Let’s start with the fact that decades ago, University of the West Indies (UWI) medical students receiving top marks for the various clinical specialties, received medals with their names engraved on one side. This was a tradition that seems to have come from the University of London, to which the UWI’s fledgling self, the University College of the West Indies (UCWI), was originally “in special relationship”. Indeed a U(C)WI student, in 1964, received the UL medal in addition to almost all the UCWI divisional clinical medals. He was Orrin Barrow of then British Guiana. The University of London, now called Queen Mary University of London, still gives one prestigious medal each year. But our story relates to one divisional medal which, in 1973, was awarded to a graduating doctor named D Beverley Barnett for top marks in Pathology and Microbiology.
On April 27, 2018, 45 years later, she picked up her medal from the UWI Museum, at the University’s Regional Headquarters in Jamaica. She had known it was there since 2014, but her career had long since taken her far and wide through work with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
Here’s her story of the medal! It’s less than 50 seconds long!:
There’s a few more unclaimed medals, just in case you also have such a story!