The new activity of IFOS (International Federation of Otorhinolaryngological Societies) is to support world scientific and educational activities of all ORL HNS subspecialties. As you may know the IFOS World ORL HNS Congress is held every four years and the next one will be June 1-5, 2013 in Seoul, Korea. In the three years between the world ORL HNS congresses we would like to organize or support international otologic, rhinologic and head and neck events.
The 5th World Congress of the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies (IFHNOS) will be held in New York, July 26-30, 2014. This will serve as an ideal opportunity to be supported by IFOS to invite National ORL societies and their members from all over the world to join this meeting to learn a lot from the internationally acknowledged experts in this field. Tumors of the sinuses, skull base, oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, thyroid gland, salivary glands and neck metastasis are a significant part of otorhinolaryngology practice in every corner of the globe. Modern diagnostic tools, theoretical knowledge, surgical skills, and principles of non-surgical treatment will be the subject of panels, scientific presentations, instructional courses and video-sessions. I take this opportunity to invite all those who participate in the management of these multidisciplinary problems to attend the 5th World Congress of IFHNOS which is supported by IFOS.
General Secretary of IFOS
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
It is our great honor to invite you to the 20th World Congress of The International Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Societies(IFOS), which will be held from June 1 to 5, 2013 at the COEX Convention and Exhibition Center in Seoul, Korea under the theme of "Innovation and Integration in ORL-HNS".
(Congress Website: http://www.ifosseoul2013.com/)
Under the energetic guide of the IFOS Program Advisory Committee, and with tremendous support from the Korean Society of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (KSORL) and the Korean Society of Otorhinolaryngologic Clinicians (KSOC), the Local Scientific Committee has put together an unmatched scientific program with over 1,000 moderators, chairs, panelists and speakers who have incorporated many innovative new elements to provide a lively and compelling educational experiences in the fields of ENT.
- Special Lectures, Keynote Lectures, Round Tables, Panel Discussions, Symposia
- 60 Instructional Courses
- Free Paper Sessions: Oral Presentations, e-Posters, Video Festival
- 100 Meetings and Symposia Organized by ENT Organizations
For those seeking to expand their knowledge of the fiend and learn about the most up-to-date advancements and discoveries, the IFOS Seoul 2013 World Congress is an opportunity not to be missed. The local organizing committee has also planned many special social events and tour programs which will give participants and their families an excellent taste of our unique Korean culture before, during and after the Congress. IFOS Seoul 2013 offers an exciting tour program which includes daily tours and pre/post congress tours. All tours are designed to give participants an authentic Korean experience, bringing visitors face to face with Korea' natural beauty, abundant historical sites and modern amenities.
As only the second World Congress ever to be held in Asia, currently the world's most rapidly developing region, your participation and cooperation is important for us. We expect over 6,000 ENT doctors and related professionals from around the world to gather in Seoul, and so we strongly encourage you to join your colleagues who have already registered for what is sure to be an immensely rewarding and memorable experience.
It is our sincerest hope that, as in past Congresses, IFOS Seoul 2013 will bring all of us together to share in the common goal of advancing and developing the field of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.
Chong Sun Kim, M.D.
In otorhinolaryngology video plays a very important role. MEDtube is delivering useful, innovative tools, helping our community of professionals. I share MEDtube passion for innovative education and the concept of sharing medical knowledge. Here we present a possibility to watch ENT medical videos presented in the MEDtube. All who want to publish their video can send it either to IFOS webmaster or directly to MEDtube.
It was not an easy decision to agree with the candidacy for the General Secretary of IFOS after such great personalities of international otorhinolaryngology as Jean Marquet, Peter Alberti and Jan Grote that have brought international ORL and IFOS world congress to the today level. This position requires a lot of personal effort, time consuming activities to find the bridge between east and west, north and south, hi tech otorhinolaryngology and mirror otoscopy, otologists, rhinologists and head and neck experts, political cuts and appropriate needs.
What should we focus at during the incoming period.
The IFOS world congress:
The preparation process is in excellent shape. Seoul is the city with a lot of experience hosting international meetings of any kind. The Korean colleagues under the leadership of Chong Kim are doing very good job with adequate timing. The first information has already been delivered and the program committee will meet in Seoul in May this year to prepare attractive and valuable program for otolaryngologists from all over the world. We all hope that many colleagues will find this congress interesting and worth to come to Seoul. The bit for hosting the IFOS congress 2017 has already been delivered among national societies.
Cooperation with subspeciality organizations:
Otorhinolaryngology in the developed world is developing mainly in the subspeciality organizations. The latest developments and achievements are presented in the meetings focused on particular parts of ORL. Some of these organizations may be invited to become a partner of IFOS and organize their meetings under the auspice of IFOS as world subspeciality meetings. This will not increase the numbers of meetings but will bring awareness of such an event for all national societies and their members.
How to bridge developed and developing countries in the field of ORL:
This is the task that is difficult to manage generally, not only in the ORL field. There are always requests to reduce the congress fee for the developing countries on the HINARI list. Even if we would do so this would not significantly increase the number of participants from the developing countries. More effective in this field might be continental organization as EUFOS, PAFOS, AOFOS etc., that can better recognize local needs and provide scholarships for individuals not only for the congresses but also for courses, long term education, study stays. IFOS will support the activities of experts from the developed world in the developing world.
Hearing for all:
The world begins to recognize hearing loss and deafness as significant disability that should be monitored, managed and supported. Neonatal hearing screening, hearing screening in preschool children, hearing screening in elderly will identify many people with hearing disability requiring some intervention. It is important to show these problems to talk about them to be recognised and funded properly. There is a significant progress in the action Hearing for all in the WHO. We should unify all our activities to recognize hearing problems all over the world to join our forces.
These are the first ideas to continue and the IFOS business and to ensure sustained development in the field of international oto-rhino-laryngology and head and neck surgery.
General Secretary of IFOS from 2011
During the XIXth World Congress in Sao Paulo, the initiatives of the Educational Committee were discussed in the Executive Committee meetings of Sunday May 31st and June 4th and were approved during the General Assembly.
The paper on minimum requirements of an ENT training worldwide are combined with the initiative of Dr. Johan Fagan from Cape Town to start with an ENT training program within the Developing Countries. This training program should be totally different from the training programs in Developed Countries because of their need and possibilities and their different incidence of disease and complications. Dr. Johan Fagan developed the website Educational support for ENT surgeons in the Developing World