Dr. Amanda King Elected President of Caribbean Association for Rheumatology
The Caribbean Association for Rheumatology (CAR) elected Amanda King, MBBS(UWI), MRCP(UK), FRCP(Glas.), president during the 7th Annual CAR Scientific Meeting this summer. This year’s CAR meeting concentrated on education for general practitioners, because there are still some islands without a rheumatologist. She is the only rheumatologist on St. Lucia.
Dr. King, along with a like-minded pharmaceutical representative and a few rheumatologists, organized the inaugural meeting of CAR in 2007. She says it all started with the founders of CAR creating their mission statement: “to form a group of rheumatologists and allied persons committed to the advancement of rheumatology and through collaboration, education, research and advocacy, improve the care of Caribbean patients with rheumatic disease.”
Since then, “CAR has created a directory of doctors and other practitioners, so rheumatology doctors can find each other to confer and refer,” says Dr. King. “Patients move from island to island, and the directory makes it easier for them to find new doctors.”
Before there was CAR, Dr. King along with a patient’s mother and a few others, founded the St. Lucia Arthritis and Lupus Association (SLALA) in 1997. Its mission was “to provide comfort, motivation and education for persons with arthritis, lupus and related illnesses such that the quality of their lives may be improved.” She says, “There was not a great deal of knowledge in the area. Arthritis was seen as an ‘old people disease.’ And people thought lupus was something you could catch.”
Patient education and treatment in the Caribbean has come a long way since then, with Dr. King involved with, if not driving, the progress.
Physician with 2 Passions
Angela McCain, MD, joined Houston Methodist Rheumatology Associates early in the summer. She’s been a member of the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital medical staff for years and she says, “joining Houston Methodist Rheumatology Associates is a great next step, one that will benefit my patients tremendously. I’m excited about working with my new colleagues.”
Dr. McCain says, “When I did my rheumatology rotation, I was impressed with the enthusiasm of the head of the service. I thought if I could stay that enthusiastic, rheumatology might be the specialty for me.”
One enthusiasm isn’t enough for Dr. McCain, though. After her husband gave her a camera for Christmas several years ago, taking photos out her car window became what she did when she wanted time alone. Before long, she decided to specialize in her subjects.