The ASGE Ambassador program is a philanthropic initiative designed to export two of the Society’s greatest assets — endoscopic medical care and training expertise — to areas around the world in need of such care. Direct access to GI care does not exist in all developing countries; therefore, educating and training physicians in underserved areas provides an opportunity for ASGE Ambassadors to make a significant impact at the global level. ASGE Ambassadors donate their time in order to share knowledge and expertise on the practice of gastrointestinal endoscopy and managing basic and advanced GI disorders. For more information, review the Ambassador Program Fact Sheet.
Because direct access to GI care does not exist in many developing countries, introducing quality education and training in these places is an opportunity for ASGE to extend the reach of GI internationally and make an enduring impact. The ASGE Ambassador Program is a philanthropic initiative designed to export endoscopic medical care and training expertise to areas of the world in need.
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The ASGE Ambassador Program has received the highest association industry honor, a 2014 ASAE Power of A Summit Award.
The final ASGE Ambassador Program supported the Solomon Islands Endoscopy Training Program was held in February 2015. Despite limited prior experience with endoscopy the partnership in the Solomon Islands is yielding valuable information that can be used by the Ministry of Health to shape prevention and treatment policy. Findings of high rates of cancer as well as varices and ulcer disease have been recognized. Approaches toward mitigating these disease problems are beginning to be addressed. Local ownership and a close partnership with in-country training have contributed to the initial success of this program.
The ASGE Ambassador Program was held in August 2015 in Yangon and Mandalay, Myanmar. The program was held at Mandalay General Hospital (MGH) in Mandalay and Thingangyun Sanpya General Hospital (TSGH) in Yangon and focused on ERCP (basic and advanced), EUS, EMR & ESD and provided training to 50 physicians from Myanmar. During the course of the program, approximately 50 patients were treated.
A follow-up to the Ambassador Program in the Solomon Islands was held in conjunction with the Solomon Island Living Memorial Project at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) in April 2014. This marks the fifth ASGE sponsored endoscopy training partnership visit to Solomon Islands and followed up to the previous programs, held from 2011-2013. These programs have provided basic instruction in upper endoscopy, lower endoscopy and care and management of endoscopic equipment. Prior to these programs, the four surgeons at the NRH had no formal endoscopic training and their equipment was outdated and in poor condition. The physicians and nurses in the Solomon Islands are extremely motivated and work in relatively poor conditions with limited resources.
The Ambassador Program Serbia was held in Belgrade, Serbia September 15-21, 2014. Thirty physicians participated in the program from Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia and Romania. The program focused on the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer and premalignant lesions, pancreatico-biliary diseases, varices, portal hypertension and small bowel disease, including ERCP, EMR and EUS. Also, over 200 physicians participated in the didactic course and viewed the live cases through video transmission. Approximately 40 patients were treated.
A follow-up to the 2011 program was held in December 2013 to train 31 physicians from throughout Ecuador. The clinical focus of the program was on upper GI tract malignancies and GI bleeding (variceal and non-variceal).
A follow-up to the “hybrid” Ambassador Program in the
Solomon Islands was held in conjunction with the Solomon Island Living
Memorial Project at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) in January
2013. The training followed up to the previous programs,
held in December 2011 and July 2012 and provided basic instruction in
upper endoscopy, lower endoscopy and care and management of endoscopic
equipment. Prior to these programs, the 4 surgeons at the NRH had no
formal training and their current equipment was outdated and in poor
condition. In the past year, the local endoscopy unit has
performed approximately 200 endoscopies, 90% of which have been upper
endoscopy and 10% colonoscopy. The physicians and nurses
in the Solomon Islands are extremely motivated and work in relatively
poor conditions with limited resources.