President's Message (2010 - 2012)

Dr Christopher KhorDear Friends and Colleagues

The new GESS Executive Committee is privileged and honoured to have the opportunity to serve the Gastroenterology and Hepatology community over the next two years.

Change is upon us in the local healthcare landscape. For undergraduate medical education, there is an increase in number of medical schools and on-going refinement of the teaching curricula and processes. For postgraduate and specialist education, we have moved towards the US model of residency and fellowship training programs. In terms of continued professional development and research in the field of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, there are now several well organized special interest groups holding excellent focused meetings to further their educational and research interests.

GESS remains very relevant in the current landscape. In our constitution, our stated aims are to advance the knowledge and practice of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and to promote regional and international collaboration. GESS serves as a platform to bring diverse people with interests in the practice of Gastroenterology and Hepatology together to further our common objectives. For the trainees, we intend to work with the RAC (Gastroenterology) to address the educational needs. For the specialists we will conduct regular continued medical education (CME) activities, focusing in particular on areas of subspecialty interests and needs. We hope to have an educational program addressing common and important topics for the generalists. We will work closely with our associate members, particularly the gastroenterology and GI endoscopy nurses, to address development and training needs. We will seek closer collaboration and partnership with the regional societies.

The upcoming key events in our calendar are GIHep 2012 (12th – 15th July 2012), APASL 2013 (7th – 10th March 2013) and GIHep in June 2013 and 2014. The CME events will be revamped and details will be publicized once finalized.

Communications between the Executive Committee and the membership is crucial. We hope to provide regular updates on new developments and would welcome feedback from the membership.

Last but not least, we acknowledge and thank our partners in the biomedical industry for their continued support for our educational endeavours.

Dr. ANG Tiing Leong
President (2012 - 2014)
Gastroenterological Society of Singapore