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Ex- student Will Lead FNU Postgrad Surgery Classes

One of Fiji’s well-known surgeons, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, has been appointed to lead the Postgraduate Surgery programme at the Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Dr
27 Jan 2015 10:32
Ex- student Will Lead FNU Postgrad Surgery Classes
Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete.

One of Fiji’s well-known surgeons, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, has been appointed to lead the Postgraduate Surgery programme at the Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Dr Waqainabete, former president of the Fiji Medical Association, said he was honoured to be given the responsibility.

Being a former student, he was privileged to join the institution as an academic.

“This is a new chapter in my professional life as I get to join my wife and many other colleagues from my student days at the old Fiji School of Medicine,” he said.

“I will be one of the many cogs in the wheel of the college to help nurture the future champions of health in the Pacific,” he said.

Dr Waqa said the review of programmes and curriculum is part and parcel of any academic institution. The programme underwent a review last year by the senior surgeons in FNU, Ministry of Health and experts from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Pacific Islands Surgeons Association president Lord (Dr) Viliame Tangi from Tonga said he was happy with the new surgical curriculum developed in November. Dr Tangi is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons.

“I think it was an excellent work and product,” he said.

Dr Tangi said surgeons from the region, who trained under the college and the then Fiji School of Medicine, had contributed significantly to the region.

The College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science acting dean, Professor Rajat Gyaneshwar, said the re-written surgery programme would deliver quality surgeons for the region.

Top surgeons from the region including Lord Viliame Tangi from Tonga and Dr Kiki Maoate from New Zealand were part of the review team.

 

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