Greeting from the President

Kanchu Tei

Kanchu Tei
President, The Japanese Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

I was appointed to the president at the new governing board meeting and general assembly on November 1, 2018. I intend to administer the operations of the Japanese Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons while maintaining the same general direction and approach to activities as heretofore, and I appreciate the cooperation of all the Society’s members.

The Japanese Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons has grown into one of the largest professional societies in Japan, with a membership that may soon exceed 11,000 persons. As of January 2019, there are 2,109 oral surgery certified physicians, 1,993 oral surgery specialist physicians, and 895 oral surgery teaching physicians under the Society’s specialist physician program, which began in FY 1973. Accreditation for certified general clinical oncologists (dental and oral and maxillofacial surgery) began in April 2009, and nearly 400 oral surgical specialists have passed the examination and are active in oral cancer treatment. Furthermore, as a developed certification, the examinations for the International Board for the Certification of Specialists in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery began in 2015, and many of our members have obtained this certification as well. Moreover, the higher-level qualification examination in oral cancer and reconstruction began in FY 2018, and several physicians from Japan have passed these examinations.

Looking back, the Japanese Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons has spent a long time on establishing the specialist physician program and addressing the issue of double licensing. We must not forget that the Japanese Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons has become what it is today through the enthusiasm and hard work of our predecessors, including the former presidents.

At present, single licensing has become the mainstream for oral surgeons in the rest of Asia, as it is in Japan, and these surgeons are active in areas such as oral cancer, jaw deformity, cleft lip and palate, maxillofacial injury, and temporal mandibular disorder. This is the result of lengthy and strenuous efforts. However, looking at a wide range of developments in the medical field in recent years, I cannot help but feel somewhat concerned. The general public is certainly taking a more exacting view with regard to the medical field. I believe that it is necessary to re-examine the future approach to medical education to further enhance the training of oral surgeons.

It is necessary for oral surgery to be performed by oral surgeons, for just one reason: We are more familiar with the functions of the oral cavity than physicians in any other field. I believe that it is important for us as oral surgeons to contribute to the promotion of public health through surgery that maximizes the preservation of oral function, while always keeping this point in mind.

The Japanese Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons is the largest member society of the Japan Dental Association. I intend to fulfill my duties in a manner that contributes to the promotion of public health, while giving consideration to the future development of the field of dentistry, as our former presidents have also emphasized, and I would like to call on all of the Society’s members for their cooperation in pursuing this goal.