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February 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to 2016!

I would like to share with you the exciting developments currently taking place at our WGO Training Centers. WGO’s 23 Training Centers are critical to WGO’s identity as a unique international organization. Our centers provide training and education opportunities, providing training opportunities where the need is the greatest. Trainees learn and improve their clinical skills so they can return and provide the best possible care to underserved populations worldwide. The Training Center Online Reporting system has been remodeled for 2016, allowing Training Centers to directly access and upload information about their centers. Using our new WGO website the Training Centers can apply for support for educational activities at their centers and can nominate exceptional trainees for a distinguished WGO Scholarship. All three of these new initiatives will provide feedback on the impact of our centers and allow WGO to better assess our Training Centers’ strengths and needs.

Training Center Online Reporting
We are pleased to announce the launch of the revised Online Reporting system for the WGO Training Centers. Available via our newly relaunched website, the Training Center Online Reporting system provides our centers with the tools to track and record all of the work that takes place at their center over the course of a year. The information collected will serve as a valuable resource for WGO to better understand what exactly goes on at each of our Training Centers. The data collected will be used to showcase to GI and liver organizations and industry the effect our centers have on improving local gastroenterology and hepatology knowledge and patient care.

Educational Activity Funding Program
The Educational Activity Funding Program was created to directly promote Training Center activities that best support the WGO Training Center mission. An eligible activity is one that promotes or strengthens a region’s knowledge in gastroenterology, hepatology, and related fields, be it through public awareness or specific training for individuals in the medical field. Through this new program, WGO will be able to more accurately judge the effectiveness of our contributions on the quality of programming at our Training Centers in their respective regions around the globe.

Scholarship Program
The WGO Training Center mission is to establish and nurture core training centers for primary and advanced GI and liver training in locations of need, thereby improving the standard of training at a grass roots level while ensuring a focus on regionally-relevant diseases. One of the ways identified to support WGO in this mission is the direct establishment and support of “Scholars” at the WGO Training Centers. The Scholarship Program will ensure a longer time frame for a trainee to spend at a center, increasing their learning opportunities and outcomes. The designation of “WGO Scholar” is more than receiving a monetary scholarship and title, the individual also receives the unique distinction of being an Individual Member of WGO during the year of their training. Individual membership will officially launch in this first quarter of 2016.

In the inaugural year of this program, the WGO Training Centers nominated exceptional trainees that have expressed a wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in the field of gastroenterology at a WGO Training Center. We look forward to announcing these talented individuals soon. Our Scholars come from all over the world to attend our Training Centers, and this is our opportunity to encourage other gastroenterologist and hepatologists in training to pursue this same dream.

Our 23 Training Centers have accomplished amazing work in spreading and improving the quality of GI and liver training in areas of need. These new initiatives are meant to foster the desire to see our centers enhance the availability of training while continually improving the quality. I anticipate we will learn a great deal about how each of our unique centers operate, which will give us the knowledge to focus on how best to support the training being offered at these amazing facilities. I invite you to learn more about each of the WGO Training Centers at www.worldgastroenterology.org/education-and-training/training-centers.


David Bjorkman, MD, MSPH
President, World Gastroenterology Organisation

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