20 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS OCTOBER 2014 Editorial | Expert Point of View | Gastro 2015: AGW/WGO | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events X International Course on Advances in Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy Guido Villa-Gomez Roig, MD Director, La Paz WGO Training Center Instituto de Gastroenterología Boliviano-Japonés La Paz, Bolivia The X International Course on Advances in Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy took place in La Paz from April 2 – 6, 2014, as part of the training and academic activities of the La Paz WGO Training Center in compliance with the commitments undertaken by the Bolivian-Japanese Institute of Gastroenterology (IGBJ) -Training Center- with the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO), and the Latin-American medical community. As in previ-ous years, the goal was to serve as a channel to put young specialists of the region in touch with the latest advances in the specialty, through an interactive experience with world-class experts and professors. This edition was intended to com-memorate the 35th anniversary of the IGBJ. OBJECTIVES A) Main Objective: To promote the highest standards for the development of Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy in Latin-American coun-tries in accordance to the principles of the WGO. B) Specific Objectives: i. To upgrade, deepen and/or acquire knowledge about the specialty, based on programs fundamentally directed to young specialists. ii. To develop a curriculum for training in Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy, appropriate to the local and regional necessi-ties of medical care. iii. To promote guidelines for a better practice in Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy. iv. To stimulate a positive atmosphere to promote appropriate relation-ship among trainees, national and foreign experts. COLABORATING INSTITUTIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS • WGO • IGBJ • Bolivian Society of Gastroenterol-ogy • Canadian Association of Gastro-enterology • Departmental Health Service • Copacabana Hospital • Japan International Cooperation Agency - JICA (which donated an Olympus Endoscopy Tower -EX-CERA 190-to the IGBJ for train-ing program and social purposes) PROGRAM Based on the aforementioned objec-tives, the program took place with the collaboration of 12 national Professors and international guest Professors: Ju-lio Bai, Néstor Chopita, and Edgardo Smecuol (Argentina); Nelson Miya-jima (Brazil); Robert Enns (Canada); Silvia Castillo and Claudio Navarrete (Chile); Luis Carlos Sabbagh and Carlos Donneys (Colombia); Gregory Ginsberg and Ricardo Morgenstern (USA); and Naohisa Yoshida (Japan). Two hundred fifty participants registered for the program and 33 scholarships were granted to young specialists from Argentina (8), Bolivia (8), Brazil (1), Colombia (2), Ecuador (3), Panamá (2), Paraguay (2), Peru (4), Uruguay (2), and Venezuela (1). The scholars benefited from free registration, free accommodation and direct participation in each academic activity and social activities included in the program. The first day was entirely dedicated to the Celiac Disease and the second and third days were dedicated to updates of topics of Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy as well as to the performance of high complexity live cases of Therapeutic Endoscopy. HEALTH OUTREACH PROGRAM TO THE COMMUNITY As in previous years, on the last two days of the program, a group of 70 persons composed of teachers, schol-ars and employees of the IGBJ trav-eled to the town of Copacabana, on the shore of the Titicaca Lake, to assist local patients with digestive diseases in the local community hospital. Total consultations: 189 patients Echography: 78 patients Endoscopy: 65 patients Surgery: 4 patients Breakdown of consultations and proce-dures performed.
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