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Rheumatology Association to host 9th Annual Scientific Symposium


Health professionals from throughout the Caribbean will gather in Saint Lucia in May, for a major conference on rheumatology.

The Caribbean Association for Rheumatology (CAR) will host its 9th Annual Scientific Symposium at the Coco Palm Hotel in Rodney Bay, from Thursday, May 3, to Saturday May 5.

The conference will feature internationally-acclaimed speakers, national research presentations and an ultrasound workshop, among others.

It is geared towards all healthcare professionals, not only doctors. This forum has been approved for 14.5 credits from The Saint Lucia Medical and Dental Association. Participants will get an opportunity to listen and interact with regional and international experts on the diagnosis and management of the most common and serious rheumatic conditions in Saint Lucia.

The Annual Scientific Symposium will open with a free public lecture facilitated by Dr. Carter Thorne from Canada, on the topic “A cost effective model of care for people with chronic conditions.”

All health professionals are encouraged to take advantage of the special Saturday afternoon session which is devoted to teaching rheumatology to non-rheumatologists. That session will focus on assessment of patients with joint pain, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, inflammatory back pain, osteoporosis, septic arthritis and other emergencies. Health professionals in Trinidad in 2016 and Curacao in 2017 benefitted from this.

Interested participants may register for the conference online at www.caribrheum.org or at Bay Medical Centre, Tapion or at St. Anthony Medical Centre on Clarke Street, Vieux Fort.

The Caribbean Association for Rheumatology promotes collaborative research, focusing on education and advocacy throughout the Caribbean.

The symposium will be followed by the Annual General Meeting of the Caribbean Association for Rheumatology. The 9th Annual Scientific Symposium would not be possible without the support of sponsors. International: Platinum sponsor: Regeneron, Gold Sponsors: Abbvie and Pfizer, Silver Sponsor: Health City Cayman and Bronze Sponsor: Association of Women in Rheumatology. Our Regional sponsors include: Select Sponsors: Courts, Digicel and Lucelec. Supporting Sponsors include: Bank of Saint Lucia, Eastern Caribbean Insurances Ltd., FLOW, Invest Saint Lucia, Sagicor and Scotiabank. Other contributors include: Christy Creations, Meme Bete, Natmed, Rituals Sushi, Tapas on the Bay and Wild Orchid

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