Six Antiguans Among High Achievers In Cuban Medical Programme

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Friday 25th May, 2018 –Parham resident Dr. Eli Elijah Edwards has graduated top medical student among a group six Antiguans who have completed medical degrees through Republic of Cuba’s Scholarship programme.

A formal ceremony was held this evening for the Antiguan students at the Office of the Prime Minister, with Minister of Foreign Affair, Trade and Immigration, Paul Chet Green, Cuban Ambassador to Antigua Gustavo Veliz Olivares and the Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Scholarship Fund Committee, Maurice Merchant in attendance.

In addition to being the top medical student, 28 year-old Dr. Eli Edwards also received the most outstanding student award for maintaining an A average grade for six consecutive years. He is also the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence for the highest academic distinction among Antiguan and Barbudan students and the academic distinction award.

He began his medical studies in 2010 at the Latin American School of Medicine, Cuba. He completed his studies at the University of Matanzas (2014-2017), where he was able to maintain active participation in scientific events earning awards in Clinical Medicine, Pediatrics and Pharmacology, while at the same time achieving academic excellence maintaining a 4.78 GPA.

He is currently a physician intern at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre.

Drs. Dylan Thomas, Wayne Constant, Tazaar Benjamin, Keresha Simon and Ranisha Hazlewood also graduated this evening.

All of the newly minted doctors received academic distinction awards.

In offering congratulations, the Prime Minister’s Scholarship Fund Committee said seven years ago the six Antiguans and Barbudans left for Cuba as innocent young people on a journey for knowledge. Today they have returned as matured adults with a quest to provide service to the nation in the field of medicine.

The scholarship fund committee noted that along with the government of Antigua and Barbuda, they are immensely proud of the young doctors’ accomplishments and eagerly anticipate the impact they will have on the society.