In the upcoming conference “Scientific Days of Oncology Institute Bucharest”, many ideas can appear in the mind of the participants. One of these ideas is the role of this conference in our professional life. This aspect was very well explained by Sundeep Mishra two years ago in Indian Heart Journal: “Medical conferences are supposed to fulfill a critically important role in the ongoing education of physicians, technicians, nurses and other health care providers. There are many functions which these conferences meet, apart from merely imparting education: sharpening the skills, ability to interact with peers and KOLs, trying new equipment, evolving novel and locally relevant ideas, developing consensus in contentious areas, all leading to improvement in healthcare delivery and patient outcomes. However, at the moment, the conferences are too many and not very effective in delivering the purported benefit. Further, there is need to reconcile the entanglement of interests between the organizers (usually, physicians) and the fund donors (industry)”.
I agree that these conferences are more and more commercial in the liminal message, and maybe for that reason medical health professionals do not participate in large numbers.
The age in which the technique has a rapid evolution is another factor that lowers the interest in attending conferences, so these conferences must focus on the human side that is missing from those who only get information from the Internet.
The exchange of ideas, theories, new information, among researchers and scientists, can often lead to new discoveries. Where does this scientific exchange take place? At medical schools, professional medical organization or society meetings; continuing medical education; government meetings, and so on, but they keep quiet, with respect for values and ethics.
Finally, I hope that this conference will give more information to participants and will reveal the important role of communication and team collaboration in helping to reduce medical errors and increase patient safety.