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WGO Train the Trainers Workshop Chennai, India, 2011

Toouli, Jim MBBS, PhD, FRACS

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: August 2011 - Volume 45 - Issue 7 - p i–ii
doi: 10.1097/MCG.0b013e318224fbff
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Department of General and Digestive Surgery, Flinders Medical Centre, Bedford Park, Adelaide, Australia

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Reprints: Jim Toouli, MBBS, PhD, FRACS, Department of General and Digestive Surgery, Flinders Medical Centre, Bedford Park, Adelaide, Australia (e-mail:

In collaboration with the Indian Society of Gastroenterology, World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) is pleased to have successfully completed the 14th Train the Trainers (TTTs) Workshop, which took place from April 11 to 14, 2011 in Chennai, India. This TTTs workshop represented a special significance for those involved in the planning process primarily because just over 2 years ago the December 2008 TTTs workshop had been canceled so abruptly due to the terrorist attacks in Mumbai and due to the bombing threats made to airports in India, including the Chennai Airport, which was the port of transit for participants and faculty.

What also made this TTTs workshop so exceptional is that it marked the 10-year anniversary of TTTs. Developed and organized by the WGO Education and Training Committee in 2001, under the guidance of Professor James Toouli, this unique workshop has proven to be a highly successful method of disseminating teaching skills to those gastroenterologists who hold training positions in their own countries. The delegates are equipped with skills that they can then implement in their countries. Not only has this workshop been enthusiastically received by all national member societies around the world but it also provides an excellent forum for the exchange of ideas and the establishment of contacts between various countries, in an environment that is conducive to learning and interaction. For the long term, it is planned to export aspects of the workshop to regions around the world. Ideally, delegates who have attended the meeting should work closely with the TTTs organizers to deliver components of the program in their own country, with the active collaboration of their national gastroenterological society.

This TTTs workshop consisted of 50 participants and 10 faculty members, representing 19 countries from around the world, all sharing the same vision educationally, which is the global improvement of quality patient care.

On behalf of WGO, our most sincere appreciation goes to the Indian Society of Gastroenterology and its host coordinator, Dr KR Palaniswamy, for being such a gracious and generous host to all those in attendance. The TTTs workshop was well received and truly a fruitful experience for all involved. The team-building event and city tour allowed for many to witness the splendor that makes Chennai such an extraordinary city. WGO also wishes to thank all of the local facilitators and international faculty for their dedication and contribution throughout the workshop, which is what makes TTTs an enduring success for WGO.

World Gastroenterology Organisation 2011 Train the Trainers Workshop

World Gastroenterology Organisation 2011 Train the Trainers Workshop

Following in the example of Pendleton Rules, participants were encouraged to provide feedback based on “What went well?” and “What you could do better,” which gives specific suggestions for improvement as opposed to instantly identifying “What went wrong,” which our minds are typically conditioned to do.

On the basis of this method of feedback, participants wrote the following:

Overall, a well-balanced program in which, above all, topics are relevant to training. The fact that it was attended by people from various countries is important and gives an extra dimension. The ideas of breakout sessions are great. What was shown, for example, is that introducing examples/cases in the lectures will help to remember the theoretical phrases. —Participant, TTT Chennai.

Majority of modules were good, well presented, introspective, and relevant. They all enhanced our knowledge of understanding on various aspects. It provides a very efficient means to interact with our group members who have different but brilliant ideas, particularly during the breakout session. This taught us to be compassionate, to respect other faculty, and to share their bright ideas. Overall, hospitality of the PTO hotel was excellent. —Participant, TTT Chennai.

Of all the courses I have been to, this was the best as far as getting participants involved and teaching us to teach! Thanks TTT! —Participant, TTT Chennai.

Very well-organized workshop, useful in educating and conducting; evaluating skills, method of communicating critical appraisal, preparing modules in short term, and breakout sessions were excellent. —Participant, TTT Chennai.

As I join back the humdrum of clinical activities, I do reflect for the 5 amazing days that I have spent with you all with very fond memories. You really achieved your GOAL of making adult education “FULL OF FUN!” I thank you for the time and pain you took to make these days very exciting for me. Hope to keep in touch for years to come and benefit from your intellect and expertise. A BIG HOORAH TO YOU ALL!!! —Kshaunish Das.

Dr Palaniswamy and Dr Toouli after the team-building event

Dr Palaniswamy and Dr Toouli after the team-building event

Furthermore, all participants agreed that they would participate in future TTTs workshops.

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