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회장 사진

Dear members of The Korean Society of Anesthesiologists,

Since the inception of “Korean Society of Anesthesiology” on November 10, 1956, we have now grown into a large scientific society producing more than 5,000 specialists and 15 subfield scientific societies in the last 62 years. It is a great honor for me to serve as the chairman of this proud and historical scientific society. I would like to thank the members who have trusted me with this role, and I promise to put all my efforts in the development of The Korean Society of Anesthesiologists.

Although the task of being the chairman of this esteemed society can prove to be overwhelming, the guidance and examples set by my predecessors will definitely help me deal with the momentous tasks ahead of us. Keeping in mind their unhesitating passion to develop this society for the last 60 years, I am motivated to steer our society to a glorious 100 years.

While there is much to focus on in the changing environment of health care, we must continue to be attentive towards major projects that can affect the development and improvement of the field of anesthesiology and the development of our society. In other words, we must continue our efforts in the improvement and expansion of insurance fees in the field of care, assessment of anesthesia adequacy, improvement of education system for residents, development of our academic journal, and promotion of academic activities, communications, and interests of members.

To this end, I will fulfill my role by gathering the interests and intellect of all members and converging the opinions of all members to ensure smooth progress, with maximum cooperation from the executive board members and the management of the Society.

Years of honorable reputation and tradition should definitely be a matter of pride. However, for those years to shine even brighter, they must be accompanied by a dedicated effort to renew each day. I request that everyone put their best efforts and work hard for The Korean Society of Anesthesiologists to reach great heights.

Once again, thank you for contributing to the advancement of The Korean Society of Anesthesiologists with your hard work. With your support, I will try my best to resolve the tasks we face and further advance our society and the field of anesthesiology.

Thank you.

November 2018
Chairman of The Korean Society of Anesthesiologists
Sang-Hyun Kwak

이사장 사진

Dear esteemed members of The Korean Society of Anesthesiologists,

The Korean Society of Anesthesiologists has achieved both qualitative and quantitative growth, with more than 60 years of tradition and more than 5,600 members. As you have seen in KoreAnesthesia 2018, our scientific conference has become truly international, with 250 foreign participants from 26 countries. Additionally, our scientific journal, the Korean Journal of Anesthesiology, has achieved a great feat by being recently indexed on Medline. I would like to express my gratitude to our predecessors, previous executive board members, and all members for their devotion and effort in leading our Society to where it is are today.

The field of anesthesiology that began in operating rooms has now progressed to playing pivotal roles in all areas of medical care, including pre- and post-operative care, acute chronic pain management, intensive care, surgical anesthesia and sedation, and hospice care. In particular, we are the foundation for the protection of patient safety, a social issue with growing importance. In order to substantially reduce anesthesia- or sedation-related accidents, we need to tackle problems such as insufficient insurance fees, deficiency in workforce and equipment, and unqualified personnel performing anesthesia or sedation. In addition to the academic development, our Society should also focus on political and social issues such as protecting the rights of its members, enhancing the status of the anesthesiology field, and ensuring national anesthetic safety.

Recently, many talented residents have shown interest in the field of anesthesiology. Realizing the significant hurdle posed by the Resident Specialty Act these days, I seek to revise the training curriculum for residents, who are the future of our Society as a whole. The previous curriculum was skewed in that it focused on quantitative training, and I propose that it be changed to a competency-based training curriculum. We need to discuss what the core competency of anesthesiology is and how it can be evaluated and taught. For this purpose, expansion of simulation training and enhancement of training through workshops are needed.

We are going to make continued efforts in the current projects of our Society that had been promoted by our predecessors, including reinforcement of activities by the Insurance Committee, further globalization of our scientific conference, and registration of our journal in the Science Citation Index. In order to achieve these goals, support and interest of our members are of utmost importance. I sincerely request for your advice and support. The 21st executive board of the Korean Society of Anesthesiologists vows to devote ourselves to upholding the values of our Society so as to increase the sense of pride in our esteemed members.

I wish good health and prosperity to all of our members.

November 2018
President of The Korean Society of Anesthesiologists
In Cheol Choi

The Korean Society of Anesthesiologists (KSA) was founded in 1956 and has made efforts to promote exchange of information between Korean anesthesiologists and to actively participate in the activities of international societies of anesthesiologists.

1950 New era of contemporary anesthesia was opened during Korean war.
1956.11.10 The Korean Society of Anesthesiologists (KSA) was founded -- The inaugral meeting of Korean Society of Anesthesiologists was held with 9 anesthesiologists.
1957 The KSA was authorized as a member society of Korean Medical Association.
1958 Department of Anesthesiology was independent from the Surgical department for the first time.
1963 The firtst examination for board of anesthesiology was done.
1968.11.1 The first issue of the Korean Journal of Anesthesiology was published.

Now KSA is a large community of above 3000 members, including above 10 subspecial associations.
We meet annually to exchange and to share scholatic information. The annually meeting is held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday(3 daty), November.

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