The TSL workshops series is a non-profit arm/venture of the specialist laboratories limited (www.specialistsng.com) - a pioneer in private delivery of specialist medical laboratory services in Nigeria. The TSL workshops in diagnostic histopathology is a unique contribution to postgraduate medical education/continuing professional development of Nigerian histopathologists that is designed to alleviate some of the difficulties these professionals have in accessing quality training courses. Top quality courses that would be of practical use are few and far between in Nigeria. Sometimes histopathologists (including residents) travel at great expense to attend courses in Europe or USA only to discover that because these courses are designed for practitioners in the western world, they are left floundering when course presenters assume that all participants have the level of knowledge and practice that is prevalent in the developed world. The TSL workshops aim to deliver the same quality of training, but tailor-made to suit Nigerian histopathologists at the level of local medical practice, but with an eye to progressively raising this level. The courses are delivered close to home in a low-key manner, eliminating the stress and hype that gets in the way of skill/knowlege acquisition at major conferences. Furthermore the course facilitators have a long term relationship with each host department to ensure that learning points will eventually be translated into real life practice as we continue on the journey of raising the quality of services available to the average Nigerian toward that which commonly obtains in the western world. It is hoped that because histopathology (along with radiology/clinical imaging) is one of the disciplines that underpins modern medical practice, this effort will in some small but significant way have an impact on medicine in Nigeria. The venture is not profit oriented and at present is heavily subsidised by private/non-commercial sponsorship with the expectation that it will soon become self-sustaining.
The Diagnostic Histopathology EQA circulation 011 for the November 2016 workshops is now available. There are no glass slides this time; the digital slides are available in USB sticks which are circulating through the zonal coordinators as usual. For those with good internet connection, you can access the cases online by clicking here. Then click on 2016 and you will see the two parts of the EQA - soft tissue and neoplasia. Please submit your responses online using the form on the EQA page. The closing date for submissions is Monday 21st Nov 2016.
The theme for the EQA and the Nov 2016 workshops is Gastrointestinal pathology. We are privileged to have Dr. Rotimi (GI pathologist, Leeds UK) as our lead faculty. He has put together a fantastic package begining with a BSG sponsored week-long Technical and diagnostic workshop in Lagos beginning from Monday 28th Nov.
Aside from the Lagos workshop, the EQA cases will be discussed in satellite sessions for pathologists only holding as follows:
Benin (UBTH) on Thurs 01 and Fri 02 December during their annual departmental conference. Contact person is Dr. Obaseki 08055791052
Kano (AKTH) on Mon 05 and Tues 06 December. Contact person is Dr. Alfa Sule 08036793174
Feedback and Comments
The TSL workshop faculty have outdone themselves once again. I am really grateful to Dr Ipadeola and Igbokwe. My histologic interpretation of genitourinary and gynaecologic specimen has remarkably improved. Earnestly looking forward to the next series.
Dr. Nnamdi Obumneme Orah. Snr Registrar, Lagos University Teaching Hospital. 02 Dec 2015.
We welcome comments and feedback from participants at the most recent workshops. Please use the feedback/comments page.