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Professor Patsy R. Prussia receives The Gold Crown of Merit Award

Professor Patsy R. Prussia receives The Gold Crown of Merit Award

Professor Patsy R. Prussia has been leading a wonderful career as early as high school where she was head girl at St. Mary’s College between 1960 and 1961, leaving a positive mark as she proceeds. She went on to continue her studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona in the Faculty of Natural Science where she studied Premedical Chemistry and Physics. She is also a medical graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mona from the class of 1971 and went on to further her studies in the field of anatomical pathology at the said University of the West Indies, Mona during the period 1974-1977. In addition, her postgraduate studies also comprise of a Certificate in Cytology which she acquired in 1978 from the Johns Hopkins Hospital, a diploma, International Board of Cytopathology Fellow of the International Academy of Cytology (FIAC) in 1999, joint RCOG and BSCCP Certificate in Colposcopy as well as a Certificate of Completion of Training by TriPath Imaging Inc. for the SURE PATH liquid-based Pap test, both acquired in 2004.

Professor Prussia is currently a Consultant Cytopathologist at the Pathologist Service Limited in Barbados, Clinical Director (BNR Cancer) at the George Alleyne Chronic Research Disease Center (CDRC) also in Barbados and a retired Professor of Anatomical Pathology at the UWI Cave Hill Campus. Professor Prussia has expertise in areas of anatomic pathology, histopathology, cytopathology, human pathology, and molecular pathology, these are just a few which can be observed in her work and publications over the years. The outstanding career that Professor Prussia led was recognized by the Government of Barbados who awarded her the Gold Crown of Merit on November 30, 2020, at an event of the Barbados National Independence Celebrations. This well-deserved award was given to Professor Prussia for her outstanding contribution to Cancer Research and Continuing Medical Education. Prior to this recent award, Professor Prussia was granted other awards over the years inclusive of a prize for the best set of case commentaries she received in January 2004 for certification as a qualified Colposcopist by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the British Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (BSCCP) Registration # 2237, an award for outstanding contribution to Continuing Medical Education at the 66th UWI/BAMP CME Conference on November 20, 2009, and a Certificate of Appreciation, in Recognition of Outstanding Dedication and Commitment to Barbados National Registry (BNR) at their Ten-year Anniversary celebration on March 27, 2019. These are just a few of the many awards that Professor Prussia has received for her hard work and dedication.

Professor Prussia has dedicated numerous years to the field of medicine, particularly pathology and has produced over 40 publications between 1980 and 2016, all of which have contributed to the education of medics and the development of the field of pathology. Professor Prussia’s career positively impacts and will continue to impact the lives of others and even the careers of other medics. Professor Prussia is a holistically developed individual. In addition to the aforementioned studies, she continued her education, pursuing spiritual studies in Christology, Theology and even Sign language. It does not end there, Professor Prussia even further continued her education in the Arts where she completed a beginner’s class at the Virtuoso Ballroom Institute in April 2010 and acquired a Ballroom Dance Achievement from the Genesis Dance Studio in April 10th, 2017.

Professor Prussia is someone who believes in public outreach and makes herself available for community involvement in a lot of ways. Few of which are, her television appearance on Good Morning Barbados on April 19, 2002, to inform on the relationship between HPV infection and cervical pathology, her presentation on sexually transmitted disease, the role of the Pap smear to prevent cervical disease/cancer to the Mount Tabor Community Group on July 2002, her participation in the discussion on Screening for Anal Cancer on the CBC TV program, Morning Barbados, aired on November 19, 2004, and her attendance to the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM) Workshop, held June 23-24, 2005, Chancellor Hotel, St Anne, Trinidad. In addition, Professor Prussia is a member of non-university committees like the Barbados Family Planning Association Medical Committee and the Community College-Medical Technology.

There is so much more that Professor Prussia has done and achieved, she is indeed a remarkable graduate of the University of the West Indies. Congratulations to Professor Patsy Prussia for all her achievements and we thank her for all the valuable contributions she has made and continue to make.

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