It is my great honor to act as the Conference Chairperson of the 7th Annual Meeting of Japan Society for the Acute Care Surgery to be held on Saturday, October 3rd and 4th, 2015 at the Medical Hall of Fukuoka University. I deeply appreciate the honor to host this meeting of the society, which now has more than 1,000 members; also I would like to take this opportunity to express my dearest gratitude to all society members.
In recent years, the improvement of safety in various fields has succeeded to drastically reduce the number of severely injured patients (trauma surgery patients) even at the occurrence of an accident. Such drastic reduction has also caused to reduce the number of trauma surgeons, which, in return, created a serious issue of the difficulty in maintaining the clinical practice system that can always correspond to trauma surgery cases. Thus, it became necessary for surgeons in charge of surgical treatment such as cancers and benign diseases to acquire knowledge and skills of emergency surgery. Acute Care Surgery is a concept which has been developed in the United States under such condition. Japan is also facing the similar condition. Japan Society for the Acute Care Surgery has its basis on Japan Scientific Meeting of Acute Care Surgery established 6 years ago and is undertaking activities in order to contribute to emergency medicine for Japanese citizens. Furthermore, its purpose has been gradually recognized as various academic surgical conferences such as Japan Surgical Society and Japan Surgical Association select Acute Care Surgery as a topic for general presentations. However, we are still at a stage where the form of Acute Care Surgery is being sought in order to enroot it solidly in Japan.
We have set this time’s main theme as "Establishment of Education System for the Japanese model of Acute Care Surgery." As we are in the middle of the innovation of emergency medicine, at this annual meeting we will provide you with opportunities to listen and discuss the ideal Acute Care Surgery which matches the medical features in Japan. Also, we selected this theme including the future the upbringing of Acute care Surgeons so that extensive discussion can be taken place.
The 3rd Joint Congress with The Korean Society for Acute Care Surgery is going to be held jointly. This Congress is held once in every two years; we believe this will provide us an great opportunity for us to view the internationally increasingly-widespread concept of Acute Care Surgery, whose acceptance is growing internationally, from the global view and to further develop. We have arranged a simultaneous interpretation throughout the meeting and, thus, expect substantial discussions to take place in the meeting.
October in Fukuoka is the beginning of the season for local sea food dishes. Delicious meal in Hakata and Nakasu best revives us from the fatigue of studying at the meeting. I hope everyone to have happy and safe time. At the meeting venue we also have arranged some specialty from this area. We are looking forward to meeting many of you at the meeting.