The Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons has been recognized for its role in preventing the brain drain of medical professionals in Ghana. Established in 2003, the college has been a leading institution for training specialists in medicine, surgery, and related fields in the country.
Prior to its establishment, medical professionals had to travel overseas for specialist training after completing their post-graduate studies in Ghana. This resulted in a high number of medical professionals leaving the country, which could have negatively impacted the health sector by widening the doctor-patient ratio. However, since the establishment of the college, the number of medical professionals leaving the country has significantly reduced.
The college has considerably contributed to the training of medical specialists in Ghana, producing 1,690 members and 200 fellows across 16 facilities. Additionally, the college has contributed to policy discussions within the health sector, presenting policy recommendations to the Ministry of Health.
In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the college has outlined several activities, including sensitization of fellows, members, and residents of the college, a public lecture, media rounds, a health walk and medical screening, a fundraising dinner, a museum exhibition, and a Thanksgiving service. However, the college is currently facing logistical constraints and a lack of materials to undertake necessary training, which is of concern to the institution.
Overall, the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons has played a vital role in preventing the brain drain of medical professionals in Ghana, and its contribution to the training of medical specialists and policy discussions in the health sector is significant. Despite the challenges it faces, the college continues to make strides in its mission to train and retain medical professionals in Ghana.