Paediatric Residency Program

As GHTK began its involvement in Guyana, it determined that the best way to assist in reducing infant mortality was through education. To support the educational programs in place and to have a sustainable affect, GHTK decided to initiate several enhanced programs that would provide physicians and staff with additional knowledge and skills to support their work. Working with the Ministry of Health and Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), a Paediatric Residency Program was established and launched in 2010.

The program is delivered through the Institute of Health Science Education and accredited through the University of Guyana. Funding for the program is provided through GHTK and has an affiliation with external faculty from the following organizations:

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

Paediatric and Neonatal Specialists from each of the above Centres provide their time voluntarily to support the Paediatric Residency Program. Many of them have travelled to Guyana to provide on the ground training to the Residents.

The program is delivered through a three (3) year residency at the GPHC with four (4) years attachment in the Public Health Sector after graduation. The minimum requirements for application to 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. Arnella 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

2 months of General Paediatric Clinic
3 months of General Paediatric Ward
2 months of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
2 months of Newborn Medicine Service
1 month of Infectious Disease
1 month of Emergency Department
1 month of Community Rotation

2. PGY-2 (Year 2) MED 761

2 months of Electives (Infectious Diseases, Paediatric Surgery)
1 month of Surgery Clinic
2 months of General Paediatric Clinic
2 months of General Paediatric Ward
1 month of Paediatric Intensive Care Unit or Adult Intensive Care Unit
1 month of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
1 month of Developmental/Adolescent Paediatric Clinic
1 month of Community Rotation
1 month of Infectious Disease

3. PGY-3 (Year 3) MED 861

3 months of General Paediatric Clinic
2 months of General Paediatric Ward
1 month of Developmental Paediatric Clinic
1 month of Paediatric Intensive Care Unit or Adult Intensive Care Unit
1 month of Community Rotation
1 month of Paediatric Emergency Department
3 months of Electives (Adolescent Paediatric Clinic, Neonatal Intensive Care)
4 months of Chief Resident during rotations

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

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

As of July 2019, the program will have graduated nineteen (19) Paediatricians. Final examinations are held in May of each year and are conducted by both local and external examiners. The final examinations consist of a Short Answer and Multiple-Choice Questions

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.