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It’s been very interesting. A few things that really stand out for me – it’s so multidisciplinary. It’s not usual that you get such multidisciplinary interaction from allied health, researchers and clinicians coming together. So for me, that’s the thing that’s really interesting is the meetings - its taking basic science and talking about how do we make that work in the real world. And that’s for me, what makes it an exciting meeting for me to be at.                 








Prof Timothy Skinner  
Professor, Department of Health Psychology, University of Copenhagen


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Surgery Symposium
How to Create a World Class Academic Surgical Department in Asia

 Track type: Symposium

Date: 18 Sep 2021


 Time: 1340 - 1510

Location: Seminar Room 2

Surgery can be defined as physical intervention to address injury, disease or deformity. It evolved markedly during the 20th century, with “surgeons” being progressively defined by procedural training paradigms required for board certification by relevant governing bodies. However, both of these definitions fall as an artificial subset within the larger treatment, cure or prevention of human maladies. As such, the future of surgery, per se, has been and always will be driven by evolution of a larger understanding of human health and disease, with those defining themselves as surgeons best served by a deep understanding of the mechanistic (biological and social) underpinnings of human health and disease, rather than procedural (or financial) classifications. This presentation will approach the continued evolution of surgery within the broad context of human service. Topics to be covered will include a need for progressive emphasis on prevention over treatment, mechanism over procedure, and information over data.


Preparing for the Future of Surgery


Panel Discussion


Speakers: Prof Allan Douglas Kirk, Prof Soo Khee Chee, Assoc Prof Tan Hiang Khoon                                                                                                                 




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