ARG – Antibiotic Review Group (Currently Chairman of the Group)

ASSA – Association of Surgeons of South Africa.

The Association is an official group of the South African Medical Association and our aims and objectives include: promoting the science and practice of surgery. as well as to represent and further the interests of surgeons in South Africa. We also sponsor and promote surgical journals, to encourage and support surgical research in Southern Africa.

EATS – European Association for Transluminal Surgery.

EITS – European Institute for Telesurgery Surgery.

Laparoscopic Training Center (Strasbourg, France)

IRCAD / EITS was created in Strasbourg 17 years ago. The creation of the Institute resulted from the combined synergy of the University of Strasbourg, private companies, and local authorities.
On an international scale, more than 3500 surgeons come to Strasbourg every year to make the most of our unique training courses. The exceptional involvement and self-commitment of more than 800 international experts is key to the institute’s success.

GMC – General Medical Council UK

The GMC registers doctors to practise medicine in the UK. Our purpose is to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine.

HPCSA – Health Professions Council of South Africa.

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA or the Council) is a statutory body, established in terms of the Health Professions Act No. 56 . We are committed to serving and protecting the public and providing guidance to registered healthcare practitioners.
We achieve our mandate by regulating the health professions in the Republic of South Africa in aspects pertaining to registration, education and training, professional conduct and ethical behavior, ensuring continuing professional development, and fostering compliance with healthcare standards.

Medical Protection Society(MPS)

MPS is the world’s leading indemnifier of healthcare professionals
As a not-for-profit mutual organisation, MPS offers discretionary indemnity to members with the legal, ethical and related problems that arise from their professional practice.

MPS membership offers peace of mind to more than 270,000 members worldwide

SAGES – The South African Gastroenterology Society.

SAGES aspires to be the driving force in gastroenterology in South Africa and to contribute constructively to the development of the discipline on the African continent, with the primary aim of improving the health of those suffering from disease of the gastrointestinal tract. It therefore wishes to assume a dominant role in the region for the generation and dissemination of scientific knowledge, which serves as the intellectual basis for gastroenterology. It strives to enhance the status of gastroenterology as a discipline, while promoting high standards of professionalism of gastroenterologists. It recognises the need to foster intellectual and social diversity within the society.

SAGES – USA. Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

The mission of the Society is:
To provide leadership in surgery, particularly gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery (aka keyhole surgery), to optimize patient care through education, research and innovation.
For purposes of this document, minimal access/non-invasive technology and techniques is defined as diagnostic or therapeutic flexible endoscopy, laparoscopic surgery (aka keyhole surgery), endoscopic image-guided and energy-assisted modalities and thoracoscopy as they relate to gastrointestinal or abdominal disease.

SAMA – South African Medical Association.

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) is a non-statutory, professional association for public and private sector medical practitioners. Registered as an independent, non-profit Section 21 company SAMA acts as a trade union for its public sector members and as a champion for doctors and patients. On behalf of its members, the Association strives for a health care dispensation that will best serve their needs.

SASES – South African Society of Endoscopic Surgeons.

The Society was established to promote high standards of endoscopic surgery (aka keyhole surgery) in South Africa. It will disseminate knowledge and training via academic meetings, training courses and sponsorships. It will formulate and provide guidelines for basic and advanced laparoscopy. It will advise and assist official bodies such as South African Medical Association and the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) with credentialing issues and ethical issues arising from the practice of endoscopic surgery. It will seek to co-operate and interact with the other South African surgical societies and with international laparoscopic societies.

SURGICOM –Improving the outlook for Surgery and Surgeons.

Improving the outlook for surgery and surgeons remains the primary function of Surgicom, and the strategy for achieving this is really two pronged.

1. Representation on bodies which make determinations affecting our future as a profession, the manner in which surgery will be practiced, and the vision for the future.

2. Ongoing contact with the funding industry to attempt to achieve an appropriate level of remuneration, and to establish a strong voice when decisions are made.