EURAPAG and DutchPAG: where we came from and where we are going.
Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology (PAG) is a clinical subspecialty that bridges knowledge from various disciplines covering a wide range of topics related to gynaecological problems in childhood and adolescence.
During the XV World Congress of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology in São Paulo, Brazil in May 2007, a separate meeting of European participants proposed the establishment of a European Association of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology – EURAPAG.
EURAPAG was officially founded on the 28th of March 2008 in Prague and was (and remains) registered with the Minister of Interior of the Czech Republic. The first meeting of delegates took place the same year at what was known by then as the 11th European Congress of PAG
The Objectives of EURAPAG, include promotion of a high standard of care for children and adolescents with gynaecological problems, as well as supporting research and education in PAG towards the development and implementation of new insights and improvement in health, quality of life and future fertility. This also encompasses stimulating international co-operation, including proposing guidelines particularly aimed at good clinical practice with regard to prevention, diagnosis, procedures and all forms of treatment.
The Association is made up of European National PAG-societies and individual gynaecologists, paediatricians or other professionals with an interest in paediatric and adolescent gynaecology from those countries where no national PAG society exists. The founding colleagues were Jan Horejsi† of the Czech Republic, Marlene Heinz of Germany, Efthimios Deligeoroglou of Greece, Tamas Csermely of Hungary, Gabriele Tridenti of Italy and Zuzana Nižňanská of Slovakia, the last two of whom are still active Board Members.
Since its establishment EURAPAG has steadily grown. The Association now has members from 33 countries. We welcome you to the 15th EURAPAG congress in 2020 in Rotterdam!
The Dutch Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology (in Dutch: Werkgroep Kinder- en Adolescenten Gynaecologie) was founded in 1995 as a sounding board for Dutch gynaecologists and paediatricians with an interest in PAG. An active core of members convenes twice a year for animated meetings including lectures, expert opinions, as well as for presentation and discussion of difficult cases. In 2018 our mandate was extended to establish the Special Interest Group - Paediatric Gynaecology and Endocrinology, now an integral part of our working group. Other activities include well-visited post-graduate courses in PAG for specialists and trainees, patient information folders in Dutch for parents and teenagers on various relevant topics, guidelines regarding norms for visitations, and facilitating networking between clinicians throughout the country.
In 2020 we will be celebrating our 25th anniversary as a society. We cannot think of a better way to celebrate than to host EURAPAG2020 in the Netherlands. DutchPAG is excited to invite you to join us in Rotterdam to celebrate European PAG collaboration and the many dimensions of the field of PAG.