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Number 2/15, August 2015

​​News from the president

During the successful 11th IAAS International Congress on Ambulatory Surgery in Barcelona, May 2015, our General Assembly elected the new IAAS Executive Committee, and I am honoured to be the President of the IAAS for 2015 - 2017. I will do my best to continue the great work based on the experience and efforts of those excellent colleagues who came before, and I will do my utmost to maintain our fast progress and excellent results. I have presented a comprehensive and ambitous work plan for the next two years to organize IAAS activities. This programme includes
  • data collection and benchmarking
  • finalizing our Hand Book
  • developing research programme
  • continue running our 'capacity building activities' in the Train the Trainer educational courses and finally
  • the organization of our future Congresses.
We think that there is a need to organize and support regional IAAS Congresses, which will be a continuation of our traditional regional networking. The first joint Congress will be held in Paris 28 – 30 January, 2016, between IAAS and the Association Française de Chirurgie Ambulatoire (AFCA IAAS European Congress On Ambulatory Surgery). The Congress will be a good opportunity for sharing of experience and ambulatory surgery knowledge transfer. So participants from across Europe are warmly invited to participate in this event.
We are extremely happy that IAAS expansion is continuing, and now a window is opened to South America. Colombia, represented by SCARE (Colombian Society of Anesthesiology), applied to join the IAAS, and their full membership was approved by the General Assembly.

Following the final approval of the work plan mentioned above for the term 2015 – 2017 more detailed information will be published in the next Newsletter, and it will be my pleasure to receive any responses, inquiries, comments or even any recommendations that can help the development of our activities.
I wish you all a very successful time supporting the IAAS.

Gamal Mohamed, President



We offer congratulations to our colleague and long supporter of the
IAAS Luis Hidalgo for his appointment as President of ASCEMA. Our thanks must also go to outgoing President Dr. Miquel Prats for his hard work and leadership that led up to the Barcelona Congress.

We look forward to continuing our working partnership with ASECMA.

SCARE (Sociedad Colombiana de Anestesiologia y Reanimacion)

We are pleased to welcome our Colombian colleagues as members of the IAAS. They are keen to look beyond anaesthesia as they recognise that ambulatory surgery is the work of a team and so they are working to ensure that managers, nursing staff and surgical colleagues are involved.
I was fortunate to be invited to speak about Ambulatory Surgery at their XXXI Colombian Congress of Anesthesiology along with several colleagues from the IAAS and SAMBA. Our talks were well received and we also had the opportunity to participate in some simulation training that was running during the meeting.

Having attended this meeting I believe we have much that we can learn from each other.

Ian Jackson, Immediate Past President

International Meetings

We are delighted to welcome in France, Paris, the European Congress of Ambulatory Surgery, on 28 and 29 January 2016, which replaces our traditional National Day of Ambulatory Surgery. The congress will be bilingual - simultaneous translation will be provided for all. The congress  is co-organised by the French Association for Ambulatory Surgery (AFCA) and the International Association for Ambulatory Surgery (IAAS).

REGISTRATION is now open

Our objective is to encourage the exchange of good practices between professionals from different countries. Moreover, we aim at creating long-term relationships between professionals involved in ambulatory surgery. In this respect, the AFCA launches several new initiatives:
  1. A European bursary: 2-day immersion in a European ambulatory surgery unit accredited by IAAS.
  2. Best video on patient information and best oral communication: the award will consist of a 2-day immersion in a European ambulatory surgery unit accredited by IAAS.
  3. A “European Village of Ambulatory Surgery” will be built with many national ambulatory surgery associations from across the world taking part. This will offer an opportunity for sharing and learning from their good practices, recommendations, documents and other publications.

Professor Corinne Vons
Congress President

ASCEMA Annual Symposium
April 28-30th

Iberian Congress 2016
8th-10th May

Change in editors 

Those who have been looking at our website might have noticed that we have a new Editor. Dr Mark Skues has now taken over from Professor Beverly Philip and he joins Professor Douglas McWhinnie as one of our two editors.

Mark is a Consultant Anaesthetist at the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Chester, UK. He has previously been Editor of the Journal of One Day Surgery and has served as President of the British Association of Day Surgery.
Please contact the Editors if you have any articles for the Journal.
Details can be found here

The Executive Committee of the IAAS would like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Philip for the hard work she has completed over many years - taking our Journal forward as an freely available online resource.


Volume 21.2 - now available


Abstracts from IAAS 11th International Congress. Barcelona. Spain.


Ian Jackson, Newsletter Editor-in-Chief


International Association for Ambulatory Surgery IAAS
President: Gamal Mohamed           
IAAS registered address: Tichelrei, 1 B-9000 GENT (Belgium) IAAS registered Number 0458.707.654
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