School for Surgeons

School for Surgeons is the e-learning platform of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA). All COSECSA trainees, members and fellows are entitled to a login for this platform. School for Surgeons was developed as part of an Irish Aid supported collaboration between COSECSA and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). Further details of the collaboration programme are available here. The Surgery in Africa Journal Club section of the website is created and administered by the University of Toronto Office of International Surgery and the McMaster University International Surgery Desk.

Please find here more information of how to use School for Surgeons.

School for Surgeons contains a wealth of content:

For MCS, FCS General Surgery, FCS Orthopaedics and FCS Urology candidates it is mandatory to complete a minimum of 6 out of 10 case studies posted each year. This applies to candidates in all years of their training. The cases studies are available in the MCS and FCS sections. The MCS, FCS General Surgery, FCS Orthopaedics and FCS Urology case studies are only open to candidates enrolled in each particular course.

In addition for MCS candidates it is mandatory to complete a minimum of 6 out of 10 modules in the Surgery in Africa Journal Club. This section is open to all candidates, members and fellows to engage with, but only mandatory for MCS candidates.

The Journals & Research section contains the e-journal portal and library which provide full access to a vast range of surgical and medical journals, as well as electronic books and more. This access is provided by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

The Surgical Trainers section provides resources for COSECSA accredited trainers and other fellows to assist them in their role as surgical trainers. Areas such as clinical teaching, making presentations, giving feedback and leadership for surgeons are explored.

In the Surgery for Non-Surgeons section can be found resources for non-surgeon cadres of medics trained to perform basic surgery.

The Other Training Resources section contains a wealth of further training resources, including excellent resources for the basic sciences, the BeST online training programme and access to ACS Surgery.

Trainees, members and fellows can access their electronic logbook in the E-Logbook section.


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