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New FNU Surgery Programme

The Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science’s re-written surgery programme would deliver quality surgeons. The college’s acting dean, Professor Rajat Gyaneshwar, was reacting to allegations made
06 Jan 2015 13:58
New FNU Surgery Programme

The Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science’s re-written surgery programme would deliver quality surgeons.

The college’s acting dean, Professor Rajat Gyaneshwar, was reacting to allegations made by former lecturers regarding the scrapping of the previous programme.

Professor Gyaneshwar said he was in total concurrence with the former dean and now acting vice-chancellor, Professor Ian Rouse, that the programme be suspended pending FNU delivering a quality programme. He said he was not directly involved in the discussions regarding the programme last year.

The post-graduate surgery programme was suspended earlier last year after two senior staff left the university.

He said this time around the programme is under the leadership of Professor William May, with a new curriculum and staff to run it.

“We expect things to stabilise this year,” Professor Gyaneshwar said.

Meanwhile Professor Rouse said when he was the dean of the college he was advised by top surgeons in the region that suspending the programme was the correct decision.

“I made a decision as dean that we would strive to have the best possible surgery programme of high quality, a much larger number of surgeons who would teach at post-graduate level and improved, quality facilities,” he said.

Professor Rouse said it was also clear last year that there was no well documented curriculum in surgery which satisfied the requirements of the FNU and the new and quite appropriate standards set by the Higher Education Curriculum in Fiji.

“During 2014, we worked closely with the senior surgeons in FNU and the MOH under the guidance of the head of department and the associate dean of teaching and learning and three top surgeons from the Royal Australasian College of Surgery – including Lord Viliame Tangi from Tonga and Dr Kiki Maoate from New Zealand,” he said.

“The large team of surgeons spent the best part of a week in Suva to develop a new, clearly documented programme which was then unanimously adopted by the University Senate as of the highest standard.

“As we commence the new surgery programme this year we will have five surgeons who will work together to teach the post-graduate programme.”

In previous years there was only one surgeon carrying that role in the college.

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