The Surgicon Project Goes Public
The initiative for Internationally Valid Licenses for Surgeons
Initiated from Sweden in 2010, the Surgicon Project has gathered a large number of leading surgeons worldwide, from different surgical specialties. This is in itself a unique accomplishment, as surgeons strictly work and communicate in their own pipelines. But the question about how to form a new skilled surgeon from a medical student – who mostly has read books for many years – showed to be of common interest. The baseline idea to find common grounds for surgical training and examinations attracted many surgical leaders. Names like Pr Patricia J. Numann, MD FACS, Past President, American College of Surgeons, Pr Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI (Hon), Past-President Am Coll of Surgeons, Pr Richard Reznick MD, Dean, Queen’s University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Pr Spencer Beasley, Counselor and Deputy Censor-in-Chief RACS, New Zealand, Pr Philip J Crowe, MB BS, DPhil, Grad DipHEd, FRCSC, FRACS, UNSW, Sydney, Australia, Pr Guy Maddern, MBBS PhD MS MD FRACS, RP Jepson Professor of Surgery, Adelaide, Australia, Pr Shekhar Kumta, Orthopedic Surgeon, Director of the Teaching & Learning Resource Center, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China, Pr Leon Snyman, MBChB, MPraxMed Mmed, FCOG, Department Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pretoria, South Africa, and many others have been seen on the podium, in work groups and in the audience. In the board we find some of the most famous scientific researchers in the field, Prem Richard M Satava, USA, Pr Anthony G Gallagher, Ireland, and Dr Richard L Angelo, USA.
The very starting point was the first Surgicon Congress in 2011 which already from the beginning attracted attendants from 30 countries – across the globe from Australia/New Zealand to USA/Canada and in between. A Swedish Government official inaugurated the meeting, organized at a very high quality where clusters of lectures were followed by debates between the panel and the floor without any stress. International working groups developed the congress program 2013, where 45 of the highest ranked surgeons were invited to speak. In the autumn 2013 Surgicon was invited to collaborate with the WHO.
However, the entire project being organized on a completely voluntary basis, we find that the continuation will be impossible without funding. As we all might need surgery before we think of it, and as the human body is the same regardless of country, culture, religion, rich or poor, we decided to create a crowdfunding campaign. The question about surgical quality and safety is to us a question of human rights, and we focus as much on both the young surgeon as the patient.
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