THE Philippines has been chosen as site of the Asia Pacific Federation Congress of the International College of Surgeons (ICS) to be held November 21-22 at the Diamond Hotel in Manila. Expected to attend the affair are 250 delegates from Australia, Indonesia, Hongkong, Singapore, Africa and Europe.
According to Dr. Jesus C. Sison Jr., president of the International College of Surgeons-Philippine Section which is hosting the event, the occasion will also serve as 66th Annual Convention of the ICS-Philippine section.
“Normally, the venue for the event is determined through bidding among member-countries of the international group,” Dr. Sison informed. “ But in our case, it was a privilege offered by ICS World President, Professor Yik Hong Ho of Australia.”
The Interational College of Surgeons was organized in 1939 in order to serve as forum for addressing various concerns in the field of surgery. The Philippine Section was formed 1949.
“We surgeons might be doing our job well but without a gathering like this, individual advancements in the practice of surgery cannot be effectively disseminated on a scale beneficial to the whole of humanity,” said Dr. Sison.
Dr. Sison is the current president of the ICS-PS serving the two-year term 2015-2016. A graduate of general and cancer surgery from the University of Santo Tomas, he began his medical practice at the Mary Chiles Hospital, then at St. Luke’s Hospital. Beginning 2013, he opted public service in the practice of his profession by serving as Director of the Ospital ng Sampaloc, eventually moving on to his current post as Director of the Sta. Ana Hospital. His spouse, Dr. Susan Sison is Medical Director of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
Dr. Sison shared the information that during the congress, there will be hands-on demonstrations in cosmetic surgery.
How about pathology, dealing with surgery on cadavers?
Dr. Sison laughed off the question, saying, “Pathology is not part of surgery. That’s post mortem. We surgeons, we are ante mortem.”
“More than sharing of technology, more than fellowship, the ICS Asia Pacific Federation Congress is for the promotion of everlasting hope that through surgery the sick shall be brought back to productivity in life,” Dr. Sison concluded.