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COSECSA Training 2015

At RCSEd we are proud of our relationships with our sister colleges all over the world. Our relationship with the College of Surgeons of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA), is no exception. When COSECSA approached the Immediate Past President (then President) Mr Ian Ritchie, and Professor George Youngson to deliver a series of training sessions, they did not hesitate to accept.

Joint Fellow of the two Colleges, Mr Eric Borgstein, wished some support in moving the COSECSA exam to an OSCE format, something of which our trainers had experience. Captain James Campbell, an experienced examiner and trainer was drafted in to develop a bespoke training project for the COSECSA examiners. He used his experience as a 'late convert' to the OSCE examination format, to support the COSECSA examiners in developing their planned move to OSCE. The course was very well received by the local examiners.

Professor Youngson and Mr Ritchie assisted Captain Campbell in the delivery of the OSCE training course. Professor Youngon also delivered a Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTSS) course. Following the NOTSS and examiner course, Mr Ritchie performed the role of external examiner at the COSECSA exam.

This project is an excellent example of the type of work that RCSEd can deliver to support partners internationally and benefit the wider global surgical community.

Upcoming System Maintenance & Network Disruption

Due to essential systems maintenance and upgrades there will be intermittent interruptions to some on-line services on Saturday 27th of February. There will be further interruption to some core services on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd of March.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.