Our ultimate and distant goal is: Internationally equalized surgical training and skills, for all surgical specialties.
We believe that surgical training should be based on scientifically validated training methods and models.
We are actually loosing a large volume of experienced surgeons due to retirement, and we need to find more efficient training methods with built-in quality controls. One of the conclusions from our congresses was therefore that Time-based surgical training should be replaced by Competency-based surgical training.
Data from this quite new research field is not yet abundant. Our work consists of building the network between surgical societies and all kinds of stakeholders, to inspire to new scientific studies and to new agreements on surgical training methodology. Short-term goals are including lobbying, make leading health care leaders aware of challenges and possibilities within this domain.
Surgicon’s points of view in this field should be based on scientific data, and only presented as recommendations free to follow. From the very beginning our motto has been “No competition – Only collaboration”, indicating that any form of competition within this topic would be counter-productive referring to our ultimate goal of internationally common guidelines for surgical competency.