Director: Dr. Miguel Valdovinos
The WGO Mexico City Training Center was inaugurated in Mexico City on July 28, 2008.
The following are objectives of the Mexico City Training Center:
The Mexico City Training Center is located at the Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutricíon. Fundamental to the Center are the medical and paramedical personnel and infrastructure of the departments of Gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Imageology and the Medical Skills Development Center (Centro de Desarrollo de Destrezas Médicas, CEDDEM).
The Training Center is composed of the Departments of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy, the GI Motility and GI molecular labs, as well as the Medical and Surgical Skills Center.
To enhance the learning experience, the Center is equipped with telecommunications capability. Directly linked with operating and endoscopy rooms in the hospital, participants have the opportunity to view live endoscopy or surgery in the context of the course and are able to interact directly with the operating surgeon or endoscopist. Using this telecommunications system, the Center is also able to connect with any similarly equipped facility in the world and continues to expand their video conference capabilities
In-house videotaping of expert endoscopies and other procedures has also provided a number of key applications:
As research has confirmed that video learning is an effective way of training, particularly for early learners, the Center has placed a strong emphasis on this style of education.
State of the art virtual reality simulators (Simbionix®) are part of the equipment of the center; there are 2 simulators for laparoscopic surgery, 1 for urology, 1 for gastrointestinal endoscopy, 1 for bronchoscopy, which also has the capability to have software for gastrointestinal endoscopy, 1 for vascular access, 1 for aniography, and 1 simman simulator for all areas of medicine. The gastrointestinal endoscopy simulator is composed of modules for upper GI (Gastroscopy), lower GI (colonoscopy), endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP), flexible sigmoidoscopy, and endoscopic ultrasound. In addition, there are also partial simulators for different areas such as anaesthesia, nursing and critical care, for instance difficult airway, vascular access, ultrasound, arrhythmias, cardiovascular resuscitation, etc.
Multimedia Library and Scientific Journals are also available for trainees.
Areas of Training:
In the press:
Center Director: Dr. Miguel Valdovinos
For more comprehensive information on the Mexico City Training Center, including the trainee application process, course offerings, and other details, please refer to the downloadable pdf:
or the center’s informational brochure (Spanish language):
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The WGO would like to give special thanks to the Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Medicas Nutricion, the Mexican Association of Gastroenterology, Instituto Danone, Asociacion Interamericana de Gastroenterologia (AIGE), Fujinon Latin America, Ferrer, and Olympus Latin America for their support and sponsorship of the WGO Mexico City Training Center.