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Reported by Dr. Mohd Faeiz Pauzi






The Korean Society of Anesthesiologists (KSA) recently held its 97th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Korean Society of Anesthesiologists from 5th to 7th November 2020. Due to current situation of COVID-19 pandemic and considering the safety of all participants, the conference has changed their style of presentation to hybrid format; online and offline at Grand Hyatt Incheon, Korea. All international attendees should register and participate online. 


Over span of the three days, many great topics were discussed in the meeting which includes from basic topics fundamental pharmacological and physiological principles, updates airway management, perioperative management (cardiac-anaesthesia, neuro-anaesthesia, obstetric-anaesthesia, paediatric-anaesthesia, transplantation anaesthesia), regional anaesthesia and pain medicine, recent critical care evidences includes COVID-19 related topics, updates in point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), updates in patient blood management, patient safety, education, to advance technologies include artificial intelligence in the perioperative settings, and many more. Amongst the renowned speakers invited were Prof. Vincent Chan, David Mazer, Peter Slinger (University of Toronto), Prof. Feroze Mahmood, David Hepner, Stanton, Charles Nyman (Harvard Medical School), Maxime Canesson (University of California), Andre Denault (University of Montreal), Anselm Brauer (University Hospital Gottingen), and another lists of renowned speakers from Europe and Asia, including President Elect Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists, Prof. Dr. Ina Ismiarti Sharifuddin (University Malaya). 


This conference provided a good platform for practitioners and researchers to share their research and anaesthetic experience. Since 2018, Korean Society of Anesthesiologists (KSA) had generously provided travel grants (USD 1000) to young anaesthetists from outside South Korea to present their work. However due to pandemic this year, no travel grants provided, but some excellent abstracts were selected to present in this competition virtually. Many young anaesthetists including from Malaysia took this challenge.  I also participated and was selected as one of the Abstract Awards Winners (Presentation Award) for the case report presentation entitled “Awake Craniotomy For Cerebral Abscess In A Patient With Pulmonary Hypertension”. The award was accompanied with the monetary reward.       



Memories to present physically before (thank you for the Travel Grants Award from The Korean Society of Anesthesiologists)



This year virtually in front of the computer, from UniSZA, Kuala Terengganu.