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J.Jpn. Surg. Soc.. 123(2): 165-168, 2022

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Department of Gastroenterological Surgery, Kumamoto University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kumamoto, Japan

Yoshifumi Baba, Hideo Baba

With the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) variants, the nature of academic meetings was forced to undergo major changes. The 120th and 121st Annual Congresses of the Japan Surgical Society, which were held in a completely web-based format, were not only broadcast live during the meeting but could also be viewed after the meeting via archived transmission. The archived transmissions allowed us to view the presentations “anytime, anywhere, and as many times as possible” and “with certainty and efficiency.” Some presentations were viewed by more members than would have been possible at a physical meeting. On the other hand, there were some problems with archiving, such as the unidirectional nature of the presentations (speakers to viewers), the lack of a sense of presence, and the loss of opportunities for young surgeons to give presentations in front of others. In addition, some commented that it was difficult to present unpublished or preliminary data considering that they could be viewed over a long period. For the further development of future academic meetings, it is hoped that advances will be made in archived transmission and the problems can be overcome.

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