Last year, the Korean Society of Pathologists (KSP) received big social attention through our long history. Thanks to the tremendous supports of our members, our executives responded well with principles and courage and gained respect for wise decisions from various organizations and media. This is based on the pride of our society, which has been around for 70 years with the history of Korea. Our society has evolved into a large academic organization with more than 1,200 members. And the unique work of the society, including insurance policy, resident training, quality control and international cooperation has continued to grow. In addition, it has established itself as a democratic society that has a well-organized society operating system, including councils, standing boards, committees, and research groups. In this system, the current executives report the New Year's greetings and the direction of this year's operational plans.
We will do our best to collect the opinions of our members and to increase their participation. For the purposed, we will gather opinions through discussion meetings with representatives of the study group, the society of group practice, and municipal branches, and reflect them in the operation of the society. We will hold a meeting with pathology chairs of the training hospital to discuss resident training, student education and insurance policies. In addition, we will gather the opinions of young pathologists and widen the activity space within the society. Now days, the medical environment is changing rapidly. The fourth industrial revolution and the introduction of artificial intelligence are emerging. I am sure that young pathologists will lead to new innovations and the future of pathology will become state-of-the-art medicine when fusion of pathology and artificial intelligence, genomic data, and clinical data converge in a digitized pathology environment.
The Spring and Autumn Conference will diversify programs such as keynote lectures, symposiums, policy forums, educational sessions, workshops, and organize short research reports and short case reports to provide a variety of information. We will promote the internationalization of the conference by making the website of the conference in English and equipping it with a system for participation abroad. Most of the academic activities of the society are centered on research groups, so we will expand the support for research activities. In addition to the simple exhibitions, our partner companies will create an experience hall and create a place where members can experience. Cases presented at the conference, cases of monthly meetings, etc. will be made into a database, accessible through the media, and promoted to be opened and exchanged internationally. In addition, we will make a function to upload digital images of difficult cases and exchange opinions on the homepage of the society.
We will expand the public functions of the society to strengthen the public relations activities for the general public, medical students, and the medical community. The role and contribution of pathologists in medicine and the activities of the Korean Society of Pathologists to improve public health will be widely known to the public.
Most of the work of the KSP is well managed by the executive director's own duties, but major training programs, insurance policies, trustee policies, corporations, and new agendas require long-term discussion for policy development and decision-making. Executives may lack continuity and consistency. To compensate for this, we will activate the Planning Policy Committee, where the former and the next director generals will take part in their duties.
With the progress of evidence-based medicine and precision medicine, the demand for new pathology and companion diagnosis is increasing. Pathological diagnosis is often the first step in the start of treatment as well as the final diagnosis. Therefore, maintaining high accuracy and reliability is very important. In this regard, the KSP actively participated in the development of an international laboratory certification program in order to continuously develop quality control programs. If digital pathology is activated in the future, a mechanism for quality control of digital images is also required. To this end, we will pursue the establishment of the Korea Institute for Pathology Quality Management Service.
This year is the year to begin the third revision of relative value scale of medical practices. This is an important concern for our society and members, so we will reinforce the insurance committee and respond accordingly. Expanding the role of pathology under the current insurance system, ie, diversification and increase in the number of pathology procedural codes through the introduction of new tests is a very difficult task. Separately, we will actively promote the digital pathology. In the future, it is expected that the digital pathology and instrumentation pathology will expand pathology procedural practices rapidly. We need your attention and active participation.
The KSP believes that its members are the owners, and that the Society is operated by members elected by the members serve with the Secretariat staff. The advances of the society is achieved through active and reasonable opinions and participation of members. We will do our best to find out the best solution for the major issues that the society needs to solve. We will also work with you to become a society that contributes to the development of each field of pathology through active participation in international exchanges and dialogues.
Respected members of the Korean Society of Pathologists!
May 2020, New Year, I wish you all the best in planning and fulfilling your happiness.
All executives of the Korean Society of Pathologists
January 1, 2020
President Dr. Chan Choi
Director General Dr. Se Jin Jang