PIOA today signed an MOU with the National University of Samoa. It was signed by Professor Fui Le’apai Tu’ua , ‘Ῑlaoa Asofou So’o , Vice Chancelor of the National University of Samoa and Dr. Desmond Soares, Director of Training for PIOA.
PIOA in conjunction with NUS will provide a post-graduate training program in Orthopaedic surgery including trauma care. The programme will train medical practitioners in orthopaedic surgery to the standard of a specialist orthopaedic surgeon within the context of Samoa and the Pacific Island countries. PIOA currently has 18 students from 7 Pacific Island countries (Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Fiji, American Samoa, Papua New Guinea, and Micronesia.)The MOU and formal letter confirming that PIOA graduates will be granted a Master of Surgery (Orthoapedics) was signed today. This marks a new phase in the co-operation agreed between PIOA and NUS.