In an interview, Prof. Doug McWhinnie, president-elect of the IAAS for the 2019-2021 biennium, speaks about the growing importance of IAAS as an organization and the impact of the ongoing educational programs in countries in Eastern Europe and Africa. Describing himself not necessarily as the president but as the "caretaker" of the organization, he discloses some of the plans for incoming years. Learn more details watching the interview below.
"IAAS is now becoming a large organization", explains Prof. Doug McWhinnie, with 18 national associations as full members and two further corresponding members. "We have got good educational programs ongoing", namely the train-the-trainers program, which has provided training courses in countries of Eastern Europe, as well as Mozambique and Cape Verde. In the future, the new president plans to extend this rewarding initiative also to China and other African countries.
Praising the excellence of the organizing committee and program of the 13th edition of the IAAS congress, not forgetting the warmth of the people from Porto, he is also pleased to announce the program of Ambulatory Surgery conferences scheduled for the near future, starting with the 3rd European Congress in Madrid in March 2020 and the Biennial International Conference to be held in Bruges in May 2021.
"So, we are planning out not just next year but the next three, four and five years", he added.