Prishtina, Kosovo, 3-5 April 2013

ESPGHAN, in association with the Kosovo  Paediatric Association held an School on Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Prishtina, from 3-5 April 2013. The school venue was the hotel Swiss Diamond, in the center of Prishtina.

The local organizer were Ramush Bejiqi, and the pediatric gastroenterologists  Virgjina Hasbahta and  Vlora Ismaili,  Klinika Pediatrike Prishtina, who provided an excellent organization and an attractive social program. For all participants the school was free of charge, according to the ESPGHAN rules and regulations.

There were 67 participants, 1 Kosovo faculty member and 8 ESPGHAN faculty members. The participants were  from  Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Serbia and, of course, Kosovo.  They  included paediatric gastroenterologists, general paediatricians and neonaltologists as well as paediatric residents and fellows.

The structure of the scientific program and topics were chosen by the local opinion leaders. Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition were equally covered in the program as a mixture of evidence based lectures focused on ESPGHAN guidelines and interactive case discussions.

The lectures were given by Alexandra Papadopoulou, Merit Tabbers, Arun Urs (ESPGHAN trainee committee) Lorenzo D’Antiga Dušanka Micetic-Turk, Iva Hojsak, Michael Wilschanski, Ramush Bejiqi and Luisa Mearin.

The school welcome ceremony was presided by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of  Kosovo, Prof. Ferid Agani.

The participants were asked to evaluate every teacher and lecture on the 1 - 4 scale (4 being excellent) and to give assessment of the course facilities, adequate discussion time and overall course organization. We received feedback from all the participants, who rated the school with the mark excellent.

The school was rated as very successful by both the teachers and they enjoyed not only the academic program but the interactions as well as the friendship during the school. The topics were presented with case discussions and finished with take home messages. There were extensive interactive discussions after the presentations and many delegates also presented interesting or difficult cases.

Regarding the total results it may be concluded that the Eastern Europe School 2013 in Kosovo was successful in all aspects.