A meeting was held on Sept 15, 2016 in Kraków Poland, between the officials of ESSO and SOSPK. It was attended by Current President ESSO, Prof Ricardo Audiosio and future President Elect Prof Santiago Moreno Gonzales from Esso side and Prof. Muhammad Arshad Cheema, Prof Zafar Choudry and Prof Abul Fazal from SOSPK side. It was agreed during the meeting to make SoS PK officially an affiliated society of European Society of Surgical Oncology. ESSO is an umbrella organization of 16 cancer surgery societies of Europe.
It was also decided that members of SOS pk will be offered membership of ESSO through SOSPK secretariat at a reduced rate of € 40 (Rs 5000) / year which will include electronic access to ESJO journal apart from other membership benefits like reduced rate registration to congresses and courses on European continent etc
It was further agreed that ESSO will jointly organize a 4-hour session with SOSPK on Feb 4, 2017 afternoon during 9th Cancer Surgery Conference to be held at PC Lahore. This will include online live presentations from European teaching centers for the benefit of the surgeons and trainees from Pakistan.
The attached pictures were taken at the end of deliberations and show Prof Zafar, Prof Gonzales, & Prof Audisio & Prof AbulFazal, myself and Dr Azhar Bashir.
I will shortly send an invitation to hold an executives meeting to discuss these matters further. The meeting is provisionally planned for Sunday Oct 16 @ Rose Room Lahore Gymkhana 8 –10 pm