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UWI hails Archibald McDonald on national honour

Friday, August 11, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona has extended congratulations to Principal and Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Archibald McDonald on being awarded the prestigious Order of Jamaica (OJ) for excellence in academia and public service.

The national honour is Professor McDonald's second, having previously been conferred the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD).

McDonald joined The UWI, Mona in 1987 and has since played a pivotal role in the development of various programmes and initiatives in addition to his administrative accomplishments at the institution.

During his time at the university, he served in various capacities including Head of the Department of Surgery, Radiology, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care; Chair of the Department of Surgery Research Committee; Supervisor of the DM Emergency Medicine, as well as Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

He is also credited with the establishment of the first Accident and Emergency Department in Jamaica at the UHWI in 1993; starting the DM Programme in Emergency Medicine; instituting post basic training for emergency room nurses and introducing the Doctor of Dental Surgery and Masters in Sports Medicine and Forensic Science programmes to the university.

Professor McDonald's career also boasts him successfully guiding the Faculty of Medical Sciences to full accreditation from the Caribbean Authority of Medical Education. He also conceptualized and oversaw the development and expansion of the state-of-the-art Faculty of Medical Sciences Research and Teaching Complex.

Balford Henry

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