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American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy International Pairing Program

Welcome to the International Pairing Program by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 

This is a pilot program which has been developed in response to the many individuals worldwide who are interested in observing specific tools and techniques at institutions both in the United States and internationally.  ASGE is taking a central role in this process by providing the connection with a list of participating institutions and mentors to pair ASGE International and International Trainee Members who are interested in obtaining exposure to specific advanced techniques within or outside the United States with ASGE members who could provide the relevant exposure.

The ASGE International Pairing Program does not provide funding to the applicant or institution; it is the channel for our members to obtain this important connection.  Therefore, applicants must have financial means to cover all expenses related to their stay.

Eligibility 

All applicants must either be a GI endoscopy fellow or have completed basic GI endoscopy training (see institution details below) and must be proficient in the English language.    If you are not already an ASGE International Trainee or International Member, you must first apply for membership.

Application and process

    1. Fill out online application form
    2. Submit 1-2 page statement of learning objectives for the observership or hands-on training, including the name of the desired institution and ASGE International Member/Mentor from the list below, purpose and expectations of the observership or hands-on training program, and importance to the applicant's career development
    3. Submit Curriculum Vitae (CV) including current position
    4. Sumbit a letter of recommendation and release from your current Chief of Service
    5. Scan all documents as one (1) PDF document and email to hbecker@asge.org

Submit complete application and additional materials by e-mail, in one PDF document to Holly Becker, Assistant Director of International Initiatives hbecker@asge.org.

Complete applications must be received by e-mail. ASGE's International Committee will review the applications and applicants will be notified if they receive are selected as an International Pairing Program recipient.

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Participating Institution and Mentor Information

Asian Institute of Gastroenterology
6-3-661 Somajiguda
Hyderabad, India  500082
ASGE Mentor:  Manu Tandan, MD
Areas of Endoscopic Expertise: ERCP, EUS, POEM.
Number of Procedures: ERCP-5500-6000 per year; EUS-1500 per year
Observership Duration: 4 weeks; more or less time can be negotiated
Number of observership slots available:  Two at any time of the year 
Who Should Apply:  Those who have just completed GI endoscopy training for basic procedure observation (Upper and lower GI Endoscopy) and those who have at least two years of experience with EUS and ERCP for advanced endoscopic procedures (EUS, ERCP, POEM).
Hands-On Training:  No

Additional information: 
The mentor can provide assistance in finding accomodations close to the institute as the work continues into late hours.
The observer is encouraged to write a publication during their stay

Asian Institute of Gastroenterology website: aigindia.net


Cancer Institute of University of São Paulo
Av. Dr. Arnaldo, 251
São Paulo - Sp
Brazil
ASGE Mentor: Fauze Maluf-Filho, MD, FASGE
Areas of Endoscopic Expertise: Stent, ESD, EUS, ERCP, Magnification, Confocal Endomicroscopy
Number of Procedures: 100 Stenting, 50 ESD, 350 EUS, 400 ERCP, 50 Confocal Endomicroscopy annually
Observership Duration: 1-2 months
Number of observership slots available:  2 (two)
Who Should Apply:  Endoscopy fellows 
Hands-On Training:  No
Additional information: The Cancer Institute ff University Of São Paulo is a 600 bed academic center dedicated exclusively to oncologic patients. The Endoscopy Unit delivers high complex procedures for the treatment of cancer.
Institution website: WWW.ICESP.ORG.BR


Clínica de Gastroenterología "Prof. Henry Cohen" Universidad de la República
Hospital de Clínicas
Av Italia s/n. CP 11600
Montevideo, Uruguay
ASGE Mentor Name: Carolina Olano, MD
Areas of Endoscopic Expertise: ESD, EUS, capsule endoscopy, DBE, ERCP, gastroscopy, colonoscopy
Number of Procedures: 2600/year
Observership Duration: 2 months
Number of observership slots available:  2/year
Who Should Apply:  those who have completed GI endoscopy training  and endoscopy fellows (trainees).
Hands-On Training:  Yes, with "GI Mentor" simulator (gastroscopy, colonoscopy, digestive bleeding, polypectomy, ERCP and EUS)
Institution  website: http://www.gastro.hc.edu.uy/  



japan7Digestive Disease Center, Showa University Northern Yokohama Hospital
  35-1 Chigasaki-Chuo, Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 224-8503, Japan
ASGE Mentor Name: Shin-ei Kudo, MD, PhD
Areas of Endoscopic Expertise: EMR, ESD, Chromoendoscopy, magnifying endoscopy, pit pattern (Kudo’s classification), Narrow Band Imaging (NBI), endocytoscopy(EC), capsule enteroscopy, single balloon 
Number of Procedures: 385 ESD, 7800 EGD, 8000 Colonoscopy, 350 ERCP, 150 EUS (/year) 
Observership Duration: 3-12 months
Number of observership slots available:  2-3 at any time
Who Should Apply:  GI endoscopy fellows/trainees or those who have completed GI endoscopy training
Hands-On Training:  No
Institution  website: http://showa-ddc.com/eng/program.html
Institution website: http://showa-ddc.com/eng/term.html


