What is ENTOG?
It is a great honour and a pleasure for me to introduce you to ENTOG, the European Network of Trainees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Whilst the European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (EBCOG) represents European consultant Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, ENTOG represents European trainees within the specialty. The network is run by an Executive of 5 trainees and young specialists who have been elected into post. Like EBCOG, our organisation is made up of member countries, each of which is represented in council. The number of member countries has doubled over the last decade and we are currently proud to represent 32 countries from within and outside the European Union.
Each member country has established their own national trainee organisation prior to joining ENTOG in order to allow open communication between the network and individual trainees. ENTOG actively promotes the development of national trainee organisations in non-member countries, especially those that are already represented at a consultant level within EBCOG.
European trainees have been meeting since 1992, but only founded themselves as an independent organisation in 1997. The establishment of the network resulted in a great deal of cooperation from trainees within our specialty. ENTOG has strived towards the harmonisation of training programs and improving training standards throughout Europe. Facilitating exchanges and interaction amongst European trainees has always been high on the agenda and led to the introduction of the annual ENTOG exchange programme and meeting in 1992. ENTOG have worked with numerous local organising committees over the years to set up these successful programmes which have permitted trainees to experience training out with their country.
A great deal of support has been received from EBCOG throughout the years, which has led to the strong bond and good relationship that we have together today. We work in close collaboration and are represented in EBCOGs most important standing committees and hospital visitations. Our task is to represent trainees’ interests and to raise awareness for concerns related to training on a European level. This close collaboration has recently led to the integration of our meetings with the EBCOG European Congress.
Good communication is essential and over the years the internet has become our valuable tool for reaching trainees all over Europe. Information regarding ENTOGs objectives and activities are available on our website www.entog.eu as well as our Facebook page. Please feel free to explore these sites as well as sharing your thoughts and queries by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration for our website is free and will add you to our mailing list for the newsletter issued several times a year.
Yours sincerely, on behalf of the ENTOG executive,