European Network of Trainees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ENTOG) aims to harmonise O&G training in Europe and provide unique collaborative opportunities for trainees to exchange knowledge and experiences with peers across Europe. Due to the global travel ban as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has not been possible for trainees to visit other centres. Unfortunately, the annual ENTOG exchange and Council meeting that was originally due to being held in Bergen, Norway also had to be cancelled. The ENTOG Council meeting however still went ahead as a virtual convention on 30th May 2020.
This was the first virtual ENTOG meeting and despite the current situation, there was a great turn out with 50 participants including 32 country representatives.
The ENTOG president Goknur Topcu (Turkey) welcomed the attendees and the first speaker Dr Jacky Nizard, who is the president of European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (EBCOG). Dr Nizard emphasized the importance of platforms such as ENTOG and the great work it is doing in bringing together trainees from various European nations. He gave a brief overview of EBCOG, an update on EBCOG meetings and how EBCOG will continue to support ENTOG in its various endeavours. This was followed by the President’s report where Goknur updated the council with the upcoming projects. These included surveys related to COVID-19 pandemic and launch of Multicentre Research Groups – a new platform for trainees to share and collaborate in international research projects.
The programme included candidature for inclusion of new member countries, election for the treasurer position on the ENTOG committee and election of host country for the ENTOG exchange in 2022. The voting resulted in two new member countries being added to the network: Albania and Serbia, represented by Dr Arlinda Almaslari and Dr Vladimir Gerginic. The treasurer position was open to any European O&G trainee and having become part of ENTOG family for a year - I was very keen to be involved and further strengthen the relationship between the national trainees committee (RCOG) and ENTOG. I am delighted to inform you that I was successfully elected as the new treasurer. I am very excited to take on this role, alongside my responsibilities as an ENTOG representative. Furthermore, given that UK had not hosted an exchange for a while, I also took the opportunity to bid for hosting the exchange in 2022. Norway however won the bid for the ENTOG exchange in 2022 and we congratulate them for a well-deserved victory. This opportunity provides the Norwegian trainees with yet another chance to host an event that was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
ENTOG Exchange and Scientific Meeting/Council 2021
The next ENTOG Exchange and Council will be held in Athens, Greece. The current proposed dates are 31st August to 2nd September 2021. The chair of local organising committee for Greece informed us that 14 hospitals in 7 cities had agreed to participate in the Exchange in 2021. Their website is planned to be launched in October. Every year RCOG will sponsor 2 trainees to attend the exchange as well as the council. Watch this space for further details on how to apply.
One to one exchange
ENTOG encourages exchange of trainees across Europe to gain knowledge and experience about training in other European nations. As expected, due to travel restrictions the exchange of trainees has been greatly affected.
Please visit the ENTOG website for updates: http://entog.eu
Multicentre research opportunities
A new ENTOG initiative was launched at the meeting: the Multicentre Research Groups. The main objective of this initiative is to encourage and promote trainee-led research collaboration at a European level.
All collaborators will be issued a certificate of participation by ENTOG, and the opportunity for the results of their research being presented at an international level at the ENTOG exchange meeting.
For anyone interested, see the application form: http://entog.eu/multicentric-research-groups/
Travel has been greatly restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year, but I sincerely hope we can all meet at the next exchange in Athens.
The RCOG will sponsor 2 trainees to attend the Exchange programme and Scientific Council; however you can still attend for a small fee.
I hope to see as many of you as possible in Athens.
RCOG ENTOG Representative