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Dr. Parul KotdawalaDr. Parul Kotdawala
Chairman of Sub committe

Dr. Parul KotdawalaDr. Parikshit Tank
Co-ordinator of Sub committe

The FOGSI-ICOG EthiSkills course is the first formal basic surgical training course of its kind & is conducted without fees for postgraduate trainees in Gynecology and Obstetrics. It was launched under the auspices of Indian College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ICOG), the academic wing of the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecological Societies of India (FOGSI). The course utilizes the infrastructure & the facility of 'Ethicon Institute of Surgical Education' in Mumbai, New-Delhi and Chennai.

Traditionally, surgical skills are being learnt through apprenticeship. Junior doctors work with senior doctors as their mentors, learn from them and then carry forward the experiences they absorb while 'on the job'. This is an excellent method of learning, but is time consuming & only a few can learn at a time. This is in stark contrast to other professions where new technical skills need to be honed. For example, airline pilots fly for hundreds of hours on simulation crafts before their first take-off. These new training methods ensure uniformity in teaching & learning the technical skills & define a clear-cut baseline which each student will measure up to. They also enable many trainees to learn speedily & simultaneously. With this concept, medical education now recognizes the need for background training in practice sessions, on models or by simulation devices before operating on a live patient. This course is directed towards junior doctors pursuing postgraduate qualification in Obstetrics & Gynecology as a boost to their early training. The underlying principle of these courses is to ingrain the right basic surgical techniques and habits into doctors-in-training, especially for those who are placed in centers which do not have access to the modern techniques.

The aim of the course is not to make "super-surgeons". The aim is to teach a safe and competent technique of achieving good surgical results. The course focuses on prevalent evidence-based teaching. It shows participants 'ONE CORRECT' way to perform a particular surgery. The curriculum has been standardized to include all common ob/gyn procedures possible. Consensus building meetings were held at all the three centers (Mumbai, Chennai and New Delhi). Eminent faculty members participated in these meetings where every aspect of the course contents were deliberated in depth and a consensus on the curriculum was reached. These efforts were aimed at the fact that every candidate gets the same exposure & experience of the course at all the three centers and at any of the dates on which the course is organized.

The course covers principles of conventional (open) and minimal access (endoscopic) surgical procedures and the management of their complications. The 2-day program covers various theoretical aspects also but focuses mainly on hands-on skills building. Didactic lectures are restricted to 30% of the training program. All the remaining time will be allotted for hands-on practical work. The participants will be coached and assessed individually & a provision is made for feedback from the participants. Suggestions are solicited & we assure you that all of them will be considered for quality and content improvement in future courses. The faculty consists of practicing Gynecologists from public and private sector, with a track record & interest in teaching. They have agreed to provide their services on an honorary basis.

The FOGSI EthiSkills course was begun in September 2006 and close to five hundred postgraduate students have benefited by training from these three centers. The feedback has been encouraging and a number of suggestions have been incorporated into the subsequent programs. The program is set for expansion and plans are afoot to induct more trainers. We hope that in times to come, this course becomes a key component in learning surgical techniques for young postgraduates in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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