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The World School for the Study of Menopause
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The World School for the Study of Menopause (WSSM) is a non-profit organization which has recently been established with the aim of promoting knowledge among health-care providers on menopause-related issues. The WSSM provides courses, educational programs and lectures in the field of adult women's health and menopause. The School collaborates with national and regional menopause societies, enabling its target audience to enjoy presentations by world-renowned speakers and opinion leaders. The WSSM also specializes in arranging small-scale, focused, weekend seminars held in attractive venues, creating an opportunity to combine science and leisure. Among the titles of our courses are Cardiovascular issues in the menopause, Better understanding of osteoporosis, Updates in menopause medicine, etc. The scientific program can be tailored to fit a local need, in a local language. Seminars are offered at different levels (general practitioners, specialists, nurses, paramedical staff). A certificate of attendance is endorsed by the menopause society that auspices the event.

Cardiovascular risk assessment and management in menopausal women in the gynecological setting

One meeting has already been held by the WSSM: a course, entitled 'Cardiovascular risk assessment and management in menopausal women in the gynecological setting', organized jointly with the European Society of Cardiology, and chaired by Peter Collins, Amos Pines, Guiseppe Rosano and Martin Birkhäuser. The Course took place in Seville, Spain, June 1–2, 2007. This unique collaboration between menopause specialists and cardiologists led to the development of a clinical guide for gynaecologists on principles of assessment and management of cardiovascular risk factors in the gynaecological setting. The Risk Assessment Guide that was developed in the Seville Course will soon be freely distributed to gynaecologists in the format of a small pocket booklet, to provide a simple and useful new tool in the setting of the gynaecological clinic.

The Chilean Board School on the Menopause

The first Chilean Board School on the Menopause, organized in collaboration with the Sociedad Chilena de Climaterio (SOCHICLIM) and the International Menopause Society (IMS), under the umbrella of the World School for the Study of Menopause (WSSM), was held in Santiago, Chile on August 3–4, 2007. The School was chaired by Luis Cruzat Triantafilo and Amos Pines, with Co-Chairmen Sergio Brantes Glavic and David Sturdee.

The programme was directed at experts, mainly gynaecologists, endocrinologists and other specialists from different cities in Chile; 180 people participated, with four professors from abroad and 21 local professors. The programme was specifically designed to promote discussion, in eight main topics that included Quality of life, Osteoporosis, Cardiovascular diseases, Sexuality, Breast and other cancers, Hot flushes, Central nervous system, and Mood. The aim was a mix between actualization and revision of paradigms for the care of women, focusing on the most controversial aspects of HRT, and the new vision of the mission of health-care providers as ‘menopausologists’.

The post hoc evaluation was very positive because of the high scientific level of both the professors and the programme. Most of the participants were leaders in their communities, and they expressed their belief that the Board was a valuable opportunity to clarify, with scientific evidence, the position and arguments that should support clinical decisions including hormonal therapies.

The success has led the participants to ask for another Board School in the future and reports have been transmitted to our colleagues in Latin America, who have manifested their interest in developing similar initiatives.

The Sociedad Chilena de Climaterio will write a special report, with a summary of all the presentations, and this will be available on the official website of SOCHICLIM (www.sociedadclimaterio.cl).

 

Luis Cruzat and Sergio Brantes

Symposium at the 5th Biennial Congress of the South African Menopause Society

The WSSM provided a session at the SAMS Congress in Cape Town, October 31–November 3, 2007, on cardiovascular risk assessment and management of postmenopausal women, based on the experience and knowledge gained from the Course in Seville.