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Chung Soo Han, MD, PhD
(The 62nd President of the Korean Orthopaedic Association)

Respected members of the Advisory Committee, Board of Directors, and Korean Orthopaedic Association:

The Korean Orthopaedic Association has continued to evolve through the past 60 years in response to rapidly changing circumstances. With approximately 8,000 members and 25 specialty societies under its umbrella, it has grown into one of the most prestigious academic societies in South Korea and seeks to improve international recognition as well.

The association has been committed to nurturing orthopedic surgeons with the highest standards of professional conduct and ethics. Thanks to the untiring efforts of the Editorial Committee of Clinics in Orthopedic Surgery and support of all members, the English journal of the association is included in the ESCI and expected to be SCI(E) in the near future. Also, the Fall Annual Congress has become an internationally recognized academic event, expanding the organization’s presence from Asia to the international medical community.

In addition, various projects have been successfully completed, including fundraising for construction of the association center, thanks to the dedication of the former members of the Board of Directors and interest of all members of the association.

Here, I would like to describe the priorities the newly constituted Board of Directors will focus on for further development of the association.

First, I will redouble my efforts to collect and compile historical records of the organization during my term, which I believe is essential to the future of the association. I urge greater participation of members of the Advisory Committee, professors, and all members of the association, building on our efforts to preserve the organization’s history.

Second, I will ensure continuation of the projects initiated by the formers members of Board of Directors including fundraising for construction of the association center and globalization efforts.

Third, I will consult with the Information and Communication Committee and prestigious experts in the related field to figure out and fulfill our responsibilities and roles in the age of the 4th industrial revolution, big data and artificial intelligence with the Smart Machine Age expected to bring unprecedented changes.

Fourth, I will appreciate any opinions and suggestions related to the medical training system and certification exam to facilitate higher intellectual and ethical standards among orthopedic surgery residents and to foster intellectual and moral excellence in orthopedic surgeons.

Fifth, I will cooperate with associated committees and public service-related organizations to improve the medical payment system and modify the government-designated list of severe medical conditions in the orthopedic field.

Last but not least, I will put systematic measures in place to gather more voices and perspectives from members of the association for further growth and development and encourage their active participation.

Besides, I expect there is a multitude of tasks waiting to be done. With Chong-Hyuk Choi, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Yong-Min Chun, Secretary and Treasurer, we will do more than bend over backwards to accomplish what we set out to do for the next one year.

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Jeung Tak Suh, former President, Goo Hyun Baek, former Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Young Ho Lee, former Secretary and Treasurer. I also appreciate association members, various committee members, the Korean Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons for their commitment as well as those who work in the association office for their hard work.

I look forward to your undivided attention and guidance.

Thank you