CAREER INFORMATION

What is a radiologist?
A radiologist is a physician who specialises in using medical imaging technologies such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasounds and X-rays, to examine and diagnose various diseases, illnesses and injuries. They analyse the images and prepare a report on their findings. They may also treat diseases using radiation or minimally invasive, image-guided surgery.

Areas of Specialisation
• Cardiovascular radiology
• Gastrointestinal radiology
• Mammography
• Musculoskeletal radiology
• Neuroradiology
• Paediatric radiology
• Interventional radiology

What do I need to study?
At CSEC and CAPE:
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Physics
• Mathematics

To become a radiologist, one must obtain a medical degree (MBBS). Further training and internship in the field of radiology is then required, followed by certification from a recognised medical board.

What skills and traits do I need?
• Attention to detail
• Technology savvy
• Good communication skills
• Excellent vision and analytical skills
• Good interpersonal skills

Famous Radiologists
Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen
Sir Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield
Andrew Davis

Fun Facts:

She enjoys travelling and watching movies.

If she had to choose a career outside of medicine, she would choose to be a “voice” in an animation.

Dr Rosalind Ambrose is known for her outstanding contribution to the field of radiology in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Recognised as the first trained female Vincentian radiologist, her achievements in providing cutting-edge radiological services have contributed greatly to the advancement and accessibility of medical care in her homeland.

She operates her own medical imaging center in St Vincent - the Caribbean Medical Imaging Centre (CMIC). She is credited for introducing several advances in medical imaging technologies to her home country. These include computed tomography (CT) scan services, mammography, fluoroscopy, ultrasound and filmless radiology.

She also pioneered teleradiology, which is the transmission of medical images from one location to another. The CMIC was first to experiment with ADSL, a communications technology for enabling the fast transmission of images to other countries. This technology has given Vincentians the option of obtaining medical consultations from foreign specialists without having to leave the country. The service is also provided to other Caribbean islands.

 In addition to her work at CMIC, Dr Ambrose has served in other capacities. She is a consultant radiologist at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (previously Kingstown General Hospital). She is also a founding member of the Caribbean Society of Radiologists, and was Director of Medical Education for Kingstown Medical College for approximately eight years, where she introduced and lectured in Imaging in Clinical Anatomy, as an associate professor.

Dr Rosalind Ambrose (née Baptiste) was born in Kingstown, St Vincent. She grew up with her mother in Kingstown Park. Her fascination with science began at an early age as she enjoyed looking at the book, Medical Counsellor, which displayed pictures of the human anatomy. Although intrigued by science, she was not chosen by her school to pursue science subjects at the secondary level. Recognising her dream to become a physician, her mother sent applications on her behalf to the North Seattle Community College in Seattle, USA where she was accepted to study applied science as a first step towards this goal. As a young graduate working as a medical transcriptionist for a chest surgeon, she became fascinated with radiology. The surgeon joked that, “he could see the patient’s whole life on a chest x-ray.” That statement influenced her to venture into this specialised field.

Ambrose went on to study medicine at St George’s University in Grenada, and subsequently secured a fellowship to pursue diagnostic radiology at Prince of Wales Hospital at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. There, she had the privilege of working under Professor Louis Kreel and Professor Con Metreweli, “two giants” in the field of radiology. She also lectured in radiology for two years at the same hospital.

Her personal mantra is, “Learn something new every day.” She strongly believes that one must try to “stay focused as a beam”, and set a personal 10-year plan.

 

What institutions did she attend?

  • E. DeShong Private Primary School, St Vincent

  • St Mary’s RC School, St Vincent

  • Girls’ High School, St Vincent

  • North Seattle Community College, USA
    – Associate of Applied Science

  • University of Washington, USA
    – BA in Vertebrate Zoology

  • St George’s University, Grenada
    – Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Other Achievements

  • She won a scholarship to pursue medicine and was one of the first students from her country to graduate from St George’s University.

  • She was elected president of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Medical Association, 2001-2010.

 

 

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