ESOG Conducted 2nd Residency Examination

The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) conducted a series of examinations to residency students in 12 institutions on September 4-5, 2019. The examinations were planned by the residency thematic area of the ESOG-CIRHT Collaborative Project and administered by faculty members from the institutions, with technical support from IT professional from the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH).

The examinations were part of the effort to standardize and harmonize the residency programs provided at the various institutions. The examinations were administered using the online residence matching and placement platforms in 10 institutions while students at two institutions, Wolayita and Assela took paper-based examinations.

ESOG in collaboration the Federal Ministry of Education (FMoE), Universities, HERQA and funded by Center for International Reproductive Health Training (CIRHT) has been engaged in an effort to improve the quality of medical education and residency training for obstetrician-gynecologists in Ethiopia and is working on four interrelated objectives among which one is the standardization of the residency program examination across all the universities and certification of residents.

The Examination and Certification committee of ESOG-CIRHT Collaboration Project engaged in the undertaking of the standardization of the national examination is involved in the capacity building of faculty to acquire a strong exam item preparation, skill and knowledge, creation of a standard and secure exam item bank and administration of certification examinations across all the ob-gyn residency programs in Ethiopia.

Research Ethics Training Conducted

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.

Project Appraisal Meeting Conducted

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.