EUROPEAN NETWORK OF TRAINEES IN OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY
1. Introduction and History
Seven European Meetings of
Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in Training have taken place from 1992 to 1997
(Netherlands, 1992; Portugal, 1993; United Kingdom, 1993; Germany, 1994;
Norway, 1995; Spain, 1996 and Greece,1997). All these meetings have had one
important feature in common, have been organized by European trainees in
Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Ob/Gyn).
These meetings and exchange
programs have allowed trainees to experience different training programs and
methods, the trainees and the trainers have the opportunity to meet and discuss
their points of view and experience regarding training.
During these meetings, it
became increasingly clear that it was important to create an organization that
would provide a closer relationship and co-operation between the trainees from
different European countries. During the VI European Meeting on training in
Ob/Gyn, held in Barcelona (1996), the trainees present decided to create the
European Network of Trainees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ENTOG).
At the first ENTOG Council
Meeting held on the 14th of November 1997 in Athens, delegates from all UEMS
countries were present except Austria, Luxembourg, Italy and Belgium. In
addition there were representatives from Slovenia and Hungary.
The first ENTOG Executive
Committee was elected during the Council Meeting, in Athens:
President: Filomena Nunes
Treasurer: Julio Herrero (Germany)
Members: Sérgio Haimovich (Spain) and Susanne Axelsen (Denmark)
The following constitution was
drathed by the first ENTOG President (Filomena Nunes), this proposal was
presented during the third ENTOG Council Meeting held on the 27th November 1999
in Rome, will circulate to all ENTOG members for amendments and will be discuss
during the next ENTOG council.
Under the name of the European
Network of Trainees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ENTOG), a Board (hereinafter
referred to as a Council) is hereby established, to be governed by this
As the European Board and
College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (EBCOG), the headquarters of ENTOG will
be based in the UEMS building 20 Avenue de la Couronne,1050 Brussels.
2.Aims and Objectives
ENTOG is the European Network
of Trainees in Ob/Gyn. The main objective is to establish an easy form of communication
between European trainees and young gynaecologists/obstetricians, to convey
information easily and represent them in the other European Organisations
related with Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
The creation of this Network
should help to reach the following objectives:
- To achieve a better understanding of training
in Ob/Gyn in different European countries, thus helping to ensure a
comparable standard of training.
- To achieve the highest possible standards of
training and consequently improve the quality of medical care given to
women and their babies.
2.1 The objectives shall be achieved as follows:
i) Promote de creation in all European countries of
National Commissions or Networks of trainees.
ii) Collaborate with the European Board and College of
Obstetrics and Gynaecology (EBCOG) in the recommendation of the standards
required for the training of specialists and the means of maintaining those
ii) examine the content and quality of training in all
countries of Europe.
iii) Collaborate with the EBCOG in the recommendation of
the criteria to which the specialist training centres should conform.
iv) Make proposals for harmonising the training programmes
to achieve specialist status.
v) Ensure that knowledge and skills of specialist obstetricians
and gynaecologists are maintained and updated at regular intervals.
vi)Promote research amongst the trainees and young
gynaecologists/obstetricians, including multicentric European projects.
vii) Facilitate the exchange of trainees and young gynaecologists/obstetricians,
between training centres throughout Europe to harmonise and improve the quality
2.2 Council has a responsibility to ensure that these
objectives are pursued and to regularly review what has been achieved.
Functioning of ENTOG Council
3.1 Any European country is entitled to membership of
ENTOG providing the requirements laid down in the Constitution and By Laws are
Membership of ENTOG shall be granted to any European country
which is a member of UEMS.
3.2 Every country elects two trainees and one young
gynaecologist/obstetrician to be representatives on the ENTOG Council. In all
the countries that already have national commissions or networks of trainees,
these bodies are responsible for the nomination of the representatives for the
Network. The councillors would be responsible for the transmission of
information and opinions to their countries.
3.3 ENTOG Council will meet once a year, in connection
with the Annual European Meeting of Training in Ob/Gyn.
3.4 Voting rights of members of Council are described in
the By Laws.
- ENTOG may form working groups.
4.The Executive Committee
- ENTOG shall be administered by an Executive
Committee comprising 4 Officers - a President, a Vice-President, a
General Secretary and a Treasurer, assisted by 5 Councillors. All of them
are elected by the Council.
- The Executive committee is composed by 5
trainees and 4 young gynaecologists. ENTOG is essentially a trainees
organisation but in order to ensure that there is continuity of
experience the executive committee will include young gynaecologists.
- The President must be a trainee.
- The Vice-President must be a young
- The Secretary-general and the Treasurer may
be either a trainee or a young gyn/obst, but there must be one of each.
- Any trainee member of the ENTOG council can
be elected as trainee member of the executive.
- The trainees members of the executive
committee are elected for two or three years and they must expect to be
trainees for at least one or two years as trainees, respectively.
- Young gynaecologists and obstetricians are
have finished their general training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology no more than
two years ago
or are registered in an sub-specialty training program (materno-fetal medicine,
gynaecologic oncology or reproductive medicine) and have finished their general
- The young gynaecologists/obstetricians are
elected for two/three years.
- The election of Officers and of the Executive
Committee is described in the By Law.
- Officers may take part in Council debates but
may not vote. In the absence of a representative from a particular
country, the officer from that country may vote. If a vote in Council is
indecisive, the President may take the deciding vote.
- The Executive Committee shall be responsible
- The management of the affairs of ENTOG.
- Co-ordination of ENTOG’s activities and
- Dissemination of information and discussion
regarding the Network’s activities and projects;
- Dissemination of information and discussion
regarding documents concerning training in Ob/Gyn that directly affect
the trainees or young gyn/obst: such as the establishment of training
programs, working conditions, professional pathways, etc.
- The establishment of the yearly budget and
the use to be made of the available funds.
- The submission to Council of proposals for
the establishment of standing and ad hoc working groups necessary for the
activities of ENTOG and for receiving the reports from these groups.
- The preparation of agendas for Council
- Ensuring that the Constitution and the By
Laws are correctly adhered to.
4.12 The Executive Committee will be responsible for
ensuring that all relevant communications from ENTOG shall be transmitted to
4.13 The trainees members of
executive should represent ENTOG in all subjects related with general training
The President of ENTOG is the
ENTOG representative at:
EBCOG executive committee
The trainees members of the
executive will also represent ENTOG at:
EBCOG working group on
training and assessment
EBCOG working group on
4.14 The young
gynaecologists/obstetricians will be responsible for:
promote and collaborate in
scientific and Continuos Medical Education projects for trainees and young
collaborate with EBCOG and the
European Societies to promote courses and research projects for trainees and
4.15 The ENTOG representative
at the EBCOG visitation committee can be a trainee or a young
5.Collaboration with other
5.1 The European Board and
College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (EBCOG) agreed to have members of ENTOG
as representatives of trainees and young gynaecologists at the EBCOG council,
executive committee, visiting committee and working parties.
5.2 ENTOG will maintain and
create links with other European Organizations related with Obstetrics and
Gynecology and with the Permanent Working Group of Junior Doctors (PWG).
5.3 ENTOG works in
collaboration with the National Societies and Trainees Committees in each
6.Financial Activities of
6. I ENTOG was created with the support of the European
Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (EBCOG), the ENTOG treasurer
will establish the ENTOG yearly budget and negotiate it with EBCOG.
5.2 The Treasurer will present the accounts to ENTOG
Executive and Council at the annual general meeting of ENTOG.
7.Amendments to the
Constitution and By Laws
7.1 Any proposal for an amendment to the Constitution must
be submitted to the Executive Committee by at least one quarter of voting
members of Council.
7.2 Any proposal for an amendment to the Constitution
shall be circulated in writing at least one month before a council meeting, to
all voting members of Council to be discussed. At the meeting, when the
amendment is discussed, there must be a majority of two-thirds of Councillors
for the amendment to be passed. If the majority is not reached, the amendment
7.3 A By Law may be changed only if it has been placed on
the agenda one month before the next meeting of Council. A change of a By Law
requires a simple majority vote in favour by Council.
DRAFT BY LAWS OF CONSTITITION
1. Duration of office,
timing of nomination of Councillors, and deputising
1.1 Councillors must be trainees in obstetrics and
gynaecology, if possible designated by the National trainees committees.
1.2 The nominating member state may change it's
representative if he/she is not anymore a trainee or young gyn/obst and provide
that the General Secretary of ENTOG is given notice before the next meeting of
1.3 In the event of a Councillor being appointed as an
officer of ENTOG, the member country of that Councillor may appoint a
1.4 A member of Council who is unable to attend a meeting
of Council must inform the General Secretary before the meeting. The councillor
may nominate a deputy who for that meeting of Council has the right to vote.
1.5 In order to assure continuity it is important that the
two trainees representatives of each member state, if possible be at different
stages of their training program.
2. Voting Rights of Members of Council
2.1 When a vote is taken, each member country has one vote
3. Election of the Officers of ENTOG (President,
Vice-President, General Secretary and Treasurer)
3.1 Any officer of EBCOG must be or have been a member of
3.2 Voting is secret and election is by a simple majority.
If two candidates receive equal votes, these two will go forward for a second
vote. If the result remains tied, lots will be drawn by the outgoing President
for one of the two remaining names.
4. The Executive Committee
4.1 The Executive Committee will be made up of the
Officers of EBCOG and five members (three trainees and two young
gynaecologists). The officers and members of the executive committee must be
from different countries.
4.2 Nominations for members of the Executive Committee
will be called for by the General Secretary at the Council meeting before an
outgoing member(s) of the Executive Committee due to retire.
4.3 Councillors must take note of the need for regional
representation when nominating for membership of the Executive Committee.
Council may refuse to accept a nomination(s)if this principle is not adhered
4.4 The system of voting used for election to the
Executive Committee shall be the same as that used for the election of
Officers. (see By Law 3.2).
4.5 After the participation in the EBCOG council or other
EBCOG commissions meetings, the ENTOG representatives should circulate the
minutes (or make a written report) of these meetings to all the other members
of the ENTOG executive.
5. Meetings of the Executive and Council
5.1 Regular meetings of the Executive Committee and
Council must be preceded by the circulation of an agenda and of the minutes of
the previous meeting by the Secretary –general of EBCOG to reach members at
least 3 weeks before the date of the proposed meeting.
5.2 Any member of Council may place an item for discussion
on the Agenda of Council.
5.3. At the start of a meeting of Council, the President
will indicate the items on the agenda which are for discussion and its order.
5.4 The working language of ENTOG is English.