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ESSO-SSO International Career Development Exchange Program 2019 23/05/2019

This year I had the honour of being elected for this program.

During the welcome reception in San Diego, the international representatives were introduced to their mentors and I was kindly welcomed by the ESSO President-Elect Prof. D’Ugo.

As a former fellow of the Dutch Cancer Society, I have been trained in complex multidisciplinary abdominopelvic surgery and focussed on the colorectal and general tracks.

The presentations were high quality and the faculty members were easily approachable.

I was impressed by the number of female presenting surgeons.

In addition, I really enjoyed the fellows’ meetings and the opportunity to present my poster based on my previous work at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney with Prof. Solomon.  

My visit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) was hosted by Dr. Joshua Smith, well known for his recent work on the watch-and-wait strategy for patients with rectal cancer.

The week included a full day of clinic, with on site flexible sigmoidoscopies, the colorectal MDT, the morbidity and mortality meeting and the Surgical Oncology Conference.

I was impressed by the high quality of the presentations given by the fellows, and the teaching offered by attendings of all subspecialities.

The week at MSKCC provided many opportunies to meet and interact with colleagues from other departments such hepato-biliary surgery and oncological gynaecology.

My discussions with Dr. Zivanovic left me with a number of ideas for our high-volume multidisciplinary oncological gynaecology service, and I have already been able to put most of these into practice.

MSKCC is well-known for robotic surgery and I attended robotic and open low anterior resections performed by Dr. Weiser, Dr. Wei and my mentor Dr. Smith.

Dr. Nash and Dr. Pappou performed cytoreductive surgery and we discussed recent and future studies on peritoneal carcinomatosis and sexual dysfunction.

My participation in this program has contributed to the relations that were already present between Glasgow Royal Infirmary and MSKCC.

It has broadened my perspective and it has created new networking opportunities.

I hope that I will be able to contribute to the future successes of SSO and ESSO.

Sincerly,

Gabrielle Van Ramshorst.

 


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