About The Association of Consultant Physicians of Jamaica
The Association was formed as the “Association of Physicians of Jamaica” in 1972 by a small group of physicians but was re-energised in 1995 when it was renamed the Association of Consultant Physicians of Jamaica, ACPJ, with Dr John Hall as its first President.
The Objectives of the Association of Consultant Physicians of Jamaica are:
- The Advancement of medical knowledge among physicians
- The improvement of health care within Jamaica
- The maintenance of proper standards of Medical and Ethical Practice
- The promotion of Continuing Medical Education
- The encouragement and promotion of basic and clinical research.
The organization slowly matured and while previously it had worked with the Ena Thomas Trust to plan its annual conference, in 2003, for the first time, the Association held its own Annual ACPJ Symposium, a review of epilepsy featuring the Head of Epilepsy at the National Institutes of Health, Dr William Theodore MD.
Since then the Association has held regular annual symposia featuring issues of relevance to all practitioners in the field of Internal Medicine. Over the years several important areas have been covered such as Epilepsy, Rheumatology including Systemic lupus Erythematosus (SLE), HIV, the care of the elderly, Endocrinology and Cardiovascular disease including the office management of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, heart failure and erectile dysfunction.
Each year the Association also selects a speaker for the Wilbert Jeffrey-Smith Wilson Lecture, in honour of the now deceased and highly respected Kingston Public Hospital physician. Our first symposium in 2003 featured Professor Sir George Alleyne, Chancellor of the University of the West Indies and patron of our Association. This tradition has continued and over the years we have had many well-known local, regional and international keynote speakers address our organisation. In 2010 year we were privileged to have as our speaker the President of the American College of Physicians, Dr Fred Ralston Jnr, known for his vigorous advocacy in promoting the right of patients to have adequate access to good primary care.
Our Association has recognised the need to continue to grow and evolve. We are developing international linkages and working to encourage the visibility of the subspecialties of Internal Medicine. We are anxious to increase membership by younger internists and to find areas of interest for them to become active. We also know that many of our members now reside overseas but have always wanted to find ways to stay in touch and to collaborate. This website is one of the ways we hope to reach out to you all.