The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Thoracic Surgery Branch of Guangdong Medical Doctor Association (GMDA) and the 5th Summit Forum on Diagnosis and Treatment of Thoracic Surgery was held by the Thoracic Surgery Branch of GMDA, co-organized by the Department of Thoracic Surgery of Guangdong General Hospital and the Department of Thoracic Surgery of the Fifth Affiliated Hospital of Zunyi. Attended by 400 thoracic surgeons and 13 internationally reputable scholars and experts, their participation and speeches played a magnificent thoracic surgery academic symphony.
Starlight opening ceremony
During the opening ceremony, encouraging and inspiring speeches were given by Prof. Jie He, academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Figure 1); Wu Yan, deputy mayor of Zhuhai Municipal People’s Government (Figure 2); Prof. Zhiqiong Wang, permanent honorary president of GMDA (Figure 3); Prof. Tiehua Rong, Chairman of Esophageal Cancer Committee of Chinese Anti-Cancer Association (Figure 4); Prof. Jianguo Li, director of the Fifth Affiliated Hospital of Zunyi (Figure 5); Prof. Gang Chen, Chairman of this summit, Chairman of the Thoracic Surgery Branch of GMDA (Figure 6). They reviewed the history and expected the brilliant future, also warmly welcomed all participants, and delivered expectations on this summit.
Thirteen splendid speeches of the scholars (Figures 7-19)
The summit’s theme is “new technology, new progress, mutual learning, and mutual progress”. Academic topics cover a variety of thoracic surgery diseases, diagnosis and treatment scheme and surgical technology. Prof. Chen explained that this summit not only carried forward previous advantages but also added new contents, including operative treatment, comprehensive treatment, precision medicine and medical examination. In addition, pathology and other subjects were also covered. Great attention was paid to lung cancer and esophageal cancer as well.
All seats are occupied by the participants who devoted themselves to learning together
The summary from Chairman Chen: make academic communication from better to best!
At the end of the meeting, Prof. Gang Chen made a brilliant conclusion of the work of the Thoracic Surgery Branch of GMDA in the past year (Figure 22), he also shared his feedback and evaluations towards this forum. Prof. Chen proposed that the work during the previous year mainly focused on primary hospital training, academic conference, and further education program, including the national-level further education project in Gaozhou People’s Hospital and Nanfang Hospital Cardiothoracic Forum, all of which have made great achievements. Better stick to it and carry on meanwhile to remedy shortcomings, for instance, be strict with internal construction and discipline within the committee. Uplifting doctors’ legal awareness is also a key task. Furthermore, publicity plays an essential role as it attracts more excellent doctors to join the committee and benefits more patients. Prof. Chen concluded this forum as “a complete success”, with more than 400 outstanding thoracic surgeons attended that created a prosperous thoracic surgery academic event. It’s a great opportunity for cultural and educational exchanges as well. The goal of mutual promotion and mutual improvement through this summit has been achieved. A reputable brand has been set.
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