n South African Gastroenterology Review - Report-back of clinical training in paediatric gastroenterology - University Hospital Antwerpen, Belgium




After meeting Prof Jan Taminiau at the Post-Graduate Paediatric Gastroenterology course in Stellenbosch in 2012, the idea of coming to Belgium for a while to learn more clinical gastroenterology was born. Paediatric gastroenterology is in its infancy in many parts of South Africa, and this seemed like a great opportunity to gain exposure in an academic, first world setting under expert supervision. Prof Taminiau worked in Amsterdam but is currently doing sessional work in the University Hospital in Antwerp. He put me in contact with Dr Els Van de Vijver, the local paediatric gastroenterologist in charge of the unit. As Antwerp is also the place I grew up in, the language barrier and accommodation were not much of an issue to me.


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