Clinical Conference by: dr. Corey Forde
Dr. Corey A. Forde MD, DM is Head of the Infection Prevention and Control/Infectious Diseases Program at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital on the beautiful island of Barbados, West Indies. He is currently Chair of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) which he started in Barbados as the first formal program in the English-speaking Caribbean. He also serves as associate lecture in Medicine at University of West Indies, Cave Hill Barbados.
Dr. Forde is a graduate of the University of the West Indies but pursued sub specialty training returning to Barbados in 2014 after training in South Africa and Canada to oversee the Infection Prevention and Control Department and Infectious Diseases services.
A KPC outbreak at the island’s only public hospital (600 bedded) in the same year a month after his arrival led to the expansion and development of a robust IPC program with the support of the hospital administration, Barbadian government and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO). In 2015, Dr. Forde lead the development of Caribbean IPC Conference bringing together several regional countries including the French, Spanish, Dutch and English-speaking Caribbean in Barbados. This has continued every year since and will be hosted in St Lucia (2018) with support from SHEA, PAHO and CDC among others.
As a young Infection Preventionist and ID physician, he has recognized the importance of mentorship and recognizes the importance this plays in development of the Caribbean regional programs in IPC & ASP. Dr. Forde has been an active member of SHEA , was SHEA Ambassador 2016 and currently serves on the SHEA External Affairs Committee.
He has given several talks on the international stage on Antimicrobial Resistance in Resource Limiting Settings, including at the Infectious Diseases Society of America Conference 2016 where he highlighted the extensive work that has been done in regionally. He also serves as a member of the Global Health consortium group at Florida International University (FIU).
His general goals include the pursuance of good medical practice by combining compassion, scientific knowledge and clinical judgment, as well as mentorship and education of the general public and peers in the area of Infectious Diseases