Hospital Visiting: contributing to professional competence

Keywords:

EBCOG, Hospital Visiting, Audit, Accreditation, general Ob/Gyn training; subspecialty Ob/Gyn training.

J. WLADIMIROFF

CHAIR EBCOG STANDING COMMITTEE FOR TRAINING RECOGNITION
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Erasmus University Medical Centre.
PO box 2040, 3000 CA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Abstract

EBCOG’s ambition is not only to improve structure and process of training, but also to harmonise/standardise spe- cialist training across the EU. The EBCOG Hospital Visiting programme has so far been based on voluntary applications. More than 140 Hospital Visits for basic and subspecialty training have been conducted in 19 EU countries to date. Moreover, it has resulted in a number of EU countries setting up their own Auditing and Accreditation (A & A) authority. However, to accelerate this development, a more structured approach is required. EBCOG would like to see national Ob/Gyn societies becoming more closely involved in the EBCOG Hospital Visiting programme. EBCOG and national societies may jointly pave the way towards the introduction of more nationally-based A & A programmes in the near future. It should be emphasised that the possibility of voluntary applications for EBCOG auditing and accreditation of local training programmes will remain to exist.