Thanks to the generosity of the AGDQ community, this September the Foundation awarded four International Technology Transfer Fellowships to a group of doctors from the
State University of Medicine and Pharmacy in the Republic of Moldova.
The State University is an institution of higher education that encourages research and innovation process by means of conferences, research projects and graduate, master’s and Ph.D theses.
Cervical cancer ranks as the third most frequent cancer among women in Republic of Moldova and the 1st most frequent cancer among women between 15 and 44 years of age.
The fellowships support the establishment of a gynecological pathology center of expertise at the State University of Medicine and Pharmacy, which will provide ongoing residency training for Moldovan pathologists and pathology residents to ensure the accurate diagnosis of cervical biopsies for the national organized cervical screening program that is now being implemented.
The State University has formed a partnership with the Moldovan Society of Pathology, the United Kingdom’s Royal College of Pathologists and the Società Italiana di Anatomia Patologica e di Citopatologia to implement this new cervical cancer program.
As part of the program, two fellows will train at the Royal College in the UK, and two fellows at the Society in Italy.
When the doctors return to their home institution, a 2 week workshop will be held in partnership with the International Cervical Cancer Prevention Association to disseminate the new knowledge and incorporate the training into the State University’s pathology residency curriculum.
The international reviewers of this fellowships applications were very impressed, noting the work of the new centre has a great potential to make a significant impact on cervical cancer prevention in the country.
About the United Kingdom’s Royal College of Pathologists
The College of Pathologists is a charity with over 10,000 members worldwide. The majority of members are doctors and scientists working in hospitals and universities in the UK. The College oversees the training of pathologists and scientists working in 19 different specialties, which include cellular pathology, hematology, clinical biochemistry and medical microbiology. Although some pathologists work in laboratories, many work directly with patients in hospitals and the community. Together they are involved in over 70% of all diagnoses, as well as playing an important role in disease prevention, treatment and monitoring. If you have ever had a blood test, cervical smear or tissue biopsy, a pathologist will have been involved in your care.
Società Italiana di Anatomia Patologica e di Citopatologia (Italian Society of Pathological Anatomy and Cytopathology) promotes technical and scientific development of the industry.