St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) recently welcomed Dr. Feyemy Liqui Lung who is working as a House Officer at the hospital and was recruited via the Dutch Caribbean Recruitment Expo, FRED.
Dr. Liqui Lung is no stranger to St. Maarten as her mother was raised on the island and states: “I was born and raised in Curacao. When I studied in Europe, I started to appreciate the Caribbean more and more, and also became to realize the big culture differences there is between the place I was studying (The Netherlands) and the place where I was born (Curacao). My mother was raised on St. Maarten and hearing her good memories of the island, I was always curious to get to know this part of the Caribbean”.
As a House Officer at SMMC she will work, examine, diagnose as well as administer general medical treatment in the prevention and control of diseases. In her new capacity, she works in close collaboration with the Medical Specialists to provide medical care to patients on the Medical/Surgical ward.
When asked what her primary role will be as a House Officer at SMMC, Dr. Liqui Lung states: “My primary role as House Officer is to take care of the patients who are admitted to the hospital. With the daily ward rounds, I get to know the patients and find out what is needed to take care of them and finally, to safely discharge them”
Dr. Liqui Lung has worked in South Africa and Panama apart from The Netherlands as an intern and when asked about those experiences, she stated: “I learned that there is no one way to perform medicine. As a doctor you wish and try to do the best you can for your patient. My experiences abroad thought me that the best care for patients variates between cultures. Not only from a social side, but also considering the resources that are available. For instance, in Panama I experienced for the first time how a Cardiologist gave me money out of his own wallet to buy medicine at the pharmacy across the hospital, because the necessary medicine was not available at the hospital. A situation like this would be unthinkable in The Netherlands, where I got my education. In South Africa, I learned that operations are also possible in the heat of 30 degrees Celsius (without air-conditioning). Finally, in Curacao, where I worked at the ER, I learned that (secondary) prevention and education is very important. Especially for people with Asthma Exacerbation and Diabetic comas because of not understanding how to use their medication”.
Asked what her first impression is about SMMC, Dr. Liqui Lung responds candidly: “Working at SMMC is actually pretty similar to my previous job in The Netherlands. Logistically the work is almost the same. The main difference is the reasons of admissions. From my first impression I expect to have a great and educational time here.
Medical Director, Dr. Felix Holiday states: “With the arrival of Dr. Liqui Lung Another we again emphasize our mission to enhance quality care while expanding the variety of specialties. It also gives great pleasure to be able contribute to young professionals from the Dutch Caribbean to further build their career through SMMC.”
SMMC welcomes Dr. Liqui Lung to its team of Doctors and nurses and look forward to a good working relationship together, serving our patient community with quality care close to home.