June 1, 2016
Emerging Stars is a unique program by WEO aimed at selectively training emerging endoscopy leaders from around the world to help develop them into future leaders of endoscopy. The program includes three face-to-face training modules over the span of twelve to eighteen months. The first class of 19 “Emerging Stars” was selected from applicants from around the globe. The Emerging Stars program was developed by the initiative of Professor Ibrahim Mostafa (Egypt), Program Director and WEO’s Education Committee Chair. The program is supported by grants from PENTAX Medical and Boston Scientific.
Module 1 of the program took place in November 2015. The Emerging Stars class rejoined for the second module during April 3 – 8 2016, in Chicago, USA, at the ASGE Institute for Training & Technology (IT&T). This program was conducted in partnership with the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). The program offered interaction and training with several endoscopy teachers and researchers from the United States and other countries. The topics included teaching endoscopy, conducting research in the field of GI endoscopy, working with models and integrating them in endoscopy training, as well medico-legal aspects in endoscopy. A highlight of the program was the live demonstration “New techniques in endoscopy”, held at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The third and final module of the Emerging Stars Class of 2015 will take place in March 2017 in Cairo, Egypt.