President's Message (2014 - 2016)

Dr Christopher KhorDear Friends and Colleagues,

The Gastroenterological Society of Singapore (GESS) enters 2014 with the new GESS executive committee having a two-year mandate to serve its members. It is both an honour and privilege to have this opportunity to work with the gastroenterology and hepatology community, building upon the achievements of the outgoing EXCO, to fulfil the objectives of the Society: to advance the knowledge and practice of gastroenterology and hepatology in Singapore, to promote education, research as well as regional and international cooperation in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology.

GESS serves as an important platform in bringing people with diverse interest in gastroenterology and hepatology in Singapore together. We will work towards establishing and strengthening special interest groups (SIGs) in endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, nutrition, neurogastroenterology and hepatology within the society, to advance subspecialty interests, promote education, and provide opportunities for collaboration and research. The Society will continue to engage the trainees by working with the SIGs, Residency Advisory Committee (Gastroenterology) and program directors of the Gastroenterology Residency Programs to conduct regular continuing medical education (CME) activities and workshops that will address their training needs. For the specialist, we will hold regular focused meetings addressing subspecialty interests and professional development. For our associate members, in particular the gastroenterology and GI endoscopy nurses, we will continue to work closely with them to meet their educational and training needs. We will continue to actively engage our members while establishing closer ties and collaboration with the regional societies.

With the launch of our new website, members will be able to access our CME calendar, recordings of local CME programs and other features. The upcoming key events in our calendar is the annual post graduate course (Feb 2015) and GIHep2015 (31 July-2nd August 2015). Other CME events will be updated once finalised.

Lastly, we want to acknowledge and thank our biomedical industry educational partners for their continued support in our educational activities.

Dr. LIM Wee Chian
President (2014 - 2016)
Gastroenterological Society of Singapore