Howard University Psychiatry Department and Bermuda Sign Landmark Medical Agreement

By Sholnn Freeman,
Howard News Service

WASHINGTON (Nov. 8) – The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Howard University College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital has entered into a landmark agreement with Bermuda to provide psychiatric services to the entire island’s residents.

Bermuda has aggressively sought to improve on-island patient care by partnering with top U.S. medical schools, said Bermuda Premier Dr. Ewart Brown, a Howard University College of Medicine alumnus.

“The relationship between Howard University and my homeland is deep, rich and powerful,” Brown said. “Our government has taken the view that our people deserve world-class health care, and we have taken the steps to make that possible.”

Under the agreement, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, headed by Dr. William B. Lawson, will provide regular consultation services to the island’s residents, including psychiatry via telecommunications and faculty visits to the island. A new fellowship is also planned.

“This is going to make a difference in the lives of people,” Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau said. “We hope this is just the beginning.”

Ribeau and Brown signed the agreement at a ceremony in the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library on Howard’s campus.

Born in Bermuda, Brown graduated from Howard University with a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry and received his medical degree from Howard’s College of Medicine. He subsequently earned a M.P.H. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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