20 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 WGO Train the Trainers Workshop: Taipei, Taiwan APRIL 13-16, 2015 Han-Mo Chiu, MD, PhD Visiting staff, Department of Internal Medicine & Health Management Center National Taiwan University Hospital Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine National Taiwan University Taipei, Taiwan Participating in the Train the Trainers (TTT) course 2015 by the World Gas-troenterology Organisation (WGO) in Taipei was never in my schedule, until one day when the staff of our gastro-intestinal society notified me that I was nominated to participate in this course. Even after receiving the notifi-cation mail from the WGO Executive Secretariat asking for all the partici-pants to submit personal information and documents for TTT, I was still felt “out in left field.” I just deemed it as an ordinary teaching workshop similar to what I have participated in before and a “mission” that was assigned to me by the society. Then one day I re-ceived the training materials (research papers that would be discussed in the workshop), followed by an internet link to the Critical Appraisal podcast created by Professor Kelly Burak. After watching the podcast, I was not only touched by the diligence of the WGO in preparing this program, but also deeply attracted to its content and way of conveying a simple, yet very impor-tant, concept on critical appraisal. As the host country participants, we were anxious to assure the success of the program. All of the foreign par-ticipants introduced themselves in the welcome party on the first evening. It was during the team building activity (top spinning) that we quickly became familiar with each other and really felt comfortable. Trainers and Trainees at the team building activity. This four-day workshop was divided into different modules and breakout sessions. The breakout ses-sions and teamwork gave us a very unique opportunity to learn about different healthcare systems from around the world and how gastroen-terologists practice different cultural contexts. Moreover, though it was not easy to reach conclusion or consensus on an assigned single topic in a short breakout session in the beginning, we gradually became familiar with this way of brainstorming, summing up our thoughts, and most importantly building up our teamwork. I also found “Pendleton’s Rules,” which repeatedly appeared in every report-back session, extremely useful. It gradually affected my attitude not only toward other peoples’ perfor-mance, but also myself. It is the “posi-tive” feedback that indeed motivates people to keep learning and making progress and we certainly should ap-ply it in our teaching and practices. In the e-Learning module, I learned that there are already so many exist-ing multimedia and resources that we could apply to the teaching and how easy it was to create podcast material. I am now keen to create my own teach-ing material podcast and make learning more effective and more accessible. Author and his breakout team.
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