Dear friends in PAG,
This message is being written while we are all still reeling from the effects of Covid 19 and the resultant pandemic which had disrupted so much including our very own 15th European Congress of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology which is now deferred until June 2021.
I must pay tribute to all those who have been involved in working so hard towards the Congress in 2020 and, disappointing as it has been, the outcome is no more than a delay and not a cancellation. All will come to fruition to create a bigger and better Congress in 2021 and I and my Board welcome you warmly.
It is with this in mind that I provide an extended welcome to our Congress which is being held under the auspices of the European Association, EURAPAG.
As a previous Congress convener I am all too well aware of the work and effort that is needed to ensure that the experience will be a positive one, and I am also extremely conscious of the time and commitment given by our Dutch colleagues from different disciplines to enable this Congress to be the success we will all deserve.
As my inevitable extended time in office draws to a close thanks the pandemic, I could not wish for a better way to say farewell and greet our new President and Board for the next three years. My time as President is flying by, but I am confident my experienced Board and I will be leaving the European PAG Association in a stronger position, with an expanded membership and with a more visible presence than was the case four years ago.
The Association has a deepening relationship with the European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology with whom we have shared the development of standards, joint publications on PAG and an exciting brand new European curriculum.
We also work closely with the global PAG network which is FIGIJ, the International Federation for PAG. Since taking on the reins of EURAPAG I have also been privileged to have been nominated and elected as President of FIGIJ at the end of 2019, working for all of you.
Other than for these shared goals, EURAPAG has supported and will continue to support PAG services in your respective countries as best we can, and we are there to ensure that services are retained and developed at a national level.
I should also point out that membership of EURAPAG still also allows for a discount on the annual subscription for the Journal of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.
There is a lot to learn and share at this Congress and together we can make a difference in educating, training and promoting best management of the wide spectrum of conditions that come under the umbrella of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology.
If you are an experienced PAG specialist you still have much more to learn. If you are dipping your toe in the water to explore setting up a PAG practice then this Congress will help provide you with all the foundations you will need. Finally, if you are Trainee we would like to encourage you to be part of our family and help to establish and develop the future of PAG services. There is still much work to be done!
On behalf of the EURAPAG Board, our members and the wider PAG family I would like to extend a warm welcome to you in Rotterdam and express our sincere thanks to the Dutch PAG group who have worked so hard to make this happen.
President EURAPAG 2017-2021