Dear friends in PAG,
It is with enormous pleasure that I welcome you to this, the 15th European Congress of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology which is being held under the auspices of the European Association EURAPAG. As a previous Congress organiser 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 I anticipate it will be.
As my time in office draws to a close 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 has flown by, but I am confident my Board and I are leaving the European PAG Association in a stronger position with an expanded membership and with a more visible presence than was the case three 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. Other than for these shared goals, EURAPAG has supported and will continue to support PAG services in your country as best we can, and are there to ensure that services are retained and developed at a national level. Incidentally, membership of EURAPAG 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 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 2017-2020