32 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS JULY 2016 Editorial | Expert Point of View | Gastro 2016: EGHS-WGO | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events 2016 WGO Scholars and Trainees Desmond Leddin, MD Chair, WGO Training Centers Committee Victoria General Hospital Halifax, NS Canada The WGO Training Center mission is to establish and nurture core train-ing centers for primary and advanced gastroenterology and liver training in locations of need, thereby improv-ing 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 establish-ment and support of “WGO Schol-ars/ Trainees” at the WGO Training Centers. The WGO Scholar/Trainee Program will ensure a longer time frame for a trainee to spend at a cen-ter, increasing their learning oppor-tunities and outcomes. The Training Center Directors themselves had the ability to nominate distinguished trainees at their centers for the presti-gious title of WGO Scholar/Trainee. The title of “WGO Trainee” is used to designate any honored trainee award-ed WGO funding that is training for less than 12 months. The designation of “WGO Scholar” is awarded to those individuals that are completing a full 12 months of training in 2016 at their corresponding WGO Training Center. WGO Scholars have the ad-ditional distinction of receiving travel support if they wish to present their research at a WGO meeting. In the inaugural year of this pro-gram, the WGO Training Centers nominated 15 exceptional trainees that have expressed a wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in the field of gastroenterology at a WGO Train-ing Center. Our four WGO Scholars and 11 WGO Trainees 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 pur-sue this same dream. We are delighted with the response the Scholarship and Trainee Program has garnered and welcome the opportunity to introduce these distinguished individuals below. WGO SCHOLARS Dr. Thida Soe attends the WGO Myanmar Training Center as part of a three year training course for future gastroenterologists in Myanmar. Dr. Soe is a native to Myanmar and this is her second year of the three year course. Dr. Martin Sokpon hails from Benin and is training at the WGO Rabat Training Center in Morocco. Dr. Sokpon is currently on his final year of the four year gastroenterology program offered through the center. Dr. Leolin Katsidzira traveled from Zimbabwe to attend the SAGES-ADD Training Center in South Africa. Dr. Katsidzira is completing his two year gastroenterology training at the Groote Schuur Hospital in preparation for taking the sub-specialty exam in Gastroenterology. Dr. Mahmoud Khierallah Mohamed from Sudan is attending the SAGES-ADD Training Center in South Africa. Dr. Mohamed is currently in the second year of his three year training program at the Groote Shuur Hospital.
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