The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority, in collaboration with their colleagues from across the Caribbean and the United States, will host the bi-annual Regional Council Meeting for the Caribbean Association of Medical Technologists in Cayman next week.
This week will also see celebrations for Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, which is celebrated internationally on April 22-28. The Cayman Islands is, however, prolonging the celebrations with an emphasis on the week of April 29 to May 5, which coincides with CASMET’s Regional Council Meeting, which will be hosted for the second time by the Cayman Islands branch.
Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, otherwise known as Lab Week, recognizes medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in healthcare and patient advocacy.
“Lab Week seeks to bring medical laboratory professionals, associates and stakeholders together, to inform, update and share the latest techniques, skills and equipment for improving diagnostic and therapeutic laboratory testing,” said Health Services Authority Medical Technologist Marcia Robinson-Walters, who is also vice president of the regional council of CASMET.
“It is time to acknowledge the professionals who work tirelessly behind the scenes to provide quality patient care,” she added.
The Regional Council Meeting will bring together delegates representing medical laboratory professionals from across the entire Caribbean region and the United States who will meet “to discuss and plan activities to improve the profession in the region [and] share information that will aid in improvement of diagnostic and therapeutic laboratory testing,” organizers said in a press release.
Several events will be held throughout the week.
On Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a community outreach blood glucose and cholesterol screening at Cost-U-Less in Governors Square, West Bay.
On Sunday, there will be a church service at the West Bay Assembly of God at 10 a.m.
On Thursday, May 3, a CME Symposium will be held at the Health Services Authority from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for the CASMET Council, all health professionals, and the Cayman Islands Medical and Dental Society. At the symposium, a number of topics will be discussed by speakers such as Dr. Jyoti Jadiyappagoudar from Health City Cayman Islands, who is the consultant in charge of Laboratory Medicine, and Martin Mckenzie, who is quality coordinator for the Health Services Authority Lab.
On Saturday, May 5, the two-day Regional Council Meeting begins at the HSA. That evening, an opening ceremony and awards function will take place at the Marriott Beach Resort from 6:30 p.m.