, where he was a student from 1997-2004. By virtue of his scholarly and exemplary performance while at Q.C., he was also elevated to the position of head prefect.
Grant has always had a passion for the sciences, and after graduating in 2004, taught Biology and Science for one year at his alma mater, before winning a scholarship to study medicine in Cuba.
Commenting on his choice of career, the young scholar modestly asserted: “I chose to study medicine because I always love serving humanity...”
A member of the Roteract of Georgetown, he is the incoming president of that organization. Dedicated and committed to the principles of Rotarism, he said the Roteract theme calls on members to seek ways in which they can serve their communities or societies in whatever field they could. And for him, medicine is one of the areas in which he could, and is delighted to serve.
Meanwhile, recalling that he had very experienced English teachers at Queen’s College, Grant said that this, to some extent, would have motivated him to enter the essay competition, coupled with the fact that he was always interested in research and writing.
Expressing gratitude to them all, he made special note of Ms. Gem Rohlehr, whom he admired a lot and from whom he learnt a lot while at Queen’s College.
Of interest, the 26-year-old medical intern notes that, in Cuba, a lot of emphasis is placed on research and investigation within the medical programme, since the Cubans have the policy that a doctor who does not research or investigate is not an integral doctor. “And so in Cuba we did a lot of symposia, and we had to investigate and develop and test our hypotheses. And when I came back to Guyana, I was looking for that niche, and that’s where I found the New England Journal of Medicine as a good research base and journal.
“In fact, I participated at the 11th hour in the essay competition… I just decided to give it a shot,” he said.
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