The World Association of Trainees in Obstetrics & Gynecology (WATOG) is a non-profit organization that represents the first worldwide network of young obstetricians and gynecologists (OB/GYN).
The WATOG was founded on the 7th of October 2012 under the auspices of the Federation International of Gynecologists and Obstetricians (FIGO) and with the support of major international senior societies (ACOG, SOGC, EEBCOC, COGA, FOGSI and FLASOG).
On that day 51 trainee representatives from 73 countries unanimously supported its founding.
Since then the number of member countries has grown to 80 representing more than OB/GYN 100.000 trainees all around the world.
WATOG’s main mission is to help every OB/GYN trainee in the world to access the highest level of education, to overcome cultural and gender barriers and to facilitate contact and exchange between members from different countries.
WATOG’s first concern is to promote the foundation and sustainment of OB/GYN trainee associations at national and regional levels. To achieve this WATOG encourages and helps trainee initiatives but also it collaborates with the FIGO and other national and regional senior associations to strengthen the connection between young and senior representatives of our profession.
The final goal is to potentiate the involvement of OB/GYN trainees in global issues pertaining to reproductive health care, specifically those of the mother, fetus and newborn but also women’s health care in general.
Encouraged by the example of their own country a couple of young doctors in France had the idea to create a world association for OB/GYN trainees. The project was welcomed by the FIGO whose officers had long wanted to find a way to mobilize the youngest members of our profession.
A first proposal was officially sent on November 10th 2008 to Professor Dorothy Shaw, actual president of the FIGO. With the help and support of Professor Shaw, Professor Hamid Rushwan (Chief executive officer of the FIGO), Professor Andre Lalonde and Professor Ian Fraser the WATOG project has taken its first steps.
During the next four years, the first organizing committee managed to contact major scale organizations in the field of OB/GYN and elaborated several drafts of the project.
From 2011 they worked closely with Pr Hamid Rushwan, and Mr Bryan Thomas (FIGO Administrative Director) to contact every senior societies and reach a consensual support for the project.
The World Association of Trainees in Obstetrics & Gynecology (WATOG) was founded on the 7th of October 2012 during the First WATOG General Assembly by the unanimous vote of 51 trainee representatives from 73 countries.
A first Executive Board was elected representing 6 main global regions. The Executive Board has elaborated the WATOG Constitution which was signed by all founding members.
Throughout 2012 and 2015 WATOG founding members worked hardly to strengthen the network and to promote the establishment of new OB/GYN trainee associations worldwide.
The Second General Assembly of WATOG was held on the 3rd of October in Vancouver coupled to the tri-annual FIGO world congress.
New Officers and Executive Committee members were elected by 32 representatives of 24 countries.
On May 19th and 20th, 2016, WATOG Officers participated at the ENTOG council and the achievements of the last 4 years were presented at the EBCOG congress in Turin, Italy.
Today, in 2016, 80 countries are represented in WATOG.