THE CAIRO TRAINING CENTER
Based on the 2010 Events Fact Sheet, Cairo held 2 annual courses this past December, the third Hepatology and Gastroenterology Postgraduate Course and the 12th International Workshop on Therapeutic Endoscopy, both with great success.
Endorsed by the American College of Gastroenterology, and in collaboration with World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO), the 3rd Hepatology and Gastroenterology Postgraduate Course took place from December 10 to 12, and presented 8 sessions geared toward improving the educational level for physicians in the Middle East and Africa. Twenty-six international speakers from 14 countries delivered 34 state of the art lectures covering topics in Hepatology, Gastroenterology, and Endoscopy. Among the international speakers present were Dr Philip Katz, Ex-President of American College of Gastroenterology, and Dr Richard Kozarek, President of WGO. This event was accredited and granted 9 European continuing medical education credits.
The 12th International Workshop on Therapeutic Endoscopy featured 2 days of live endoscopy transmission, with 38 complex therapeutic endoscopy and ultrasonography cases executed with much success. Over 1200 physicians from 48 countries were in attendance and 12 world-class endoscopy experts, including WGO Cairo Training Center Director Dr Ibrahim Mostafa.
Regarding the Cairo Training Center itself, the following are quotes from former trainees:
“Can you imagine that one doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo said that if they have patients with bleeding varices, they refer that patient to another country (mainly South Africa) in order to do endoscopy because they lack the skills and proper materials to do band ligation or histoacryl injection? I think all efforts must be done at the CTC for the sake of the health of other African patients!”
-Muhammad El Zahaby, Egypt
“Following the training that was facilitated by the training site, I was able to participate in an improvement process that culminated in us changing the endoscopy practice at the national referral hospital in Uganda by acquiring state of the art equipment, the retraining of doctors and nurses, and adopting minimum internal guidelines for endoscopy practice.”
-Kenny Opio, Uganda
“The CTC Cairo experience was truly amazing for me. My learning curve went all the way up. I am now able to perform upper GI endoscopy much better and I have been doing this in Lagos, Nigeria since returning in May 2009. This truly was the best hands-on experience I have ever had!”
-Ladi Hameed, Nigeria
BOGOTA TRAINING CENTER
The XV International Gastroenterology and Advanced Endoscopy course took place this past January at the JW Marriot Convention Center in Bogota, Colombia. According to the Director, Dr Luis Sabbagh, “the course was a real success!”
The course received 320 gastroenterologists from several Latin American countries including Venezuela, Peru, Uruguay, Brazil, and Colombia. The high quality faculty consisted of Todd Baron from USA, Manoel Galvao and Celso Ardengh from Brazil, and Raul Montserrat and Roberto Fogel from Venezuela. Faculty and guest speakers gave many important lectures and Live Cases transmitted from the Reina Sofia Clinic to the hotel through the satellite. Every trainee within the Bogota Training Center, which consists of many various programs, actively participated in the Live Cases demonstrations.
The VI Gastrointestinal Endoscopy course for nurses and the Bogota Training Center had over 500 participants, and the Organizing Committee received very good feedback from the assistants.
Activities within the Training Center are running well. Two physicians from Venezuela and Uruguay both recently completed 6 months of training in Endosonography. Presently, 4 trainees have a fellowship in Gastroenterology and Endoscopy for a period of 2 years. In addition, trainees are soon expected to arrive from other universities for the duration of 2-3 months. The Center is happy to report that these trainees will receive complementary training.
THE KARACHI TRAINING CENTER
A 1-day National Workshop was recently held titled “Acid Peptic Diseases and Functional Gut Disorders” under the auspices of WGO, Karachi Training Center, Pakistan, at Regent Plaza Hotel in Karachi.
It was chaired by Professor Khalid Mehmood and Professor Raana Q Masood of Dow University of Health Sciences. The speakers at the meeting included Professor Wasim Jafri, Dr Saeed Hamid, Dr Hasnain AliShah, Dr Ashfaq Ahmed, Dr Khalid Mumtaz, Dr M Salih, Dr Lubna Kamani, Dr Col Shakil Mirza, and Dr Amna Subhan. The following topics were addressed at the meeting: gastroesophageal reflux disease, functional reflux, functional dyspepsia, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs-induced gastric ulcer, Helicobacter pylori-associated duodenal ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, and functional abdominal pain.
The meeting was well received and attended by the internists, general practitioners, and fellows in training from various regions within Pakistan. The entire workshop was interactive and was described by attendees as a “useful exercise that needs to be done more frequently.” On completion of the workshop, certificates were distributed to the participants by WGO.