Tribute to Prof. EEU Akang who died on 31/12/14 aged 55
As a pathologist and teacher, Prof. Akang leaves an inspirational legacy of excellence, dedication and service that is only surpassed by his deeply humble and gentle personality. For so many in the Nigerian pathology community, the pain is intense and personal.
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 slide sets for the next EQA (circulation 008 for the May 2015 workshops) should be available in February. The theme/subtheme is gynaecologic and Thyroid pathology.
The final analysis for the previous EQA (circulation 007) complete with the diagnosis will shortly be available.
Feedback and Comments
I was really wowed at the down to earth and quality training I received in the May 2014 workshop at Owerri. It was an eye opener.
Dr. Ukaogo Ezinne. Snr Registrar, University of Portharcourt Teaching Hospital. 12th Oct 2014
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