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.
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
Center Director: Dr. Guido Villa-Gomez Roig
Instituto de Gastroenterologia Boliviano - Japones
Castilla Postal 8578
La Paz, Bolivia
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 ()
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.