The 10th World Society for Simulation Surgery, 2018

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is a great honor for us to host the 10th congress of the Society for Simulation Surgery. There are several exciting developments for our organization. First and foremost, we have renamed the society from the International Society for Simulation Surgery (ISSiS) to the World Society for Simulation Surgery (WSSS). We feel this will help us to serve our mission to advance simulation surgery without being sidetracked by the implications of our previous initials. The next exciting development is that the congress will be held outside of Asia for the first time in its history, as we will join the 88th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons/Plastic Surgery Foundation (ASPS/PSF). The meeting is to be held in Chicago, Illinois from Sept. 29 through October 1. The WSSS meetings will be held on Sep. 30. When registering for the ASPS, please indicate that you are a WSSS member so that we may track the registration process. You will find that the ASPS meeting offers a plethora of educational offerings that will excite and inspire all WSSS members. Participants are welcome to join the instructional courses of the ASPS at no extra charge. You will also find a host of activities to welcome international guests to the ASPS, including an International Reception to be held in the Museum of Science and Industry, hosted by the Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF). We would encourage all of you to consider joining the ASPS as International members so that you may enjoy their many educational offerings and member benefits on an ongoing basis. The benefits of membership are outlined in the Membership section of the ASPS website:

The WSSS congress provides a forum in which international leading experts from all over the Asian Pacific region and the world can present and discuss the latest topics regarding simulation surgery, giving a great opportunity for them to share their knowledge and experience. The scientific arena of this congress is of fundamental importance to foster innovation in simulation surgery and move these concepts from the planning and design phase to implementation in clinical practice. By holding this event in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, we feel it will further stimulate a mutual exchange of ideas well beyond the Asian Pacific region.

Not only is Chicago one of the most popular attractions for tourism in the United States, it is also one of the best-recognized locations for hosting professional conferences. Venues for the meeting will include Navy Pier, the Museum of Science and Industry, with host hotels located on or near Chicago’s famous Miracle Mile. The commute from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to the hotels in downtown Chicago is a 30 minute cab ride, but could take longer depending on the traffic conditions. There are also trains that travel directly from the O’Hare airport to downtown (CTA Blue Line) if one wishes to avoid heavy traffic conditions.

We encourage colleagues from all over the Asian Pacific region and the world to attend and make this an unforgettable important and enjoyable meeting. We look forward to gathering with you to enjoy a pleasant autumn in the beautiful city of Chicago, located on the shore of Lake Michigan.

With Regards,

Arun K. Gosain, President-Elect

Akira Yamada, Secretary

World Society for Simulation Surgery



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