The Egyptian Committee for Pathology Training

History

The Egyptian Committee for Pathology Training (ECPT) was established in 2014 in order to support and enhance capacity in training, assessment and educational supervision in pathology. The ECPT is a national committee, comprising representatives from different Egyptian universities and institutions involved in medical education, training and service provision. The Committee functions under the patronage of the Supreme Council of Universities of Egypt and is state registered as affiliated to The Egyptian Society of Pathology. 

Governance 

  • President - Professor Nadia Mokhtar (National Cancer Institute, Cairo University)
  • Vice-President - Assistant Professor Mona El-Bahrawy (Alexandria University, The Royal College of Pathologists)
  • Secretary General - Professor Hala Farawela (Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University) 

Working Groups

The ECPT currently has four working groups; Histopathology Working Group, Haematology Working Group, Chemical Pathology Working Group and the Genetics Working Group. The development of working groups in other fields of laboratory medicine are currently being planned.  

The working groups are responsible for different activities including working with the RCPath on conducting a gap analysis between training programmes and curricula in Egypt and in the UK and developing a model programme congruent with international standards to be implemented in Egypt. The working groups run courses, workshops, tutorials and conferences in their respective fields of specialty.  The courses attract delegates from all over Egypt, from the MENA region and other parts of the world.  Every year there is at least one event planned in collaboration with the RCPath.

Collaboration with RCPath

The ECPT is working in partnership with RCPath to develop Egypt's training programmes, qualifications, standards and practice in pathology and laboratory medicine specialties. 

A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Supreme Council of Universities of Egypt, the ECPT and RCPath during a College visit to Egypt in April 2015, to improve standards, training and practices in pathology and laboratory medicine in Egypt. 

Past projects & Events

Postgraduate Specialty Training, Assessment and Examinations in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (April 2015)

Jointly organised by RCPath and the ECPT, this two-day conference shared expertise, practical guidance and advice to those involved in the training, assessment and examination of trainees in the different disciplines of pathology and laboratory medicine (histopathology, microbiology, chemical pathology, haematology, transfusion medicine, virology and infectious diseases) in the Middle East and North Africa. Presentations included an update on histopathology training in Egypt and benchmarking curricula and training programmes against RCPath’s standards. 

Histopathology: Trainee Development Day (April 2015)

Organised in partnership with RCPath, the one-day introductory course provided attendees with an important overview of the following:

  • Specimen handling and reporting for tissue pathways and cancer datasets
  • Histopathology training, assessment and examination systems

The Joint ECPT / IMC 2016 Conference for Laboratory Medicine (September 2016)

Organised in collaboration with RCPath, this four-day conference covered different disciplines in laboratory medicine, and enhancing a multidisciplinary team approach to the understanding and management of disease. The programme provided a good opportunity for attendants to hear first-hand from officials of the Royal College of Pathologists about the UK curricula, training programmes and examinations in Haematology and Chemical Pathology.

For more information about the ECPT, please visit their website