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Number 4/15, December 2015

​​​​News from the president

2015 is nearly finished, and 6 months have passed since our successful Barcelona Congress. It has been a very busy period for projects initiated by our Executive Committee and the General Assembly.
The most important event at the beginning of 2016 is the joint AFCA IAAS European Congress on Ambulatory Surgery, which will take place in Marne-la-Vallée, Paris, 28–29th January. The aim of this Congress is to share the best practices implemented all over Europe, and to strengthen the networking of our IAAS member countries. I hereby call all those who are interested in the development of ambulatory surgery to enrich the Congress by their active participation.
We began our educational activities in Gracanica, a city in the Federation of Bosnia & Herzegovina, where a Train the Trainer Course was organized in November 29–2nd December. Three IAAS lecturers gave the lectures, with the participation of 35 surgeons, nurses and managers. The participants showed great interest, and the discussions were satisfying, especially when the barriers to ambulatory surgery were discussed. The course was a success. Many thanks to Dr. Bakir Helvic and Dr. Armin Begovic for their extra efforts to organize this course.
China is going to host our 12th International Congress in Beijing, 8– 10th May, 2017. This Congress will be a very important event in the life of IAAS, because it can lead to the expansion and dissemination of the ideas of Ambulatory Surgery in this very important region of the world. Planning for this congress has already begun and will be continued and approved by the General Assembly Meeting in Paris, January 2016. Look out for more details about the meeting, the preliminary scientific programme and the exciting social prgramme in the New Year.
On behalf of myself and the Executive Committee of the IAAS, I wish you all the warmest greetings of the festive season and best wishes for happiness and success in the new year.

Please if you have any suggestions or recommendations regarding our activities just take the opportunity to write to me directly at:

Gamal Mohamed, 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 the AFCA 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 (follow this link) 

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



Volume 21.4 - now available

As 2015 draws to a close, it’s time to look forward to the European Congress of Ambulatory Surgery to be held in Paris at Marne-la-Vallee on the 28th and 29th January 2016. An excellent and varied programme has been created by the local organisers AFCA (Association Francaise de Chirurgie Ambulatoire) and the IAAS. Are you going to be there? If not, there is still time to register, book your transport and hotel and enjoy a stimulating two days of free papers, symposia and guest lectures.



Doug McWhinnie

Day Care Laparoscopic Appendectomy
Santosh Rawlani

Emergency Day Case Surgery for Abscess Drainage – Time for change?
Simon Swift, Adam Ceney, Sue Eve-Jones, Mark Skues & Celia Ingham Clark

Methodological considerations for analyzing ambulatory service access in multilevel context
Jianjun Wang, Theresa Ortiz, Diana Navarro, Roland Maier, Libing Wang & Summer Wang

Validation of a Patient Self-Administered Pre-Anaesthetic Screening Questionnaire conducted 2011
Xander Zuidema, Tom Leuverink & Peter Houweling

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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