Planning your elective - Jamaica
Akil Fazal delves into one of the treasures of the Caribbean
- By: Akil Fazal
Columbus described Jamaica as “the fairest isle that eyes beheld; mountainous… all full of valleys and fields and plains.”1 Roughly ovoid in shape, it's the third largest island in the Caribbean after Cuba and Hispaniola. Despite its relatively small size, Jamaica boasts an impressive diversity of terrain and vegetation, with white sandy beaches, crystal clear sea water, and some of the most beautiful sunsets imaginable.
As Jamaica is a former British colony, the medical training is similar to that in Britain. Teaching is in English, and a significant number of the consultants were trained in Britain. University staff are friendly and enthusiastic and welcome overseas students. In addition, Jamaica is an important tourist hot spot, which is always enjoyable and exciting to visit. The country is fun to be in, the people are friendly, and the patients are obliging.
After a long period of direct British rule, Jamaica gained a