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Dear members of The Korean Society of Coloproctology,
I am sincerely grateful to all of you for allowing me to be the president of The Korean Society of Coloproctology during this important time as we approach the Society¡¯s 50th anniversary. Although I am far from perfect academically, socially, and personally, I believe I was able to arrive at this point in my life thanks to the interest of our society¡¯s members and the encouragement and teachings of my senior professors.
As I looked back over the Society¡¯s fifty-year history while preparing for the 50th anniversary project, I truly realized the many advantages of our society. My reflection on our history made clear in my heart that this society, which was started with the sacrifices, efforts, and volunteer activities of our seniors, is now a model developmental society unlike any other and that if we the members work together in harmony, the future of the Society knows no bounds.
At a time in my life, being a surgeon was an honor and made me feel very proud, and although my body was tired, I enjoyed every day that I had to work hard because of the pride, sense of reward, and genuine friendships with my colleagues. Sadly, the reality is that life as a surgeon is growing more difficult now. The problems of medical fees, changing relationships with patients, providing treatment with conviction, and changing social views have made our work and lives more difficult. I applaud all of our members who are continuing to treat patients diligently and to do academic research amid such difficult conditions. Our society has endeavored to aid our members in any way possible, no matter how small, and I promise that it will continue to make such efforts in the future.
I believe one of the biggest strengths of our society is that its members are not boastful, but are considerate of and enjoy interactions with one another. I hope that our society will be such that its members will want to meet and enjoy social and professional interactions, thereby meeting more frequently and joining efforts whenever possible. This will make for a successful society and will foster the success of each member.
I will work hard so that all the hospitals and clinics of the members of The Korean Society of Coloproctology, not just one hospital, will be successful. I hope that all members will acquire and share the basic knowledge and technology needed to provide reliable treatment for all patients and that ultimately through such sharing, our stature with the Korean people will be increased immeasurably. The economy is not good, and managing a hospital is becoming more difficult with each passing day. However, our society will continue to strive toward treatment based on principle, thereby restoring the pride and identity of our members.
My term may not be a long one, but I promise to put all my efforts into helping the chairman and the executive directors develop a society that considers its members first. I ask that you continue to take an interest in the society and not just think of our society, but also express your support through active participation. Thank you.

Sincerely,



Seong Taek Oh (College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea)
President
Korean Society of Coloproctology
I would like to thank the members of our society for allowing me to fill the important position of Chairman, The Korean Society of Coloproctology, in the year of our 50th anniversary.
As many of our members are aware, through their participation, we successfully completed the 50th Anniversary Conference of The Korean Society of Coloproctology, as well as international conferences such as the APFCP, ECTA, ASSR, and ASPOA. Over 1,000 people, including around 250 foreigners from 27 countries, attended the 50th Anniversary Conference, and I believe it was a turning point through which we could clearly make known the academic excellence and development of The Korean Society of Coloproctology. I am certain that the development of our society would not have been
possible without the efforts of our advisory committee members who established and guided our society, the former chairmen, including former Chairman Kyu Joo Park, and above all, the many members who actively participated in the Society¡¯s affairs. I fully feel the great weight of the responsibility I have as the chairman of The Korean Society of Coloproctology as we reach our fiftieth year.
Our society started on October 27, 1967, with around ten members, with the name, the Korean Coloproctology Society. In the present day of March 2017, it is called The Korean Society of Coloproctology and has around 2,011 members. Not only has it expanded in size, but it has also become the international leader in laparoscopic and robot surgery for the treatment of patients with colorectal cancer, introduced the idea of a specialist hospital and created hospitals of coloproctology in Korea, introduced a coloproctology medical specialist system, and achieved certification for coloanal endoscopic examination. The society has made major leaps in both quantity and quality.
However, our medical environment, particularly the environment of the surgery department, is not easy. At the moment, we are experiencing many problems, including external elements such as chronic low medical fees, particularly surgery fees that are less than 70 percent of the cost, forced mediation of medical disputes without the consent of physicians, various restraints regarding the operation room, and other elements such as intense competition between departments as boundaries fall, the opposite problem of departments trying to raise walls so certain surgery techniques cannot be shared, and the saturation of coloproctology practices in the market.
Despite such difficulties, I believe The Korean Society of Coloproctology has what is needed to overcome it all. As we celebrate fifty years and prepare for the future, we are boldly declaring a new mission and vision. We have announced the mission ¡°Healthy Life Through Full Recovery from Coloanal Diseases¡± and the vision ¡°A Society that Conducts Future Medicine Through Evidence-Based Treatment and Creative Research.¡± In order to reach this vision, we have decided on the core values of ¡°academic activities focusing on future-oriented research, globalization through active international exchange, and a society whose members work together in harmony.¡±
Keeping with the new mission, vision, and core values, I would like to make my two years as chairman ¡°two years spent preparing for the next fifty years.¡± Instead of focusing on short-term accomplishments, I will make preparations for more valuable fruits in the future. I will start long-term projects, including securing a foundation for international research by establishing a colorectal cancer database for the society, activation of our new Neighborhood Coloproctology Family Doctor Project, development of policies to improve medical systems and insurance systems that are irrational particularly for the surgery department and in major medical organizations, and training young researchers to lead the next generation.
However, I am aware that none of this will be possible without the participation and interest of our members. I ask that over my next two years as the chairman, you show your support for any positive results, encourage me to do better when necessary, and offer constructive criticism on any errors. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Woo Yong Lee (Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine)
Chairman, Board of Regent
Korean Society of Coloproctology
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