Interventional Endoscopy Center; I. Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik, University Hospital of Mainz 
Langenbeckstrasse 1, 55131 Mainz, Germany  
ASGE Mentor Name: Helmut Neumann, MD, PhD, FASGE 
Areas of Endoscopic Expertise:  Advanced endoscopic imaging (Endomicroscopy, Endocytoscopy, Magnification, molecular endoscopy) and resection (ESD, POEM, full-thickness resection) 
Number of Procedures: 
> 4000 upper GI cases, > 2000 lower GI cases  per year   
Observership Duration
: 6-12 months 
Number of observership slots available: 2
Who Should Apply: endoscopy fellows (trainees)
Hands-On Training: Yes 
Additional information:  Trainees should be motivated to be actively involved in endoscopic research activities.Institution  website: https://www.unimedizin-mainz.de/


Institute of Gastrosciences, Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, Kolkata, India 
58 Canal Circular Road
Kolkata - 700054
West Bengal, India
ASGE Mentor Name:  Mahesh Kumar Goenka, MD, FASGE
Areas of Endoscopic Expertise: UGIE, LGIE, EUS (diagnostic + interventions) ERCP, Capsule Endoscopy, Balloon enteroscopy, Spyglass cholangioscopy, Cellvizio (confocal laser endomicroscopy), Biliary RFA
Number of Procedures: 60-90/ day
Observership Duration:  Between 1 month to 1 year
Number of observership slots available:  3 at any time
Who Should Apply:  Those who have completed GI endoscopy training, endoscopy fellows (trainees), etc.
Hands-On Training:  Yes (depending on previous experience)
Additional information:  Can organize stay in a department guest house 10 minutes drive from hospital. We also have endoscopy training models including "digital simulator."
Institution website: 
www.apollogleneagles.in, www.kolkata.apollohospitals.com  


Jichi Medical University
Japan23311-1 Yakushiji, Shimotsuke, Tochigi 329-0498 Japan
ASGE Mentor Name: Hironori Yamamoto, M.D., Ph.D.
Areas of Endoscopic Expertise: Double-balloon endoscopy (DBE), double-balloon ERC (DBERC), double-balloon colonoscopy (DBC), endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD), EMR
Number of Procedures: EGD: 7,711 per year, Colonoscopy: 4,401 per year, ERCP: 482 per year, EUS: 781 per year, DBE: 318 per year, DBERC: 72 per year , DBC: 201 per year, ESD: 377 per year, EMR:  1,014 per year
Observership Duration: 2-4 weeks
Number of observership slots available: two
Who Should Apply: Endoscopy fellows
Hands-On Training: No
Additional information: Please send questions to ireef@jichi.ac.jp
Institution website: http://www.jichi.ac.jp/english/index.html


 
 Jikei University Hospital
Japan33-25-8, Nishi-Shinbashi Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-8461, Japan
ASGE Mentor Name:  Kazuki Sumiyama MD, PhD
Areas of Endoscopic Expertise:  Advanced endoscopic imaging and treatments including magnifying endoscopy, EUS ERCP, polypectomy, EMR, ESD, POEM, and full thickness resection.
Number of Procedures:  20,000 per year
Observership Duration: 4 to 8 weeks 
Number of observership slots available:  two
Who Should Apply:  Endoscopy fellows and those who completed GI endoscopy training
Hands-On Training:  Yes with various models and simulators
Institution website: http://www.jikei.ac.jp.e.jd.hp.transer.com/hospital/honin/
Institution website: http://www.jikei.ac.jp/eng/ 
Institution website: http://www.jikei-endoscopy.com/



 

Keio University, School of Medicine
Japan435, Shinanomachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8582, Japan
ASGE Mentor Name: Naohisa Yahagi MD Ph.D.
Areas of Endoscopic Expertise: ESD, Magnification endoscopy, Chromoendoscopy
Number of Procedures: Around 400 cases ESD/year, around 1,000 cases evaluation/year
Observership Duration: 1-2 months
Number of observership slots available: 1 to 2
Who Should Apply: Advanced GI endoscopy fellow
Hands-On Training: Yes, with GI mentor using isolated pig stomachs
Institution website: http://www.med.keio.ac.jp/en/medical-care/

 



