The European Network of Trainees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ENTOG) was formed in 1997 with the aim of achieving collaborative opportunities between trainees in Europe. The objective was to gain a better understanding of training in different European countries. The network also collaborates with European Board and College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (EBCOG). Their manifesto is to facilitate exchange of trainees and encourage them to improve the quality of their training. This year was my first year representing RCOG at ENTOG in Poland. I found the experience very stimulating and educational.
ENTOG exchange and Scientific Meeting
The scientific meeting took place in Warsaw, Poland. Republic of Poland is located in Central Europe, covering an area of 312,696 square kilometres. Population of Poland approximates to 38.5 million. Warsaw is the capital city of Poland and claimed to be the largest city in the country. One of the notable scientists Marie Curie (born Maria Sklodowska-Curie), who was the first female recipient of Nobel Prize for her research in radioactivity, was born in Warsaw. According to WHO Global Health observatory data 2015, births by caesarean section in Poland amount to 35.6%, maternal mortality ratio was 2 per 100,000 live births and adolescent birth rate (per 1000 women aged 15-19 years) was 12.3. The European Board & College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (EBCOG) council meeting was also held alongside ENTOG Council.
ENTOG exchange in 2019 took place from 3rd to 6th of June. Eleven polish cities Bydgoszcz, Katowice, Kielce, Kraków, Lubkin, Łódź, Olsztyn, Opole, Poznań, Warsaw and Wrocław hosted the programme. Overall 54 participants from 28 different countries took part in the exchange programme.
The scientific meeting took place on the 7th of June where the theme of the meeting was ‘Reproductive health and prenatal testing in Europe’. The programme consisted of simulation workshops on ultrasound scanning and basic laparoscopic skills. There were also sessions focusing on communication skills in O&G and didactic lectures focusing on fetal-maternal medicine, reproductive surgery as well as contraception.
The scientific meeting concluded with a fantastic gala dinner along with attendees of EBCOG meeting. The meeting was followed by ENTOG council held by the executive committee the next day.
ENTOG Council 2019
The ENTOG Council took place on 8th of June. The new executive committee was elected. Goknur Topcu from Turkey was elected as the new President, Agnieszka Horala from Poland was elected as the New General Secretary, Manuel Goncalves Henriques from Portugal was elected for the webmaster position and a new member Ferry Boekhorst from the Netherlands was appointed. Furthermore, the council also included talks from the trainees who had attended the exchange programme. In the council elections, Greece secured the opportunity to host 2021 ENTOG Exchange which will take place in Thessaloniki.
EBCOG has initiated improvement of the European standards of training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology through the project called ‘EBCOG-PACT’ (The Project for Achieving Consensus in Training). The implementation of PACT was discussed at the meeting and how it is being successfully implemented and translated into seven different languages (English, Spanish, German, Italian, Polish, Russian and Portuguese) with two additional languages soon to follow (French, Czech). Also, several national scientific societies have initiated translation of the curriculum in their national language (Greece, Slovenia, Turkey). Additionally, the winners of the EBCOG Fellowship were also announced during the council meeting.
Dr Hajra Khattak
UK ENTOG Representative
ENTOG exchange 2020
ENTOG 2020 will take place in Norway on 11-14May 2020. FUGO is the national trainee association of Norway and the organizer of the ENTOG Exchange 2020. The cities for the exchange will be Bergen, Voss, Haugesund, Førde, Stavanger, Oslo, Akershus, Drammen, Hønefoss, Bærum and Tønsberg.
This is a great opportunity for trainees in the UK to experience O&G in a different health care setting. If you are interested in being part of an exchange, please look out for the invitation for applications which will be emailed to you by your trainee representative. Applications are now open!