The Gynecologic Oncology Global Curriculum and Mentorship Program is being implemented at two institutions in Ethiopia: Black Lion Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College, both located in Addis Ababa. The hospitals are affiliated with Addis Ababa University’s School of Medicine, is the country’s largest general public hospital.
Dr. Bethel Dereje graduated the Mentorship and Training Program in 2021 and now serves as a local supervisor. She is an OB/GYN at St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College in Addis Ababa. Dr. Dereje completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Addis Ababa University where she was a lecturer and Assistant Dean. Following her studies, Dr. Dereje taught both undergraduate and postgraduate students and served as coordinator of the undergraduate program for three years.
"I would like to pass my gratitude to all the IGCS team who supported the global program from inception to this date. Your determination has brought a change in the care of gynecologic cancer in the developing world. My heart felt gratitude goes to my mentors Carolyn Johnston and Rahel Ghebre for their unwavering support and commitment to strengthen our program."
Dr. Dawit Desalegn graduated the Mentorship and Training Program in 2021 and now serves as a local supervisor. He has worked as an obstetrician and gynecologist since 2015. In addition to his clinical activities, he serves as the secretory for the Clinical Ethics Committee of Black Lion Hospital. Dr. Worku joined the gynecologic oncology fellowship program due to the high number of cases coupled with a limited number of trained physicians capable of caring for women suffering from reproductive tract malignancies.
"It is an honor and privilege to be part of the IGCS fellowship program. I would like to thank my mentors and the IGCS team who have been instrumental for this program. I am looking forward to continued collaboration in fight against gynecologic cancer. Thank you!"
Dr. Tadesse Urgie
Dr. Esayas Berhanu Enoro
Dr. Seid Kedir Hassen
Dr. Gurmesa Merga
Dr. Meseret Olana
Dr. Biruck Gashawbeza graduated the Mentorship and Training program in 2022.
"IGCS support of mentorship at our own site with international gynecologic oncologists and with the high burden of gynecologic malignancies in our referral hospital made my training to effective to the standard. the monthly tumor board sessions of difficult case managements’ decisions were paramount of importance. The strict requirement of RED CAP case log entry was also made the number of procedures, I have to fulfill for uncommon conditions was even tighter, but I got the requirements fulfilled and approved at the end. The final IGCS exam was also practical and really knowledge and decision-making assessing Exam!
Finally, I would like to give my deepest appreciation for the IGCS mentorship and program team involved for the realization of gynecologic oncology training and service in our country especially thanks to my mentors Dr. Carolyn Johnson and Professor Rahel Gebre."
Dr. Husina Hussen graduated the Mentorship and Training program in 2023.
"Due to the limited number of gyn/oncologists all over the country, most patients will come to our institution sub-optimally managed, with a delayed diagnosis and complications. To be honest, observing that as a resident was making me hopeless with regard to helping those patients. The knowledge and the skill I acquired and continue to acquire through this process is striking. I am really pleased by the IGCS team to be part of my successes; you were there when we needed you even if you have to wake up at 6:00 am to attend our tumor boards. With Allah’s help, I will do everything in my power to end women’s suffering from gynecology oncology."
Dr. Wondimu Gudu graduated the Mentorship and Training program in 2023.
"A journey with lots of new learning experiences.
Well-designed academic platforms including video lectures and online certificate programs. The words of wisdom from mentors in each ECHO were spices for the case presentations. Overall, the curriculum has widened my perspective in the evaluation and management of Gynecologic Oncology patients.
Thank you IGCS, International and local mentors."
Dr. Malede Birara Fanta graduated the Mentorship and Training program in 2023.
"Ambition is the path to success; Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in." -Bill Bradley
Dr. Dawit Desalegn graduated the Mentorship and Training program in 2021.
Dr. Bethel Dereje graduated the Mentorship and Training program in 2021.
Dr. Rahel Ghebre
Gynecologic Oncologist, University of Minnesota, USA
Dr. Carolyn Johnston
Gynecologic Oncologist, University of Michigan, USA
Learn more about each training site and see who’s involved.
Graduates from Ethiopia
Dr. Malede Birara Fanta
Dr. Wondimu Gudu
Dr. Husina Hussen
Dr. Biruck Gashawbeza
Dr. Dawit Worku
Dr. Bethel Dereje