In the 1980s, Drs. Orrin Barrow, Charlie Edwards and Rawle Edwards , distinguished physicians and gastroenterologists in their own right, contemplated forming a regional association of GI specialists. In 1986, at a to fruition. Dr. Orrin Barrow employed his organizational skills and conference in Sao Paulo Brasil, they discussed and agreed on the idea which two years later was brought influence as president of the Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ) to hold the inaugural meeting in conjunction with a MAJ conference, making AWIG one of the first subspecialty societies in the Caribbean.
At the first meeting , Orrin Barrow was elected President, Rawle Edwards Vice President and Charles Edwards . The founding members present at the inaugural meeting were: Orrin Barrow, Charles Edwards, Rawle Edwards , Courtney Bartholomew, Judith Henry, Steve Smith, Oscar Jordan , Bert Brathwaite , Heskith Vanterpool, , Blossom Anglin, Michael Lee, Kildare Donaldson , Shaughan Terry and Anthony Nembhard.
The Purposes of the Association are:
- To educate the medical profession in the region about gastrointestinal diseases, enabling them to upgrade their skills at the primary care level.
- To improve the skills of its members.
- To foster research in gastrointestinal diseases in the region.
The Association of West Indian Gastroenterologists provides a forum for education of its members, aims to educate the medical profession in the region about gastrointestinal diseases and to foster related research. Its members are primarily physicians in the English speaking Caribbean, but members, associates and supporters also reside in the Unites States of America , Canada and Europe.
The Association holds an International Postgraduate Course each year at a location that rotates throughout member countries. Its limited registration allows for meaningful interaction with a world-class faculty .
Jamaica with the Medical Association of Jamaica , Pegasus Hotel
Barbados with UWI and Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners
Antigua with Antigua and Barbuda Medical Association
Bahamas with Medical Association of the Bahamas
Trinidad with GP association of Trinidad and Tobago.
Miami. Mayfair, Coconut Grove
Guyana with the Guayana Medical Association
Hamilton Ontario McMaster
Tortola , British Virgin Islands
Bahamas , Harbour Island
Jamaica , Giboney Ocho Rios
Jamaica Giboney Ocho Rios
St. Lucia The Royal St. Lucian Hotel
Bahamas Radisson Cable Beach
Carnival Destiny, Carnival Cruise Line
Barbados Savannah Hotel
Jamaica . Sans Souci White River
Jamaica. Ritz Carlton Rose Hall 19
Antigua . Jolly Beach Resort
Bahamas. Radisson Cable Beach Resort
Costa Rico. Marriott San Jose
Dominican Republic. Punta Cana
Jamaica . Riu, Ocho Rios
Jamaica lberostar Rose Hall