Program Schedule

The first conference designated for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM in Jamaica

The Mission Statement

The Mission of the Advancements in Medicine Conference is to provide an annual international forum through which medical and healthcare professionals in Jamaica and those from other parts of the world can meet and exchange information on current developments in medicine and help identify and implement solutions that will lead to improvements in the healthcare delivery system of Jamaica.


  • Formulate and utilize a plan for the management of the diabetic patient using new and modern options

  • Compare and contrast management of HIV and SLE in the Jamaican and US contexts

  • Recognize the challenges of the sickle cell patient with nutrition, pregnancy and survival

  • Provide an overview of the experience of TB and non-viral tropical infections in Jamaica.

  • Recognize the benefits of new surgical therapies in the treatment of colorectal and pancreatic cancers.

  • Review new knowledge on infective endocarditis, chronic renal disease, coronary athersclerosis, erectile dysfunction, pulmonary embolism, obstructive sleep apnea and others.

  • Assess the challenges facing public health, including disaster planning and funding.

  • Review new knowledge on infant screening and other pediatric medical conditions, such as renal failure and tuberculosis.

CME Credits

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for the Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) and the Organization for Strategic Development in Jamaica (OSDJ).  The Minnesota Medical Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The MMA designates this educational activity for a Maximum  of  14.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Partnering Institutions

The Advancements in Medicine 2008 conference is the joint effort of the Organization for Strategic Development in Jamaica (OSDJ), The International Leadership Institute (ILI), The University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences, The Ministry of Health, Jamaica, Hennepin County Medical Center, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, The Jamaican Diaspora-West/Midwest Region and the Mayo Clinic Jamaica Diversity Network Group.

This three day medical and health conference will feature presenters and moderators from:

  1. American Red Cross (NCBS)

  2. Association of Black Cardiologists

  3. Cleveland Clinic

  4. Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

  5. Hennepin County Medical Center

  6. Mayo Clinic

  7. Medical Association of Jamaica

  8. Minnesota Oncology Hematology

  9. Pan-American Health Organization

  1. Pasadena Gastroenterology Medical Group

  2. The Ministry of Health, Jamaica

  3. University of Minnesota

  4. University of the West Indies,

  5. Vanderbilt University

  6. Wisconsin Newborn Screening Laboratory

  7. Association of Black Cardiologists

  8. Other medical and health organizations across Jamaica and the United States

Conference Schedule

Wednesday February 20, 2008

Arrival and Conference Check-in


Thursday February 21, 2008

5:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Site Visits

2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.  Registration

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Opening Ceremony

4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Presentations, Barry Wint Memorial Lecture

8:30 p.m. Dinner and Entertainment by the hotel


Friday February 22, 2008

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration

8:30 - 4:00 p.m. Presentations, Coffee Break, Lunch

5:00 p.m. -  9:00 p.m.  Ministry of Health Reception 


Saturday February 23, 2008

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration

8:30 - 4:00 p.m. Presentations, Coffee Break, Lunch

7:00 p.m. -  Midnight Dinner & Dance Gala

Launching of the Barry Wint Memorial Fund


Keynote Speaker: Hon. Bruce Golding, Prime Minister of Jamaica

Entertainment by the Bare Essentials Band


Field Day /Site Visit Groups


Group 1 - Kingston Area Health Facilities


Group 2 - Manchester Area Health Facilities


Group 3 - St. James Area Health   Facilities


Group 4 - St. Ann Area Health Facilities


Group 5 - Portland Health Facilities



Conference Registration Cost

Category Before December 15, 2007 After December 15, 2007
Overseas Students US$250.00 US$300.00
Overseas Healthcare Workers and Nurses US$350.00 US$400.00
Overseas Physicians, Consultants and Others US$400.00 US$450.00
Local Nurses and Students in Jamaica (per day) JA$4,000.00 JA$4500.00
Local Physicians, Consultants and Others in Jamaica (per day) JA$4,500.00 JA$5,000.00

Sponsorship of a local Jamaican Nurse or Student at US$60.00 per day

(The registration fee does not cover air, hotel and ground transportation costs. See below for hotel information)


Ticket for the Conference Dinner & Dance Gala (JA$4,500.00 per person) sold separately


Tax Deductible Contributions
It is our desire to make the conference affordable to as many local as possible. However many of the nurses in rural Jamaica and students may not be able to afford the cost of registration, transportation and accommodation. To contribute to the registration cost of local nurses or students please include the amount as part of your registration payment.

OSDJ is a 501(c) (3) corporation registered in the State of Minnesota. Contributions made to provide scholarships to local students and nurses to attend the conference are tax-deductible.  (OSDJ Tax ID: 36-4496126)

Your Registration Fee Covers the Following

For  Overseas Attendee

  • Sessions and Breakout Workshops

  • Conference Materials

  • Welcome Bags with Promotional Items

  • Printed Programs

  • CD with Conference Materials

  • Coffee Breaks

  • Lunch

  • Welcome Reception

  • Field Day Site Visit

For Local Attendees 

  • Sessions and Breakout Workshops

  • Conference Materials

  • Welcome Bags with Promotional Items

  • Printed Programs

  • CD with Conference Materials

  • Welcome Reception

  • Coffee Breaks

  • Lunch

  • (Thursday evening Dinner included in registration)

Registration Deadlines
1. The deadline for early registration is December 15, 2007.
2. Late registration closes February 10, 2008 (Extended though February 18, 2008)

On-site late registration will be available 8:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22nd , 2008 and Saturday, February 23rd, 2008 at the conference site. On-site registration must be accompanied with payment by a major credit card, check or cash. This is a LIMITED registration at a greatly increased rate and OSDJ does not guarantee that tickets to events, materials, welcome bags or other opportunities will be available to those who do NOT register by January 31, 2008.

Upon receipt of your registration payment, OSDJ will e-mail you a registration confirmation. All subsequent updates will be sent via email. Please keep your email address current with OSDJ.


Hotel and Ground Transportation


Overseas Rate

Local Rate

**Single Room Hotel  (per night)



**Double Room Hotel (per night)



**Triple Room Hotel (per night)



**One Bedroom Suite Single (per night)



**One Bedroom Suite Double (per night)



**One Bedroom Suite Triple (per night)



**Children (3-16 years -per night)



Ground Transportation (per person To and From the Airport)



**Rates are All-Inclusive per room per night

Double Occupancy   - two (2) adults and two (2) children under 12 years

Triple Occupancy    - three (3) adults maximum (2 double beds)


Registrants who are unable to attend the conference will receive a refund less a $60 administrative fee if a written cancellation is received by December 15, 2007. Cancellations must be emailed to No refunds will be granted after December 15, 2007. OSDJ reserves the right to cancel any program and assumes no responsibility for personal expense.


Special Assistance
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