Crisis management: an opportunity for improvement?
Editorial from Jacques Menetrey
“The most important mountain is the next one you will climb”
Dear ESSKA members, Dear colleagues,
It is a great honour, privilege, and pleasure to assume the presidency of ESSKA. Since 1996, when I attended the Budapest meeting, ESSKA has been my family and my garden. I have always adored the atmosphere of its meetings, their international flavour, the scientific exchange, the friendship, and a coffee here and there amongst old friends. My chairmanship of the Basic Science and the U45 Committees, followed by the appointment to the Board as General Secretary, showed me the inside-life of ESSKA, and its great leaders. I am proud to be the third Swiss President and will try and bring the best of my country which is open, democratic, consensual, and pragmatic. I will try and keep ESSKA running like a Swiss watch!
ESSKA has constantly risen, these last years, and our first task was consolidation. Well, this was before the coronavirus hit Europe so rapidly and so badly.
This is obviously not the best time for our people. Like most associations, ESSKA has to postpone all its face-to-face educational activities. But we will keep ESSKA alive through different services to our members and community. Today, we have already begun with the ESSKA COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations about resuming elective surgery. And there is more to come (webinars, books, core curriculum, digital courses, consensus methodology, etc…). This is an opportunity to develop ESSKA’s digital technology.
As I say, ESSKA will continue its journey; the Board will keep working online, as will our education, and we encourage all of you to pursue your own research. Our first significant meeting will be the Strategic meeting, in Montreux, Switzerland on 10-11 September 2020. This will allow us to review our society’s mission, its structure and its priorities for the next four years. It will obviously need to consider the new situation. For sure, we need to be creative, flexible, and resourceful.
One of our objectives for the two next years is the service we provide our members; the education, the science, and professional guidelines. We have several working-groups, which are tasked for consensus, guidelines, and recommendations. The Milan Congress has been postponed to 2021, but the scientific and educational work within ESSKA is continuing, as if Milan was this May. Therefore, new and ongoing projects will be ready to be presented in Paris in 2022. And the pipeline is full of promising and captivating initiatives and studies.
After more than two years of intensive work, and applying a robust methodology, the Core Curriculum for ESSKA Specialists is complete, and it looks very good. Thank you so much to all the people involved. Phase 2 will cover the body of knowledge, and educational support (both theoretical and practical), needed to reach ESSKA’s Specialist Certification.
Education is ever and always ESSKA’s mission, and our educational programme has been strengthened by publishing strategy, by JEO’s change of scope, by the Core Curriculum, and by expanding our Academy. We continuously work on our successful “All about” Surgical Skills Courses, thanks to a good partnership with industry. In this respect, we shall need “all hands to the pumps” over this difficult period.
ESSKA is a non-profit association that relies upon volunteers, but we have a professional core, which has been improved over recent years. The present crisis is a real stress-test for us. To be honest, it’s extremely difficult, because there are so many unknowns. We will have to take hard decisions, and trust to our great team.
This is certainly not the easiest time, for me, to take control, but I’m confident about ESSKA’s Board and the professional staff. And confident about YOU ALL, members and friends of ESSKA. I solemnly ask you to support and be united for the society’s activities and initiatives in the coming months and…years.
It will be my pleasure to serve ALL of you and ESSKA for these challenging two years.
Past Presidents' Editorials
2018-2020 David Dejour
2016-2018 Romain Seil
2014-2016 Matteo Denti
2012-2014 João Espregueira-Mendes