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New Year Wishes from ESOG 2010

The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) wishes its members, staff, partners and the peoples of Ethiopia a happy new year. We wish you have a happier, and more successful year in your health, education, profession and any other endeavor you might be engaged in. Taking this opportunity, we would also like reiterate our commitment to mothers', children's and reproductive health in general. Happy New Year!!!

Rwanda Ob-Gyn Society Team Visited ESOG

Dr. Yirgu G.Hiwot Explaining the Role of ESOG in Revising the Abortion Law to the Rwandan Team (Left)

A team of four from the Rwanda Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RSOG) visited the Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG). The visit of Dr. Eugene Ngoga, president of RSOG, Dr. Stephen Rulisa, 1st vice president, Dr. Nitrushwa David, 2nd vice president and Dr. Aflodis Kagaba, executive director, on August 31- September 1, 2017 aimed at sharing experience on how on professional associations and on the revised abortion law.
It has been five years since RSOG was established while it has been more than a quarter of a century for ESOG as a professional association.
The visit involved a meeting with Dr. Dereje Negussie, president of ESOG, a visit to Adama Hospital Medical College and Adama University’s Ob-Gyn department and an experience sharing meeting with ESOG administration staff, board members and other partner organizations.
On their first stop in Adama, the visitors met Dr. Fikru Abebe, ESOG’s focal person at Adama. Dr. Fikru explained in detail about the Ob-Gyn department, the abortion practices, and the hospital’s experience regarding abortion and other interventions. Dr. Fikru also tour guided the visitors through Adama Hospital.
On the experience sharing meeting presentations were made about ESOG as a society and its projects, among others by Dr. Dereje and Selamawit Kifle, general manager. Presentations were also made by Dr. Yirgu G.Hiwot on the role of ESOG in revising the abortion law. Other partner organizations like Egender and Ipas Ethiopia have also shared their experiences on the implementation of the revised abortion law.

ESOG Handed Over Harmonized Curriculum, Program Requirement Documents to Universities

ESOG Handed Over Harmonized Curriculum, Program Requirement Documents to UniversitiesIn what has been a progressive process, the Residency Thematic Area Committee of the ESOG-ACOG Collaborative Project handed over documents of harmonized curriculum and minimum requirements to 12 institutions, which are currently running the OB-GYN Residency program.

An agreement was reached to set minimum requirements and core competencies and educational objectives for residency programs on a consultative meeting conducted on November 28, 2016. ESOG took the initiative to harmonize curriculums and adopts standards under its Residency Program Thematic Area of the ESOG-ACOG Collaborative Project.

The objective of the documents is to harmonize the curriculum being used by various residency programs in various institutions and setting minimum standards for institutions to fulfil before they are allowed to launch the program.

Our communications team has witnessed the handover ceremony in two of the 12 institutions, at Wolayita Sodo University Referral Hospital and Hawassa Referral Hospital. The handover in these institutions was led by Dr. Balkachew Nigatu, ESOG’s vice president. Dr. Balkachew handed over the documents to Dr. Birhanetsehay T. Tsadik, chief executive director of Wolayita University Referral Hospital and Dr. Zerai Kassaye, Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Hawassa University Referral Hospital.

The handover involved a presentation on the documents and discussions with the residents and the administrations. Both institutions warmly welcomed the arrival of the documents and shared their views and concerns during the discussions.

The administration at Wolayita Sodo Referral Hospital was highly concerned of the number of staff it currently has. The program at Wolayita is supported by only three gynecologists and only one of whom is a senior staff. The concern seems understandable as the program at Wolayita might face a serious scrutiny based on the new requirements set in the document: the document necessitates the availability of at least four gynecologists to be able to run the program.  

The discussion at Hawassa was rather filled with a tone of confidence as the curriculum there is already in line in most of the areas with the new documents. Participants challenged the absence of intensive annual exams in the new documents. They asserted those exams have helped maintain their focus on their studies as residents. They were referring to third year exit exams for residents, which is no longer required to be administered according to the newly harmonized curriculum.

The document entitled- National Harmonized Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialty Training Curriculum is a 96 pages document outlining what a residency program should look like content wise. The document outlines requirements regarding Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice Based Learning and Improvement, Communication and Interpersonal Skills, Professionalism and Ethics, Systems Based Practice, Admission Requirements, Graduation Requirements, Nomenclature of the Specialty Certificates, Teaching and Learning Methods, Assessment Methods and Grading Criteria, Grading, Promotion and Course Scheduling.

It further elaborates the year by year course and practice contents that must be undertaken by a candidate resident before graduation.

The other document handed over, on the other hand, is entitled Minimum Requirements for Accreditation of Residency Educational Programs. This document presents a roadmap for institutions and requirements that need to be fulfilled before the opening of a residency program.The requirements involve Human Resource, Number and Variety of Patients, Physical and Technical Resources, Clinical Services, Supporting Services, Equipment and Financial support.

A national board is to be established to review how competent programs are in the various institutions. Once national review starts programs will be labeled Green for good to go, Yellow for required improvements in the program or Red for a potential shut down of the program.

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