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J.Jpn. Surg. Soc.. 123(2): 172-175, 2022


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WHAT WILL BE THE NEW NORMAL FOR INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES IN THE POST-COVID-19 ERA?

Department of Gastroenterological Surgery & Clinical Oncology, Toho University Graduate School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

Hideaki Shimada

Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, international conferences of medical societies held in 2020 and 2021 shifted to the online modality. If time differences are not an issue, those who attend virtually can receive the most recent information without sacrificing daily practice schedules. For surgeons who are burdened with routine practice, online meetings can be of great benefit. On the other hand, from the standpoint of hosting, plans for live academic conferences allowing for both chance encounters and strengthening bonds of familiarity had to be abandoned. How will this trend change in the post-COVID-19 era? I discuss the current situation of the Japan Surgical Society and future strategies for developing its annual congress.


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