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Junic Capacity Building Program

 

BACKGROUND

The West African Postgraduate College of Surgeons have identified the need for capacity building in minimal invasive surgery (MIS) for gynecology trainees and fellows and have recommended action from local hospitals involved in training the next generation of gynecologists in Nigeria.

Current global trends in MIS training encourage a structured evidence based approach that teach conventional laparoscopic techniques and procedures in a suitable simulated environment prior to transferring the gained experience into daily practice and live laparoscopic procedures. As such, surgeons in MIS training are required to simulate as much as possible to be credentialed before doing as many as is necessary to be competent.

The JUNIC capacity building program in MIS is a comprehensive, sustainable and cost-effective approach that is designed to assist local hospitals and health care services to develop their capacity to offer world class MIS services.

 

JUNIC CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM IN MIS

 The JUNIC program provides an opportunity to learn and maintain the fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery in a consistent, measurable and scientifically accepted format with the overall goal of developing the capacity of local hospitals and its surgeons to safely and confidently perform minimally invasive surgery within the local environment in which the gynecologist or surgeon is practicing.

The program incorporates the Galukande concepts and addresses the limitations of existing models of laparoscopic training program in developing countries like Nigeria. It has been successfully implemented in Madagascar, a developing country with significant less resources than Nigeria.

 

COMPONENTS OF THE JUNIC PROGRAM

The JUNIC capacity building program in MIS has six components. These include;

  • Organizing onsite laparoscopic Training workshops for gynecologists/surgeons
  • Facilitating the development and equipping of an onsite laparoscopic service
  • Providing opportunities for participation in overseas mentorship program
  • Performing onsite live demonstration laparoscopic surgeries
  • Organizing onsite training workshops for theatre and allied staff
  • Establishing an onsite laparoscopic simulation center.

 

ONSITE LAPAROSCOPIC TRAINING WORKSHOPS

The JUNIC program provides onsite training workshops in MIS for gynecologists and surgeons. The curriculum for the workshop includes cognitive, psycho-motor and procedural components that focuses on developing participants’ expertise in the key domains of minimal invasive surgery. The workshop curriculum has been successfully implemented in Australia, Madagascar and Benin City, Nigeria

 

FACILITATING THE DEVELOPMENT AND EQUIPPING OF ONSITE LAPAROSCOPIC CENTRE

 The JUNIC program will assist participating hospitals facilitate the acquisition of basic laparoscopic equipment needed to perform MIS by actively seeking donation of laparoscopic equipment from hospitals in developed countries that are upgrading their existing facilities.Through this approach the program successfully equipped WHARC, Benin city with world class equipment for MIS.

 

PERFORMING ONSITE LIVE DEMONSTRATION LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERIES

 The JUNIC program will coordinate the invitation of an international faculty of laparoscopic surgeons to perform live demonstration surgeries in partner hospitals and health organizations with appropriate laparoscopic equipment.

 

 ORGANIZING ONSITE TRAINING WORKSHOPS FOR THEATRE AND ALLIED STAFF

 The JUNIC program also includes the upskilling of theatre and allied staff in MIS. Staff to be trained will be as recommended by the local hospital.

 

 PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARTICIPATION IN A MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

 Surgeons who have attended the onsite JUNIC training workshop and who have access to laparoscopic facilities in their local hospitals will have the opportunity to participate in bespoke training under the program’s mentorship program.

 

ESTABLISHING ONSITE LAPAROSCOPIC SIMULATION CENTRE

 The JUNIC program will also assist partner hospitals and health organizations to establish a laparoscopic simulation center to provide ongoing laparoscopic training for local surgeons.

 

CONCLUSION

The JUNIC program provides a platform for local hospitals to develop their laparoscopic services and build the capacity of their local surgeons to perform minimal invasive surgery while working within their familiar environment and supported by an international faculty of laparoscopic surgeons and allied companies. 

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Please contact Director, JUNIC Global Education and Training Email: info@junic.net.au  

Phone: +61 404 633 393; +234 803 315 2794; +61 2 6178 0470

At completion of the first ever Laparoscopic Hysterectomy in Madagascar

Junic workshop in Australia

Onsite live demonstration laparoscopic surgery in Madagascar

Junic workshop in Nigeria

Receiving donated equipment from Stryker Australia for  the Junic Capacity Building program