Long ago, we had announced that our annual Istanbul Reconstructive Breast Cancer Surgery (IREBS) Workshop is planned to be held in a face-to-face format for the eighth time since 2013. However, after COVID19 outbreak, to protect public health, many restrictive official measures were taken such as travel limitations and convention restraints. So far, there is no assurance that those measures will be lifted until September. Therefore, as the organizing committee, we decided to organize IREBS Workshop as a virtual event. The same main scientific program will be implemented as announced, but lectures, panels, and modules will be run on-line.
This basic oncoplastic breast surgery training program is a project of SENATURK which has over 10-year experience in academic and clinical training on breast health. This year’s program will also include all aspects of therapeutic mammoplasty which we think breast surgeons should be skilled on. Therefore, we do expect that this workshop will attract those surgical oncologists with a major interest in breast cancer management. The leading certified and experienced breast and plastic surgeons will be the tutors and trainers during this on-line workshop. The language of the event will be English during 19-20 September and Turkish during 26-27 September. The program will be composed of both lectures on oncoplastic breast surgery as well as implant-based reconstruction after mastectomy and practical modules for therapeutic mammoplasty techniques. Live “question & answer” sessions will follow each lecture and live interactions will take place during practical modules.
The course attendants will listen to eminent surgeons about principles, indications, technique selection, preoperative planning, and preparation, technique details, visual documentation, outcome assessment, avoidance and management of complications after therapeutic mammoplasty. Participants will follow 6 practical modules in which 8 basic therapeutic mammoplasty techniques as well as implant-based and latissimus dorsi flap reconstructions will be demonstrated. As the third component of the workshop, the trainees will follow 2 “live” MDT board sessions in which clinical cases will be discussed with eminent and experienced physicians from pathology, radiology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, breast, and plastic surgery.
This new design also urged us to make a significant discount on the registration rate as well. We hope this would also be a noteworthy point for those who are willing to attend this training.
We believe that this online training event will make you return to your professional life with a more skilled and better understanding of the role of oncoplastic breast surgery.
Hopefully seeing you join us on-line for IREBS 2020 next September.