President’s Welcome

rowan-parksIt is a great pleasure to invite you to the ASGBI 2017 International Surgical Congress to be held in the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow from Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th May. This will be the 8th time in the Association’s 96 year history that the annual meeting will be held in Glasgow. Scotland’s largest city is lively, full of character and is renowned for the friendliness and fun of the local population, so well characterised when the city hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2014. With excellent access by train and air from all parts of the UK and abroad, Glasgow is an excellent venue to host the 2017 meeting.

The theme of the congress will be ‘Safer Surgery’, recognising the significant efforts and initiatives to ensure contemporary surgical services deliver safe and effective care. Much has been made of comparisons of surgical care with the airline industry, but this year we are delighted to have Mark Gallagher as one of our keynote speakers. Mark has a 25 year association with Formula 1 Motor Racing, being a key member of the senior management team at Jordan Grand Prix and has significant experience and understanding of the importance of leadership and team work in ensuring safety in this high risk sporting environment. We will also look forward to welcoming Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, and four outstanding College eponymous lecturers.

Building on the success of recent congresses, there will continue to be a strong emphasis on high quality plenary sessions and symposia of relevance to established consultants and trainees, with a major focus on elective and emergency general surgical care. Unscheduled surgical admissions in many institutions account for 60-70% of all hospital in-patient admissions, emphasising the importance of ensuring this care is delivered competently and safely. We have freshened aspects of the programme, incorporating numerous educational updates and videos within short paper sessions, and ensuring the very best abstracts are presented in plenary sessions. We are pleased to be offering a complimentary Welcome Lunch on the Wednesday of the Congress, as well as lunch vouchers to all delegates on Thursday and Friday. We are also delighted that the British Journal of Surgery will be hosting a workshop on “How to write a clinical paper”.

In addition to a great educational and social experience, the aim is to have something for everyone, fulfilling the Association’s founding objectives – “the advancement of the science and art of surgery, and the promotion of friendship amongst surgeons”. We look forward to meeting you and members of your team at the congress and can assure you of a memorable event.

Finally, remember you can make big savings in registration costs by being a member of the Association and taking advantage of our ‘Early Bird’ registration rate, which expires on 31st January.

Professor Rowan Parks
President 2017-2018

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