It is my great honor to have been elected to be the President of the Malaysian Society of Otorhinolaryngologists – Head and Neck Surgeons (MSO-HNS) for the term 2017 – 2018. I am blessed to have worked together with a wonderful Exco, which had been excellent throughout the term.
The Society has grown not only in numbers but it has matured with all the positive vibes from our junior and senior members. Our members come from multiple backgrounds, diverse in race culture, and religion but they are united under the ORL-HNS umbrella.
We have continued the tradition of giving back to the community by organising health camps in rural areas that we deem are in need of healthcare services. This year we went to Pulau Teluk Renjuna, Tumpat, Kelantan with not only the ORL-HNS team from the Society but also we have invited teams for Ophthalmology, Family Medicine, and Dental/OMF.
Providing updates to the general practitioners (GP) around the country has been a recurrent event for the past few years. The reason it continues is due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from GP and also medical officers from the Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia who have appreciate 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 organised the Annual Scientific Meeting on 1st April 2018 at the Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur which has become an anticipated event for the specialists in training. Through the MSO-HNS Research Grant, we also encourage our members to apply for our research 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 as a proactive group that contributes to the nation.
This term we also took the initiative to revamp our website and hope that members can benefit and use it as a platform for us to exchange knowledge, views and to keep in touch among the members.
To cap it off, the finale for this term we will be proudly organising the 10th Malaysian International ORL-HNS Congress and the 38th Annual General Meeting of the MSO-HNS in Hotel Perdana, Kota Bharu, Kelantan on the 3rd to 5th May 2018. In conjunction with the Congress, a pre-congress airway workshop will be held on 1st and 2nd May 2018 at Universiti Sains Malaysia Health Campus Kubang Kerian, Kota Bharu, Kelantan and a post-congress ENT Update for Nurses and Paramedics on 5th May 2018 in Hotel Perdana, Kota Bharu, Kelantan.
Like all great societies, participation from the members is the key to success. Whether it is a constructive criticism or a well deserved appraisal, the 2017 – 2018 Exco takes it all positively and try our best to make this Society a success and lifting it up high as a benchmark for others to follow. I humbly hope that we can move forward in unity, facing all the challenges collectively and become a truly outstanding Society.
Associate Professor Dr Ramiza Ramza Ramli