Report of WFNS Educational Course Kathmandu, Nepal, April 4, 2019



WFNS Educational Course was conducted for the first time in Nepal in association with Nepalese Society of Neurosurgeons (NESON) with the theme: “Neurosurgery in Nepal: International Perspectives.” It took place at Hotel Hyatt Regency in Kathmandu on April 4, 2019. This Meeting was jointly organized by WFNS Educational Committee (Chair: Prof. Hiroyuki Kinouchi) and NESON (President: Prof. Mohan R. Sharma)
 

The course was organized with a common goal of working together to help especially the young neurosurgeons in resource-challenged environments in updating their knowledge of Neurosurgery. This reflected both the commitment of WFNS to expand neurosurgery worldwide and the desire of NESON to contribute to the educational activities of the Nepalese Neurosurgical Society at a higher level.
 

Course expenses were borne by NESON (registration and sponsorship from pharmaceuticals, equipment companies and donations excluding travel cost of international faculty). There were a total of 100 registered participants from 12 countries worldwide. The Course included lectures from 10

WFNS faculty (from Japan, China, Austria, Portugal and India) and 4 local faculty. In addition, there

was an impressive number of guests, medical students and volunteers.
 

The importance of the event had been recognized by all in Nepal - it was the result of preparation for more than a year. A press conference was held in the NESON head office one day prior to the Course to gather support from general public in Nepal.
 

A brief Opening Ceremony was held on the morning of April 4, 2019, followed by the scientific sessions. Prof. Hiroyuki Kinouchi, the WFNS Educational Committee Chair and Prof. Mohan R. Sharma, the local Chairperson, officially opened the Course jointly and welcomed speakers, participants and guests.
 

The scientific sessions were divided into skull base, vascular, tumor, and functional/trauma and spine sessions. A total of 24 lectures were delivered, each lecture followed by sufficient time for interaction between the speaker and the participants. Lectures focused on cutting-edge procedures, approaches and innovations on a wide range of  neurosurgical topics as desired by the host country. Despite it being a one-day course, the scientific program was comprehensive and audience-friendly.
 

The program ended with a brief Closing Ceremony and distribution of certificates to faculty and participants. The Presidential Dinner honoring the faculty and participants was held in the evening.
 

In addition to a high quality scientific program, there were many opportunities for networking as well as exciting social activities. During informal discussions, plans for further development of mutual cooperation were discussed. This course helped strengthen the already existing great collaboration between WFNS and NESON. Both international faculty and participants were greatly impressed by the high standard of the conference (not only contents and faculty but also logistics). Overall, this course in Kathmandu was memorable to all involved from many respects - as exemplified by many congratulatory emails received afterwards.

 

Figure legends:

Fig 1. Prof. Hiroyuki Kinouchi giving welcome speech in the Opening Ceremony.

Fig 2. Prof. Yoko Kato (middle), Prof. Mohan R. Sharma (left) and Prof. Hiroyuki Kinouchi (right)

after exchanging the mementos.

Fig 3. Group photograph at the conclusion of the course.

 

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