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29th World Congress on Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology

12 - 16 October 2019, Berlin, Germany

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ISUOG Basic Training

ISUOG Basic Training has launched a freely accessible educational film that explains some of the most complex principles of ultrasound in the simplest way. The film covers various physical characteristics of ultrasound, the Doppler effect, different types of probes and the ALARA principle among many others. Watch the film now on the ISUOG Basic Training webpage and take a short survey to help us evaluate this initiative.

For advanced courses check out other free Basic Training Lectures online.


Check out our freshly published article on the results of the 2016 survey

Ultrasound Training Of Trainees In Obstetrics And Gynaecology In Europe: Satisfaction Survey.

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The World Association of Trainees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (WATOG) in accordance with the European Network of Trainees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ENTOG) has conducted a survey on the status of ultrasound training of OB/GYN trainees in Europe in 2016. Answers were obtained from 27 European countries. In 26 of 27 responding countries there is an ultrasound training somewhat included in the curriculum of the OB/GYN specialization, however organized theoretical training is available only in 16 cases.
There are significant differences as to the skills that trainees are expected to perform by the end of their curriculum and also as to the difficulties they encounter while obtaining these skills. The number of the expected ultrasound skills compared to the satisfaction score given by trainees in each countries shows a linear correlation meanwhile the comparison to the number of difficulties shows a reverse correlation. Trainees are more satisfied when many ultrasound skills are expected by the end of their specialization and the access to a well-organized training is facilitated.
Ultrasound is an indispensable everyday tool for most OB/GYN specialists. Satisfaction surveys can reveal trainees’ opinion on the quality of their training and provide useful feed-back for senior societies who make decisions about its means and organization.


Here you can download the pdf version of our latest newsletter

WATOG Newsletter 2017/1


The Fetal medecine Foundation

WATOG has started a dialogue about future collaboration with Professor Nicolaides and the Fetal Medecine Foundation in May 2017. The FMF has introduced a process of comprehensive training, support and audit for the proper implementation of many aspects of Ultrasound and Fetal Medicine across the world.

WATOG proposes to act as intermediary between the FMF and WATOG Member Countries on national and regional level to more widely promote FMF projects, campaigns and educational tools.


2nd Annual conference of the AFOG

WATOG has started collaboration with FIGO Adolescent, Pre-conceptional and Maternal Nutrition (APMN) working group at the DIP2017 Conference on the 9th March 2017. More and more scientific evidences show the link between maternal health and long-term outcomes of the offspring. Obesity, diabetes, deficiencies in macro and micronutrients and consumption of toxics not only influence the pregnancy itself and the short-term neonatal period but they are also responsible for the growing prevalence of non-communicable diseases in adulthood.

The main objective of the APMN working group is to raise awareness among OB/GYNs and their patients and to take measures to ensure the improvement of nutritional state of women worldwide.

Trainees are often in the first line of the OB/GYN care: being aware of the complications of nutritional unbalance and the proper counselling of the patients can prevent future pathologies and have long-term impact on public health. The APMN working group have ambassadors in many countries who are working on the improvement of women’s nutritional health. The working group is looking forward to involving trainees and young OB/GYNs in their project. Here you can find useful links about the project and how to be part of it actively.

FIGO APMN working group website

FIGO APMN recommendations:
-short infographic
-Full article


2nd Annual conference of the AFOG

Dr Elhaadi Miskeen, WATOG Executive of the Africa Region, gave a talk on WATOG at the 2nd Annual Conference of the African Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AFOG) coupled to the 25th Annual Conference of the Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The officers of the AFOG and the African seniors support the idea of creation national trainee societies and collaborate with WATOG. We are welcoming our new Ethiopian members and are looking forward to see the creation of an Ethiopian OB/GYN trainee association.


FIGO Newsletter - December 2016

FIGO Newsletter December 2016

WATOG ISUOG meeting in September 2016

WATOG Officers have been invited to meet ISUOG Officers during the annual World Congress in Rome on the 26th September.

ISUOG (International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology) is the international leading society in OB/GYN ultrasound with 13,500 members in 128 countries. Its official journal, the Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (UOG), also known as the White Journal, is recognized as the leading peer-reviewed journal on imaging within the field of obstetrics and gynecology (with an impressive Impact Factor of 4.254).

