The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is delighted to announce that the College has secured a grant from the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET) to develop an enhanced surgical curriculum and deliver a self-sustaining surgical training model in the specialty of urology in Myanmar.
Explaining more, RCSEd President Mr Ian Ritchie said:
"The College has had a long and fruitful relationship with the surgical societies of Myanmar. In 2011, following a hiatus caused by political instability within Myanmar, we resumed examinations there and we can now count 200 Myanmar surgeons among our Fellows and Members.
"In 2012, ongoing discussions between Mr David Tolley, our Immediate Past President, and surgical colleagues in Myanmar, led to the College seeking funds from THET to carry out a needs assessment and develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between RCSEd and the Ministry of Health in Myanmar. This work led directly to the project we are announcing today and will further develop our professional links with the surgical profession there. It is our hope that this project will be rolled out to other specialties within Myanmar in due course.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank David Tolley, who was the genesis for this initiative: he has worked tirelessly to develop it and will be leading the project as it moves forward."
To support the work of this project we are looking for a small volunteer team of urologists to deliver surgical training in Myanmar. Further information about this can be found in the volunteer information job description downloadable here.
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