As we approach 2020, I would like to extend my warm welcome to
everyone as the new President of Korean Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Though our society is young—going into our ninth year—due to the great efforts of my predecessors and
all of our members, we, as an organization, have grown and are preparing for additional growth.
Even though our recent activities have been limited, due to turmoil both internal and external
to the organization, I would like to reassess our aims to create a more stable foundation on which
we can grow. I believe that our identity lies in our mission and goals, and I will attempt to bring
those to fruition in the following ways.
First, for us to become an academic society that fosters ethical and accomplished professionals while leading academic advancement through research and innovation,
I will ensure that more opportunities to acquire practical knowledge are available for our members by more actively utilizing hand-on courses and audiovisual formats in our seminars, symposiums, hot-case presentations, and spring/fall conferences. Not only is the learning curve to become a professional in the field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery steep for newcomers—owing to the field’s nature in which clinical results are immediately visible—it is also long, requiring even experienced clinicians to continuously acquire new practices and knowledge. Because of this, platforms upon which our members can share practical experiences and research findings are critical for us as a society.
Second, I will strengthen our endeavors to create an inclusive environment that values communication and respect.
To fully overcome recent hardships, unity and harmony among members is more critical than ever. To that end, gatherings—inclusive to everyone in the society from junior staff to senior members and private practitioners—will be increased in frequency, widening our communicative platform.
Third, even though one of our primary motivations has been to represent Korea in the global field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, I believe that our mission has grown beyond mere national representation and has become a global discourse.
Efforts toward these goals were performed by my predecessors, and fruition is being observed. We have entered into an MoU with the Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons of Thailand, and the 10th AFPSS Congress will be hosted in Korea this year, through these meetings, I will continue to expand our platform of academic exchange with foreign scholars.
In closing, I would like to thank my predecessors, present and past boards of directors, and our many members who have worked so hard to further our goals. I thank the many members who entrusted me with this opportunity to lead, and I ask you all for your continued interest and active participation in our Society.
Jung Soo Kim, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine
5th President of Korean Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery