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Dear Colleagues

Setting New Standards

Practising western medicine in the 21st century has many challenges and opportunities. On the one hand we have access to cutting edge information as and when it becomes available, however, the evidence for effectiveness may often be slow in coming. For doctors practising Obstetrics and Gynaecology in South Africa an overwhelming issue is the ever-increasing cost of medical malpractice. This is coupled with the pressure of staying abreast of the rapid developments in every aspect of the field. For example, the last few years have seen exciting new options in the assessment of the fetus. Cervical screening has also changed remarkably and even the experts have difficulty in providing guidance on their role in modern practice. Another important challenge is staying contemporary with surgical advances, especially with new endoscopic and pelvic floor techniques. With all the technical developments in our profession we remain committed to keeping the humanity of our patients at the frontier of all that we do. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at UCT has designed the 2015 Edition of the Refresher Course with these issues in mind.

The popular format of morning Didactic lectures, followed by a number of afternoon workshops, will be utilized as in previous years. We have invited a number of new and fresh International Speakers. This includes Bruno Deval, from the Geoffroy St Hilaire Institute in Paris; Prof Hans Evers, Editor of the Journal Human Reproduction from The Netherlands and Tom Wright from Columbia University in New York. By popular demand, a number of speakers from previous courses will also be attending and these include Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, Prof Philip Steer, Dr Ivo Meinhold and Prof Steve Lindow. We look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be a highly educational, practical and enriching few days with us at Double Tree by Hilton,Upper Eastside Hotel.

Yours sincerely

Head of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town

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