Ghanaian Physicians and other healthcare professionals are gathering for their all important annual meeting under the aegis of the Ghana Physicians and Surgeons Foundation of North America (GPSF). The meeting, including academic presentations billed as the 6th Annual African Health Summit, will take place at the Century Center Marriott Hotel, Atlanta, GA April 18-20, 2008. The event will be concluded with a Gala Dance at which a number of Physicians who have made significant contributions to medical education and practice globally and in Ghana will be recognized. They include Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei orthopedic and spine specialist; Dr. Lewis Roberts of the Mayo School of Medicine and Dr. Paul King an African-American Atlanta Neurosurgeon who will be honored for his work in Ghana.
The GPSF was established to support the mission of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons (GCPS) in providing quality residency training at various accredited sites in Ghana. It also serves as an advocacy group to educate the general public about numerous health care issues in Ghana and Africa. The foundation supports all non-profit health initiatives in Ghana by Ghanaian health professionals in North America.
The GCPS was established by an Act of Parliament in 2002 to provide quality postgraduate training in Medicine in Ghana. Currently the College has local and external faculties in all specialties and there are over 300 residents at various stages of training in various specialties under the aegis of the GCPS. The permanent offices of the GCPS at Ridge Circle, Accra were officially commissioned by HE J. A. Kufuor, President of the Republic of Ghana in November 2007. The facility includes a state of the art 1000 seat auditorium.
All Ghanaian Physicians who are board certified in their specialties in North America are eligible to become external faculty members in their area of specialty by becoming a fellow of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons (GCPS).
All Specialists Physicians overseas are enjoined to become Fellows of the GCPS and join their colleagues in shaping medical education and health policy in Ghana.
The executive of the GPSF is expecting over 150 registrants at this year's meeting which includes speakers from the US, Canada, Nigeria and Uganda.