WFUMB CoE FIJI – Annual Report

The COVID-19 pandemic led to severe travel restrictions imposed by the Governments of Fiji and the surrounding Pacific countries such as Vanuatu, Tonga, Tuvalu, New Zealand and Australia. The pandemic has seriously impacted Fiji, and government regulations have prevented the Fiji CoE from conducting face-to-face training since the WFUMB / ISUOG obstetric course in March 2020.

The CoE has progressed in conducting a workforce gap and training priorities analysis with the assistance of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Fiji National University.

High demand for ultrasound training through hands-on workshops and courses and formal ultrasound programmes has been identified in most pacific island countries. The CoE is also progressing well towards developing a Pacific Islands Ultrasound Society, which is expected to be formalised by March 2022.

As the restrictions ease, we will have more confidence in organising workshops in the first half of 2022.

Susan Campbell Westerway
WFUMB Regional Director ASUM COE

Raymond Keshwan
Acting Associate Dean Learning and Teaching
College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Fiji National Universit, FIJI

Vacancy: Editor-in-Chief, Open Access Journal

The World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB) is looking for an Editor-in-Chief who will launch their Open Access journal to develop a leading international ultrasound publication. The five-year term will begin with the launch in early 2022.

This will be an official journal of the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology complementing, but separate from, the well-established Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (UMB). The journal should meet the information and publication requirements of clinicians, scientists, engineers and other professionals who constitute the ultrasound community.

The ideal candidate will be a respected clinician/researcher committed to publication excellence with demonstrable editorial experience and a strong vision that launches the journal internationally and with a mission to publish engaging and informed content. Applicants should have a recognized expertise in the field of ultrasound and a good track record of publishing in high-quality journals. They will appoint and lead the editorial team and uphold the highest standards concerning editorial policies and professional practice. They will recognise the need to engage the journal’s audiences at all levels.

About the Open Access Journal

The journal will be launched in early 2022. Initially Elsevier will offer free vouchers to authors for publication.

The Editor in Chief will consider mainly full-length research papers, review articles, guidelines, short communications opinion articles, and other interactive and ancillary material that is of special interest to the readers of the Journal.

Person Specification

Applicants need not be based in the USA and international applicants are encouraged. This is an independent contractor position and the term of office is 5 years renewable once and subject to annual appraisal and review by WFUMB.

About the role

The Editor-in-Chief will have final responsibility for establishing and managing an editorial office; supervising a managing editor; receiving evaluating and selecting all materials for publication; the editorial content and strategy of the journal, with support from their appointed editorial team and Elsevier publishing staff, actively working with WFUMB and the publisher to launch the Open Access journal.

The main responsibilities of the Editor-in-Chief include, but are not limited to:

  • Overall editorial management and development of the Journal, including the coordination of refereeing and submissions
  • Have final approval of all materials published in the editorial pages of the Journal
  • Providing the highest possible quality of scientific content to augment the knowledge, impact and practice of clinicians involved in the field
  • Developing and maintaining an internationally relevant and coherent scientific strategy and vision for the journal
  • Building and maintaining a supportive team of highly qualified international colleagues to serve as members of the editorial board and reviewers
  • Encouraging submission of high-quality papers
  • Ensuring the integrity of the review process and providing guidance to authors, reviewers and editorial team members as appropriate
  • Developing procedures for effective triage and review of scientific manuscripts to ensure timely and excellent support is maintained for authors and reviewers
  • Adding value to the journal by commissioning editorials, reviews, educational material and online content
  • Supervising the journal’s response to appeals, complaints, suggestions from readers and ethical problems regarding published work
  • Developing the social media strategy for the title
  • Promoting the journal within the scientific community and industry
  • To attend WFUMB Administrative Council and Publication Committee meetings

As Editor in Chief you will benefit from:

  • A fee of 10,000 USD
  • Professional advice and guidance on all aspects of journal publishing
  • Interaction with the latest research from around the world
  • The chance to shape the field and play a role in the development of the specialty
  • WFUMB to pay travel expenses and hotel accommodation for the Editor to attend WFUMB Council meetings and WFUMB congresses in accordance with WFUMB’s travel policies

How to Apply

Please send a full CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for the role and your vision for the future of UMB. Shortlisted candidates will be expected to have a clear vision for the development of the journal. For more details of the role, please email, Elena Herzog
Senior Publisher, Health Sciences Journals, Elsevier Inc

Canvassing for the EiC position is inappropriate.

Please apply by email to

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2022. Interviews will be held in February 2022 by videoconference.

Introducing WFUMB Mobile Centres of Education

Federation Report: AFSUMB

Fig. 1. The Officers and Councilors of the AFSUMB (2020-2022)

Fig. 2. The AFSUMB Administrative Council meeting was held online on the first day of the AFSUMB 2021 Congress from 15:30 to 17:00 at Beijing standard time. In addition to the current AC members, the past presidents of the AFSUMB Professor Cheng-Wen Chiang and Yi-Hong Chou also jointed the meeting. Currently there are 24 AC members from 16 affiliated societies as well as one observer each from Kazakhstan and Oman, respectively

Fig. 3. A photograph taken during the opening Ceremony of the Congress of the AFSUMB 2021 which was held in hybrid form at Zhuhai, China, from 16 to 19, Sept. 2021. The Congress Presidents comprised Professors Yu-Xing Ziang, Ping Liang, Yung-Liang Wan and Won Jae Lee. There were more than 700 attendees onsite, and over 30,000 real-time online visits.

