Continued support for medical training in Malawi

Five senior College Fellows have joined the examining team of the College of Surgeons, East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA)  to administer their Fellowship and Membership examinations. This follows successful collaboration between the College and COSECSA last year with the provision of two examiners for the December examinations diet.

The exams took place in Mozambique’s capital Maputo over 4-5 December, at Maputo’s Central Hospital.  A number of young Malawian surgeons who took part in training provided by the College in Malawi in the past year were among the candidates.

Mr Mike McKirdy, Director of Global Health with the College, led the group of examiners which included the College’s Vice President (Surgical), Kevin Baird, along with College Fellows, Mary Brown, Drummond Mansbridge and John Scott. Mr McKirdy believes that this work is important to continue the long standing partnership with medical teams in Malawi. The College’s collaboration with COSECSA helps to ensure that the high quality standards required in the examinations are maintained, and signposts to candidates that they are being measured against global standards.

The College was also very proud to learn that the top candidate of the COSECSA Fellowship in Plastic Surgery exam 2016, was Wone Banda.  Ms Banda spent time training in the UK through the College’s MTI initiative, and was the recipient of the College’s David Livingstone Scholarship.

Wone is pictured here receiving her award from (left to right) Professor Eric Borgstein, President Milliard Derbew and Vice President Pankaj G Jani of COSECSA.

Find out more about the College’s support for medical training in Malawi.



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