|COSECSA celebrates 10 years|
|Thursday, 01 July 2010|
The College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa has celebrated its tenth year with a colourful graduation ceremony in Kigali, Rwanda
It is appropriate that the tenth College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) AGM was held in Rwanda, the latest country to join, and the landmark event featured the first Graduation Ceremony complete with gowns and College Mace. The President of Rwanda, Paul Kagamwe received an Honorary Fellowship on the day, and also awarded 14 COSECSA fellowships.
COSECSA was established in 1999 by the Association of Surgeons of East Africa in 1999 and was supported by the RCSEd in its early years to establish a Secretariat and in the accreditation of training hospitals (now 54 hospitals in 9 countries).
The first MCS exams were held in 2003 followed by the FCS in General Surgery in 2004. The clinical exams continue to be held annually, preceding the College Scientific Meeting and AGM, which rotate around the nine constituent countries in East Central and Southern Africa.
Having been originally assisted by the RCSEd in running examinations (former RCSEd Council Member Christine Evans was co-ordinator of the MCS exams 2003-2008), the training programme and exams of the MCS are now run in conjunction with the RCSI.
It is interesting that the COSECSA trainees sit the RCSI MRCS as a mock exam and have scored as high as or higher than the RCSI trainees. This confirms the impression of the external examiners that the COSECSA exams are not an ‘easy option’ or somehow inferior to those sat in the UK.
COSECSA now offers training and fellowships in general surgery, orthopaedics, neurosurgery, paediatric surgery, urology and plastic surgery and over 30 surgeons have obtained their FCS-ECSA by examination and a further 50 are in training.
Professor Jimmy James