In what has beena 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 programs.

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. The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) took the initiative to harmonize curriculums and adopts standards under its project with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG).

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 event in two of the 12 institutions: 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 Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) received a warm welcome as it launched its new project entitled- Implementing Quality Improvement (QI) in Reproductive Health (RH): Family Planning (FP) and Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC) in selected hospitals and Health Centers of Amhara and Oromia, Ethiopia and De-stigmatization of Safe abortion among Health Care Workers in Ethiopia.

A launching event was underway in Debre Birhan of Amhara Regional State and Assela of Oromia Regional state on August 1 and 4, 2017, respectively.

Facilitated by Eyob Mohammed, the project coordinator, the events brought together Dr. Balkachew Nigatu, ESOG’s vice president and the Principal Investigator (PI )of the project for the Amhara, Dr. Muhidin Abdo, ESOG’s executive board member and the PI of the project for the Oromia, AtoBedri Ahmed of the Federal Ministry of Health, Ato Alemayehu Hunduma from Oromia Health Bureau and many other health facilities.

Attending the events were professionals from Zone Health Departments and Wereda Health offices and others from various health facilities.

 With welcoming notes from Ato Bekri, Dr. Balkachew and Dr. Muhidin along with officials from regional health bureaus, the events saw a presentation from Eyob and a very warm deliberation by participants on the project. The enthusiasm was evident among participants as the opinions circulated around.

The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) with its landmark project in improving the quality of training in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) launched the Ob-Gyn specialty training harmonized curriculum and program requirements document on an event held at Grand Resort and Spa, Bahir Dar on July 14, 2017.

The launching ceremony took place at the 4th Consortium of Medical Schools in Ethiopia (COME) organized by the FMoH and hosted by Bahirdar University. Present on the event, among others, were Dr. Dereje Negussie, president of ESOG and Dr. Balkachew Nigatu, vice president, Dr. Getachew Tollera, human resource development directorate director at FMoH, Dr. Ephrem Tekle, Mothers and Children’s Health (MCH) directorate director, health and medical college deans and hospital CEOs.

ESOG under ESOG-ACOG Collaborative Project has taken the lead in the preparation of the document. The document aimed at harmonizing the curriculums being used by the various residency programs in the various institutions and setting a standard of requirements for institutions aspiring to launch the program.

Part of the event was the official handing over of the documents by Dr. Dereje to Dr. Getachew. ESOG was offered an immense appreciation for taking the lead in harmonizing the curriculums and preparing the standard requirements to launch specialty programs.

Later at dinner and closing ceremony his Excellency Dr. Amir Aman, state minister of health handed out the two documents to Prof. Yesigeta Gelaw, vice president of Bahir Dar University to mark the official launching.