On Saturday, February 24th, 2018, Xavier University School of Medicine had the honor of hosting the International Congress for Doctors on Aruba. Events began with a welcome by Dr. Gil Apacible, Dean of Students of Xavier. Following him was Mr. Glenbert Croes, Minister of Social Affairs, Aruba, who opened the Congress. The first half of the day was focused on issues of Domestic Violence. The chair for this half was Mrs. Magaly Maduro. Guest speakers included Mrs. Suzette Kock, President of Fundacion pa Hende Muhe den Dificultad, Mrs. Daphny Tecklenborg, Bureau Sostenemi, Mrs. Trudy Hassel, Head of the Recherche Korps Politie Aruba, Mr. Bryan Mohamed, Ambulancedienst, Mrs. Corina Rolfast, Mrs. Louise Rafael Croes, Pediatrist, Mrs. Hermine Mensink, GZ psycholoog-psychoterapeut, and Mr. Erik van der Elst, Drama- en Systeemtherapeut Lorentzhuis Haarlem. After these speakers was lunch, followed by a new series of speakers who spoke about Palliative Care. The chair for this half was Mr. Wouter van Kempen. Speakers included Mrs. Benita Britt-Croes, GP, Mrs. Nienke Gonzalez-Smits, Specialist Elderly Care, Mr. Willem van der Kraan, GP, Mr. Dennis Willemsen, and Mr. Peter Paul Hermans, GP and promoter of the Hospice Atardi in Formation. Afterwards workshops were given about “Conversation with the patient about ‘bad news’” and “Pain treatment”.
Xavier looks forward to more events like this in the future.