Fellowships and Other Programmes

FOCOS Residency

Fellowship Programmes

Spine Fellowship Programme: The Faculty of Surgery of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons and FOCOS have collaborated to provide training for Residents at the Post Fellowship level in spinal surgery. This training would increase   spine surgeon/patient ratio, and ensure quality training of spine health-care providers in the nation and the sub region.

During the Fellowship program, the participant will be exposed to a variety of academic and surgical activities. These will include, but not necessarily limited to spinal surgery, didactic sessions; work with patients in office settings; conducting and reporting on appropriate research activities among others.

OBJECTIVE-By the end of the program, the Candidate would be able to:

Manage surgical and non-surgical disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbo-sacral spine. This includes:

  • Management of spine trauma, tumours and degenerative diseases in adults and children
  • To master, in an incremental fashion the fundamental sciences and the clinical and therapeutic knowledge needed to treat patients with a variety of spinal disorders
  • Expose and train fellows in a wide range of treatments from the most complex to the most common conditions and injuries of the spine
  • Provide future Trainers who could train trainees to manage such conditions
  • Acquire knowledge and skills in clinical research for presentation and publication of m work

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  1. Must be a Fellow of the Ghana College of the Physicians and Surgeons in Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery or Neurosurgery and in good standing
  2. Must be registered with the Ghana Medical and Dental Council and in good standing
  3. Must provide References from at least 2 Fellows with whom they have worked
  4. Must pass an interview of the Ghana College after application 

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Candidate must complete the 18 months period designated for the program

Candidate must present a log book showing completion of minimum number of procedures

Must pass the in training and final assessment examination

DURATION OF PROGRAM

The program duration shall be 18 months starting January

APPLICATION

Apply through the College website www.gcps.edu.gh: Click on “Apply online”

You may contact academics@focosgh.com for more information

K2M-FOCOS Academic Visitors Program

The K2M-FOCOS Academic Visitors Program is designed for surgeons who have completed a Neurosurgery Residency or Orthopedic Spine Fellowship program and will go into practice in the next 1-2 years. The surgeon will spend 12 weeks at the FOCOS Orthopedic Hospital in Ghana.

The K2M-FOCOS Preceptorship Program is for currently practicing spine surgeons early in their careers, who would like to complement their existing adult or adolescent deformity practice. The surgeon will spend approximately two weeks at the FOCOS Orthopedic Hospital in Ghana. For more information please visit :http://www.k2m.com/about-us/k2mfocos/

Other Programmes

The 2016 AAOS International Surgical Skills Scholarship Programs

FOCOS and the AAOS International Scholarship Program have teamed up to sponsor one African surgeon a year, to receive training at leading institutions in the United States. This year too,the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has announced a wonderful education opportunity for orthopaedic surgeons from West African countries.

We encourage you to apply online at: http://www.aaos.org/education/international/ScholarmanagedProg.asp
For additional information about the International Surgical Skills Scholarship Program, including comments from previous scholarship recipients, please visit: www.aaos.org > Information for International Orthopaedists (right hand column) > AAOS International Surgical Skills Scholarship Program or click on the link below:www.aaos.org/internationalscholarship

Andrew Swanson Traveling Fellowship

The Andrew N. Swanson, MD, Spine Awards were developed in 2009 to honor the memory of Dr. Swanson, who demonstrated from his residency days through his brief professional career, a commitment to provide compassionate medical care and services to all he encountered. He participated in humanitarian work on a regular basis, after graduating from HSS traveled twice a year to give pro-bono surgical care to patients in Ghana, Africa. Nominations will be solicited from HSS Staff and Alumni recognizing an HSS alumnus/a who has excelled in spine education, research, practice or humanitarian efforts with one or more of the following attributes: leadership, academia, clinical innovation, humanitarian/societal involvement, and/or research.

Residency Program

At FOCOS we believe that a successful completion of residency training is a requirement to practice medicine in many jurisdictions. We are therefore dedicated to ensuring that our resident fellows get the appropriate exposure they need in their field of work.

The Hospital has since been accredited by the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons (GCPS) and the West Africa College of Surgeons (WACS) to train residents and in November 2015, the Hospital was additionally given a partial accreditation to train Residents in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine.

We accepted our first batch of residents in January 2015.

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