BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS – Local medical practitioner, Dr Terrance Drew has been named a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Drew, who hails from St. Peter’s, St. Kitts, completed his medical school studies at the University of Villa Clara Cuba , from 1998- 2005 where he graduated with first class honours.
After successfully completing his studies in Cuba, Dr. Drew journeyed to Jamaica where he took up the position of medical intern, but after careful consideration, he gave up this position and returned to St. Kitts, to work in the Ministry of Health as a general practitioner. He worked in many areas with doctors in several specialists fields who served as mentors and guides in his new career.
At the J. N. France General Hospital, he worked on the Medical Ward with Dr. Bichara Saheley, on the Surgical Ward with Dr. Desmond Fosbery, Paediatrics with Dr. Ian Jacobs and A & E with Dr. Retna Walwyn, who all contributed to his success in some way.
Later, Dr. Drew moved on to private practice where Dr. Desmond Fosbery was very instrumental as he turned over his office to Dr. Drew and to whom Dr. Drew has said he would always be grateful.
Dr. Drew worked for a full five years completing the years of his bond and looked towards a new chapter in his career, that of becoming a specialist in medicine.
His decision to go to the United States was met with much opposition as he was told that because he studied in Cuba that it would be very difficult.
Not daunted by this challenge, Dr. Drew studied for his USMLE (United States Medical License Exam) and passed, ranking among the exams top performers. In 2010, Dr. Drew received a residency position in internal medicine in Texas and although the process was long, challenging and expensive, journeyed to US State and began his studies. Three years later he fully completed his studies and despite the many lucrative contracts offered to him he decided to return home to contribute once again to his country.
Dr. Drew is a fully trained internist and was eligible to be licensed in any state of the USA, despite false statements that he had not completed his studies.
The latest good news is that he is now a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Asked about his future plans with such a prestigious achievement, Dr. Drew said: “My goal is to work to ensure that the health system in St. Kits and Nevis meets the needs of our people and rank among the best in the Caribbean.”
He pointed out that the present system is in shambles and needs capable leadership at the highest level.
St. Kitts and Nevis takes this opportunity to congratulate our very own Dr. Terrance Drew, Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine.