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2015 World Allergy Training School - Seoul, Korea

Seoul, Korea

The WAO World Allergy Training School (WATS) in Seoul, Korea was a huge success. In conjunction with XXIV WAC 2015, for which more than 2,000 international allergists attended, the Emerging Society Program (ESP) Committee in conjunction with the ACAAI, presented a full day of lectures, case discussions, and workshops for young allergists selected to attend by their national organizations. The WAO/ACAAI co-sponsored 24 attendees from Korea, Taiwan, Mongolia, and China to attend this very popular training program. The program was organized by ESP chair, Dana Wallace, MD, and co-chairs, Ruby Pawankar, MD, and Stan Fineman, MD who welcomed everyone and introduced the day’s agenda. It was such a pleasure to watch the interaction of our esteemed faculty composed of Prof Jeong-Hee Choi, Korea; Prof Orapan Poachanukoon, Thailand; Sang Ha Kim, Korea; Mario Sánchez Borges, Venezuela; Hiok Hee Chng, Singapore; Bee Wah Lee, Singapore; Stanley Fineman, United States; Hugo Van Bever, Singapore; Jio-Yao Wang, Taiwan; Dana Wallace, United States; Steve Tilles, United States; Elham Hossny, Egypt and the young, eager learners. Through a combination of lectures, interactive case discussions, and hands-on demonstrations, we covered the topics of Asthma, COPD, pulmonary function testing, allergic rhinitis, drug allergy, chronic urticaria, and anaphylaxis.  Starting with breakfast and continuing with a buffet lunch, the group had an opportunity for informal discussions and networking. As a bonus for attending and completing the post-conference evaluation, a password protected website section will be made available. This site will host a copy of the PowerPoint slides from all of the presentations, allowing the attendees to review all of the information in more detail. Please find below a few select photos from our WATS program and a list of the attendees.

If you would like the WAO to sponsor a future WATS program in your country/region where there are young primary care or allergists that would benefit from our school, please request an application from the WAO office.

WATS Course Outline

Amanda Hegg
Emerging Societies Program Staff Liaison