Congratulations on your admission to the University of Guyana, and welcome to this incredible, multi-inclusive and multigenerational community of medical learning. I am delighted that we will have the opportunity to begin a new academic year with you as part of the School of Allied Health. During my years at the College of Medical Sciences (College), I have seen our community come together in good times and in challenging times — pushing one another to become more thoughtful and engaged citizens and supporting one another in times of need. In the days before you commence your first day of class, I write to welcome and share my thoughts with you about the school and the journey you are set to begin.
As you think about the courses you will undertake in your various degree programs and the extracurricular activities you want to pursue here at the University, I want to assure you that there is no "best" way to experience education at the School of Allied Health. And as you prepare for your arrival on campus, I want to encourage you to consider how you will use your time here, where you will devote your talents, and what you might do to contribute to our community. While it might be easy to continue familiar patterns in a new place, I want to remind you that your past does not define you. At the School of Allied Health, you will author your own story, and in the process, you will help write the next chapter of the school’s story and that of the University of Guyana as well.
Here we urge you to engage in passionate conversations about development, health, and many other topics. I want to remind you that civil and honest dialogue is the keystone of learning. However, for such dialogue to happen, we must treat each other with dignity and respect — in and out of the classroom.
The School of Allied Health seeks not only to prepare skilled health professionals but also to prepare students for a diverse and connected world by creating an inclusive educational experience. As such, you will be a part of classrooms that mirror Guyana's rich diversity.
Our curriculum is alive and evolving to broaden the knowledge and perspectives we teach. This year marks another where we continue the path towards accreditation of our Medical Technology Program and introduce course specializations in Environmental Health – such as occupational health and safety. And will mark my first as Director of the School of Allied Health.
Consistent with our goal of creating an inclusive learning experience, I also want to draw your attention to the University of Guyana’s Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity Policy. The policy aims to accommodate all individuals within the University community and others who engage with it, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, impairment/disability, political belief or affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, and socioeconomic status. Thus, all are welcome. And as we continue to seek new ways to bring our community together this academic year, The School of Allied Health will use digital communications and social media, including Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and other channels, to facilitate collaboration and transparent communication with our school community.
When you arrive on campus for orientations, I look forward to many discussions with you about your education and vision for the School of Allied Health. As we work together to write the next chapter of the school’s history to ensure its continual excellence, we will make mistakes. Making a change like learning is hard; it is not always seamless and can be messy. But this is the nature of our work. I know that by working together, we – students and faculty – can positively shape the school and sustain the University of Guyana’s bright future.
Dr Quincy Jones, MD, PgDip, MPH, MSc
Director School of Allied Health
College of Medical Sciences
- University of Guyana, Turkeyen Campus
- +592 222-5404