President's Message


Assalamualaikum and Salam Sejahtera. It is my great honour to have been elected as the President of the Malaysian Society of Otorhinolaryngologists – Head and Neck Surgeons (MSO-HNS) for the term 2020 – 2021 Currently we also identify our Society as the Chapter of ORL-HNS, College of Surgeons, Academy of Medicine of Malaysia. The biggest change in two years’ time will be the formation of the College of ORL-HNS. Hence, hopefully, our MSO-HNS wilI be dissolved and we will be known as College of ORL-HNS. It is going to be a tough and challenging process as we have now to convince our current and future members to join as members of the Chapter of ORL-HNS via Academy of Medicine.

I am blessed to have an opportunity to work together with a wonderful Executive Committee and hope we can achieve this goal. The Society has grown not only in numbers but it has matured with all the positive vibes from our junior and senior members. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, we planned a few activities, with strict SOP. Providing updates to the general practitioners (GPs) around the country have been a recurrent event for the past few years. The reason this is continued is due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from GPs and also medical officers from the Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia who have appreciated the knowledge that they have gained from the seminars. To encourage the young upcoming ORL-HNS specialists to present their work in the field, the Society also will organise the Annual Scientific Meeting.

Through the MSO-HNS Research Grant, we also encourage our members
to apply for the grants to help them in their studies. The researchers will
apply their evidence-based knowledge for the benefit of the community
and this will make our Society a proactive group that contributes to the
nation. In June 2021, we will organise the Annual General Meeting
together with the Asian Society of Head and Neck Oncology Conference.

The date is on 3 to 5 June 2021. This is the first time we combine the
Head and Neck Surgery Conference with our AGM. The conference is
also co-organised with the Malaysian Oncological Society and the
Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of Malaysia. We hope this
conference will increase our collaboration with the respective teams
managing head and neck cancer. Like all great societies, participation
from the members is the key to success. I really hope this coming term
will be enjoyable for both our members and the Executive Committee.
Despite the difficult Covid-19 pandemic, we will face it together as a
team and will make a success of all the activities planned.

Professor Dr Mohd Razif Mohamad Yunus

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