1st August, 2019.
It has been a great honour to be the president of this vibrant association. APWA is a progressive group of surgeons and therapists who have a great time learning more about the wrist, and how to solve its mysteries. As PC says, we are the “wrist lovers”.
Toshi Nakamura organised a wonderful 4th Annual Congress in Narita. Toshi is the President Elect of APWA and is in the process of creating the new 2019-21 Executive. The new blood will help evolve APWA to the next level. If you want to be more involved with APWA, please contact Toshi. Toshi has also been the editor of JWS, which continues to be our premiere wrist journal. I am pleased to announce that APWA is now an Affiliated partner of JWS. This will be stated on the JWS cover, contents page and online. Financial APWA members will receive a 25% discount on JWS subscriptions.
European Wrist Arthroscopy Society (EWAS) has changed its name to International Wrist Arthroscopy Society (IWAS). The inaugural president of the new IWAS is Dr Eva-Maria Baur, who is one of our invited speakers for the Seoul Meeting in November 2019. One of her stated missions is to support and advance wrist surgery, including women surgeons and therapists. She will lead a breakfast discussion group at the Seoul meeting. This is an ideal forum for our women members to discuss the issues that are important to them.
Wendong XU has led the Conference Committee, which has put together a platform for the planning and organisation of the meetings. I am pleased to see so many attending our great meetings. Congratulations to Wendong Xu as President Elect for the new IWAS.
The 5th Annual Congress is in Seoul, South Korea. It is shaping up to be a fantastic event. Thank you to Joo-Yup Lee for his great organisational skills. We look forward to seeing everyone in Seoul 8 -10 Nov 2019. Submit abstracts now to be able to present in Seoul.
Other congresses include:
6th Annual Congress – Singapore in 2020, Convenor Andrew Chin
7th Annual Congress is in Shanghai in 2021, Convenor Wendong Xu
8th Annual Congress is to be announced in Seoul, please contact Wendong Xu, if you would like to host this meeting.
Jeff Ecker has been the Chair of the Education Committee. He has been instrumental in supporting the Congress Chair’s in providing quality academic programs.
Abhijeet Wahegaonkar has been well supported by Margaret Fok in making the apwa.asia website a portal for our members. Contact Abhijeet to add photos or information to apwa.asia.
Wing Lim Tse has been chairman of the travelling fellowship committee. The 2019 Travelling Fellows application are open now, contact Gloria for more details. All of the travelling fellows have added to our meetings with new ideas but their biggest contribution has been the way they have supported the development of the society, and are becoming the new leaders in wrist surgery.
Shanlin Chen, as Secretary General is working to ensure that we gain new members. As Treasurer, James Wan has had some challenges with the current international financial environment, but with the added support of PT Chan we will advance through some of these difficulties.
Clara Wong has put together a great APWA newsletter, which has helped spread the APWA philosophy.
I feel we are moving forward, with new initiatives coming, such as the “Young Fellows Committee” and the “Therapist Committee”. Speak to Toshi, if you want to be involved.
We all have valued from the support of PC Ho, as our Foundation President. His experience and supportive leadership continue to be greatly valued. Gloria has been the APWA Secretariat, and continues to support us all, in our endeavour of grow our society. Please contact Gloria for any information about APWA. It could be about the 5th Annual Congress in Seoul, the APWA Travelling fellowship or bidding for the 2022 meeting.
I feel that our young society continues to evolve, and we all learn from each other. I look forward to seeing all of the APWA members in Seoul in Nov 2019.
APWA President 2017 – 19