CAPE TOWN, 8 OCTOBER – The South African Society of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeons (SASMFOS) will host its annual SASMFOS Congress 2019 from 24 to 26 October 2019 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). The SASMFOS Congress 2019 is hosted in conjunction with the British Association of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS), Australia New Zealand Association of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons (ANZAOMS), and the African division of the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists (IAOP). The programme features a wide range of themes with eminent lectures from all participating societies and associations.
“Delegates can expect to enjoy an informative week with plenty of opportunities for networking and collaboration with local and international leading industry professionals,” says Dr Frits Hoogendijk, President of SASMFOS.
“The annual congress week kicks-off on 21 October with a three-day Cadaver Masterclass Workshop which is endorsed by the International Association of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons (IAOMS) as a SIGN course,” adds Hoogendijk. The pre-congress workshops take place from 21 to 23 October, leading into the annual Congress from the 24th.
The congress aims to provide guidance on best practice management for surgeons and medical aid funders, as well as insight into innovation trends in the industry, extending beyond everyday practice and incorporating new ideas outside the usual for collaboration with different sectors. “Space for workshops is limited and both delegate and non-delegates are strongly advised to register as soon as possible,” cautions Hoogendijk. Workshops will be run by sponsors Biomet, Stryker, Southern Implants, Straumann, and Dentsply Sirona.
The highly-respected American MFO specialist surgeon Dr Rui Fernandes will present his abstract on perforator flaps in head and neck reconstruction. From private dental practice to healthcare law, Dr Alasdair McKelvie, from the UK, will present two legal abstracts on claims drivers and regulatory investigations, and how indemnity and insurance works. Other notable speakers of the conference include BOAMS President Dr Satyesh Parmar, academic stalwarts Prof Johan Reyneke and Prof Kurt-W Bütow, Dr Louwrens “Blackie” Swart and Dr Bhavin Visavadia.
“As specialist surgeons, we embrace innovation and seek to find the best quality care and most effective solutions that will add value in our relationship with our patients, hospitals and funders. To remain current and relevant, we need to engage in an open dialogue with not only local societies, but seek partnerships within a global network. The programme features world-renowned specialists, engaging in a variety of topics and ideas around maxillofacial and oral surgery,” says Hoogendijk.
“An exciting addition to the programme in 2019 is Gerhard Steenkamp, a world renowned veterinary dentist and maxillofacial surgeon, passionate about conservation in Africa. His talk will showcase the history of veterinary dentistry and its growth, with particular emphasis on wild African animals,” adds Hoogendijk who previously worked with Steenkamp on lengthening the misaligned jaw of an adult male chimpanzee – a procedure which was considered a first of its kind.
“SASMFOS, BAOMS and ANZAOMS extends a warm welcome to all congress delegates, and trusts that the scientific programme and networking opportunities will add exceptional value to delegates attending.
Delegates can also look forward to enjoying all that Cape Town and the surrounding areas has to offer while attending a valuable academic meeting in the heart of the beautiful Mother City,” concludes Hoogendijk.
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With around 12 million patients in South Africa, SASMFOS aims to represent member surgeons and to engage, on their behalf with medical aid funds to facilitate coverage of medical procedures, hospitals, healthcare providers, patients and regulatory authorities. SASMFOS provides support on best practice management, as well as further education, research, professional development and insight into innovation trends in the industry.
Ongoing initiatives and networking opportunities provide members with local and international exposure to world-class peers, education and research. Alongside the annual SASMFOS Congress, the society offers numerous opportunities to members to keep in contact and to engage with peers from affiliated associations across the globe.
ABOUT THE SASMFOS CONGRESS 2019
Visit //congress.sasmfos.org for more information on the congress.
Like every year since the inception of the first SASMFOS Congress by the society almost 50 years ago, the SASMFOS Congress 2019 brings together maxillofacial and oral specialist surgeons from around the world to Cape Town. Delegates represent a surgical branch of both medicine and dentistry and are concerned with the diagnosis and treatement of diseases which affect the mouth, jaw, face and neck. The programme features leading industry specialists presenting on topics that impact the industry, build and foster relationships, and guidance on best practice when dealing with patients, hospitals and funders.
This year’s congress will officially be opened by SASMFOS, BAOMS, ANZAOMS and the IAOP. The diverse group of presenters and speakers are represented by both SASMFOS and the IAOP.
Topics of conversation will include:
• Head and neck malignancy • Reconstruction • Alternative reconstruction • Complex dental implant reconstruction • Orthognathics • Cranio-facial and clefts • Pathology and ethics • TMJ • A variety lectures on diverse topics
MORE ABOUT THE CONGRESS WORKSHOPS, 21 TO 23 OCTOBER 2019
Congress workshops will take place from 21 to 23 October.
Workshops are hosted by SASMFOS, BIOMET, STRYKER, Southern Implants and Straumann and will guide members on best practice, innovation, new technologies and products. The workshops will provide an engaging environment where attendees will be able to learn how to apply these in their own practice.
• Surgical Anatomy Cadaver, KLS Martin and Aesthetics Cadaver Workshops, hosted by BIOMET, STRYKER and Southern Implants – 21 to 23 October, Department of Anatomy, Tygerberg Medical Campus, Cape Town BIOMET, STRYKER and Southern Implants will host a three-day Surgical Anatomy Cadaver, KLS Martin and Aesthetics Cadaver Workshop from 21 to 23 October at the Department of Anatomy, Tygerberg Medical Campus. The workshop will present a course on flap raising on 21 and 22 October, presented by Prof John Langdon and his team, followed by a course on aesthetics on 23 October, presented by Prof Thiraviam Sabesan and his team.
• Southern Implants Dental Implant Workshop – 23 October, Westin Hotel, Cape Town On 23 October, Southern Implants will host a Dental Implant Workshop at the Westin Hotel in Cape Town. The one-day workshop will consist of a morning and an afternoon session. The morning session will be led by Prof PO Östman covering immediate placement in anterior extraction sockets of the new INVERTA implant. The session will include managing the entire digital workflow, from planning, guided surgery and digital reconstruction. The afternoon session will be led by Dr Greg Boyes-Varley who will discuss placement in the resected and resorbed maxilla, which will include zygomatic oncology and nazalus implants. Martin Danford will follow with a discussion on perforated flap design and technique. Dr Michael Micheal and Dr Noland Naidoo will close-off the afternoon session with a presentation on the essentials of prosthetic reconstruction of the resected maxilla.
• Straumann Dental Implant & Biomaterials Workshop – 23 October, Westin Hotel, Cape Town Straumann will host a Dental Implant & Biomaterials Workshop on 23 October at the Westin Hotel. The workshop will be a closed hands-on session and as such space is limited to 15 delegates. Dr Louwrens “Blackie” Swart will guide the session and share tips and lessons learnt from the new BLX.
• Dentsply Sirona The Future of Dentistry is Digital, an integrated implantology workshop – 23 October, Westin Hotel, Cape Town Dentsply Sirona will host an Integrated Implantology Workshop on 23 October at the Westin Hotel. The full day workshop will teach delegates a range of techniques to support their digital workflow. Dr Gert Sauer will lead the workshop in digital implantology and will show techniques on how to fabricate, place and restore an implant digitally.
IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR DELEGATES
• Venue & logistics
The 2019 congress will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. The precongress sessions will be held at the same venue, unless otherwise indicated.
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• Registration information
Kindly note that registration fees are dependent on various categories of registration. To register, please visit the official website for the congress and complete the details to see the registration fee applicable to your selected criteria. To register, please visit //congress.sasmfos.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.