Dear Friends and Colleagues
The Gastroenterological Society of Singapore enters 2011 with a two-year mandate for its leadership, following a constitutional review that was ratified by its membership in 2007. Outgoing president A/Prof. Teo Eng Kiong has worked hard with the executive committee to further strengthen our CME programme, and also completed a collaborative Singapore guideline on antiplatelet and and anticoagulation use in endoscopy. The new executive committee aims to build on these achievements, by further structuring our continuing education to encompass less-often discussed (but no less important) subjects in the GI spectrum, and also by fine-tuning a lecture series to meet the specific needs of our GI trainees. We have a substantial number of associate members who are GI and endoscopy nurse assistants, and we therefore need also to ensure that their education needs are well taken care of. In the next 2 years we plan also to explore in our educational content themes such as GI disease in the elderly, a subject that will increase in importance as our population continues to age.
Our greatest challenge for 2011 by far however, is the organizing of Asian Pacific Digestive Week (APDW) 2011 on relatively short notice. I am pleased to confirm that the meeting will be held from October 1-4 at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The successively higher standards set by previous APDWs are at the same time daunting and inspiring, but I am especially encouraged by the numerous personal actions and commitments of support made by friends and partners in the ASEAN and Asia-Pacific region. We are therefore streamlining our CME programme in 2011 to build up to the main event in October, which will incorporate our annual GIHep meeting. APDW 2011 will include a Hands-On Pre-Congress Endoscopy Animal Workshop on September 30th, Postgraduate Workshop, Live Endoscopy Workshop, Advanced Diagnostic Endoscopy Course, and a symposium tailored for GI nurses. A strong Hepatology programme is planned. Please visit both this and the APDW 2011 website linked on this page in the weeks to come for further details and announcements. We promise an exciting and memorable APDW 2011 in Singapore that will be relevant to your practice in Gastroenterology/Hepatology and GI Endoscopy. Please save the dates, and get your abstracts ready!
Dr. Christopher Khor
President (2010 - 2012)
Gastroenterological Society of Singapore