10 September 2021

2020 Annual Report

We are pleased to share with you our 2020 Annual Report! Despite the pandemic, the SFITS activities have not only been maintained (+450 face-to-face training), but have also innovated. We explored new possibilities that come with video-conferencing, and created hybrid events at the SFITS. We reinforced our training systems by promoting and strengthening the acquisition […]

27 August 2021

Health pass to enter the SFITS

According to the decree of the Geneva State Council of the 08.08.2021, the health pass is required to enter the Geneva University Hospitals, and therefore the SFITS, as of the 23.08.2021. The SFITS Staff thanks you for following the rules and looks forward to welcoming you for your workshop! What is the Health Pass? Vaccinated […]

25 June 2021

Rapport annuel 2020

Notre rapport d’activités 2020 est en ligne ! Malgré la pandémie, les activités de la SFITS ont été non seulement maintenues avec plus de 450 formations organisées en présentiel. Elles se sont diversifiées dans l’innovation et la digitalisation de la formation chirurgicale : immersion complète avec nos événements hybrides, modules e-learning, vidéos pédagogique. Pour 2021, […]

30 April 2021

2021 Swiss National Science Foundation Awards

The SFITS proudly annonces that the photo series “Learning and assessing surgical skills” taken by our colleagues have been awarded at the Scientific Image Competition 2021 of the Swiss National Science Foundation. The jury selected the photos representing neurosurgery training activities at the SFITS among the 12 distinctions. The award ceremony will be held in […]

15 March 2021

Nouvelle technique en gynécologie : vNOTES

Les HUG, à travers le Service de gynécologie et grâce à la SFITS, sont devenus le premier centre de formation en Suisse de la technique chirurgicale vNOTES. Le Dr Jean Dubuisson, médecin adjoint, responsable de l’Unité de chirurgie gynécologique des HUG, est le premier gynécologue à s’être formé à cette technique. “L’ablation de l’utérus est […]

8 February 2021

The SFITS and compulsory vaccination policies

Should the SFITS instate a compulsory vaccination policy for attending its events? P.J. Hoffmeyer MD President SFITS Management summary Introduction Research and investigations regarding the WHO declared COVID 19 pandemic, its causal virus and variants, and its impact on human health are ongoing. The consensus is that transmission of the virus is mainly airborne and […]

3 June 2020

2019 Annual Report

The SFITS 2019 Annual Report is available here. Happy reading!

16 August 2019

SFITS Innovation Sprint – Eurospine

Innovation Sprint during the 2019 EUROSPINE Education week Innovation is a top priority to develop and advance new ideas in spine care. As part of the Eurospine Education Week 2019 held at the SFITS, a special Innovation Sprint enabled course participants to hear from leading impact-driven entrepreneurs and industry players to learn about current innovation […]

7 January 2019

3D Printing-Additive Manufacturing in Surgery

Innovation Discovery Showcase – 20th September 2018 Advances in 3D printing and additive manufacturing are transforming the landscape of surgical practices. Innovative approaches are being taken across a variety of surgical specialities, opening the possibility to radically change healthcare and revolutionise modern surgery. The SFITS Innovation Discovery seminar provided insights into some of the latest […]

17 December 2018

Use of simulation for training in surgery – Planéte Santé 2018

The third edition of the Salon Planète Santé took place at Palexpo Geneva between the 4th-7th October 2018. Attracting over 30,000 visitors, this event provided the general public as well as healthcare professionals the opportunity to explore and discover the latest developments from institutions in western Switzerland. With over 70 exhibition stands providing interactive experiences […]

19 April 2018

Opening of a new training center

The Geneva University Hospital (HUG) inaugurated their new training center for surgical specialties. The center plans to accommodate nearly 4000 professionals per year. Watch the TV report on the SFITS broadcasted on the Léman Bleu (local TV channel).

19 April 2018

SFITS Official Opening

The SWISS Foundation for Innovation and Training in Surgery (SFITS) has officially been opened on 17 April 2018! This grand event was organized in collaboration with the University Hospital of Geneva (HUG). During the whole day, tours were organized on the 7th and 8th floor of the Laboratory Building. The SFITS team members were proud […]

19 April 2018

A successful first EPOS Advanced Course

The first Cadaver EPOS Advanced Course, supported by the Chair of the EPOS Education Committee Prof Hakan Omeroglu, was dedicated to sport trauma – knee and ankle injuries in children and adolescents. It took place on 25 and 26 January 2018, at the SWISS Foundation for Innovation and Training in Surgery (SFITS). Download the course […]

16 February 2018

The SFITS, a 5 star surgical training center

Read the article published on the Tribune de Genève on 15 February 2018 (


12 February 2018

SFITS Official Opening on 17 April

We are proud to announce the official opening of the SWISS Foundation for Innovation and Training in Surgery (SFITS) on the 17 April 2018 from 5pm to 8 pm. 5:00 pm – Welcome 5:10 pm – Speech Prof. Pierre Hoffmeyer, President of the SFITS, orthopaedic surgeon Mr Bertrand Levrat, General Director, HUG Mr François Canonica, […]

16 January 2018

Besser operieren – Chirurgen-Ausbildung mit Hightech-Simulatoren

Watch the TV report on the SFITS broadcasted on the SRF (Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen) on 15 January 2018.

3 January 2018

Geneva, best-in-class in surgical training

Read the article on the SFITS published on 02 January 2018 on the Tribune de Genève (

14 November 2017

Chirurgie : un nouveau centre de formation à Genève

Watch the TSR TV Report on the SFITS, broadcasted by the TSR (Télévision Suisse Romande) on 26 October 2017 (