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Training innovations in gastroenterology and educational resources: a new vision of gastrointestinal education across Europe

Berberat, Pascal O.; de Wit, Niek J.; Bockhorn, Maximilian; Lundell, Lars; Drenth, Joost P.H.

European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology: December 2010 - Volume 22 - Issue 12 - p 1393–1396
doi: 10.1097/MEG.0b013e328340a84c
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To define a new educational strategy for the United European Gastroenterology Federation (UEGF) to be followed and implemented in the near future. UEGF organized a consensus-based strategy meeting with stakeholders and key decision makers in European Gastroenterology on Training Innovations in Gastroenterology and Educational Resources. In May 2010, in an ‘open-face conference’ at Starnberg, Germany, 59 specialists in gastroenterology, hepatology, and related fields from 15 countries and 16 societies participated. Breakout sessions identified the key problem areas, possible solutions, and formulated statements subsequently voted upon in plenum. A majority of the formulated statements (59%) reached a strong agreement. Topics in which UEGF should focus are the future educational activities that include developing ways to advocate multidisciplinarity and integration between levels of care and specialties, ways to improve quality of care, and the development of training tools. The successful outcome of the Training Innovations in Gastroenterology and Educational Resources conference was achieved with the production of a strategy layout for new UEGF educational activities. There was an agreement that improvement in topics related to multidisciplinarity and professionalism, which is crucial for further development. An open-face conference, such as that embodied by the Training Innovations in Gastroenterology and Educational Resources meeting, was shown to be an effective tool in identifying the key problem areas in education and in formulating new strategies.

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Education Committee of the United European Gastroenterology Federation (UEGF), Wienerbergstraße, Vienna

Correspondence to Pascal O. Berberat, MD, Education Committee of the United European Gastroenterology Federation (UEGF), Wienerbergstraße 11/12A, A-1100 Vienna, Austria Tel: +43 1 997 16 39; fax: +43 1 997 16 39 10; e-mail: v.marlovits@medadvice.co.at

Received September 10, 2010

Accepted September 16, 2010

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.