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Train the Trainers

The Train the Trainers (TTT) is a highly successful program designed to disseminate teaching skills to those gastroenterologists who hold training positions in their own countries. Delegates are equipped with both skills and tools which they can then implement on their home ground. Not only has this workshop been enthusiastically received by all WGO member societies around the world, it continues to provide an excellent forum for the exchange of ideas and the establishment of contacts between various countries, in an environment which is conducive to learning and interaction.

Since its inception in 2001, WGO has held over 20 workshops throughout the world. TTT is a four-day annual workshop that is limited to 50 participants who are nominated by their GI Society so as to ensure that we are reaching out to the educators. To learn more about who can attend, click here.

The basis and success of the TTT is that it is designed to bring together trainers from across the globe in an intensive and interactive workshop, dedicated to the development of teaching and training skills. The workshop format is structured around 17 modules introduced via lectures, which then leads to related discussion groups and are concluded by presentations on the topics from the participants. Incorporated into the program are also recreational team-building activities that offer valuable opportunities for participants to become acquainted outside of the educational focus of the program.

Not one TTT workshop is the same as the last, and as the years have passed we have often changed the modules as well as the content within the modules. These changes have been made as a result of feedback and current knowledge has advanced. We all learn together.

Interview with WGO Executive Committee President James Toouli

Along with extensive follow-up to study the outcomes and impact TTT has had on its alumni, future long-term goals consist of exporting aspects of the workshop to regions around the world. The aim is to have delegates who have attended a TTT workshop work closely with TTT organizers to deliver components of the program in their own country, with the active collaboration of their Member Society. Furthermore, WGO is in development to have more topic-focused TTT workshops made available to its member societies as well as implementing TTT programs in other languages, in addition to English and Spanish.

Read more about TTT and WGO's WGO’s Education and Training Initiatives, read this interview with Professor James Toouli.

WGO would like to thank the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) for their continued support.

For any questions about Train the Trainers workshops, please contact the WGO Executive Secretariat office.

WGO Executive Secretariat
555 East Wells Street, Suite 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202 USA
Tel: +1 (414) 918-9798
Fax: +1 (414) 276-3349

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