Message from the President

Dear respected members and colleagues,

I am deeply honoured to write this note as the President of MSGH for the term 2017 to 2019. The new committee elected by you had just met; it is a real privilege to work with a dynamic team to serve the members.

First and foremost, thank you for your participation in the recently concluded GUT 2017. The highlights and achievements can be found in the report at MSGH website. This year we have introduced a feedback form; we will certainly look into your comments to guide us for future GUT meetings.

The main objectives of our Society are to promote the art and science of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, to conduct continuing professional development programs for doctors and paramedical staffs and to encourage and coordinate scientific research, teaching and publication for improvement in this field.

With these in mind, the new committee will work to enhance education and training for our members catering to the needs of our learned colleagues as well as the junior members and the paramedics. Amongst many things, we have made plans to fine tune our series of educational activities for example the MSGH clinical meetings. We will introduce a newer approach to update you on the recent advancements in selected relevant topics by experts and bring them to real-life clinical practice through presentations by anyone with interesting cases. We are going back to basics with Basic Endoscopy aiming to ensure standardized training for credentialing. We will continue to work with our existing partners like the Japanese Society of Gastroenterology for the research fellowship programme, Singapore Hepatology Conference for the perceptorship and the biomedical industries for educational events. The MSGH will continue to provide travel and research grants. We will also explore and facilitate more opportunities for our members to improve their skills and to collaborate in joint activities. Please do look out for the announcements of these activities in our website or facebook. I hope they will be beneficial for you not just to learn and collect CPD points but also to share experiences collectively.

Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to share the history and background about our Society. The Malaysian Society of Gastroenterology & Hepatology was established in 1994. Although relatively young, it has grown by leaps and bounds over the last 23 years. As of the 1st of July 2017, the society has 806 members comprising of 318 ordinary members (of whom 237 are life members) and 487 associate members. Our members are of various backgrounds; we have gastroenterologists, hepatologists, upper and lower GI surgeons, GI assistants and budding specialists in training or medical officers. The MSGH has been in the forefront in organizing activities, in developing few clinical practice guidelines and championing the needs of the profession. The major events included the Annual Therapeutic Endoscopy Workshop held with the Endoscopy Unit, Department of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur since 1994 and the annual scientific meetings. The first ASM was actually called The Stomach in 1996 organized in collaboration with the College of Surgeons. This was followed by the Penang Teaching Course (1997) and the Second Western Pacific Helicobacter Congress (1998). Thereafter, the GUT series started and has been held annually. In 2010, Endoscopy and GUT 2010 were held as part of the APDW2010 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

The Society also started its own Oration from 2001 and established a memorial lecture in the name of Dr Panir Chelvam, a very senior member of the profession, in 2004. In 2016 and 2017, the MSGH awarded two distinguished members for their tremendous contributions to the fraternity and the Society.

Together we can achieve much more and climb to greater heights. Do encourage your colleagues to join the MSGH and let us know if there is anything MSGH or I and the Committee can do.

My best wishes
Dr Tan Soek Siam