Ghana working on a more efficient CME system

I found this article on Ghana's four-day Third Advances in Medicine Continuing Medical Education conference in Kumasi to be really interesting. It sounds like, up until now, most CME activities have been held in Accra, which can be a long and dangerous trek for some in more far-flung areas. But that might be changing:

    Dr George Bedu-Addo, the Head of the Department of Medicine at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, yesterday called for the establishment of regional offices of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons to enable medical practitioners in the regions to have easy access to continuous medical education.

    He said the present arrangement where most postgraduates had to travel to Accra to attend educational meetings needed to be looked at in view of the cost and risks involve in travelling long distances to Accra...

    The aim is to focus on maintaining highest standards of education and training in medicine to keep medical personnel current with advances in medicine after completing their medical training.

    About 150 doctors and physicians from Ghana, Nigeria, Cote d' Ivoire, USA and Burkina Faso are attending.

    Dr Bedu-Addo said people have criticized postgraduate education in Ghana because it took too long to produce new specialists.

    He called for better educational and career development opportunities for medical personnel to help stem the brain drain in the country.

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