Fig. 4. Professor Cristina Chammas, the President of the WFUMB, was invited to deliver a congratulatory remarks before her congress lecture in the opening ceremony of the Congress of AFSUMB on September 17, 2021. Subsequently, the President of the AFSUMB Professor Yung-Liang Wan gave a greeting remarks. He was proud to announce the opening of the congress which was successfully organized in a period of 4 months after the closed collaboration between the AFSUMB and the Chinese Medical Association/Chinese Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (CMA/CSUM).

Fig. 5. For updating the ultrasound knowledge of the AFSUMB members, the CTSUM organized the Asia Pacific International Symposium on Advances Medical Ultrasound (APISAMU) in the past 3 years. The first APISAMU was an onsite physical meeting in 2019, it was hosted in hybrid form in 2020 and in virtual form this year. US and US-guided Intervention of thyroid and parathyroid was the theme of the 3rd APISAMU this year, six distinguished speakers were invited from 6 different countries or affiliations, including Brazil, China, Italy, Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

Fig. 6. Photograph of the 3rd APISAMU. After the impressive presentation by the invited speakers, there was 30 minutes of Q & A session at the end of program. All the participants and audiences had updated their professional knowledge through the discussion and interaction.

Yung-Liang Wan

WFUMB CoE Vietnam – Report

WFUMB’s CoE in Vietnam was established from January 2019. During the 3rd and 4th National Congress of VSUM, January 2019 and February 2020, groups of experts from WFUMB had presented their lectures which attracted the interest of the audience. However, the pandemic over the last two years has limited the face to face activity of the CoE. Previously organised courses had to be cancelled.

Although we recognise that the virtual course cannot replace the hands-on face-to-face real courses, we have tried to concentrate on seminars and webinars.

Interested Doctors are cordially invited to participate in the Chain of Association’s monthly online seminar co-organized by VSUM and Mindray, topic: “Update on advances and the role of ultrasound in liver, breast, obstetric and gynecological diseases”, lasting from October 2021 to January 2022. Flyer for these events can be found here >>

We also plan to re-organise the 1st CoE’s Course in Thai Nguyen University of Medicine and Pharmacy, organise the 2nd CoE’s Course in Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy and also organise the 1st CoE’s Course in Can Tho University of Medicine and Pharmacy.

On a more positive note we are happy to share with you some of the scan images we've captured using the new Butterfly scanner supplied via WFUMB.

Nguyen Quang Trong

Student International Ultrasound Conference 27-28 May 2022 Timisoara, Romania

Next year between 25-28 of May, Timisoara (Romania) will be the “The World Capital of Ultrasound”, organizing three prestigious ultrasound events: The 18th World Federation for Medicine and Biology Congress – WFUMB 2021, the 33rd Congress of EFSUMB - EUROSON 2022 and the 25th National Conference of The Romanian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.

With so many ultrasound events taking place in one city, the idea of organizing the first World Ultrasound Conference for Students (Student International Ultrasound Conference, endorsed by WFUMB) was a legitimate one.

After more than one year during which the online interaction prevailed, Student IUSC will be a great opportunity to resume the ultrasound synergy and communication. The conference will be centered mainly on students and young doctors who are discovering the importance of ultrasound. Lectures form basic to advance, hands on stations, quizzes and meet the expert’s session will play the part of the program.

The congress will be held in Timisoara, a strong university center and a multicultural city, between 27-28 May 2022 at the Regional Business Center Timisoara.

Federation Report: EFSUMB

The latest news from the European Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (EFSUMB) can be found in the latest newsletter release. Articles include ....

  • WFUMB 2022/EUROSON 2022 Timișoara, Romania
  • World Students Ultrasound Conference (WStUC)
  • EFSUMB 50th years anniversary: a call for participation and support

View the EFSUMB newsletter Issue 6, 2021 here >>


WFUMB CoE Chisinau Workshop: Updates in Gastrointestinal and Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound, 18 June 2021.
Session at the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Summer School, Chisinau, 2021 edition, 17-18 June 2021.

The event was held in hybrid format (on-line/on-site), having topics as:
  • CEUS of liver lesions. Argumentation of indications and limits. Dr. Carolina Tambala
  • Ultrasonography of the female pelvic floor. Contribution in the diagnosis of obstructed defecation. Dr. Sergiu Puiu
  • Decompensated chronic coprostasis. Diagnosis and surgical correction. Prof. Dr. Adrian Hotineanu
  • Live demo. Ultrasonography of the female pelvic floor. Normal features and common US pathologic features in obstructed deffecation syndrome. Dr. Sergiu Puiu

The workshop was held in romanian and attended by more than 200 participants. 171 participants joined the workshop on-line (theoretical part), while 40 were present in the hall. As for the live scan, we were followed by 66 participants.

WFUMB CoE Chisinau workshop for students and residents. Basic breast ultrasonography. 14 October 2020

  • Basic physics of the ultrasound. Technical aspects and types of breast ultrasound examinations, elastography and US guided biopsy. Limitations and common artifacts. Sergiu Puiu
  • Basic functionality and settings of the US scanner for breast assessment. Image optimization.
  • Image recognition of normal breast anatomy. Ultrasonographic features of the breast related to the women age. Sergiu Puiu
  • Typical ultrasonographic features of common breast pathologies. Cucieru Valeriu
  • Breast imaging-reporting and data system (BI-RADS) applied in ultrasonography, clinical usefulness. Cucieru Valeriu.
  • Discussions.
  • Hands-on. Ultrasound examination of the breast. Sergiu Puiu, Cucieru Valeriu.

Sergiu Puiu, SUMPh “Nicolae Testemitanu”, Chisinau
Valeriu Cucieru, Institute of Oncology, Chisinau

20 participants (students and residents of the State University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Nicolae Testemitanu”).

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