Georgia 2015



ESPGHAN organised a traditional Eastern European Summer School in association with the Tbilisi State Medical University in Tbilisi, Georgia from 3-5 June 2015. President of the local organising committee was prof. Karaman Pagava, who organised an excellent three day school at the Tbilisi State Medical University. He has been a wonderful host and has not only taken the responsibility for scientific outcome of the school, but was also organising an interesting social program. It was also our great pleasure to have among the speakers prof. Michael Lentze who for the past few years has done a great job with actively promoting modern paediatric gastroenterology in Georgia, and was a valuable help in organising this school.

There were 69 participants from the different Georgian Medical Centres attending the school, however due to the location in the city of Tbilisi some of the participants were not attending the whole course. Majority of them were young paediatricians interested in paediatric gastroenterology, however the leaders of the paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition as well as endoscopy and infectology were also actively participating in the course, some of them also with the presentations of their work. According to the mission of ESPGHAN the entire school was free of charge for all the participants.

The structure of the scientific program and the topics presented during the school were suggested by the local organisers. Most important problems of paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition were covered in the program as a mixture of evidence based lectures focused on ESPGHAN guidelines and interactive case discussions. 

The lectures were presented by ESPGHAN members Hania Szajewska, Iva Hojsak, Michael Lentze, Ulrich Baumann, Nikhil Thapar, Gabor Veres, and Jernej Dolinšek as well as by our host Karaman Pagava and local expert in HP infections Tinatin Kutubidze.  

Final evaluation of the course by the participants was more than positive. All the members of the faculty received excellent grades, and also school as a whole was considered to be excellent by all the participants. It was also the impression of the faculty members that the school was very successful. And we hope to see many of the young colleagues from Georgia joining and actively participating in ESPGHAN in the near future. 

Jernej Dolinšek

Karaman Pagava