The Surgicon Congress is the meeting for leading surgeons from the entire world on the topic of surgical training—the question about how to educate a surgeon in practical skills. The board of Surgicon consists of a number of highly recognized key opinion leaders from different surgical specialties in the USA, Europe, India, Africa and Australia and New Zealand – from the American College of Surgeons to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. The first congress in September 2011 gathered participants from 30 countries on six continents at the Convention Centre (Svenska Mässan) in Göteborg, and is also named “The World Congress on Surgical Training.”
The human anatomy does not differ between countries, cultures or continents. For this simple reason the surgical profession should be the same anywhere on the globe. In reality, surgical training programs are different not only between countries but also within countries. Competition between educational models seems, from this perspective, to be contra- productive. In addition, surgical curriculums will no longer be fixed entities but eternally developing processes, due to the rapid technical development taking place.
Ongoing retirements in surgery, regulated working hours for young surgeons and technical access to surgical simulation systems have created a paradigm shift from time-based to competency-based surgical training. Transformation of a medical student into a skilled surgeon must not take 10 years, and efficient training programs with in-built checkpoints along the process are necessary. In addition, modern surgery requires consistent high quality and documentation, probably by videofilms included in the medical record as the next step.
To create a basis for a global discussion about these topics, the Surgicon Project was launched in 2010, counting the 1st Surgicon Congress in 2011 as its starting point. In three years it has grown into a global informal network. Breaking out one single question has allowed all kinds of organisations and engaged surgeons to take active part in this work, resulting in the 2nd Surgicon Congress, Gothenburg, June 17- 19, 2013. Formal decisions might in the future be replaced by more ephemeral but global agreements adopted to new scientific data on validated modern surgical training methods, as soon as they are published. Modern surgical development requires modern surgical training.
Dr Margareta Berg, Conference Founder
Margareta Berg is the orthopaedic surgeon from Gothenburg who initiated and organized the Surgicon Congress. For four years she worked in Nice, France, where she also organized two medical congresses at Hotel Negresco. She is now working on making theworld’s surgical elite meet at one spot for the second time—in Sweden.