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St. George’s University Students Mobilize to Assist with COVID Crisis in Grenada 


Intake believes that every Filipino student should be equipped with all the skills they need to succeed in their chosen careers. Future healthcare workers are trained to be the best in the medical field at our partner school, St. George's University, by assisting students in developing their knowledge, clinical skills, and research interests. SGU also provides students with the opportunity to gain firsthand experience with a variety of healthcare systems, preparing them to practice medicine in all specialties with a global perspective. 


The rise in COVID-19 cases in Grenada has inspired students at St. George's University School of Medicine to put their passion for medicine and newly acquired skills to use. Many aspiring physicians have heeded the call to help those in need by volunteering at mobile testing and vaccination clinics organized by Grenada's Ministry of Health (MOH) across the island in recent weeks. 


“We are so proud of these students who selflessly gave their time to give back to the Grenadian community,” said Dr. Marios Loukas, dean of the School of Medicine. “Offering to assist Grenada’s healthcare workers during this time of need is the sign of a true calling as a physician. These experiences will become invaluable as they continue their training.” 

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SGU students responded to the call to help those in need by volunteering at mobile testing and vaccination clinics organized by Grenada's Ministry of Health (MOH) across the island over the past few weeks. Photo courtesy of Ministry of Health. 


Students traveled across the island in teams to serve in the Ministry of Health's pop-up clinics, led by Dr. Carol McIntosh, director of hospital services. Term 1 to Term 5 students were present, with faculty advisors from the School of Medicine also onsite to supervise them. 


Among the student volunteer responsibilities are registration and site setup for vaccinations and COVID-19 testing, assisting physicians with test and vaccination administration, providing results and educational material, monitoring patients who received the vaccine for any adverse reactions to the injection, and assisting clinic attendees in maintaining social distance while waiting for the vaccine. 


While everyone's roles varied, volunteers learned the value of remaining flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of each community, maintaining direct lines of communication with the physicians on-site, and working as a cohesive unit with a common goal. They also learned the value of showing compassion and respect to those in need in Grenada. 


“The Grenadians we encountered were incredibly kind and grateful,” Mr. Hawkins-Zafarnia added. “We encountered many that were vaccine-hesitant for both themselves and their families, and we tried our best to inform them of the benefits of getting vaccinated, if eligible. Health literacy is a challenge around the world, but there can be success when you approach people at their level and explain concepts in a culturally sensitive manner.” 


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Photo courtesy of Ministry of Health. 


As attempts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 continues, SGU remains a trusted ally to the Government of Grenada. SGU faculty members have stepped up to volunteer their skills and expertise at the mobile vaccination sites. In addition, students in the School of Arts and Sciences nursing program have been volunteering at health centers across the country, providing Grenada’s healthcare professionals with much-needed assistance, a chance for a break, and camaraderie. 


“Altruism is in the DNA of any healthcare worker,” Dr. Jennifer Solomon, chair and director of Department of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, said. “It’s wonderful to see students across schools working together to learn about each other’s roles. These are the doctors and nurses of tomorrow.” 


Intake believes that aspiring healthcare workers should be given the best learning experiences in order to hone their skills and St. George’s University medical programs provide real-world medical experience and extends opportunities to students of all backgrounds.  


To learn more about becoming a doctor, SGU will be joining Intake’s Study World for a webinar entitled “How to Become a Doctor in the US and UK” on October 20, 2021 at 4:30PM and a one-on-one consultation on October 28, 2021. You may register for the event here: 







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