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International Surgical Week

The World's Congress of Surgery - ISW 2022
49th World Congress of the International Society of Surgery ISS/SIC

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As a medical student I have learned a lot about how to progress my future surgical career and I know what to do in order to get into surgery.

I think that face-to-face congresses reflect the liveliness of the organization and should be encouraged, unlike online congresses which very often do not always capture the attention - we connect then we disappear without even following the conference.

Most valuable was the networking and discssions of surgeons from around the globe. Nothing can take away the benefits of face-to-face interaction.

Especially in terms of the approach to gallbladder polyps and the management of acute cholecystitis, it will make my choice of surgery more prominent.

I do prefer in person congresses as they provide the opportunity to interact in a meaningful way with other people.

For a few days, it was possible to understand the experience of colleagues from different surgical subspecialties.

I will increase fluid amount for acute pancreatitis patients on the first day of admission.

I much prefer in person congresses, but I admit that some people cannot easily travel although they would benefit from the science presented at the congress and therefore a hybrid model may reach a larger audience.

I appreciated to meeting people - being able to network with surgeons from around the world. I also really enjoyed the society dinner (IATSIC/IASSS).

I got a better understanding of my field of interest, in terms of plastic surgery, and I got to meet David N. Herndon.

Although online does allow for transfer of information and education, the ability to have discussions isn't present. I am definitely favour in person.

I most appreciated the networking opportunities, it's been too long since face to face events have been held.   Fantastic to have students and younger trainees in serum and assisting at the podium.... great way to network with them and vice versa!

face-to-face ONLY
15-18 August, 2022

Vienna,  Austria

at HOFBURG Vienna

Learn from world-changing thinkers and innovators in the global surgical community


Engaging and insightful, the International Surgical Week (ISW) 2022 provides a platform for scientific and clinical working groups where they can collaborate to establish the foundations for future diagnostic and surgical challenges, and discuss novel approaches and standards, facilitating progress towards real-time, patient-oriented solutions.

We are pleased to inform you that International Surgical Week ISW 2022 has been granted 24 European CME credits (ECMEC®s) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®).





Our last congress was the Virtual Surgical Week VSW 2021. Visit for more information and to watch the sessions.

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ISS Foundation

Support young surgeons. As the world has become “smaller”, we all recognize the importance of education in the developing world, and especially so in the field of health care and surgery. The primary goal of the ISS Foundation is to help to educate surgeons in the developing world on new techniques, state-of the-art ideas, and the ability to deliver these advances to their citizens. Our Society and this Foundation is dedicated to these educational endeavors. Please help us to meet these goals. Marco G. Patti, MD

Foundation for Global Surgical Care of the ISS/SIC


Art. 2      Purpose

The Foundation aims to promote further education and training in the various fields of surgery. The Foundation is internationally active.

The Foundation primarily pursues its purpose through:

  1. The specific promotion of research and training projects and their documentation;

  2. the organization, realization and support of further education and training courses, of specialist congresses, symposia and specialist discussion groups;

  3. the support of specialist publications;

  4. the payment of education grants;

  5. the organization and support of the international exchange of specialists for research and other training purposes.

The Foundation has no profit-making purpose and does not seek to generate any profit. The Foundation's activities are based on the principle of non-profit making and political and religious independence. The Foundation may also acquire, manage and sell real estate as well as promote, support and carry out all activities to realize the purpose of the Foundation.



For other questions and comments email

International Society of Surgery

ISS/SIC Administrative Office

Seefeldstrasse 88, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland

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