Once again we want to welcome you to the Hannes Meyer Cardiothoracic Surgery Registrar Symposium. Our department has been organizing this symposium since 2004 on behalf of the University of the Free State, the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgeons of South Africa and the European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery. This symposium has been presented in different locations over the years, but this year it is once again presented in our home town, Bloemfontein. We have developed a hopefully stimulating wet-lab program on Friday, followed by didactic sessions presented by our distinguished EACTS panel on Saturday. It is completed by presentations from every training unit in South Africa on Saturday and Sunday. We also want to welcome our delegates from other African Countries. You are most welcome and we really value your participation. We are very excited about the role that simulation training can fulfil in the training and re-training of surgeons and perfusionist. We shall demonstrate some of the available models and systems on Friday. On Saturday you will also be asked to participate in an evaluation of simulation training to help us to develop a simulation program for Africa and South Africa. We are looking forward to your input. We want to thank our sponsors without their generous support this meeting will not be possible. Once again, welcome to Bloemfontein and I trust you will have a pleasant and fruitful stay!

Regards
Francis E Smit

Let me welcome you to this seventeenth Hannes Meyer Registrars Symposium on behalf of the European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. Our association continues to support this important educational event, which represents a unique opportunity to bring together surgeons in training with some prominent experts in our field of cardiothoracic surgery.

Lectures in the program are planned only as introduction to the topic, and we again expect you to engage speakers in lively discussion. Development of cardiothoracic surgery in Sub-Saharan Africa – with notable exception of surgery in Republic of South Africa – is still slow, and EACTS will continue to exert educational assistance, as in this Hannes Meyer Symposium, and in other educational ventures.

Marko Turina,

MD Past President, EACTS Editor em., EJCTS

On behalf of the executive of the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of South Africa a sincere welcome is extended to all delegates attending the seventeenth annual Hannes Meyer Registrars Forum.

The Society remains committed to be involved in furthering the academic development of the dicipline and together with the bieniel Society meeting the Forum is an integral part of that involvement.

Once again we remain indebted to our colleagues from the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgeons whose contribution is valuable at many levels and as before we appreciate and look forward to hosting them.

We wish to express our gratitude to the industry without whose financial assistance these academic meetings will not be possible.

We thank all the staff involved in the organizing of this meeting for their effort and energy to make the meeting possible.

Robert Kleinloog

President

Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of South Africa

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