12 June 2023

A 2 day webinar was delivered in May, educating medical students in Sub-Saharan Africa about careers in a range of pathology specialties.

On Friday 26 and Saturday 27 May, the College hosted an International Pathology School (IPS) event. The webinar attracted undergraduates from across the Sub-Saharan Africa region.

The initiative offers medical students the chance to discover more about pathology and its role in healthcare, learn about the diverse range of pathology specialties and develop a greater understanding about the knowledge and skills required to pursue a career in the profession. There was also an opportunity to hear about the work of the College (including the recent second lecture series in collaboration with the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons – see the link on the right), with a focus on our work in Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK curricula.

Professor John Obafunwa, RCPath International Regional Advisor for Sub-Saharan Africa chaired the event.  Several speakers from across the continent including recently appointed RCPath Country Advisors for Nigeria, Dr Kenneth Iregbu and Kenya, Dr Shahin Sayed delivered inspiring talks that covered topics on Digital Pathology and Artificial Intelligence and Pathology and Clinical Governance. 

The speakers for this webinar were from countries across Sub-Saharan Africa including Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Zimbabwe. During this IPS we had attendees join from similar countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. The attendees had the opportunity to ask questions directly to pathologists at different stages of their careers, hear from current pathology trainees about the tasks they conduct and learn more about pathology training programmes that are delivered in the region.

Planning is underway for the next IPS event for medical students in South East Asia at the end of August.

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