The establishment of the European Conference of Young Gastroenterologists (ECYG) is to improve the knowledge and training of professional GI community, with a desire to stimulate and strengthen international cooperation. High quality education of young doctors has always been a challenge, from basic medical education to specialty training. Whether doctors have their education at one or at multiple institutions, it is usually only within their own country; we believe that ECYG as international conference dedicated to young professionals in the field of digestive health is a platform for exchanging experience and ideas, and great networking opportunities for colleagues from all over Europe.
The First European Conference of Young Gastroenterologists (ECYG) that took place in Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia, in December 2018 was a great success gathering more than 600 participants form 39 countries. It was organized by Croatian Society of Gastroenterology together with its Youth Section and was widely endorsed and/or supported by: European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (ESMN), European Association for Gastroenterology, Endoscopy and Nutrition (EAGEN), European Federation of Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (EFSUMB), University of Zagreb and University of Rijeka, University of Zagreb School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine University of Rijeka and Split, University of Rijeka Faculty of Health Studies, Croatian Medical Association, City of Zagreb, Croatian Parliament, President of the Republic of Croatia, as well as Ministry of Health of the Republic of Croatia.
The 2 nd ECYG will follow the same learning format that was highly praised by the participants and faculty of the first conference. Case-based pair-talks between young gastroenterologist and senior expert delivering evidence-based guidance will provide relevant and practical knowledge and boost discussions after the talks. More extensive endoscopy and ultrasound hands-on workshops will be organized as previously the interest for the workshops exceeded the capabilities. The conference will also provide networking opportunities, facilitate exchange of experience and encourage discussions on specific problems and needs of young gastroenterologists. The expected, needless to say, is fruitful future international collaboration, long-lasting relationships and friendship among colleagues from all over Europe and worldwide.
In addition to wide support from institutions and organizations that supported the first conference, we proudly announce that Croatian Society of Gastroenterology together with its partners won, in a highly competitive bid, a prestigious UEG Activity Grant for Live Educational Events. The proposal was set together with European Society of Neurogastroenterology & Motility (ESNM), Spanish Gastroenterological Association, Bulgarian Society of Gastroenterology, Slovak Gastroenterology Society and Slovak Society of Hepatology, and the joint application resulted the awarded grant. This acknowledgement stimulates our endeavors to continue establishing ECYG as high-quality pan-European conference of young gastroenterologists.