The Rotunda Hospital has become the first centre in Europe to receive accreditation for a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynaecologic Surgery (FMIGS) programme for gynaecology trainees, by the American Association of Gynaecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL).
The addition of this internationally recognised programme will assist future gynaecologic surgeons in developing their skills and expertise.
The FMIGS programme will be led by consultant gynaecologist Dr Hassan Rajab, alongside Dr Kushal Chummun and Dr Conor Harrity, in collaboration with RCSI partners Beaumont Hospital and Connolly Hospital. The new faculty across the three hospital sites will also include fertility specialists and urogynaecology, urology and colorectal surgeons.
The application process for the programme included a detailed assessment of the Rotunda Hospital’s policies and protocols; its demonstration of a sufficient volume of surgical workload with appropriate complexity; an availability of didactic teaching and simulation training; as well as appropriate research opportunities.
The accreditation was completed with a recent visit to the hospital, where its facilities, programme directors, local faculty and allied surgical specialities were assessed.
This announcement follows the opening of the Rotunda’s new gynaecology unit in March 2021. These developments are part of the hospital’s ongoing efforts to upscale, reduce patient waiting lists, alleviate pressure in theatre capacity and improve overall patient care.
Commenting on the recent accreditation, Master of the Rotunda Hospital, Prof Fergal Malone said: “We are delighted to receive this accreditation and to be the first European centre to offer the AAGL accredited FMIGS programme to gynaecology trainees. This development highlights the existing expertise and dedication to high-quality gynaecology services and patient-centred care here at the Rotunda Hospital, and we are looking forward to being able to build upon this even further.
“We believe that well-trained and talented gynaecological surgeons are crucial to accommodating Ireland’s increasing need for top-class services in women’s health, and this traineeship is the perfect opportunity to ensure we can meet the growing demand for services in this area.”