Guyana faces a shortage of pathologists as the current cohort continues to age and enter retirement, according to a report in Kaieteur News Online. The situation prompted the Ministry of Health to call on registered doctors to enroll in training programs in the discipline.

Pathology focuses on the causes and effects of diseases, particularly with regard to diagnostic and forensic purposes. Ministry officials pointed out that the oldest pathologist in the country is 63 years old, while the youngest is only a few years younger.

The government has created a scholarship program to encourage young physicians to enter the field. In addition, a number of overseas universities and clinical centers have entered into arrangements with the University of Guyana and Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation to create programs that meet international standards. Graduates of the programs will be expected to serve in regions throughout the country.

About George Subraj: Born in Guyana, George Subraj is a successful real estate executive in New York City who donates significant funds to medical causes in his native country.

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