16 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS AUGUST 2015 Editorial | Expert Point of View | Gastro 2015: AGW/WGO | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events VIII International Course of Advances in Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy Roque Sáenz, MD, FACG Chair, Gastroenterology Department Clinica Alemana Santiago Professor of Medicine Universidad Del Desarrollo /CAS Vitacura, Santiago, Chile An interesting and successful VIII International Course of Advances in Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy took place 19-20 March 2015 in Santiago, Chile. More than 220 endoscopists were part of this event. There were attendees from Ar-gentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, and Chile. A parallel course for GI nurses was also well attended, with 80 endoscopy nurses participating in the event. Ms. Ma Luz Galvez, a well-known Spanish endoscopy nurse, from Hospital de La Santa Cruz y de San Pablo in Barce-lona, was the international faculty in such course. There was also for an international meeting among the German hospitals and clinics in South America. This meeting was held in order to enhance the academic and clinical relationship among Hospital Alemao Oswaldo Cruz in Sao Paulo, Brazil (which was represented by Professor Paulo Sakai), Hospital Alemán de Buenos Aires in Buenos Aires, Argentina (which was represented by Professor Daniel Cimmino), and the local authorities in Clinica Alemana in Santiago Chile (which was represented by the Direc-tor, Dr. Juan Hepp, the Vice Director, Dr. Alejandro De Marinis, the Chair of the Education Department, Dr. Ivan Caviedes, and the Gastroenterol-ogy Department). The goals of the course were to: • Update concepts of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy dealing with aspects of quality and endos-copy teaching. • Increase the space for academic interaction between German Hos-pitals in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, and Chile). • Enhance the new concepts of ad-vanced upper GI endoscopy, with magnification and the spreading of the Japanese concepts by Professor K. Yao with a practical workshop on those technological advances. Dr. Luis Mendez acted as General Secretary of the course. The faculty for the course included Professor Mark Topazian, from Mayo Clinic of Rochester, USA, and Professor Miguel Muñoz-Navas from University of Navarra, Spain, and local experts. Professors Topazian and Muñoz- Navas were outstanding, not only in endoscopy topics but also in quality, equity, and teaching aspects. Dr. Pablo Cortés, local faculty for this course and formerly a trainee of Professor Yao in Fukuoka, Japan, did Panel of faculty. (From the left) Drs. Miguel Muñoz-Navas, Rodrigo Zapata, Alex Navarro, Roque Sáenz, Mark Topazian, Daniel Cimmino, and Paulo Sakai.
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