Dear WEO Newsletter Readers

A couple of years ago I took on the role of Editor for the WEO newsletter at the suggestion of Dr Nageshwar Reddy, then WEO President. At that time the idea was to increase our readership and to present news and endoscopically relevant articles at the most opportune moments. The WEO newsletter was intended to be a common thread connecting all the members of our great global endoscopic community.

I am grateful to our previous editor, Dr Jerome Waye, who continues to guide me and inspires us with his contagious enthusiasm to serve the endoscopic community in general and our newsletter readers in particular. Our WEO team is ably supported by a small newsletter team that has its own limited budget, unlike the situation with other endoscopy organizations that include a newsletter among their subscription benefits. I am very thankful to the efforts of Ines Virdi along with the members of the WEO Secretariat who work with me to get the newsletter to you in a timely fashion.

In the last two years you might have noticed that, as well as news regarding WEO activities and meetings, we have incorporated clinically relevant articles and expert opinions. These are the “General Endoscopy Masters Series” (“GEMS”), and the “Tips and Tricks” features that summarize important dos and don’ts for commonly done procedures and other advanced endoscopic procedures. These are non-peer-reviewed expert opinion articles and I am grateful to all those who have willingly contributed to these efforts. In the months to come we hope to increase the number of such articles and we are building an online repository so that they are readily available for quick reference.

The American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) and the Japanese Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society (JGES) have agreed in principle to share their “video of the month” from their respective journals. This means that we can host the video links in our E-Newsletter, and our readers can see and learn from these educational cases without any requirement for additional log-in or subscription. I thank the Societies’ Executive members, the journal Editors and their WEO counterparts for helping us with this initiative.

As this year ends and we soon begin another, here at this office we hope to enhance your reading experience.  The website has been redesigned to make the content easily accessible. We hope to continue the GEMS and the Tips and Tricks series. With some help and support, I would like to include key articles published in various endoscopy journals with summaries of the abstracts.  As our readership increases there might be opportunities for the newsletter to also grow and to deliver more content, and perhaps more frequently. The newsletter is a young and growing entity with limited resources. We would like to deliver content that is even more appropriate for your needs and so we would greatly appreciate your comments and feedback. Please email these to secretariat@worldendo.org

I thank you as a reader and our WEO Executive for giving me the freedom to develop and deliver the newsletter content to you.

Wishing you and your loved ones a great year ahead.

Best

Nalini

Nalini M Guda
WEO Newsletter Editor

Nalini M Guda MD, FASGE, AGAF, FACG
Aurora St.Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee
Clinical Adjunct Professor of Medicine
University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health
Program Director, Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship,
GI Associates, Milwaukee, WI.