About Local Feature Speaker, Dr. V. Rene Best – Nutrition Workshop May 2017

Brief Biography of Dr V. Rene Best

Dr. Best is a physician in private practice in Barbados and he also serves as the Force Medical Officer of the Barbados Defense Force where he carries the rank of Captain.. At present he is the Rehabilitation Coordinator on the Medical Panel of the West Indies Cricket Board.

After completing his Undergraduate medical training at the University of the West Indies, he went on to receive a MSc in Family Medicine with distinction, followed by a DM (Doctor of Medicine postgraduate degree) in Family Medicine. He also holds a MSc in Sports Medicine and certification in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.

Dr. Best has served as a Barbados National team doctor for various sports and has done several tours including CAC Games, Pan Am Games, World Military Games, Youth Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

He is the President of Barbados Sports Medicine Association as well as a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Anti-Doping Commission and the Barbados Football Association Medical Committee.

He is a former Under 20 Chess Champion and enjoys running 5K, 10K and half marathon races.

Dr. Best will be speaking at the upcoming nutrition workshops with Canadian Registered Dietitian, Helene Charlebois in May 2017.

Communication in Cancer Care – June 22, 2017

Communication in Cancer Care

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 530pm-9.00pm

3 W’s Pavilion, UWI, St. Michael

cancer communication

Good communication between patients with cancer, family caregivers, and the health care team helps improve patients’ well-being and quality of life. Communicating about concerns and decision making is important during all phases of treatment and supportive care for cancer. (www.cancer.gov)

As emphasized in the recent NCI-designated cancer center directors’ report, Accelerating Success against Cancer, “Patient-provider communications play a critical role in determining who will engage in health-enhancing lifestyles that reduce cancer risk. They impact the likelihood that a person at risk for cancer will seek and engage in appropriate screening, and they also determine whether appropriate pharmaco-therapies are used, and used appropriately to effectively blend with critical behavioral and lifestyle changes.”

Understanding how to optimize the communication process between patients/family and the health care delivery team is essential to our goal of reducing the burden of cancer.

This CME will explore various aspects of communication in cancer care and will feature Miami-based Radiation Oncologist Dr. Sophia Edwards-Bennett and local health care providers.



BDS$75.00 – Physicians

BDS$55.00 – Nurses & Allied Health

BDS$35.00 – Students with ID (limited spots)

Payment Locations:

  • Online- Ticketpal.com
  • Ticketpal locations: A& B Music Supplies Sheraton’ Sundek Boutique Limegrove; Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
  • Payment pick-up: hhccmeevents@gmail.com; Call or message 246-253-9384


Full programme – to be announced.

Topics include:

  • Communication in the Cancer Journey
  • Effective Communication in Palliative Care
  • Nurse-patient Communication in Cancer Care
  • Assessing Patient Communication in Cancer Care
  • Exploring Communication Skills
    • Establishing trust and rapport.
    • Gathering information from the patient and the patient’s family.
    • Giving bad news and other information about the illness.
    • Addressing patient emotions.
    • Eliciting concerns.

About the Guest Speaker



Dr. Sophia Edwards-Bennett (known by her patients as Dr. EB) is board certified in Radiation Oncology. She is passionate about patient care and believes that every patient is special and unique. Her philosophy is that when patients, their spouses and family members entrust their lives into her hands, she should summon all her zeal, knowledge and expertise to unreservedly render the best care to all her patients. She has authored multiple articles; is co-chair of the SCCA Breast Committee, and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of SCMA, the South Carolina Cancer Control Advisory Committee (CCAC) and the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) Membership Committee.

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