The WEO International School of EUS (WISE) continues to be an important pillar for many young endosonographers who wish to continually improve their EUS knowledge despite the pandemic. Dr Philip Pang, a WISE 2020 participant, from Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, shares his thoughts about participating in the WISE 2020 program:

“WEO International School of EUS (WISE) has really opened my eyes to the importance of a well-rounded and comprehensive subspecialty training. The program has delivered, despite the challenges of having to operate under an ongoing pandemic.

I have had the opportunity to refresh my knowledge on the basics of endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) anatomy, as well as fine-tune the corresponding skillsets needed for me to perform as an adept endosonographer. The focus on liver and mediastinal anatomy was very much welcomed. I believe this is part of the education that many new endosonographers may neglect, especially in terms of building a solid foundation for patient care.

I truly feel that the live endoscopy demonstrations and sharing sessions by invited speakers were superb. They offered a first-hand insight into EUS practices – which in turn, has allowed me to see things from a different perspective.

The limitations resulting from Covid-19 are regrettable. A better hands-on experience would have made the learning journey smoother. The same goes for greater access to direct guidance and mentorship, as well as more networking opportunities.

That said, WISE has lived up to its reputation as a world-renowned program for budding endosonographers. The experience I had proves that it does offer enhanced learning. The very reasons why I chose to enroll in the first place. I may not be able to speak for everyone, but I would say this is a program any endosonographer should aim to attend. I look forward to being chosen to be a part of it in South Korea – after we have won the battle against Covid-19.”

Dr Philip Pang
Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Philip Pang, WISE 2020 participant from Malaysia
Lecture by Dr Vikram Bhatia