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I would like to first thank the board of directors and our administrative staffs for working to improve, grow and innovate the ENT society for the past year.

During the past year, the 20th executive branch has tried to achieve our Society’s mission of "gain the nation’s trust, develop medical technology, cooperate with authorities to create policies, and secure the rights and benefits of our members" with the slogan of "Better Than Ever". We tried to open and facilitate communication with the people and our members. Recently, we have been facing difficulties across politics, society, economic changes in environment. Growing struggles within our health care delivery, drastic increases in elderly population, and the 4th industrial revolution all pose great uncertainties in the future of medicine. The 20th executive branch will not shy away from emerging struggles and problems - cases of non-medical practitioner illegally practicing medicine for example - but instead face them head-to-head and manage them persistently. Also, we will continue to build on our past businesses by developing innovative systems to become the forerunners of future medicine.
First as leaders of international society, we will continue to build our reputation and strive to lead the future medicine.
1) We will develop a plan and provide opportunities for young talents to participate in society activities and gain experience. 2) We will work to globalize our annual congress (ICORL Seoul 2019, International Congress of ORL-HNS Seoul 2019) and ensure a place for KORL-HNS in the global scene. 3) We will continue to build relations with America, China, Europe, Thailand, Turkey, ASEAN countries and seek to exchange communication with Eastern Europe and Middle Eastern countries as well. 4) We will support young doctors of developing countries with domestic training opportunities and become the leading academic society of Asia.
Second we will gain the trust of the people as specialists by promoting education, ethics, and the ENT society’s social contribution.
By strengthening education in medical ethics and contributing to public welfare, we will build the reputation of our members. We will encourage donations and establish a foundation and develop many programs for social contribution under the guidance of board directors of social responsibility. In order to maintain and enhance our members’ competence as specialists, we will create our own CPD (Continuing Professional Development), a policy of Korea Medical Association. We will develop e-learning program and "ENT health committee" to provide evidence-based information to the public and warn against indiscreet folk remedies.
Third we will work to protect the rights and benefits of our members by cooperating associated societies and communicating with healthcare authorities to create new policies.
We will develop diverse projects including concentration on insurance policies, social service for prevention of children-adolescence hearing loss, big-data science, and participate in "Korea national health and nutrition examination survey" by working with KCDC (Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). A new era demands complex set of knowledge. Waves of global change represented by artificial intelligence calls for a fundamental change in thinking across multiple fields. As for ENT society, in addition to the high-level of expertise, we require creativity based on a deep understanding of human beings and openness in approaching different fields. To achieve this, we will closely collaborate with associated societies and Korean Index of ENT specialties, and take major steps forward in enhancing our position.
Dear honorable members of the KORL-HNS, Difficulties and tasks we face today will be a catalyst for a greater change. Constant changes in domestic and foreign environment will motivate us to seek progress in future that is "Better than ever." Life often presents us with uncertainties and hardship. But it is precisely these difficulties that allows us to start fresh. As the saying goes, "If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant." The 20th leadership will work in silence for our society and do our best to light the road to future. We respectfully ask for your utmost interest, cooperation, and support.
And lastly, we wish you all a joyful, healthy and prosperous Year of the Pig
January, 2019
Chae-Seo Rhee
Chairman, 20th Board of Directors,
Korean Society of ORL-HNS


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