The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) conducted training on Research Ethics. The training was held at Intercontinental Addis Hotel fromAugust 22-24, 2019. Participants were faculty members from Black Lion Hospital, St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College, Yekatit 12 Medical College, members of ESOG working in the private institutions and public health professionals from other institutions.
The training was planned as a preparation to set up ESOG’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). Selected from the trainees and approved by the Executive Board, some of the participants will be part of the to-be set up IRB.
Once established the IRB is expected to ease the burden of researchers on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) by reviewing research methodologies and issuing ethical approvals. Currently ESOG members and other researchers on SRH go to a whole lot of various institutions to get such an approval.
The trainers were Dr. Getnet Yimer and Yohannes Sitotaw from the National Ethics Review Committee and Dr. Solomon Kumbi, a senior member of ESOG and an expert on medical ethics and one of the professionals who prepared the current national research ethics guideline.
The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) conducted a project appraisal meeting at its Project Bureau, Nigist Towers Building, Kazanchis on July 6, 2019. The meeting, which was attended by project coordinators, principal investigators and executive board members, aimed at sharing progresses in the various running projects.
The ESOG-CIRHT Collaborative Project, QI on CAC and FP Project, Catchment Based Clinical Mentorship Project and Facility Assessment of CEmONC Services Project are the projects that reported their progresses through their coordinators. Each of the thematic areas under ESOG-CIRHT Project: CME, Residency, Leadership Development, Medical Ethics, Examination and Accreditation, Program Communications, Journal Development and IT have all shared the progress made from January 1-June 30, 2019. After the presentations were made, a series of discussions were carried out where important directions were given by the Executive Board on how to work on activities which faced challenges during implementation.
ESOG has a long standing culture of conducting such meetings every six months.
The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) conducted an exam writing workshop at Intercontinental Addis Hotel on June 10 – 12, 2019. The three-day workshop aimed at giving feedback to questions written by participants and developing more multiple choice questions for in program and residency exit exams: delivering 20 questions per participant.
The workshop followed another of its kind which was conducted on April 11-12, 2019. An experts from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and other local medical education experts have offered their expertise on the workshop. By the end of the project, ESOG will have realized a national board that will be responsible for the preparation and administration of certification examination graduating Ob-Gyns nationwide.
The ESOG-ACOG-CIRHT collaborative project was launched in June, 2016 with the objective of addressing four thematic areas: Resident Ship, CME, Journal and Examination, Certification and Accreditation. The thematic areas to be addressed by the collaborative project later added more areas to its list: IT, Program Communication and Leadership Development. The issue of medical ethics was added later as yet another focus area of the project.
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