On behalf of The South African Society of Maxillo-Facial and Oral Surgeons it gives us great pleasure to announce that the 2018 Annual congress of our society will take place from Thursday 09th August to Sunday 12th August 2018. The congress will be held at the Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel and Conference Centre in Umhlanga near Durban.
The Coastlands Umhlanga is situated in the heart of the commercial area of Umhlanga and a mere 20 minutes from King Shaka International Airport, making it an ideal venue for the congress. The congress hotel is renowned for its friendly service and stylish attention to detail. Regular shuttles operate from the hotel to the popular shopping centers and entertainment areas in and around Umhlanga. The many options of the beaches of Umhlanga, Umhloti and Durban are easily accessible and so are the shopping malls of Gateway and the new malls in Ballito. There are numerous high quality restaurants in the Umhlanga Village which has a vibrant atmosphere in the evenings.
This year’s congress will again allow our members and registrars to showcase their work as it is considered a local content congress. Members will be able to enter for the members’ prize and registrars’ research competition. There will also be an exciting array of other South African speakers. We will showcase 5-6 eminent Maxillofacial and Oral Pathologists on the opening day, have a members’ day on the Friday, and present a pain symposium on the Saturday and end of with implantology and ethics on the Sunday morning.
The Congress organizing committee consists of Vivesh Rughubar, Rinus Beukes (treasurer), Wynand van der Linden, Greg Boyes-Varley, Jean Morkel (scientific), Doug Beere (scientific), Tom Cason and Ebi Fakir (Traders) and Mo Moolla.
The Scientific Committee welcomes abstract submissions i.e. oral and poster, including entry into the scientific competitions. We encourage all members to participate and case studies are welcome. The Abstract forms will be available on the SASMFOS congress website and electronic online abstract submissions are welcomed http://www.sasmfos.org/congress.php
Congress registration and hotel accommodation for congress delegates is being organized through OnScreen Conferences and Events. Congress registration details and hotel accommodation bookings will open shortly on the Congress website: http://www.sasmfos.org/congress.php Please contact the congress secretariat, Onscreen Conferences and Events, for any queries (021) 486 9222 or email Jolandi on email@example.com. Next year’s congress will have an online registration process, so there are no forms to fill in and fax back to the Conference organizers. Please use http://www.sasmfos.org/congress.php for online congress registration.
The preliminary congress programme will be posted shortly on the SASMFOS website (http://www.sasmfos.org/congress.php), so please take a look and book early for what is going to be a fantastic congress.
Please register for the congress early in order to facilitate the congress organization and accommodation at the congress hotel. A point for the registrars to note is that in order to be eligible for reduced congress registration fees, you have to be a registered SASMFOS registrar member. Application forms for trainee membership can be obtained from the SASMFOS Honorary secretary, Dr. Suvir Singh via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Our traditional sponsors have been approached once again for their patronage and please reciprocate by supporting our congress for 2018.
Kindest regards and looking forward to seeing you there!
SASMFOS Congress Committee 2018