The human anatomy is the same independent of nationality, culture, religion and socio-economic status. Therefore, we believe the surgical profession should be equal and comparable between countries, independent of a country’s prosperity. There should be common criteria for certifying surgeons across geographical borders. Surgeons should be able to work across borders without hindrance, given that their educations and the competences are comparable. This vision is the long-term goal of our organization.
We believe that every person who ends up on an operating table should have the right to be operated upon by a well-educated surgeon. We consider the question of surgical quality to be closely related to the Declaration of Human Rights.
WHY SURGICAL TRAINING?
Every year in Sweden about 110,000 patients are affected by care-related injury. Carerelated injuries encompass any form of unforeseen medical damage taking place during a hospital visit. On average, these injuries double the time spent at the hospital (900,000 extra hospital days in Sweden), which leads to an extra cost of 9 billion SEK per year. This represents 13-14% of the total cost of running the Swedish healthcare system (about 65 billion SEK/year).
Earlier reports have shown that close to 3,000 Swedish patients a year die from care-related injuries. By comparison, 200-250 persons die from traffic accidents every year in Sweden. Traffic accident deaths have been notably reduced by investments in safer cars and roads. Corresponding economical investments to reduce avoidable injuries and deaths haven’t been done in hospital care. If the increase in convalescence, sick leave and reduction in work capacity is added to the bill the total cost of care complications to the society becomes notably higher.
We believe that many surgery-related injuries can be avoided with improved training for all surgeons. We advocate for more scientific research on the methodology used in surgical training. This will lead to efficient and scientifically validated training methods for the surgical craft.
Some research areas are well-known to the public, such as cancer research and research on heart and lung diseases. What is less known is that takes research to educate surgeons in the right way.
It takes interdisciplinary-based education for future surgeons to work in an increasingly more complicated environment. Therefore, we are building our own research fund, through fundraising and sponsorships. The fund’s assets shall be used as research grants which researchers will be able to apply for.
The Surgicon Foundation is a government-regulated nonprofit organization. The foundation’s statutes restrict the funds to be used to support the following:
- Development and scientific research within the subject of surgical training,
- Organizing Surgicon Congress, an international congress about surgical training.
The Foundation’s administrative expenditures are kept at a minimal level and the work with the foundation is done voluntarily. Surgicon’s ultimate goal is to make surgery safer and more cost-effective.
Our immediate aim is to create an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to Surgical Training.
BOARD OF THE SURGICON FOUNDATION
Margareta Berg, M.D., PhD, Orthopaedic surgeon, Gothenburg University
Karin Sillén, M.D. Dept. of Trauma Surgery, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg
Oskar Lindwall, PhD., Associate Professor, Department of Applied Information Technology, Gothenburg University
Elin Schoultz, M.D., Researcher and teacher, Gothenburg University
Jonatan Regander, M.D., Deptartment of Thoracic surgery, Örebro University Hospital
Dan Bibac, M.D. Specialist in radiology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital
Armen Hovannisyan, M.D., Lidköping Hospital