August 03, 2010

WACP/RCP Collaboration Programme

The Royal College of Physicians of London (RCP) and the West African College of Physicians (WACP) have gone into a mutually beneficial partnership that will see to the training and production of safer, more competent and much more resilient doctors for the future.

The role of the RCP: strengthening partners

Supporting medical practice and educational opportunities in West Africa. The RCP is supporting the needs of physicians in the region by partnering with the West African College of Physicians (WACP) in a joint effort to improve standards of training in West Africa. The two colleges signed a formal agreement in 2008 to work in partnership towards this objective, which will contribute to the broader aim of the advancement of medicine, and the improvement of patient care in the region.

The RCP announced that the partnership focuses on strengthening the capacity of the WACP to train the physicians of the future in two main areas: medical education and clinical sub-specialty training. This is being done through the WACP/RCP Collaboration Programme for Educational Capacity Building launched in 2009, a three year project working with the countries within the WACP membership, including Nigeria, Ghana, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote d'Ivoire and Senegal.

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Activities of the programme include:
  • Faculty Development. Using the RCP expertise in training physicians as educators, the RCP is training a WACP Faculty to deliver educational workshops for doctors and other healthcare professionals. Through this activity the WACP fellows (with teaching responsibilities) will be trained to further develop their teaching skills, and to structure a new education faculty within their College.
  • Clinical training. This activity has two main components:
    • Future clinical leaders. A number of doctors will be trained in sub-specialty areas identified as urgent priorities by the WACP. These doctors, in the formative years of their careers, will receive focused sub-specialty training in the UK for three month periods.
    • Visiting UK Specialists. Two-week teaching visits by leading clinicians from the UK to West African centres to demonstrate advances in their areas, appropriate for adoption in West Africa.
    Both components will open opportunities for clinical training and foster links between centres of excellence in West Africa and the UK.
  • Learning resources. The RCP is reinforcing the available resources for trainees in academic centres in the region. We are providing the WACP accredited teaching institutions with Medical Masterclass Institutional Premier packages, the main RCP's distance-learning resource.
Joint scientific meeting
A joint conference to bring the officers and staff of the Colleges together, along with Fellows and Members, to share knowledge and expertise, celebrate success and plan future collaboration. The conference will take place in The Gambia in November 2011.

This program is supported by an unrestricted grant from Pfizer Inc.

The above article is reproduced from material entitled 'RCP and WACP Partnership' by The Royal College of Physicians. Retrieved 03.08.2010 from RCP website. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

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