SEOUL, Oct. 19 (Korea Bizwire) – Dozens of medical professionals from across Asia are attending the Asian Transplantation Week 2017 to train under South Korean liver transplant specialists, described by Zhaksylyk Doskaliev of Kazakhstan’s National Transplant Coordinating Center as “leading not just Asia but the entire world in pioneering medical treatment”.
The symposium, jointly held by the Korea Organ Donation Agency and the Seoul National University Hospital’s HBP Department, is taking place at the Grand Hyatt Incheon Hotel and SNUH (Seoul National University Hospital).
Doskaliev’s opinion of the Korean medical staff as “among the world’s best” is one borne out by the huge number of professionals who every year apply for trainee positions at SNUH.
This year’s walkthroughs, ‘Inosculation of Arteries Using Microscopes’ and ‘Application of ICG Techniques’ (utilization of particular chemicals to observe the biliary tract), left the visitors highly impressed.
Surgeons from developing countries like Myanmar and Kazakhstan reportedly rate the liver transplant abilities of South Korean doctors higher than those of their American or Japanese counterparts.Dr. Yoon Gyeong-cheol of the SNUH Liver Transplantation Department said, “Cases [of medical professionals] coming to learn surgery techniques from not only developing countries, but advanced nations like the United States and European countries have become more common.”
He added, “Even now, if you visit Seoul National University Hospital’s surgery rooms, you’ll find a considerable number of foreign doctors who are there for training.”
A member of the Asian Society of Transplantations pointed out that SNUH is the only medical institution in the world that utilizes laparoscopic surgery equipment in at least 90 percent of all liver transplant surgeries.
Another reason South Korea receives high marks from visitors is due to the efforts doctors make to pass on their knowledge through an educational system centered on stability.
For example, during this year’s symposium, a walkthrough of a liver transplant procedure using laparoscopic surgery equipment was held. On October 22, the last day of the event, a transplant surgery using a pig is planned.
The efforts of the hosts have not gone unnoticed.
“Whenever I visit Korea to attend the symposium, I am always left astounded. The Korean surgeons’ superior liver transplant surgery techniques utilizing laparoscopic surgery equipment never cease to amaze me,” Doskaliev gushed in an interview with Yonhap News on October 18.
Lina Jang (firstname.lastname@example.org)