Uganda’s Minister of Health to speak at College’s LabSkills Africa Conference

Dr Elioda Tumwesigye, the Minister of Health for Uganda will deliver the opening address at the LabSkills Africa conference taking place in Kampala from 22-24 September.  The conference marks the conclusion of the UKAID funded pilot by bringing together key stakeholders, participants and decision makers to showcase the project’s achievements and share the lessons learned. Other confirmed speakers include BDIAP President, Dr Alec Howat; the Director-General of the East, Central & Southern Africa Health Community, Dr Yoswa Dambisya;  the World Health Organisation’s Country Representative for Uganda, Dr Wondimagegnehu Alemu and the President of the African Federation of Clinical Chemistry, Professor Adekunle Okesina.
LabSkills Africa is a health systems strengthening initiative established to build capacity and improve the standards and quality of pathology services in sub-Saharan Africa through skills training, knowledge transfer, leadership development and mentoring. Developed by the College in partnership with the BDIAP and the College of Pathologists of East, Central and Southern Africa (COPECSA), the project has been piloted in 20 public sector laboratories in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Pathology Diaspora Forum

The International Department is in the process of establishing a forum that will bring together UK-based diaspora pathologists from the College’s overseas regions. The department’s work has included collaborations with the UK Sudanese Pathology Group, the British Association of Pathologists of Pakistan and the Pathology Committee of the Inter-Collegiate Iraqi Liaison Group (ICILG). We are keen to expand our engagement with pathologists from the diaspora and would particularly like to hear from UK-based pathologists from West Africa, India, China, Latin America and the Caribbean.  Interested members should contact Gemma Hooley, International Administrator. 

Pathology services in emergencies and disaster situations

The International Committee is conducting an inquiry into the role of pathology services in humanitarian crises and disaster situations (i.e. earthquakes, hurricanes, disease outbreaks, conflict etc).  We would like to hear from College members and fellows who have been involved in delivering pathology services in the aftermath of emergency and disaster settings as part of a wider humanitarian response team or aid agency.  Please contact Rosemary Emodi, International Manager. 

FRCPath Part II Histopathology examinations to be held in Jordan in October 2015

The Royal College of Pathologists is pleased to announce the establishment of its first overseas centre for the FRCPath Part 2 Histopathology examination in Irbid, Jordan. The centre will be available for the first time in October 2015.
The centre in Jordan will be the first of a regional network of FRCPath Part 2 exam centres in the College’s Middle East and North Africa region. Dr Maadh Aldouri, Director of International Affairs at the College, commented: ‘More than 50% of the College’s overseas Part 1 exam centres are located in the Middle East and North Africa. I am therefore delighted that we are now in a position to offer international candidates who have passed the Part 1, the opportunity to sit the Part 2 locally instead of travelling to the UK.’
The College has partnered with the Faculty of Medicine at the Jordan Institute of Science and Technology, which has many years’ experience of delivering the FRCPath Part 1 examinations in a number of specialties. Professor Ismail Matalka, Dean of the School of Medicine and Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at Jordan University of Science and Technology, commented: ‘This is a important development for the region and we are extremely pleased to be working with the College on this exciting initiative. Our role as a regional centre will allow us to strengthen our relationships with the College’s Part 1 centres as we work to improve training and assessment standards across the region.’
Dr Andrew Day, Director of Examinations at the College, commented: ‘Our aim is to gradually expand the number of Part 2 centres and specialty examinations in the region. We are working with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Centre in the United Arab Emirates, with a view to opening a second exam centre in Dubai in 2016 and we will also explore the possibility of establishing a third centre in Cairo, Egypt in 2018 in partnership with the National Cancer Institute at Cairo University. These developments form part of the College’s commitment to increase awareness of its training standards and improve access to its examinations for international doctors and scientists who wish to obtain fellowship of The Royal College of Pathologists.’