WATOG Officers have been invited to meet ISUOG Officers during the annual World Congress in Rome on the 26th September.
ISUOG (International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology) is the international leading society in OB/GYN ultrasound with 13,500 members in 128 countries. Its official journal, the Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (UOG), also known as the White Journal, is recognized as the leading peer-reviewed journal on imaging within the field of obstetrics and gynecology (with an impressive Impact Factor of 4.254).
Member benefits include access to the journal UOG, reduced fees to ISUOG Courses and Congress, and online educational material (400+ online learning lectures, comprehensive learning modules, and Congress presentations on ISUOG On Demand.)
Although most of its members are OB/GYN specialists who are interested and involved in OB/GYN ultrasound, they propose membership for trainees, as well. The special trainee membership is free of charge for 2 years and it is proposed for a reduced price for the 3rd trainee year.
WATOG and ISUOG have agreed during this meeting to continue the collaboration. The main goals are to facilitate the access to the free trainee membership in all countries and to help the dissemination of ISUOG educational contents and projects for trainees through WATOG’s network.
Since the idea of WATOG was born FIGO Officers and Presidents have supported the first steps of this ambitious project. As the association made its progress, FIGO Chief Executive Officer, Pr. Hamid Rushwan has accompanied it on the way guiding and advising the founding members and officers.
WATOG was finally founded in 2012 and organized its 2nd General Assembly in 2015 inviting trainee representatives from almost 80 countries. FIGO made possible that these trainees participate as well to the world-congress that followed the GA.
As every year since its foundation, WATOG Officers met Pr. Rushwan and Ms. Alexandra Gilpin, communication coordinator at the London based headquarter to give an annual report on its activity and future projects.
FIGO representatives assured WATOG members that they will continue to help establishing WATOG’s reputation among the large-scale associations of obstetrics and gynecology and to guide its way through the initial phase of expansion.
WATOG will soon be starting to organize the 3rd General Assembly which will be coupled to the FIGO World Congress in Rio de Janeiro, 2018.
ENTOG (European Network of Trainees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology) is a non-profit organization that represents trainees and young specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Europe. The European Network has been established in 1997 and at present it has 30 member countries. Each of them is represented by its National Trainee Associations
ENTOG collaborates closely with EBCOG (European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology) and delegates trainee representatives to all its committees.
The European Network has been a source of inspiration for the WATOG project from the beginning. Since its foundation WATOG has considered ENTOG as the official representative of European trainees and its delegates are invited to the WATOG Executive Committee. Former ENTOG president Dr Karen Rose was present on the 7th October 2012 at the Founding General Assembly of WATOG.
WATOG Officers were invited by ENTOG president, Dr Anna Aabakke, to their annual scientific meeting on the 19-20th May 2016 in Turin, Italy where the principles and the achievements of WATOG’s past 4 years were presented to European Trainee Association’s delegates by Dr Olivier Ami, president and Dr Alex Kava, vice-president. Later, the areas of further collaboration were discussed between officers.
Following the example of ENTOG WATOG wishes to promote the foundation of large-scale trainee association networks in other regions of the world. WATOG relies upon ENTOG members experience to help and guide other regions trainees in their networking activities.