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World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) News and Events

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: November/December 2019 - Volume 53 - Issue 10 - p 1–2
doi: 10.1097/MCG.0000000000001268

World Gastroenterology Organisation, Milwaukee, WI

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Address correspondence to: James Melberg, World Gastroenterology Organisation, 555 East Wells Street, Suite 1100, Milwaukee, WI 53202 (e-mail:

Online date: October 7, 2019

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We look forward to welcoming you to Prague for the next joint meeting with the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO). In partnership with the Czech Society of Gastroenterology, Gastro 2020 will be held from December 3 to 5, 2020 in Prague, Czech Republic and will include a postgraduate course and exceptional scientific program, covering key areas in Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Endoscopy featuring the top regional and international leaders in the field.

This meeting is open to all professionals in the field of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Endoscopy and related disciplines.

For more information about Gastro 2020, please visit the meeting website at:

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We will share with you all of the highlights from the World Congress of Gastroenterology recently held in Istanbul, Turkey in the next JCG issue.

The next World Congress of Gastroenterology will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from December 12 to 15, 2021 and is in partnership with the Emirates Gastroenterology and Hepatology Society. We look forward to sharing more information with you about this premier biennial meeting as it becomes finalized.

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The next 2 TTT workshops will be held in Lyon and Poland in 2020! The first, in partnership with the French Society of Gastroenterology, will take place in Lyon, France from May 18 to 19, 2020. This TTT is an Advanced Leadership and Management Course and open to all professionals who are fluent in French.

The second TTT is a standard, 4-day workshop that will be organized in Warsaw, Poland from July 9 to 12, 2020. Interested participants must apply directly through their member societies to be nominated for consideration to attend. Fluency in English is required.

Below please find a testimonial article from Dr Nancy Fanous (Cairo, Egypt) who attended the TTT held in Bucharest, Romania this past April.

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Four Days of Intense Work and Fun in Bucharest, Romania!

In 2013, I had the honor to join the WGO Cairo Training Center (CTC) through its director, Professor Ibrahim Mostafa. I was much impressed by the vision, mission, and the great work it carried on its shoulders to promote medical services in Africa in the field of gastroenterology, hepatology, and endoscopy. Since its start in 2004, about 300 of my fellow African doctors have been trained through the WGO CTC and went back to serve their people with the knowledge they gained.

I knew about the TTT courses provided by WGO a few years before through CTC and always appreciated their caliber. In October 2018, and upon request from WGO for the nomination, I was nominated by CTC director, Professor Ibrahim Mostafa to join the TTT in Bucharest, Romania that was planned to take place from April 1 to 4, 2019 in partnership with Romanian Society of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (SRGH).

From the very beginning, the event was highly organized. All details were perfectly taken care of so precisely and carefully, thanks to the highly skilled organizing team who made our task an easy one. The warm welcome provided to me, along with the wonderful hand-made Romanian souvenir upon my arrival to Bucharest seemed so promising with a unique event to come.

The TTT had a unique structure, mixing hard work with fun. A total of 50 participants from all over the world, making it a cosmopolitan event, first met during the welcome dinner on the first day of arrival and never thought how the situation will be on the last day!

Dividing the group into smaller working groups was a very effective idea which allowed people to interact in a friendly and professional manner, breaking geographical, language and cultural boundaries.

The content of the course was extraordinarily practical and highly focused on the skills we need to encounter every day, the challenges in the training field. Shorter lectures, longer breakout sessions, and small group workshops made the long days so interesting and interactive. Very rich topics were addressed in a very professional and interactive way by our great moderators who came from different continents and different backgrounds; however, all having a common theme in between a passionate trainer. Education, evidence-based medicine, presentations, trial design, critical appraisal, publications, e-learning, professionalism, preparing an abstract, assessment and appraisal, credentialing, and writing multiple-choice questions were all hot topics that were addressed through very informative short lecture sessions.

Small group workshops were really a perfect experience and exposure. In the beginning, all the 6 small group members faced difficulties in proper communication and harmonization to accomplish the assigned group tasks in the given time, and this was clear during the first report back sessions. Amazingly enough, marked progress from session to session became so obviously reflected on each teams’ performance and reached its maximum by the end of the course. The group members showed perfect teamwork and improvement in problem-solving skills, a tough but achievable goal for the TTT course in such a short time.

Coming to one of the most “extraordinary” team building activities I have ever participated in: the dancing groups. With such a surprising choice from the faculty and organizing committee for such an important activity, most of the group members stated clearly that they can’t dance! Each group was assigned a specific dance and its video was sent to us on the previous day to practice. Interestingly enough, we all took it so seriously and practiced continuously and harmoniously with the professional dancers who trained us. It seems that hard work is one of doctors’ main criteria even when it comes to fun. The team building activity was really great success with lots and lots of passion, fun and physical fitness. That is surely a night to remember.

The cultural night was another story to tell! A very special night held in a very special place embraced people, videos, presentations, performances, and souvenirs from different countries and different continents, each carrying the flavor of the place it came from. Fraternizing was the theme and boundaries melted in Bucharest that night!

Of all the training workshops I have attended so far, I have learned from and enjoyed this one the most, and it has changed concepts about my practice in the future. I encourage all colleagues who are interested in training to join future TTT courses. Mixing intense knowledge and professional attitude with fun and enjoyment is the best way to succeed. Our mission as trainers is to pass the knowledge we have to our trainees, so we have to do it the right way. Also, I have gained lots of new friends and connections that I will try to keep on the personal and professional level.

Credit and sincere thanks goes to everyone who really worked so hard to make an unforgettable event for everyone. Special thanks to the SRGH, WGO and all the faculty members who sacrificed their time and efforts for the idea of ongoing training. I am very grateful for CTC for nominating me and giving me this precious opportunity to join such a distinguished event.

And one very important thing I have also learned and to start with: how to plan a successful training course like TTT!

From Egypt with love, Nancy Fanous

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The WDHD theme in 2020 is the Gut Microbiome: A Global Perspective led by Co-Chairs Eamonn Quigley, MD (United States) and Uday Ghoshal, MD (India), and the WDHD 2020 Steering Committee. WGO calls on its member societies, regional affiliates, and partner organizations to organize events to raise awareness around the 2020 theme. Please visit the WDHD website at: to learn more about the 2020 theme and the tools and resources being developed.

Together we can increase awareness of the optimal care of gastrointestinal and liver disorders worldwide. WGO and WGO Foundation greatly value your support of WDHD and helping to ensure its continued success.

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