First and foremost, I would like to thank members for electing me as President elect of the Malaysian Society of Otorhinolaryngologists-Head & Neck Surgeon (MSO-HNS) at our 31st Annual General Meeting on 13 May 2011 at the Borneo Convention Centre in Kuching, Sarawak.
It is indeed a great honour to be elected to this position and I pledge to serve to the best of my ability. I must also congratulate Dr Yap Yoke Yeow, the retiring president and the exco committee 2010 – 2011 on a successful year and for their commitment and dedication over the past twelve months.
The year 2011 – 2012 has been a special year for our society. Our society has reached its thirtieth (30) birthday in 2011 (1981 – 2011) and has a good foundation which was set up by all past presidents. For the last 30 years, ORL-HNS has undergone a major expansion.
We have improved our teaching of ORL- HNS and our service to the public. Our members have increased tremendously in number. The latest total number of our members is 317.
In conjunction with our 30th anniversary, the exco has decided to produce a brief history of MSOHNS evolution. We hope that the book will be ready by end of this year.
I intend to continue the following the activities during my term in office: the 8th Malaysia-Singapore joint Scientific Meeting which will be held in Singapore 2012, MSOHNS Health Camp 2012, the Annual Scientific Meeting 2013, the 33rd Malaysian Society of Otorhinolaryngologists-Head & Neck Surgeon Annual General Meeting 2013, the 4th Asian Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology Congress 2013, the 5th Malaysian International Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Conference 2013.
To improve our CPD activities, MSO-HNS will try to coordinate the activities to avoid overlapping.
The idea has been discussed in the exco meeting. This will involved formation of CPD specialty subcommittee for Otology, Rhinology and Head & Neck/ Laryngology.
The key to the continued success for MSO-HNS is the participation of our members. I urge members to get involved in our organization and stay engaged and united. Give your ideas, time and expertise. As an organization, MSO-HNS will only be as strong as the talents and contributions of its collective membership.
I would like to extend a special ‘thank you’ in advance to all of the members who will volunteer their time, because of their generosity and expertise, MSO-HNS is a thriving organization. I look forward to an exciting year and interacting with a very special group of individuals! Working together we can make 2012-2013 another great year!
Dr Primuharsa Putra Bin Sabir Husin Athar