Mission and Vision
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 focus is on the developing world and, in particular, on areas where access to high-quality training in gastroenterology remains problematic.
We have developed two major strategies: the institution of Training Centers and the development of a program to support those who are actively involved in the training process (see Train the Trainers).
Goals of the WGO Training Centers:
- To promote the highest standards in training in gastroenterology, hepatology, oncology, endoscopy, and digestive surgery in a selected region
- To develop a curriculum for training based on current science, ethical principles, and relevance to local and regional health care needs
- To expose trainees to the most current knowledge in gastroenterology
- To foster interactions between international and regional experts in the field of gastroenterology
- To promulgate best practice guidelines in the prevention, detection, and management of digestive disorders
Set in local hospitals and clinics, the WGO Training Centers promote and facilitate the highest standards in GI training within best practice guidelines.
To date, 20 Training Centers have been established with over 2,200 participants having benefited therefrom since 2001. Among WGO's future plans for the Training Centers includes the development of a global “Baccalaureate” in gastroenterology with WGO accreditation.
The organigram below provides a visual depiction of WGO's long-term plans to establish a global network of GI Education and Training harnessing the output of all WGO educational programs.