On March 31, 2016, the 8th Latin American Endoscopy Teleconference was held simultaneously in Japan and several Latin American countries. The event was organized by one of the leading international telemedicine centers, the Telemedicine Development Center of Asia (TEMDEC) of the Kyushu University Hospital in Fukuoka, Japan, headed by Dr Shuji Shimizu, member of the WEO e-Media Committee.

Seventeen educational centers and hospitals located in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Japan were connected by video and sound using Vidyo, a high-definition video conferencing system. The overall topic of the conference was “How to establish endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) in Latin America?and it was chaired by Dr Miguel Tanimoto (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico). The aim of the event was to establish a better understanding of the endoscopic diagnosis for early GI cancer, to reach consensus in histopathological definitions and classifications, and to provide adequate techniques and technology.

Presentations included topics such as “Latin American learning curve and experience in ESD”, “Endoscopic categorization of early neoplasia with IEE (image enhanced endoscopy) “Background and Preparation for Learning ESD” and “Latin American demand for training in ESD”.

The feedback was unreservedly positive, with all participants stating that they will attend future Latin American Endoscopy Teleconferences.

Teleconference view at Kyushu University Hospital.

Teleconference view at Kyushu University Hospital.