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Carol Ann Solomon’s Story

Carol Ann Solomon’s Story

I grew up in the village of Barataria and attended the Barataria Anglican Primary School. At age 10 my family moved to Tunapuna, and I did the Common Entrance Exam one year later. I then joined my sister at St. George’s College where I spent seven happy years. After St. George’s, I entered the Faculty of Natural Sciences (as it was called then) at the UWI St. Augustine campus. This was the start of a long relationship with the UWI. I graduated with a BSc in Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry, First Class Honours. 

My close friends were applying to study medicine, and I did the same. I was then off to Mona, Jamaica to enter the Faculty of Medicine in 1985. Having graduated in 1989, I entered an internship at the Port-Of-Spain General Hospital and followed on as a House Officer. Towards the end of my internship, I approached Professor Pitt-Miller about entering the postgraduate DM in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. I remember her interviewing me at length as to why I wanted to do Anaesthesia and if I had discussed it with my family. I looked up to Prof. Pitt-Miller as a lady who had it all, family, a brilliant career, and an enviable reputation. I was accepted into the programme and completed year one, but I decided to proceed to England to complete the FRCA. This I did, completing the Southwest Thames Regional rotation in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care and was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthesia in 1995. Having returned home in 1997, I took up the position of Consultant Anaesthetist at the Scarborough Regional Hospital in Tobago. With the support of my colleagues in Tobago I started fostering a relationship with the UWI becoming an associate lecturer and facilitating the DM candidates and medical students’ electives in Tobago. UWI afforded me the opportunity to complete the Caribbean Health Leadership Institute programme for leaders in Health Care. The UWI has been part of my success story - today I am the Head of the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the new Scarborough General Hospital, Associate lecturer, and member of the Covid task force Tobago.

~Carol Ann Solomon

 

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