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World Gastroenterology Organisation
World Gastroenterology Organisation

WGO La Paz Training Center


Dr. Miguel Villa-Gomez


The Bolivian-Japanese Gastroenterology Institute (IGBJ) established the WGO Training Center with the mission to carry out yearly courses designed to complement and improve specialists’ training in gastroenterology, as acquired in their home countries. The course program is defined in conjunction by the WGO Education and Training Committee, the Bolivian Society of Gastroenterology (SBG) and the IGBJ, according to regional needs in training and an ethical approach to patient care.

The academic program includes basic sciences relevant to gastroenterology, as well as the latest concepts of gastrointestinal disease, with emphasis in diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases, given through formal lectures and interactive seminars.

Practical instruction in endoscopy, radiology, echography, echoendoscopy, TAC, motility studies, etc. are provided through interactive programs, as well as live patient demonstrations.

Aims / Objectives

A. Main Objective

B. Specific Objectives


The training center is located in the Bolivian-Japanese Gastroenterology Institute in La Paz, which is situated in a University General Hospital. The following department units are located in the hospital:

Department of Gastroenterology

Department of Surgical Gastroenterology


Clinical Laboratory

Pathology Laboratory

Areas of Training


Dr. Guido Villa Gomez

Instituto de Gastroenterologia Boliviano - Japones
Castilla Postal 8578
La Paz, Bolivia


Further Information

For more comprehensive information on the La Paz Training Center, including the trainee application process, course offerings, and other details, please refer to the downloadable pdf:
> La Paz Training Center Information Packet (Downloadable PDF)

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The La Paz Training Center.
The La Paz Training Center
The VII International Course on Advances in Gastroenterology & Digestive Endoscopy at the La Paz Training Center.
VII International Course on Advances in Gastroenterology & Digestive Endoscopy
Doctors and Nurses from JICA at the La Paz Training Center.
Doctors and Nurses from JICA
Training at the La Paz Training Center.
Training at the La Paz Training Center
La Paz Training Center Trainees from Argentina, Ecuador, and India
Trainees from Argentina, Ecuador, and India

The WGO would like to give special thanks to the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Bolivian-Japanese Institute of Gastroenterology (IGBJ), Asociacion Interamericana de Gastroenterologia (AIGE), The Canadian Gastroenterology Association (CGA), Sociedad Espanola de Gastroenterologia (AEG), The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and Olympus Japan and Latin America for their support and sponsorship of the WGO La Paz Training Center.