Dr. Pius Mulamira
Uganda Cancer Institute
Fellowship Training Completed: 2021

“I am so grateful to my mentors for your commitment to us and the program. I remain eager to learn and grow even more with your continued guidance and counsel in my career. The program has empowered me to make better decisions and judgement in the care of my patients. I am indebted to you all.”

Dr. Julius Nkalubo
Uganda Cancer Institute
Fellowship Training Completed: 2021

“Thank you all for the support. This has been one of the most impactful academic journeys I have experienced.”

Dr. Martin Origa
Uganda Cancer Institute
Fellowship Training Completed: 2021

“The IGCS Fellowship program has profoundly expanded my skill and knowledge toolkit which will definitely and positively impact my lifelong clinical practice.”

Dr. Bethel Dereje
St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College, Ethiopia
Fellowship Training Completed: 2021

“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 Worku
Black Lion Hospital, Ethiopia
Fellowship Training Completed: 2021

“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. Eric Estrada
Hospital General San Juan de Dios, Guatemala
Fellowship Training Completed: 2021

“I have no words to describe the feeling at this moment. Thrilled, excited and happy but definitely committed more than ever to continue toward improving Women’s Health in my country. Thank you to each one of you who took the time to teach me and open the doors to improve my life and the ones who will benefit from this gained knowledge that I have. I want to thank Julio Lau and Rene Pareja for all the effort and time they spend with me during my training and also my family who joined me in this journey.”

Dr. Quynh Tran
Da Nang Oncology Hospital, Vietnam
Fellowship Training Completed: 2021

“Thank you for always believing and supporting me, mentors. Thank you the IGCS staff. I am so honored and thankful to be a fellow of IGCS. You raise me up to more than I can be.”

Saujanya Karmacharya
Civil Service Hospital Nepal
Fellowship Training Completed: 2021

“Joining IGCS Fellowship program was a great turning point in my life. It has made me realize that a dream doesn’t become reality through magic, it takes sweat, determination and hard work. I am honored to be first trained fellow of IGCS in whole South East Asia. This fellowship has enriched my knowledge and skills in gynecologic oncology. It has changed my thoughts and approach while managing gynecologic cancer patients. It has taught me to work in a team, respect each other’s opinion for a common cause and how team effort helps to benefit in patient management.

I extend my sincere gratitude to my local mentor Dr Jitendra Pariyar, International mentors Dr. Asima Mukhopadhaya (U.K) and Dr. Linus Chuang (U.S) who have put so much effort and time to impart us with knowledge and skills during fellowship training. I am grateful to Prof. Kathleen Schmeler, Dr. Thomas Randall, Dr. Joseph Ng, Mary Eiken, and Susan Ralph – IGCS leadership team for extensive support required during program. I am beholden by the hospitality and experiences shared by Consultants, fellow colleagues and staffs of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, U.K and TATA Medical Center, Kolkata, India during my international site posting. I will always cherish the moment shared with our Multidisciplinary team of Civil Service Hospital, Nepal, national and International faculties during discussions/ tumor boards regarding management of cancer patients. The bond we share will always remain for welfare of gynecologic cancer patients. I would like to thank all departments of Civil Service Hospital, Clinical Oncology department of (National Academy of Medical Science) Bir Hospital, Kathmandu Cancer Center and National Cancer hospital for their support and encouragement for the fellowship program. In every step of my life, I praise my family for being my backbone. In addition, I am grateful to all patients for their trust and faith in us and also teaching us to never lose hope in life, just keep on believing.

I am excited to set up gynecologic oncology services at large for welfare of women’s health with your guidance and support. I am planning to implement cancer prevention strategies, improve the capacity to make accurate cancer diagnosis, enhance provision of treatment (including palliative care) and research.”

Dr. Dércia Changule
Maputo Central Hospital, Mozambique
Fellowship Training Completed: 2020

“Thank you very much to the whole IGCS team. I am aware that with the program many Mozambican women will be benefited, (during the training, many Mozambican women with gynecological cancer received the appropriate treatment), it is our duty to continue treat them properly.

Special thanks to Drs.: Kathleen Schmeler, Ellen Baker, Mila Pontremoli Salcedo, Geórgia Fontes Cintra, Renato Moretti, Andre Lopes and Marcelo Vieira who were engaged to train us (I am sure that we can always count with you), you trained us with professionalism and goodwill, in a country that did not even have an oncologist gynaecologist. Thank you, amazing team!”

Dr. Siro Daud
Maputo Central Hospital, Mozambique
Fellowship Training Completed: 2020

“The IGCS GC Program changed the approach of diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic malignancies in Mozambique. Our training played a key role in this change. I am happy to be part of this program.”

Dr. Ricardina Rangeiro
Maputo Central Hospital, Mozambique
Fellowship Training Completed: 2020

“It was a great and unique opportunity to be part of this program. I will be forever grateful to the mentors and all the staff involved …Mozambique is now part of Gynecology Oncology team!!!”

Dr. Benjamin Elly Odongo
Moi University Hospital, Kenya
Fellowship Training Completed: 2019

“The IGCS Fellowship, especially the time spent to prepare for the ECHO tumor boards made me realize that no matter how busy I thought I was, I had to find time for reading, or surrender myself to self-chosen ignorance.

Having local mentors made me understand that there are abilities within us which have not yet been developed and can be developed further particularly the skills to manage patients with gynecological malignancies locally, the resource limitations notwithstanding.

The international mentors and the time spent at The University of Toronto led me to the discovery of the fundamental fact that we are continually learning new things and that the problems which perplex us in our part of the world can be solved through leadership, research and commitment. I am therefore proceeding to advocate for implementation of cancer prevention strategies, support efforts towards improving the capacity to make accurate cancer diagnosis, provision of treatment including palliative and end of life care.”

Dr. Jerome Katumba
Uganda Cancer Institute
Fellowship Training Completed: 2019

“I am extremely excited by the great achievement of completing the IGCS Fellowship and becoming one of the first gynecologic oncologists locally trained in Uganda. This fellowship has enriched my knowledge and skills in the field of gynecologic oncology and has completely changed my approach and practice in the management of patients.

I extend my sincere gratitude to my local and external mentors who toiled to impart us with the knowledge and skills during the training. I am also beholden by the hospitality and shadowing experience I enjoyed from the staff of the University of California San Francisco Hospital, North Carolina University Hospital and Duke University Hospital.

Bravo IGCS Fellowship Team! Keep the candle burning.”

Dr. Mariam Nabwire
Uganda Cancer Institute
Fellowship Training Completed: 2019

“The cogitation to initiate the gynecologic oncology fellowship training program in Uganda is a great turning point. The extensive support provided by the IGCS, our external mentors, and the local mentors has led to a successful fellowship program.

I am honored to be one of the first two gynecologic oncologists trained in Uganda. We plan to set up the Uganda gynecologic oncology association to ensure quality and sustainability of gynecologic oncology services in Uganda and Africa at large.”