It has been difficult days for all of you to live in whole over the world due to covid-19 pandemic in these 8 months. Since Asian Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (APFSSH) meeting in Melbourne in March 2020, we have spent all times in our home and most of the meetings have been changed to Webinar. Due to this reason, we decided to postpone our 6th Annual Congress in Singapore to May 2023 as the 8th Congress and now our 6th congress will be in Shanghai 2021. I hope this severe situation of pandemic will be resolved soon.
At the 5th Congress of APWA in 2019 in Seoul, I took over the president position from Prof. Greg Bain. Greg did extremely great job for managing the association, creating strong committees under executive board, and negotiating to Thieme Publishers to be the Journal of Wrist Surgery as our affiliated journal. Now you can find our APWA logo on the front page of the Journal of Wrist Surgery. You will subscribe the Journal with 25% discounted price.
Normally we hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) with the Annual Congress, however, due to postponed Annual Congress this year, we will hold AGM in January 2021 via Zoom Webinar. I will send the information very soon.
I arranged the committee members in last March 2020. Chair of the fellowship committee is now Keiji Fujio with advisor of former chair Winglim Tse. Congress committee chair is now Andrew Chin with the help of Wen dong Xu. Education committee chair is Bo Liu with the help of Jeff Ecker. We still hold Abhijeet as Chair of IT committee. And we now create new Membership committee and the new chair is Joo Yup Lee, our secretary general. New Membership committee will help to IT committee to organize strong system for membership management and payment through our website. Everyone will be happy to pay their annual dues through website very soon.
I hope all of you are happy and healthy in the difficult days and will see you directly, not virtually, very soon.
November 24, 2020
Toshiyasu Nakamura, MD, PhD
The President, Asia Pacific Wrist Association,
Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine, International University of Health and Welfare, Tokyo, Japan