The second presentation on Saturday morning was to interested members of the public on the island. Not surprisingly, there were more of them than members of the healthcare community the evening before. It is not hurt that my hosts, the Sleep Apnea Association of Curacao, had representatives on the radio a couple days before announcing the meeting.
Dr. Rach and I were now in sync as to who was presenting what and our talks were well received. Following the presentations there was a panel made up of me, Dr. Gerald Rach an ENT, Dr. Ramon Echague Coleman a Pulmonologist (and a graduate of a US medical school who will sit for the Sleep Medicine Boards in November) and Dr. Jean-Jamil Rojer the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon graduate of Howard University. The questions included several on the topic of sleep in general - a topic I covered.
My hosts were pleased with the turn out at both meetings and are hopeful about the future of sleep apnea therapy on the island.
For me I am honored to have been asked to speak and hope that my participation contributes in some fashion to improvement of how sleep apnea is diagnosed and treated.
I let everyone know that I am interested in a continuing relationship with patients and physicians alike - and look forward to returning in the near future :)
If you are interested in my slides - Healthcare professionals - http://www.box.net/shared/0vigd7zlbsk4oamdxuyl
Public presentation - http://www.box.net/shared/uzmguliqozbdi73dmxh1
It is not often that I see a rainbow, but this morning was one of those times... a good sign.