Training African Pathologists in Cancer Staging

by African Strategies for Advancing Pathology
Training African Pathologists in Cancer Staging
Training African Pathologists in Cancer Staging
Training African Pathologists in Cancer Staging
Training African Pathologists in Cancer Staging
Training African Pathologists in Cancer Staging
Training African Pathologists in Cancer Staging
Training African Pathologists in Cancer Staging
Training African Pathologists in Cancer Staging

The Training African Pathologists in Cancer Diagnosis (TAPCD) workshops kick-off meeting was held Friday, February 16th. This was the first meeting in a series of bi-weekly meetings to plan for the upcoming workshop to be held November 16th -18th, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop will once again be held in conjunction with Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi (AKUHN). Course topics will include several new locally relevant cancers, including endometrial/ovarian; gastric/esophageal; head/neck; and breast. The workshop will be opened to interested participants by application and will be capped at 24 participants. This workshop will be conducted in the blended workshop style, with short lectures followed by small-group case completion. In addition, the next workshop series will incorporate several new elements, including reviews of challenging local cases, incorporation of local faculty co-trainers to ensure course sustainability, and an evening clinicopathological correlation (CPC) session.

Over the next 8 months, our team will continue tomeet to plan for workshop logistics and curricula development for the four cancer topics.

We have another exciting update as well! ASAP’s manuscript outlining the research conducted for the first three workshops was recently accepted for publication by the American Journal of Clinical Pathology (AJCP) for publication. We are excited to announce that the manuscript was published on February 19th, 2018. This article can be
accessed at the following link: https://academic.oup.com/ajcp/advance-article/doi/10.1093/ajcp/aqx158/4872377?guestAccessKey=723401d0-ac81-40e9-a432-e9f39d571483

We are optimistic and excited for this upcoming workshop and thank you all for your continued support!

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Planning for our upcoming workshops continues as ASAP wraps up our in-person meeting in Kigali, Rwanda on November 4th, 2017. Our team made many important decisions at this meeting that we are excited to share with our donors!

Our next workshop series will be held November 16th-18th, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop will once again be held in conjunction with Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi (AKUHN). Course topics will include several new locally relevant cancers, including endometrial/ovarian; gastric/esophageal; head/neck; and breast. The workshop will be opened to interested participants by application and will be capped at 24 participants. This workshop will be conducted in the blended workshop style, with short lectures followed by small-group case completion. In addition, the next workshop series will incorporate several new elements, including reviews of challenging local cases, incorporation of local faculty co-trainers to ensure course sustainability, and an evening clinicopathological correlation (CPC) session.

We have a couple of other updates as well!

The manuscript outlining the case-testing process used to refine the case material for our workshops included within the research phase of this project was published in the African Journal of Laboratory Medicine on October 25th. This article can be accessed at the following link: https://www.ajlmonline.org/index.php/ajlm/article/view/637/902

ASAP also submitted a manuscript outlining the research conducted for the first three workshops. We are excited to announce that this manuscript has been accepted for publication by the American Journal of Clinical Pathology (AJCP) for publication in early 2018. We will be sure to share this publication with all donors once it’s published!

In addition, ASAP Project Coordinator Stephanie Ayers gave a presentation on the three workshops held to date at the University of Colorado’s 2017 Global Health Symposium in Denver, Colorado on October 20th.  This presentation included an overview of the research design, the results of our research, and our next steps moving forward. The presentation had 45 individuals in attendance and was well received by Denver’s global health community.

We are currently working on curriculum development for our upcoming workshop for the three new cancers that we will be including, and are continuing to fundraise for our efforts.  We are optimistic and excited for this upcoming workshop and thank you all for your continued support!

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Planning for our upcoming workshops is underway as ASAP prepares for our in-person meeting in Kigali, Rwanda on November 4th, 2017.  Future workshops will last 3 days each and will feature a menu of course offerings. We piloted our workshops training pathologists on the pathologic staging of breast, cervix, colorectal, and prostate cancers, four cancers that are commonly diagnosed in sub-Saharan Africa. The workshop expansion will expand the course offerings to include sessions on lymphomas, gastric / esophageal cancers, ovarian / endometrial cancers, and head and neck cancers. These cancers are commonly seen within sub-Saharan Africa, and have the capacity to be treated in these settings.

We have a couple of other updates as well!

Members of African Strategies for Advancing Pathology (ASAP) and workshop faculty prepared and submitted a manuscript outlining the case-testing process used to refine the case material for our workshops included within the research phase of this project.  This manuscript has been accepted for publication by the African Society for Laboratory Medicine.  We will be sure to share this publication with our donors once it’s been published!

In addition, ASAP Project Coordinator Stephanie Ayers gave a presentation on the three workshops held to date at the Posner Center for International Development in Denver, Colorado on July 27th, 2017.  This presentation included an overview of the research design, the results of our research, and our next steps moving forward. The presentation was well received by Denver’s international development community.  We have also submitted a manuscript for publication outlining this research and will share updates on the status of this publication in the upcoming months.

We are excited to continue to plan these workshops and bring them to fruition! Our next update will include a debrief of our in-person planning meeting. We can’t wait to share details of this meeting with all of you. Thanks for your continued support!

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Inadequate pathology services result in ineffective treatment programs due to delayed or inaccurate diagnoses, which affect patient care directly and lead to erroneous estimates of disease rates. This results in a compromised ability for health care systems to plan for resource allocation, which in turn results in poorer clinical outcomes. In most sub-Saharan African countries, varying standards of pathology training and the scarcity of a skilled pathology workforce have limited the quality of cancer diagnosis, impairing the quality of cancer care and the accuracy of cancer registry data. Our training program will improve the ability of the anatomic pathology workforce in sub-Saharan Africa to detect and diagnose cancer using standard approaches that are commonly in use in the US, UK, and European Union.

To date, we have held three workshops in Nairobi Kenya, which have involved 54 different participants from 16 different institutions. Feedback from prior participants has been encouraging; in a recent survey, 100% of respondents reported that they would be interested in attending future courses. Participants also outlined various changes that have occurred at their institutions as a result of the workshop, including the adoption of synoptic reporting and improvements in staging, grading, and grossing of specimens.

Planning for future workshops is already underway! These workshops require extensive planning; we have begun to hold regular meetings with workshop faculty to discuss how this model can be expanded and exactly what that will look like. During future workshops, participants will learn using a combination of lectures, case-based teaching methods, and online learning components.  We are also excited to explore offering the workshops in different locations across Africa going forward.

Planning will culminate in an in-person meeting in Kigali, Rwanda on November 4th, 2017.  This meeting promises to be an engaging kickoff to a strong network dedicated to increasing capacity for cancer diagnosis in Africa through workforce training!

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African Strategies for Advancing Pathology

Location: Louisville, CO - USA
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Michael Wilson
Denver, Colorado United States

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