Lyell McEwin Hospital and the University of Adelaide, Australia
Haydown Road, Elizabeth Vale 5112
South Australia, AUSTRALIA
ASGE Mentor:  Rajvinder Singh, FRCP, FRACP
Areas of Endoscopic Expertise:  Advanced Endoscopic Imaging, EMR,  ERCP, ESD
Number of Procedures performed annually:  Endoscopic Imaging 1000, ERCP 500, EMR 200
Observership duration:  1 month to 1 year
Number of observership slots available:  1-2
Who Should Apply:  GI endoscopy fellows (trainees) and those who have completed GI endoscopy training
Hands-On Training:  Yes, if clearance from appropriate local governing bodies can be applied in advance

Additional requirements:  
The main focus is to learn advanced endoscopic imaging modalities and endoscopic resection techniques. The unit has very strong national and international presence and publishes work on these frequently. If possible, the candidate is expected to be involved with some research projects during their tenure.
Contact: rajvinder.singh@sa.gov.au


Medical College of Wisconsin
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
9200 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53226  USA
ASGE Mentor: Kulwinder S. Dua, MD, FASGE Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Areas of Endoscopic Expertise: ERCP, EUS, Ablation, EMR, GI tract Stenting
Number of Procedures: Over 1000 per year
Observership Duration: 4-6 weeks; more or less time can be negotiated
Number of observership slots available:  One
Who Should Apply:  Only those who have completed GI endoscopy training and have appointments as staff are eligible.  GI endoscopy fellows (trainees) are NOT eligible. 
Hands-On Training:  No

Additional requirements:  If approved, the applicant has to contact the
Program Director and formally apply to the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Additional Information:
The observer is welcome to do research while in the program.

Medical College of Wisconsin website: www1.mcw.edu/MCW


Mayo Clinic
200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905  USA
ASGE Mentor: Mark Topazian, MD, FASGE
Areas of Endoscopic Expertise: ERCP and EUS
Number of Procedures performed annually:  Over 1,500 of each procedure
Observership Duration: 2-6 weeks
Number of observership slots available:  One
Who Should Apply: Only those who have completed GI endoscopy training and have appointments as staff are eligible.  GI endoscopy fellows (trainees) are NOT eligible.  
Hands-On Training:  No

 

Additional requirements:  Upon approval, there is a USD $300 processing fee.  The applicant must complete a Mayo Visiting Clinician Application and be approved by the Mayo Graduate School. This process must be initiated at least 6 months prior to the observership.  A telephone interview will be conducted at the start of the application process.  Applicants should be physicians or surgeons with some prior hands-on EUS/ERCP experience. For additional inquiries, contact Dr. Mark Topazian, topazian.mark@mayo.edu

Mayo Clinic Gastroenterology website: www.mayoclinic.org/departments-centers/gastroenterology-hepatology  



 National Cancer Center Hospital
japan55-1-1, Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, 104-0045, Tokyo, Japan
ASGE Mentor:  Seiichiro Abe, Ichiro Oda, Yutaka Saito
Areas of Endoscopic Expertise:  Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Chromoendoscopy, IEE with magnification, EMR, ESD

Number of Procedures performed annually:  Upper GI; 12478 TCS; 5000, EUS 53, EUS-FNA 97, Gastric ESD 400, Esophageal ESD/EMR 91/68, colrectal EMR/ESD 1898/206, DDE 122, ERCP 250, CCE 100
Observership duration:  1 week - 1 year
Number of observership slots available:  10 doctors maximum at the same duration
Who Should Apply:  I: To understand how to detect and diagnose early gastrointestinal cancers using image-enhanced endoscopy and magnified endoscopy
II: To understand how to perform basic endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) and endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD)
III: Collaboration for clinical research
Notes; There is no hands-on human patients because of medical license limitation.
Hands-On Training:  Not routine but 1 per 2 weeks or month using isolated pig stomach.
Institution website: http://www.ncc.go.jp/en/index.html


Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre & NIHR Biomedical Research Unit
Queens Medical Centre
Nottingham NG7 2UH, United Kingdom 
ASGE Mentor: Krish Ragunath, MD, FASGE
Areas of Endoscopic Expertise:  ERCP, EUS, EMR, ESD, Ablation
Number of Procedures performed annually:  ERCP 900, EUS 800, EMR upper & lower 300, RFA/APC ablation 100, capsule endoscopy 100, Single Balloon Enteroscopy 25.
Observership duration:  2-3 months  
Number of observership slots available:  One
Who Should Apply:  GI endoscopy fellows (trainees) and those who have completed GI endoscopy training.
Hands-On Training:  No 

 

Additional requirements:  A telephone or skype interview will be conducted at the start of the application process. Upon approval, the applicant will need to complete occupational health and CRB check.

 Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre & NIHR Biomedical Research Unit website: www.nddcbru.org.uk  



Osaka International Cancer Institute Hospital
Japan63-3 Nakamichi 1-chome, Higashinari-ku, Osaka 537-8511, Japan
ASGE Mentor: Ryu Ishihara , Noriya Uedo, Yoji Takeuchi
Areas of Endoscopic Expertise:  ESD
Number of Procedures performed annually:  300 stomach ESD, 100 colon ESD, 100 esophageal ESD
Observership duration:  2 weeks; more or less time can be negotiated
Number of observership slots available:  Any time of the year
Who Should Apply:  Hands-On Training: Those who have just completed GI endoscopy training for basic procedure observation (Upper and lower GI Endoscopy).
Hands-On Training:  No.
Institution website: http://www.mc.pref.osaka.jp/hospital/utility/English/

 


Showa University Koto Toyosu Hospital
japan85-1-38, Toyosu, Koto-Ku, Tokyo, 135-8577, Japan 
ASGE Mentor: Haruhiro Inoue, MD., PhD., FASGE
Areas of Endoscopic Expertise:  POEM, ARMS,  ESD, ERCP
Number of Procedures performed annually:  POEM 250cases/year,  ARMS 20 cases/year,  ESD 200 cases/year,  ERCP 400 cases/year
Observership duration:  1 day observation to long stay. If you like hand-on training in humna, you have to stay one year and more.
Number of observership slots available:  4 Doctors
Who Should Apply:  For observation, we can accept all.  For hand-on training, basic endoscopic knowledge and skill is mandatory. 
Hands-On Training:  With recommendation letter from your hospital boss.
Institution website: http://www10.showa-u.ac.jp/~ddc-kt/Page_E_00.html


Theodor Bilharz Research Institute
Nile Corniche
Giza, Egypt
ASGE Mentor: Mostafa Ibrahim, MD, FASGE
Areas of Endoscopic Expertise:  ERCP, EUS, Colonoscopy, Variceal Bleeding Management and follow-up
Number of procedure performed: ERCP:  3-4 daily , EUS : 4-6 weekly , Colonscopy 5-6 daily; the most important technique taught is variceal bleeding management and follow-up (5-7 daily)
Observership and Hands-on Training duration:  4 Weeks
Hands-On Training:  Yes
Number of slots available:  One every 6 months
Who Should Apply:  GI endoscopy fellows (trainees)
Languages:  English, Arabic


The Royal London Hospital Barts Health NHS Trust
The Royal London Hospital
Whitechapel Road
London E1 1BB
ASGE Mentor Name: Lisa Das, MD
Areas of Endoscopic Expertise: Therapeutic Endoscopy including ERCP, EUS, EMR, Polypectomy,
Bowel Cancer Screening, IBD
Number of Procedures: > 10,000 per year
Observership Duration: 1 week
Number of observership slots available: To be determined
Who Should Apply:  You must note who can apply: those who have completed GI endoscopy
training, endoscopy fellows (trainees) and aspiring fellows.
Hands-On Training: No
Additional information:  The Royal London has a busy, vibrant NHS endoscopy unit comprising five (5) rooms. We undertake a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy including
Pediatric Gastroenterology. We welcome observers from around the world.
Institution website:  http://www.bartshealth.nhs.uk

 

Additional requirements:  A telephone interview will be conducted at the start of the application process.
The candidate should currently be doing upper endoscopy.

Theodor Bilharz Research Institute website: www.tbri.sci.eg



 The University of Tokyo Hospital
Japan17-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
ASGE Mentor: Mitsuhiro Fujishiro, MD, Kazuhiko Koike, MD
Areas of Endoscopic Expertise:  Advanced Endoscopic Imaging, Advanced endoscopic resection techniques
Number of procedure performed: Image enhanced endoscopy (IEE) such as NBI, BLI, and i-scan 5000, EMR 1000, ESD 350
Observership and Hands-on Training duration:   1-2 months
Hands-On Training:  Yes by using training models
Number of slots available:  Two at any time of the year
Who Should Apply:  Endoscopy fellows who are interested in IEE, EMR and ESD
Additional Information: International medical center has a contact desk for training doctors (E-mail: international@adm.h.u-tokyo.ac.jp). We could arrange a training program in conjunction with nearby institutions.
Institution website: http://www.h.u-tokyo.ac.jp/english/

 

 


ASGE does not take responsibility for the quality of the participating programs or training/experience that takes place.  Similarly, ASGE does not take responsibility for the quality of applicants who participate.   ASGE is only facilitating a connection between our international members who wish to obtain exposure to advanced endoscopic techniques and Centers of Endoscopic Excellence across the world.

For further details, please contact Holly Becker, Assistant Director of International Initiatives via email hbecker@asge.org or telephone + 630.570.5631.