Kenyan Fellowship Celebrates First Graduate to Pass International Exam

Dec 17, 2019

Headshot of Dr. OdongoDr. Benjamin Elly Odongo The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology continues to have a strong relationship with Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya, assisting in creating programs such as the Gynaecologic Oncology Fellowship. Recently this program has reached an amazing milestone with the first Kenyan graduate to complete the IGCS Global Curriculum in Gynaecologic Oncology Fellowship Program.

Dr. Benjamin Odongo Elly completed the international exam, which began in 2017 as a training program designed for regions around the world without a formal gynaecologic oncology program. The program at Moi University has been in place for almost 10 years and has produced many gynaecologic oncology specialists who practice in Kenya and Uganda. Dr. Elly is the first at Moi to complete the updated IGCS program.

Dr. Barry Rosen (previous Division Head of Gynaecologic Oncology at UofT ObGyn) was instrumental in creating this fellowship program at Moi approximately 10 years ago. Dr. Allan Covens (professor and current Division Head of Gynecologic Oncology at UofT ObGyn) has been actively involved in the program for the past seven yrs

"On behalf of myself, Dr. Barry Rosen, and the local supervisors Drs. Omenge, Tonui and Itsura, we congratulate Dr. Elly on his successful completion of the IGCS Global Curriculum in Gynecologic Oncology," said Dr. Covens. "He is a special and unique individual. We are proud of both his accomplishments and the tremendous success of our program at Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. Dr. Elly's accomplishment as one of the first to formally pass the IGCS training program in Gynecologic Oncology highlights his and our success, and is inspiring for all training programs and individuals working in low resource countries."

Dr. Covens credits the collaboration between a number of individuals for the success of the program. "The collaborative efforts of the IGCS team, combined with the dedication of the international mentors, local supervisors and all the individuals participating on the monthly ECHO calls, embodies the value and importance of this initiative."

The Department congratulates Dr. Elly on this incredible accomplishment! We hope he is just one of many such individuals to successfully complete this training program into the future!

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