Prof. Sabera Khatun
GOSB, Secretary General
Gynaecological Oncology Society of Bangladesh (GOSB) started it’s journey with the desire to be the voice of Gynaecological Oncologis of Bangladesh. The society was launched on 29th October 2016. Gynae-oncology is a rapidly expanding subject throughout the whole country. This subspecialty, introduced as a separate discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology was defined 49 year ago.
In 1969 the American Board of Obst. and Gynae recommended the development of three subspecialty which included Gynaecologic Oncology, Fetal maternal medicine and reproductive endocrinology. In 1972 the American board of Obstetrics and Gynaecology defined the qualification and eligibility necessary for certification of special competence in gynaecologic oncology. Authorization to certify for special qualification in this field was approved by the American board of Medical Specialties in march 1973.
In addition to the efforts made to expand the discipline of obstetrics and gynaecology, there have been major developments in establishing societies that improve training and research activities.
With the above mentioned goals the Gynaecological Oncology Society of Bangladesh was formed in 2016 and had it’s 1st scientific meeting on 15.10.16 at Rangpur Medical College & Hospital. Since then we had 5 CME programs at different Medical College-Hospitals.
The main goals of this society are advancement of research in the area of female genital neoplasm and establishment of formal training program,leading to certification in this specialty. We the society members can do a collaborative research projects and educational activities of an international level. Today the management of gynaecologic malignant neoplasim requires multidisciplinary approach,which includes surgery, chemotherapy,radiotherapy, oncologic pathologist and radiologist.
So the Gynaecological Oncology Society of Bangladesh is non-profitable,professional,multidisciplinary body involving the gynaecologists, gynaecological oncologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, urologist, colorectal surgeons, pathologists, cancer epidemiologists, palliative care medicine specialists, anesthesiologists, nuclear scientists, radiology imaging specialists and social workers.
Objectives of this society are several. Among them most important is to provide best medical care for the gynaecological cancer patients of Bangladesh. Other objectives are to conduct gynae cancer related research and to provide educational opportunities for residents, trainees and postgraduate students. By this time MS residency program in gynae oncology has been started in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University(BSMMU) since January 2018. Facility for training in gynae oncology has been developed in BSMMU,National Institute of Cancer Hospital (NICRH) and Dhaka Medical College (DMCH). Training period is 3 years. Among 3 years, 1 year is in service,training 1-year rotation and 1 year for thesis work. After getting this training the students will appear for FCPS part II (Final) examination of Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons (BCPS) and after passing the exam she will get FCPS degree in gynaecologic oncology. Al ready 3 students has got the degree.
Gynaecological Oncologists are solely dedicated for the surgical management of female genital tract cancer. These specialists should be posted at ideal hospitals. So that their experiences can be utilized for the management of gynae cancer patients.
Through our society,we will be able to raise our voice in this regard.
General gynaecologists of Bangladesh are recently requested to be the member of our society. Other concerned specialists are also invited to be incorporated in our society. Let the society last for ever and get improvement day by day. May allah help us. Allah hafez.
Prof Sabera Khatun
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