Professor Ross Naylor, President of the Vascular Society, discusses how the specialty has changed in recent years and what the future holds for training and service delivery.
My first vascular position was senior house officer in the Aberdeen Vascular Unit in 1984. At that time, every vascular unit undertook both elective and emergency general/vascular surgery and virtually everything involved an open operation. By the late 1980s, however, it was increasingly evident that outcomes were significantly better if vascular procedures were performed by specialist vascular surgeons – especially the repair of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Consequent to this, general surgeons progressively withdrew from emergency vascular rotas. Prior to 1990, a typical vascular workload comprised relatively large volumes of open aortic reconstructions; long waiting lists for above knee femoro-popliteal bypasses for claudication, relatively few carotid reconstructions and virtually no infra-geniculate bypasses.
The Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland is developing its publications and services to shape the debate on important professional issues, so writes the Association’s President Professor John MacFie.
The strength of any society is in its membership, and I’m delighted to report that the Association is in good health. It is now three years since ASGBI made the move from a charity to a not-for-profit membership company with an affiliated charitable foundation, and the Association has emerged in good shape from this period of significant change.
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is looking beyond its borders to form partnerships and share innovation, so writes Dr Louis Hugo Francescutti.
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada serves as the home for specialty medicine in Canada. The Royal College is unique in that it represents all medical and surgical specialties except Family Medicine, with more than 43,000 Fellows practicing in Canada and worldwide. Today, our organisation recognises 73 disciplines, granting Fellowships in 29 primary specialties, 34 subspecialties, 3 special programmes and 7 areas of focused competence.
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons believes empathy, integrity and respect are key ingredients of today’s surgeons, so writes their President Mr Ian Civil MBE.
The role of surgeons in society has in the past been well understood but in recent years there have been misapprehensions on the part of both members of the public and surgeons themselves over what being ‘professional’ means for a surgeon.
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) was formed in 1926 and foremost among its stated objectives was to cultivate and maintain the highest principles of surgical practice and ethics.
This year the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund celebrates its 175th anniversary. RMBF President Dame Deidre Hine reflects on the challenges and opportunities facing the charity.
The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF) has a long and distinguished history of assisting doctors and their dependants in times of crisis and great need. For 175 years, the RMBF has provided invaluable support to the medical profession.