On December 5th-7th, COSECSA, in collaboration with the Rwanda Surgical Society, hosted the COSECSA graduation ceremony and Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The graduation ceremony, held on Dec 5, set the tone for the conference. Eminent national and international surgeons gathered to administer exams to candidates across a variety of surgical specialties. The work of countless trainers, dedicated students, and tireless advocates paid off as 85 surgeons from 14 countries graduated to join the health workforce.
The COSECSA AGM and Scientific Conference followed, centered around two themes:
- Surgical Infections and Safety
- Global Surgery (National Surgical, Obstetric, and Anaesthesia Plans).
G4 representatives spoke across several sessions and panels alongside other global surgery experts, sharing their work, their challenges, and their vision for the future of COSECSA and global surgery. The conference also featured the launch of the COSECSA Center for Global Surgery, a nucleus built to “enable, abet and promote the Global Surgery activities of the College”.
We invite members to collaborate with COSECSA and support this new initiative to advance global surgery and serve more surgical patients in East, Central, and Southern Africa.
Panel Discussions: the G4 Alliance at COSECSA 2018
The G4 Alliance: Positioning COSECSA for the Future of Global Surgery (Sponsored by the G4 Alliance)
In this panel, Dr. Maier (President, ACS), Prof. Pankaj Jani (President, COSECSA), and Dr. Yohannah (Lead, CCGS), discussed COSECSA’s collective impact and the future priorities of COSECSA to support increased education, training, and standards of practice and research in surgical care, including the new Center for Global Surgery.
COSECSA Collaborations with International Organizations (Sponsored by ASAP and RSS)
This session focused upon COSECSA’s collaborations with international organizations and how these partnerships served to mutually amplify these organization’s impact on the ground. The panel featured G4 members ASAP, the International Society of Surgery (ISS/SIC), the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA), and COSECSA. Dr. Bob Lane (IFSC), of the G4 Alliance Board of Directors, spoke on behalf of G4 and our member organizations, committing to support COSECSA’s work in 2019 and beyond.
Expanding Surgical Education in Africa (Sponsored by RCSI Institute on Global Surgery)
Currently, there is an estimated shortage of 1 million surgical, anaesthetic, and OB-Gyn in LMICs. By 2030, it is estimated that this workforce must double to sustain the status-quo, let alone account for increases needed to address the unmet burden of surgical disease. Increased education and retention of qualified surgeons and health workers are essential to bridge this gap between urgent need and limited capacity. On this panel, representatives of G4 members COSECSA and RCSI spoke on Expanding Surgical Education in Africa. Dr. Abebe Bekele (COSECSA) outlined the past and present efforts to expand surgical training in Africa as well as COSECSA’s future priorities to scale up their training. Dr. Eric O’Flynn (RCSI) discussed retention challenges and strategies, while Dr. Jakub Galewski (RCSI) spoke to non-specialist surgical training as a strategy for expanding capacity and service delivery.
Additional G4 Alliance Member Organization Representatives
Dr. Robert Riviello, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Harvard PGSSC, NSOAP Planning Session
Dr. Miliard Derbew, COSECSA
Dr. Russ White, COSECSA
Dr. Kelly McQueen, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Dr. Ronald Meir, ACS
Prof. Sean Tierney, RCSI