Philadelphia International Medicine and the Medical Association of Jamaica Announce Collaboration

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Organizations come together to enhance physician knowledge, training and patient care

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Philadelphia International Medicine (PIM) and the Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a knowledge bridge between Philadelphia, a hub of medical innovation, and Jamaica, an island of medical sophistication.

PIM and MAJ have agreed to form a continuing medical education affiliation between MAJ physicians, and the doctors, surgeons and hospitals of PIM’s network, which includes Temple University Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Fox Chase Cancer Center. The affiliation will provide continuing medical education for Jamaican physicians through clinical training, knowledge transfers, symposia and medical technology.

Under the terms of this agreement, the Medical Association of Jamaica and Philadelphia International Medicine will focus on enhancing physician training and continuing medical education for the island’s doctors thus increasing the standard of patient care, hospital management and the quality of health care delivery to provide the best experiences for their patients.

“We are extremely excited to share such important news with our patients, our physicians and the country at large. Many of our local Specialist Physicians have been trained to international standards but have been constrained in our practice by a lack of the equipment that are necessary to practice at "First World" standard. In affiliating with Philadelphia International Medicine, the members of the Medical Association of Jamaica will be better able to meet the current and growing healthcare care needs of the communities we serve today as well as play a critical role in helping to establish new standards of care through research, innovation, technology and medical training provided to our physicians. This means that with the knowledge-sharing arrangement, we can ensure that our local practice is current with international standards. It also benefits our patients as the PIM network is now available for patients to be transferred for specialist care in circumstances where the necessary expertise or equipment is unavailable locally,” says Dr. Myrton Smith, President of the Medical Association of Jamaica.

The MOU will assist both organizations in establishing a formal on-going relationship that will build a “health gateway,” linking members of MAJ to PIM and its network of seven hospitals including four specialty hospitals and two medical schools for on-going training, university research and innovation, insight on new treatments and procedures and more.

“This opportunity allows PIM hospitals to expand their teaching mission and establish relationships with Jamaica’s health care community. We look forward to working with the Medical Association of Jamaica for many years to come; exploring ways both sides can enhance the health care of our populations and mutually sharing our innovations and best practices,” said Leonard Karp, President and CEO of Philadelphia International Medicine.

To cultivate this relationship PIM will provide on-going continuing medical education (CME) exchanges beginning in May, which are expected to include quarterly video conferencing of clinical seminars, training in Philadelphia through peer-to-peer collaborations, in-person conferences, grand rounds and case reviews. Additionally, MAJ and PIM will collaboratively explore joint opportunities in Jamaica and in Philadelphia to provide comprehensive health care to patients of MAJ’s network of surgeons and physicians.

About Medical Association of Jamaica
Medical Association of Jamaica is the oldest professional association in Jamaica, which was constituted as the first overseas branch of the British Medical Association in 1877. The Medical Association of Jamaica is an organization of medical doctors committed to the enhancement of the professional and personal development of the members. It has over 2000 members, including students and recently celebrated its Golden Jubilee as an independent organization in June 2015. For more information visit

About Philadelphia International Medicine
Philadelphia International Medicine (PIM) is a healthcare organization dedicated to bringing the services of seven prestigious Philadelphia area hospitals to the international community. PIM’s network includes Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple University Hospital, and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as anchor organizations and our affiliate hospitals include Wills Eye Hospital, Rothman Institute Orthopedics, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and the Renfrew Center. To learn more visit

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