Greetings to all the distinguished TAGE members. On the auspicious occasion of New Year 2019 and the celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Executive Board and I would like to wish you another year of happiness, prosperity, great health and success with the blessing of the Three Jewels and holy spirits around the world. Let’s join in treating patients especially with gastrointestinal endoscopy.
Over the past year, we have been working hard and successfully organized major events such as the EUS 2018 symposium, EUS workshop and World Congress taking place during the end of 2018. We would like to express our deep gratitude to all the TAGE members for your complete confidence in us. Personally, I also fully appreciate all of the organizers who actively, tirelessly collaborated in staging the events which notched up great success.
In this coming year, we aim at proceeding with the ongoing projects, managing our organization more efficiently, and inviting more than 80% of the doctors working in the field of gastrointestinal endoscopy in Thailand to become TAGE members. We are not hold the annual meeting this year; as we are under contract to the World Gastroenterology Organization. Nevertheless, we have planned to conduct at least 2 academic seminars, namely, the Endoscopic Challenge and a brand-new activity, that is, a series of lectures delivered by experts on gastrointestinal endoscopy, especially endoscopic treatment. Further information on the lecture will be provided later on. Also, we have concluded that a monthly meeting is held in order to do instant updates on the rules and regulations; and TAGE has decided to publicize and give scholarships with the aim of increasing the capability to offer medical services and giving full academic support in terms of research to the doctors who work in the field of gastrointestinal endoscopy in Thailand. Moreover, the Executive Board still works constantly on the international projects.
I would also like to give you updates on our progress so far as follows:
The Management Board in charge of endoscopy room led by Dr. Taya, Dr. Rungsun and Dr. Nonthalee making much progress with their project on developing blueprints of proper endoscopy rooms for Thailand and neighboring countries which attract a considerable interest from the regional doctors. Some even requested an English version of the blueprints from Dr. Taya, the leader of the project, who is heartily glad to grant their request; but the work may take some time and requires the cooperation of the TAGE board.
The Research Board, led by Dr. Satimai and Dr. Julajak, has initiated to give scholarships for research officially.
The Treasurer Board, led by Dr. Wiriyaporn and Dr. Panida, is issuing official withdrawal rules and regulations and has calculated the yearly revenue of TAGE which represents a modest improvement.
The Registration Board, led by Dr. Pises, Dr. Boonlert and Dr. Sukprasert, has one more committee, that is, Dr. Aphichet from Rajavithi Hospital. The duty of the Registration Board is to invite more than 80% of the doctors working in the field of gastrointestinal endoscopy in Thailand to become TAGE members.
The Computer and Website Board has achieved enormous success this year in making some remarkable improvements to our website, namely they’ve made it more professional and this is the first time TAGE website has had an English version. I am full of admiration for Dr. Uayporn and Dr. Supakij, as well as the staff members, that is, Mr. Phanuphong and Mr. Suppakan.
The Public Relations Board has also brought vibrancy to TAGE due to their enthusiasm and efforts to work to the fullest, especially Dr. Jaksin and Dr. Thanawat. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all of them. Keep up the good work!
The Workshop and Model Board, led by Dr. Aroon and Dr. Chaloemphon cooperating with Dr. Kannika, Dr. Chirat and Dr. Thawee as the consultant has made dramatic progress. The Model Unit kindles a strong interest and has been invited to several countries. At present, they have set a price and are preparing to acquire the ownership of the model; and I really appreciate their hard-working. Some activities are held in a few months, namely the EUS Day takes place in Pattaya and the International EUS in Mumbai in early March; another EUS event is held around the end of Mach; and the ASEAN EUS takes place in mid-April. Anyone interested are welcomed to attend the events. Some TAGE members are also showcasing their work at the ESGE Day and the ASEAN EUS; and TAGE granted them research scholarships.
Last but not least, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and a glorious Chinese New Year.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pradermchai Kongkam, M.D.
President, Thai Association for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy