Journal of the European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy


We may not have it all together, but together we have it all

R. Campo1, Y. Van Belle1, G. Grimbizis2

1European Academy for Gynecological Surgery, Diestsevest 43/0001, 3000 Leuven, Belgium; 21st Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, “Papageorgiou” General Hospital, Ring Road, N.Efkarpia, 54603, Thessaloniki, Greece.

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Basic research, certification programme, classification systems, clinical research, collaboration, gynaecology, multidisciplinary, societies, training

Published online: Jan 14 2014


The tremendous development of knowledge, the accumulation of clinical experience, and the enriching of everyday practice with the results of basic and clinical research created the need for splitting medicine in specialities and sub-specialities. Although this evolution is inevitable in order to meet the complex needs and demands of patients, we have to be aware of the risk of neglecting the holistic approach of a person in distress. Indeed, the organ-focused and pathology-centred approach of a patient may not exempt us of the rudiments of care such as the notion that a human being is more than the sum of its parts. This involves the absolute obligation for intra and inter-disciplinary cooperation.
Recently, the European leading societies in Gynaecology, the European Board Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (EBCOG), the European Society of Human reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), the European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (ESGE) and the European Academy for Gynaecological Surgery (+he Academy), have established some common impressive initiatives to improve women’s health care.
As a result of an intensive research programme coordinated by +he Academy with a multidisciplinary team of gynaecologists and surgeons a unique structured training and certification programme in endoscopic surgery is established. This project is a fine example making the dream of multidisciplinary approach reality and achieving some most impressive results. It is without any doubt a major step forwards in the improvement of the quality ­assurance in endoscopic surgery in benefit of the patients care and has been accepted by our leading European and national societies.
Recently, ESGE and ESHRE developed a new classification on female genital anomalies. An evidence-based ­updated new classification published in the official journal of both societies was the ended result.
This creative, successful and uneventful collaboration underlines the need for respecting some crucial points: to clearly outline the topic of common action, to find the working platform, to define the method and to respect ­independence of each society by clarifying the borders and the responsibilities. Keeping the window of the collaboration open is crucial for keeping the window to medicine of the future unlocked.