World Gastroenterology Organisation

Global Guardian of Digestive Health. Serving the World.

Education & Training


Introduction:

Training at the La Plata Center began in 1990 and the center was inaugurated as a WGO Training Center on March 21, 2007. Since its founding, the La Plata Training Center has received more that 400 scholars, most from the Latin American region.


Aims/Goals:

Training in endoscopy and endoscopic surgery


Facilities:

The La Plata Training Center is located in the Gral. San Martín Hospital, a referral hospital situated in the Province of Buenos Aires (population 15 million). The hospital has 500 beds and all clinical and surgical specialties. The Gastroenterology Services (30 doctors) include the Department of Endoscopy, Department of Hepatology, Department of Motility, and an Endoscopic Emergency Ward (24 hours). Over 500 endoscopic procedures are performed monthly, 60% of which are therapeutic.

In 2009 the Unit of Nutritional Support and Malabsorbtive Diseases joined the center and began its academic activities with an E-Learning course on Nutrition.


Areas of Training:

  • Diagnostic upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, enteroscopy, ERCP, and pancreatoscopy
  • Upper endoscopic surgery, sclerotherapy, banding ligation, dilation, stent placement, argon-beam, polipectomy, EMR, clips, diagnostic, and interventional EUS
  • Colonic endoscopic surgery, EMR, dying colorant, dilation, and stent placement
  • Endoscopic surgery of the bile ducts and pancreas: EPT, placement of stent, mechanical litotripsia, chlolangiocopy, mother and baby
  • Therapeutic endoscopy

Contact:

Center Co-Directors: Dr. Néstor Chopita and Dr. Francisco Tufare
 
La Plata Training Center
Postal Address Calle 1 y 69.
La Plata, Argentina 1900
E-mail: chopita@netverk.com.ar
Website: www.laplatatrainingcenter.com


Further Information:

For more comprehensive information on the La Plata Training Center, including the trainee application process, course offerings, and other details, please refer to the downloadable pdf:

> La Plata Training Center Information Packet (Downloadable PDF)


WGO La Plata Training Center

Faculty and staff at the opening ceremonies, March 2007

WGO La Plata Training Center

WGO Foundation Board Member Dr. Douglas LaBrecque with WGO Past President Henry Cohen and La Plata Faculty.

WGO La Plata Training Center

La Plata trainees.

WGO La Plata Training Center

Training at the La Plata Training Center.

WGO La Plata Training Center

Plaque Unveiling at the La Plata Training Center.

The WGO would like to give special thanks to Asociacion Interamericana de Gastroenterologia (AIGE), and Olympus Latin America for their support and sponsorship of the WGO La Plata Training Center.

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