Member benefits include access to the journal UOG, reduced fees to ISUOG Courses and Congress, and online educational material (400+ online learning lectures, comprehensive learning modules, and Congress presentations on ISUOG On Demand.)

Although most of its members are OB/GYN specialists who are interested and involved in OB/GYN ultrasound, they propose membership for trainees, as well. The special trainee membership is free of charge for 2 years and it is proposed for a reduced price for the 3rd trainee year.

WATOG and ISUOG have agreed during this meeting to continue the collaboration. The main goals are to facilitate the access to the free trainee membership in all countries and to help the dissemination of ISUOG educational contents and projects for trainees through WATOG’s network.

WATOG attended meeting with ISUOG in Rome

From the left: Sarah Johnson, ISUOG CEO, Dr. Olivier Ami, WATOG President, Dr. Petra Gabor, WATOG General Secretary, Dr. Kaouther Dimassi, WATOG Treasurer, Dr. Caterina Bilardo, ISUOG President Elect, Dr. Josh Copel, ISUOG President

WATOG FIGO meeting in September 2016

Since the idea of WATOG was born FIGO Officers and Presidents have supported the first steps of this ambitious project. As the association made its progress, FIGO Chief Executive Officer, Pr. Hamid Rushwan has accompanied it on the way guiding and advising the founding members and officers.

WATOG was finally founded in 2012 and organized its 2nd General Assembly in 2015 inviting trainee representatives from almost 80 countries. FIGO made possible that these trainees participate as well to the world-congress that followed the GA.

As every year since its foundation, WATOG Officers met Pr. Rushwan and Ms. Alexandra Gilpin, communication coordinator at the London based headquarter to give an annual report on its activity and future projects.

FIGO representatives assured WATOG members that they will continue to help establishing WATOG’s reputation among the large-scale associations of obstetrics and gynecology and to guide its way through the initial phase of expansion.

WATOG will soon be starting to organize the 3rd General Assembly which will be coupled to the FIGO World Congress in Rio de Janeiro, 2018.

WATOG attended meeting with FIGO on September 12TH 2016

From the left: Dr. Olivier Ami, WATOG President, Pr Hamid Rushwan, FIGO CEO, Dr Petra Gabor,WATOG General Secretary, Dr. Magali Barbier, ENTOG representative

WATOG ENTOG meeting in May 2016

ENTOG (European Network of Trainees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology) is a non-profit organization that represents trainees and young specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Europe. The European Network has been established in 1997 and at present it has 30 member countries. Each of them is represented by its National Trainee Associations

ENTOG collaborates closely with EBCOG (European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology) and delegates trainee representatives to all its committees.

The European Network has been a source of inspiration for the WATOG project from the beginning. Since its foundation WATOG has considered ENTOG as the official representative of European trainees and its delegates are invited to the WATOG Executive Committee. Former ENTOG president Dr Karen Rose was present on the 7th October 2012 at the Founding General Assembly of WATOG.

WATOG Officers were invited by ENTOG president, Dr Anna Aabakke, to their annual scientific meeting on the 19-20th May 2016 in Turin, Italy where the principles and the achievements of WATOG’s past 4 years were presented to European Trainee Association’s delegates by Dr Olivier Ami, president and Dr Alex Kava, vice-president. Later, the areas of further collaboration were discussed between officers.

Following the example of ENTOG WATOG wishes to promote the foundation of large-scale trainee association networks in other regions of the world. WATOG relies upon ENTOG members experience to help and guide other regions trainees in their networking activities.

WATOG’s open letter to ENTOG

WATOG attended meeting with FIGO on September 12TH 2016

From the left: Dr Alexandra Kristufkova, ENTOG General Secretary, Dr Alex Kava, WATOG Vice-president, Dr Petra Gabor, WATOG General Secretary, Dr Laurids Bune ENTOG Treasurer, Dr Anna Aabakke, ENTOG President, Dr Olivier Ami, WATOG President, Dr Magali Barbier, ENTOG representative at WATOG, Dr Agnieszka Lemańska, ENTOG, Dr Amélie Lourtie, ENTOG representative at WATOG, Dr Žiga Jan, ENTOG, Dr Kaouther Dimassi, WATOG Treasurer, Dr Florie Pirot, ENTOG