Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes (UEMS) Meeting 2012

President's Welcome


Dear Delegate,


We wish to welcome you to Malta for the Spring Meeting of Surgical Section of the UEMS. This is an important meeting because there are important vacant committee posts to be filled. The meeting is going to be held at ‘The Palace” in Sliema which is a bustling seaside town in the North of the Main Island of the Maltese Archipelago. UEMS delegates and the accompanying persons together with members from the Association of Surgeons of Malta (ASM) committee will have dinner at the “ The Palace Hotel”.


On Saturday, which happens to be a public holiday in Malta, there will be the Joint ASM UEMS meeting from 0900 till 1100 followed by a coffee break. The UEMS business meeting starts at 1130 and at 1330 will break for lunch when the accompanying persons will join the delegates for lunch at the hotel. A Gala dinner hosted by the ASM will start at 2000 Saturday at the “Hotel Phoenicia” Floriana.


The accompanying persons’ free guided tour for Saturday morning starts from the “The Palace Hotel” at 0830. Guests pick a guide and a coach will take them to Valletta for a guided walking tour. At 1300, the coach will take guests from Valletta to the hotel to join the delegates for lunch.


There is an optional tour to the Medieval City of Mdina on Sunday 1st April. The coach will pick up guests from “The Palace Hotel” at 0900. There will be a guided tour of the old city that includes a visit to Palazzo Falson. This is a Medieval Palazzo that houses a treasure trove of objets d’art and is run by the Malta Heritage Foundation. Details and bookings with Ms Carola Paech.


We sincerely hope that you have a great time and a very fruitful meeting.



Joseph Galea


Association of Surgeons of Malta





UEMS Surgical Section Meeting: Information for Delegates

31st March 2012

The Association of Surgeons of Malta is proud to be hosting the U.E.M.S. Surgical Section meeting in Malta.

Honorary ASM membership will be presented to Professor Michael Polonius, the current president of the General Surgery Section of the U.E.M.S. and Professor Jacques Gruwez, professor of surgery at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium who has helped Mala over the last 30 years in post graduate training.

UEMS Surgical Section and Association of Surgeons of Malta

Joint Meeting, Malta, March 2012





Welcome address by Presidents


Moderators of Joint Session

- Professor Michael Polonius, President of UEMS Surgical Section

- Mr Joseph Galea, President Association of Surgeons of Malta



Professor Godfrey Laferla, Director of Surgery and Dean of Medical School


The NHS in Malta: a historical perspective

Mr Gordon Caruana Dingli, Consultant General Surgeon


Postgraduate surgical training in Malta – General aspects Mr Joseph Debono, Director of Postgraduate Surgical Training


Future challenges for European surgical postgraduate training

Mr Arthur Felice, Consultant General Surgeon


The need for European Exams and Accreditation Processes

Professor Vassilios Papalois, Secretary of UEMS Surgical Section


The Development of our NHS in the context of European Membership

Dr Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, Chief Medical Officer


The future of the Surgical Profession in Europe

Professor Jacques Gruwez, Professor of Surgery

The Association of Surgeons of Malta will host a gala dinner at the Phoenicia Hotel Malta at 8pm on Saturday 31st March 2012. Buses will leave the Victoria Hotel at 19.30 and will leave the Phoenicia Hotel at 23.00.




Amuse Bouche

Cream of potato and parsley, smoked salmon snippets

Orange sorbet with balsamic fruit

Roast chicken breast stuffed with gruyere cheese, served on a celeraic barsley risotto, red pepper coulis and pineappple gastrique

Chocolate and thyme tart, cassis sorbet, toffee drizzle

Wine and water

Coffee and petit fours

Further information

Transfers from airport to hotel
Taxis are available from a special taxi stand inside the airport terminal building.
It is also possible to prebook a cab, one company is eCabs http://www.ecabs.com.mt
It is also possible to catch a bus http://www.arriva.com.mt
Malta is part of the Eurozone. Most other currencies can be exchanged at banks and currency bureaux but their opening hours are restricted and it would be best to bring Euro notes with you.
Malta is part of the Schengen area.
The weather in Malta is mild and at this time of the year the average temperature during the day is 20 C and 13 C at night. There are about 8 hours of sunshine
The voltage is 220V with UK type 3 pin square plugs
There are several ATMs which accept Visa and Mastercard cards
The NHS acute general hospital is Mater Dei Hospital at Tal-Qroqq with full emergency services. Please be sure to bring your E 111 card or private health insurance.
Tel 25450000
There is also a private hospital situated within walking distance of the Palace and Victoria hotels called St James Hospital Sliema Tel: 23291000
Getting around
Sliema and the neighbouring St Julians are both situated by the sea and they are linked by a beautiful promenade. Sliema is more of a residential and shopping area but it also has a good selection of restaurants. St Julians has even more hotels and restaurants including some very nice ones close to the sea. Cinemas and clubs are situated at the night entertainment hotspot called Paceville which is close to St Julians.
It is possible to walk to most places in Sliema and St Julians, there is a cheap and efficient bus service run by Arriva Malta but it is often more convenient to get a taxi to reach other places in Malta.



UEMS Gala Dinner at Phoenicia Hotel

The Association of Surgeons of Malta will host a gala dinner at the Malta at 8pm on Saturday 31st March 2012. Buses will leave the Victoria Hotel at 19.30 and will leave the Phoenicia Hotel at 23.00.

Come and meet General Surgery delegates from European countries. Partners welcome. Tickets at 40 Euro per head from Andrew Mercieca (79050950) and Agnes Cachia Pickard (79204991).

Tour of the Khalili exhibition at the Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

27th April 2012

On the 27th of April Mediterranean Bank would like to invite the members of the ASM and their partners to attend an evening at the National Museum of Archaeology, Republic Street, Valletta.


The Mediterranean Bank is the official Patron of this Museum, that is at the moment hosting a beautiful exhibition called Metal Magic belonging to the Khalili Family Trust. The bank is organising an exclusive event for ASM members as part of the collaboration between the bank and the ASM.


The programme of the evening will be as follows:


19.30 Welcome speech by Mediterranean Bank

19.45 Introductory speech about Khalili Metal Magic by the museum curator on duty

20.00 4 tours, 2 for the Khalili and 2 for the museum alternating

21.30 / 22.00 Drinks and Canapés


Museum closes at 23.00.

Dress code: Smart


Please contact Agnes Cachia Pickard (79204991) ( or Andrew Mercieca (79050950) by 25th April to register attendance.