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Close to one hundred local regional and international physicians and healthcare workers are currently participating in a Biennial Continuing Medical Education Conference which opened in St Lucia today.

The CME is being hosted by St Jude Hospital in collaboration with Des Moines University in Iowa, United States, at the National Skills Development Centre in Vieux Fort.  It is being held under the theme Integrated Healthcare for the Elderly and targets Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Social Workers and Allied Health professionals.

Public Relations Officer at St Jude Hospital Shervon Alfred says the objectives of the session includes empowering participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to work with other relevant healthcare professionals, and develop and implement a multidisciplinary care plan for elderly patients. They will also be able to prescribe and advocate for appropriate medication usage in the elderly, and appropriately manage Geriatric emergencies.

Alfred notes that while emphasis in healthcare advances focus more on terminal illnesses and issues affecting youth, St Jude Hospital is highlighting elderly care.

The CME has brought professionals from St Lucia and the region as well as participants from the United States
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