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World Gastroenterology Organisation
World Gastroenterology Organisation

Training Centers

WGO Training Center Mission

To establish and nurture core training centers for primary and advanced gastroenterology (GI) training in locations of need, thereby, improving the standard of training at a grass roots level while ensuring a focus on regionally-relevant diseases.


The promotion of the highest standards in training for, and the practice of, gastroenterology are central to the activities of the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO). Our Training Centers program serves to increase the standard of delivery of digestive health care by increasing the number of digestive health care workers and their expertise.

While the view is global, the developing world is the particular focus, especially areas where access to high-quality training in gastroenterology remains problematic. By collaborating with local GI units, Member Societies and government bodies, WGO facilitates the establishment of expert faculty for training courses, provides ongoing mentoring of curriculum and outcome, contributes to the collection of funds to support training centers and provides specialist input into the development and standardization of core curricula.

Training Centers have been developed in the core areas where new digestive healthcare workers are trained. The centers are supported by the development of a core curriculum and a common evaluation methodology for all centers complimented by locally relevant aspects. Linkage of the centers through a virtual network increases the dissemination of knowledge.

In addition to training new providers, the Training Centers serve as locations to increase the expertise of existing digestive disease health care providers.

In order to increase the number of Training Center teachers, the Train the Trainers program has been developed. The Train the Trainers workshops expose educators in gastroenterology and GI surgery to current educational techniques and philosophies and are held in collaboration with WGO member societies. These workshops take place throughout the year, bringing together up to 50 physicians from around the world. They are currently offered in English and Spanish.

WGO Training Centers map

Successful centers have the following major features:

  1. A dedicated director who oversees the programs as well as administration of the center.
  2. An academic focus. The center’s faculty teach as part of their day-to-day activity and have done so for some time. They are also eager to learn new techniques and ways of delivery of educational material.
  3. Accountable, in that they are able to apply objective parameters to evaluate their activities and their results as evidenced by the quality of their graduates.
  4. Funding support which may be from a philanthropic organization, a WGO Member Society or the biomedical industry.
  5. Partnership with a WGO Member Society to provide academic input, support and from time to time, senior faculty who assist with the delivery of the educational activities.

Our Partners

Through the linkages with our Member Societies, the Training Centers have been able to access resources which might otherwise not have been available to them.

WGO Member Societies have also very generously facilitated, endorsed, and helped fund involvement of their members as faculty at various courses which have been held at the Training Centers. Our partners include:

In addition, nursing groups have increasingly become involved and we welcome exploring ways of how this partnership may be enhanced.