The second course of the WEO International School of EUS (WISE) 2019 concluded recently in Seoul. Ten participants, chosen on the basis of strict criteria, gathered in one of the world’s top technological hubs, South Korea, to learn the latest EUS techniques.

WEO congratulates the ten participants on being selected.

Picture: From left to right Dr Vitor Pereira (Portugal), Dr Ivan Orso (Brazil), Dr Hasan Maulahela (Indonesia), Dr Jonathan Potts (United Kingdom), Dr Madalina Illie (Romania), Professor Dong-Wan Seo, project leader (South Korea), Dr Yung Ka Chin (Singapore), Dr Sumit Bhatia (India), Dr Valerio Balassone (Italy),  Professor Zouhour Samlani (Morocco), Dr Charing Chong (Hong Kong)

Together with project leader, Professor Dong-Wan Seo, the participants spent more than one week on in-depth training in EUS. At the renowned Asan Medical Centre, a WEO Center of Excellence, the attendees took part in lectures, discussions, procedure observations, and ward rounds, as well as experiencing hands-on training on animal and phantom models.

Commented Professor Seo, ‘We are aware that there is a shortage of EUS training programs. The WISE program is a multidisciplinary course which seeks to address this gap. We also hope to groom the future leaders of EUS through this course.’

This is what some of the participants had to say about WISE 2019:

‘It’s been a huge privilege to be part of the 2nd WISE in Korea. Professor Seo is an amazing mentor whose incredible knowledge, technical skill, clinical care and endless energy are truly inspirational. He and his team have been so welcoming and it has been great to network with colleagues from around the world. The whole week has been a fantastic learning experience – can’t wait to return for Module 2. Thanks WEO for the opportunity!’      Jonathan Potts (UK)

‘I’m very honoured to be selected as one of the ten participants worldwide for the WISE program. It’s like a boot camp in EUS with high-intensity interval training (HIT) on animals hands-on, procedure observation, lectures and tutorials. This is an awesome experience. Great to meet new friends from all over the world and we learnt a lot from each other. Big thanks to Professor Seo, the project founder of this program. His effort and commitment to this program and all forms of EUS training is highly appreciated.’                                       Charing Chong (Hong Kong)

Picture: Successful participants of Module 1, WISE 2019

WEO would like to extend its special thanks to the Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Asian EUS Korea, the Asian EUS group, and to Asan Medical Center as well as to sponsors such as Olympus, Fujifilm, Cook, Sonoscape, and Taewoong, for their great support.

Wise Module 2 will take place in October with more advanced training in EUS. In the meantime, participants have taken home newly acquired knowledge and skills to enhance their daily practice. Remote training will continue via case presentations at video conferences.


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