The International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynaecology (ISUOG), headquartered in the United Kingdom (UK), has been in existence since 1991 and serves over 9,000 members in 126 countries through scientific updates, education and training.
As the leading provider of educational opportunities in the ever-developing field of ultrasound in obstetrics and gynaecology, ISUOG hopes to introduce ultrasound services more effectively by partnering with organizations in local communities, to expand its reach in 72 other countries that it was yet to be active in.
ISUOG’s Outreach was the brainchild of Professor Sturla Eik-Nes (ISUOG President 1998-2002) who developed these activities with support of ISUOG, the WHO and with funding from the NCFM (National Center for Fetal Medicine, Norway) and Norweigan government. Its aim is to promote ways to reach out to countries where systematic teaching is unavailable or underdeveloped, as well as to provide training and teaching tools for local teachers and systems to achieve greater impact of learning. First started in the Manila, the ISUOG Outreach programme has since grown to include teaching activities in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kirkenes (North Norway for Russian trainees), Antalya and Singapore.
The ISUOG Teaching and Training Centre (TTC) Singapore was established in 2005, under the guidance of Professor Sturla Eik-Nes, at the KK Women & Children’s Hospital Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine under the leadership of Professor George Yeo. Besides overseeing ISUOG activities in Southeast Asia, including the annual ISUOG-OR Indonesia; this center has been running the Outreach Course (ISUOG-OR) Singapore annually, with an aim to address collective interests from its Southeast Asian neighbours including Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, as well as Vietnam and Hong-Kong.
The ISUOG-OR Singapore has been held annually since 2005, incorporating the Scientific Congress of the College of O&G Singapore (COGS) since 2008.
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