20 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS SEPTEMBER 2015 Editorial | Expert Point of View | Gastro 2015: AGW/WGO | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events WGO GIHep Porto Training Center Inauguration Guilherme Macedo MD, PhD, FASGE, AGAF, FACG, FAASLD Head of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Department Associate Professor of Gastroenterology Centro Hospitalar S.João and Faculty of Medicine Porto, Portugal The Porto WGO Gastroenterology and Hepatology (GIHep) Training Center’s mission was shaped to the core objectives of WGO Training Centers: to provide education and training in the delivery of digestive health and disease care. Accordingly, the foremost duties of this center are: 1. To promote the highest standards in training in gastroenterology and hepatology in their different disciplines (e.g. diagnostic and interventional endoscopy, inflam-matory bowel disease, pancreatic disorders, and digestive oncology). 2. To develop a broad and versatile curriculum which should consist of an adaptable program of pro-viding different levels of expertise. Anchored in a well-designed, na-tionally certified core curriculum, offering different cognitive mod-ules and formal training opportu-nities, with several possibilities of time span events, we aim to create a learning environment mostly adapted to the trainees needs. The immediate goal is to expose train-ees to the current and up to date knowledge in the broad field of gastroenterology and hepatology, always bearing in mind the strict appliance of ethical principles and focus on their local and regional health care needs. 3. To foster interaction between re-gional, national, and international experts in these areas, promoting individual and inter-institutional networking. 4. To reach out worldwide to Portu-guese speaking countries (such as Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, S Tome, Guinea, and East Timor) and be able to provide different levels of training (from basics to advanced procedures) to these countries. The Aula Magna of the Faculty of Medicine, the noblest lecture theatre at the University of Porto, hosted the Opening Ceremony of the Porto GI-Hep Training Center on 9 June 2015. Sixty guests attended the official launch. The opening ceremony had three major moments: speeches from honored guests, a presentation by the center director, and a guided tour. The day started with speeches from the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Professor Amelia Ferreira; the direc-tor of Centro Hospitalar S.João, Dr. Margarida Tavares; President of the Portuguese Society of Gastroenterol-ogy, Dr. Leopoldo Matos; and the most wanted and welcomed speech from WGO President, Professor James Toouli. The director of the Porto GIHep Training Center, Dr. Guilherme Macedo, then made a presentation about the values, mission, and charac-teristics of the center and specifically Faculty and attendees in a get together at the newly inaugurated GIHep Porto Training Center. Wonderful Porto sunset over the new Training Center. Professors Macedo and Toouli with the Memo-randum of Understanding at The Training Center inauguration.
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