As you can see on the frontpage of our website the count down towards our Annual Meeting in Split May 27 pre-congress courses and 28 – 30 the actual congress has started. Do check the website and see what we have to offer. The idea is to reflect on the history of MIGS as specified in the Ornella Sizzi lecture. We will make great efforts to go from basic knowledge to the most recent evolution in the techniques in each and every topic. Do come and apply for the Hisham Arab price for the best lecture or the ISGE price for best video. There will be ample space to bring your point of view on MIGS in the free communication sessions. Bring your nurses so that they can participate to the special nurses program. See you in Split.
ISGE has been quite active and at this moment we are witnessing a boom on the internet where, even renowned endoscopists, are sending in topics to the membership forum on Facebook. The Facebook pages hysteroscopy and laparoscopy are attracting lots of attention. We urge you to follow us and to send in your remarks and do interfere on these pages. You will also find us on Twitter and Instagram. Let us know you are out there.
From August 26 through 30 we had our Intensive Week in Jakarta courtesy of our Indonesian members Herbert Situmorang and Ichnandy Arief Rachman under the supervision of Professor Wachyu Hadisaputra. Forty participants did witness live surgery by Adel Shervin, Alfonso Rossetti and myself did sit in the theoretical sessions and participated at the hands-on sessions. A practical exam in endoscopic knotting revealed no problems for the participants whilst 80 % of the participants did pass the theoretical exam on 100 MCQ’s the Saturday. Congratulations to all these new ISGE Bachelors in MIGS. Three Malaysian colleagues did pass the SEBCOH-I certification and are keen to organize the Intensive Week in Malaysia.
On September 28 – 29 our Chinese Board member Professor Yan Kuang did organize the ISGE Regional meeting in Nanning China. On September 27 our president Resad Paya Pasic and myself did lecture at the Third Peoples Hospital in Beihai on the Atlantic Ocean. Here a meeting with the local and hospital authorities was held in view of organizing an ISGE Annual meeting. The meeting in Nanning was a great scientific success. For ISGE lectures were given by Resad Paya Pasic, Ellis Downes, Adel Shervin and myself. Lectures had been sent in and had been translated into Chinese. Simultaneous projection of the two images one in English and one in Chinese avoided simultaneous translation. We did get the visit of one of our members who did travel especially from Beijing to greet us. On September 28 in the afternoon a special meeting was held to get to know our Chinese colleagues who will act as ISGE tutors in China during ISGE courses and activities. It was quite an intensive meeting where the ISGE party did witness the high quality of the lectures and some of the surgeries of the colleagues.
During the summer, after the meeting in Cape Town, ISGE did meet with ESGE to see if we can collaborate to the Journal of the ESGE Facts, Views & Vision as partners to offer our membership a journal. Ellis Downes has been designated as the ISGE editor and ISGE has good hope that this collaboration will be brought to a good end. We will brief you here on the progress of the negotiations.
Meanwhile a first teleconference has been held with our CAGES members, organizers of the 2020 Regional Meeting in Kingston Jamaica. The program will cover all aspects of hysterectomy including the hysteroscopic surgeries intended to avoid hysterectomy and the ultrasound diagnosis pre-op. This meeting promises to be of a high scientific level. We will brief you in subsequent mails and News Letters.
Your ISGE Medical Director
Bruno van Herendael