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Strengthening Examination Processes: ECSACOG Committee’s Productive Visit to Dublin

From May 15-20, 2024, the Examinations and Credentials Committee Members of the East, Central, and Southern Africa College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ECSACOG) undertook an insightful visit to Dublin. The purpose of this visit was to observe the Membership Examinations conducted by the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (RCPI). This initiative was part of ECSACOG’s ongoing efforts to enhance and build the capacity of the College in examination processes.

The visit was a comprehensive opportunity for the ECSACOG committee members to gain insights into the operational and procedural aspects of RCPI’s examination system. By closely observing these processes, ECSACOG aims to build and refine its own examination capacity, ensuring the highest standards of evaluation and credentialing.

In addition to observing the examinations, the ECSACOG team engaged in valuable discussions with various key stakeholders. The team had the privilege of meeting with the Institute of Global Surgery team, where they exchanged knowledge and explored collaborative opportunities. A significant highlight was the meeting with Professor David Weakliam at the Health Service Executive headquarters. These interactions provided a broader perspective on global health initiatives and the potential for future partnerships.

Furthermore, the ECSACOG members had an enriching conversation with Dr. Suzanne O’Sullivan, Director of Training at the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. This discussion focused on training methodologies, curriculum development, and the integration of innovative practices in obstetrics and gynaecology.

Overall, the visit to Dublin was a resounding success, providing the ECSACOG committee with a wealth of knowledge and new perspectives. The experiences and insights gained will undoubtedly contribute to the continuous improvement of ECSACOG’s examination processes, ultimately benefiting medical professionals and patients alike.