Football Unites the World
Qatar 2022…We watched a very different world cup. For the first time, it was hosted in a different geography and a different culture. With the perfect organization, the games that broke the rating records all over the world created a storm of excitement until the last moment. Do you remember that a goal to be scored in extra time completely changed the teams that would leave the group at the last moment. The fact that it was Ronaldo and Messi’s last world cup competition gave it a different meaning and excitement. Despite Ronaldo holding all the records, Messi was the most profitable player of the world cup.
The promotion started with Ronaldo and ended with Messi. Once again, we saw that the excitement of the World Cup is really different. It is much different and much more important than continental tournaments, including Europe. You get excited with Ecuador, you see Japan, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, USA and while the fact that everyone is there from Ghana to France, from Spain to Algeria to Tunisia makes this organization reach the climax, you realize that football has become a common language.
What about EMERGENCY
In our country, more than 400 million patients were examined in outpatient clinics last year and about 130 million of them were emergency. As they say, medicine is divided into two: Emergency and others. The situation is totally like that quantitatively. When we look at it in terms of quality, emergency is one of the most common points of everyone. Visits to the emergency room are not planned trips. For example, 112 brings the critically ill patient to the nearest unit. Therefore, everyone, whether rich or poor, bureaucrat or shepherd, is in the same situation in the ER. The patients are in one of the weakest moments of their lives. As in the past, even if you are the owner of university hospitals where the world's most respected professors work, you live the most critical moment of your life in a second level emergency room in case of an arrest. This is how Emergency unites people.
Emergency Unites the World
And here we come to that year. World Emergency Medicine Congress is in our country in 100 years. As in the World Cup, all world emergencies from Japan to Malaysia, from Ghana to Ecuador, from Italy to Canada, from New Zealand to the USA, from Russia to Ukraine are coming together at the meeting point of the world; in our country, in Istanbul and Antalya. We will all be working and trying to shine a light on the world from our country…to the 2023 congress of this huge organization WACEM -the largest academic network-. The world's most comprehensive emergency medicine organization has also a great importance for the promotion of our country.
This Year Is Very Different
Emergency Medicine Physicians Association of Turkey (EPAT) is an exemplary formation that is deeply rooted with its leadership aspect, which became more evident during the pandemic period. Its top-level position was followed with envy and such It is not affected by simple winds and does not change direction according to the wind. The gigantic organization that brings the world together at such a meaningful time, suits EPAT very well.
I wish this year to be a turning point for our country and for the World Emergency Medicine and invite to organize the biggest organization ever and to take a giant step for the future of emergencies where everyone comes together.
Let's all come together with all our might...
Prof. Dr. Başar Cander
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Dr. Sagar Galwankar
Academic Director of WACEM