HISTORY OF THE CONGRESS

The first and second congress was held in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2011 and 2013 respectively. The meeting attracted a large number of speakers being important surgeons with very high reputation, as for example presidents of the ACS (American College of Surgeons), a group of leaders from RACS (Royal Australasian College of Surgeons), RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland). The participants came form 30 countries on 6 continents both times.

The congress was praised for its quality and named “Davos for Surgeons” by the participants, as it gathered main influencers on the same physical spot for several days which is unusual.

Links
1st Surgicon Congress Program 2011
2nd Surgicon Congress Program 2013
Speakers 2013

TESTIMONIALS

“Surgicon, I believe, is the only world-wide “clearing house” for the latest ideas, concepts, and developments in the critical theatre of how educators internationally are facing the challenge of educating the next generation of surgeons in an efficient, but more importantly, effective manner. In this age of rising costs and diminishing opportunities for trainee experience, we no longer can employ the traditional apprenticeship model of the past century – it is too inefficient, and lacks uniformity and assurance of the proficiency of those entering surgical practice and caring for patients.
It should continue to serve as the most effective and visible forum for the exchange of surgical training principles available today. It is simply not possible for individual organizations, societies, or countries to address all of the issues or explore all of the avenues necessary to identify the resources and tools necessary to prepare future surgeons.”
Richard L. Angelo MD, Past-President of AANA, Arthroscopy Association of North America

“Healthcare education is undergoing a revolution through the use of simulation technologies – providing an opportunity to accurately assess a healthcare worker’s (doctor, nurse, technician, etc) performance accurately and quantitatively.  Evidence shows that this training with simulation not only improves performance, but improves patient safety and healthcare quality.
Dr. Margareta Berg, MD of Gothenburg Sweden has been working for years to bring the medical education community together through an annual conference and organization called Surgicon.  I wanted to bring this important work to your attention, and ask for your attention and support.  She will be meeting with important key persons in the immediate future, to discuss the importance of using simulation and bring together the healthcare community in a unified approach to medical education, rather than every country and hospital wasting resources and competing because everyone is developing their own training programs. The long term benefits would be significant, allowing medical training curricula to be available globally, including to developing countries.”
Richard M. Satava, MD FACS,  Professor Emeritus of Surgery, University of Washington Medical Center

THE FOUNDERS

Surgicon was originally founded by an international group of surgeons and researchers at a first meeting in Dublin 2010.

Margareta Berg MD PhD, Orthopaedic surgeon, Sweden
Gerald O’Sullivan, MB, MCh, MSc, FRCSI, FRCSPGlas(Hon),FRCSEng(Hon), FACS(Hon) †
James C. Esch MD, Founder of the Shoulder Institute, San Diego, CA, USA
Richard L. Angelo, MD, PhD, Past-president, Arthroscopy Association of North America, WA, USA
Anthony G. Gallagher, PhD, DSc, College of Medicine and Health, University College Cork, Ireland
Kai Olms, MD, Helios Hospital, Bad Schwartau, Germany
Aantje Aschendorff, MD, Professor, Freiburg University, Germany
Later further leaders were engaged in the leadership of Surgicon:
Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, American College of Surgeons, Past-President FRCS(Hon), FRCSI(Hon),FRCSEd(Hon), University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Richard M. Satava, MD, PrEm FACS, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Richard Hanney, MD, RACS, Mount Druitt Hospital, Sydney, Australia