Starting in 1970 the International Association for Maxillo-Facial-Surgery worked to improve the quality of maxillofacial Surgery by increasing mutual education and cooperation between interested colleagues and centres. But there was always a different way in comparison to other monospeciality groups.
You all know that the scientific world is developing constantly. New disciplines arise, other will go down. Round the world there are recognized specialities besides “maxillo-facial-surgery”, like “oral surgery”, “oral and maxillo-facial- surgery”, “cranio-maxillo-facial- surgery” and so on. And all this happens with regional and specific variations.
The IAMFS did not want to add to the confusion.
To reaffirm the difference between the IAMFS and other groups and to stress our scientific and educational aims the General Assembly decided in 1993 a name changing in “International College for Maxillo-Facial-Surgery”. That seemed to be a small step, but for us it was an important point.
The International College wants to create an international network of friends who may help each other to qualify our professional field in many different regions worldwide.
The last years have shown that this is a way to go. Sometimes “small is beautiful” and successful.
H.-A. Gitt, M.D., D.M.D.