Greeting from the President
Greetings, I am Tadaaki Kirita, from Nara Medical University, and I have been appointed as the 14th President of the Japanese Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. I am sure that I will need your assistance in the future as well and appreciate the continued support of all Society members. This Society has a proud history extending back nearly 90 years. I am honored to be chosen to serve as the head of a society with 11,000 members and also keenly feel the weight of that responsibility.
Four years ago, I joined the Board of Governors as a managing executive member and have been broadly involved in Society administration since I became Vice President two years ago. I have gained experience and learned much during that time and want to manifest that accumulated experience as President to grow the Society.
The environment surrounding medical care in Japan has undergone a major transformation recently. This, combined with a steep decline in population from a progressively aging society with fewer children being born, is also bringing about substantial changes in the healthcare system. The Japanese Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons is also facing numerous challenges that it must respond to rapidly, such as the resurgence of COVID-19 infections and workstyle reforms for healthcare providers, and the commencement of a new specialist physician program that will affect physicians, dentists, dental surgeons in the future. Oral and maxillofacial surgery not only involves the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases occurring in the oral and maxillofacial region; it encompasses treatment to restore and maintain function and form of the oral and maxillofacial region as an organ that greatly affects quality of life for the entire body. I think recognition and self-awareness as physicians who provide that important medical care is needed. I intend to work with all members and do my best to ensure that that oral and maxillofacial surgery is widely recognized by society and is regarded as essential.
The Society began in 1933 as the Academic Meeting on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. It subsequently became the Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1935, and The Japanese Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in 1966. The Society has steadily grown under the name of Japanese Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, a public interest corporation, since 2012. Today it has become the largest academic association among all academic associations related to oral and maxillofacial surgery. Although the Society has faced many struggles and obstacles during that time, it has come a long way, growing into the Society it is today thanks to the unflagging efforts and selfless contributions of our predecessors. I fully appreciate the efforts and intentions of our many predecessors and, as a current member, think it is important to continue to develop the Society and pass on an even stronger Society to the next generation.
While there are numerous issues that the Japanese Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons should undertake, I want to advance progress the following points in particular.
1) Further enhance the Congress and re-examine the form of the Congress in the living with COVID-19 age, 2) strengthen international alliances with oral and maxillofacial surgery associations in every country, IAOMS, and Asian AOMS, 3) develop the next generation of oral and maxillofacial surgeons, 4) strengthen alliances with other academic associations, 5) communicate information to and educate the community, 6) respond appropriately to the new specialist physician program and develop and generate more specialist physicians who command public confidence, 7) obtain IF for the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Medicine, and Pathology (J Oral Maxillofac Surg Med Pathol (JOMSMP)), the official English journal of this Society, and 8) create an environment and opportunities for female oral and maxillofacial surgeons to advance further in the field.
While I have raised the main issues above, I recognize that it will be difficult to achieve all of these quickly. However, I want to pave the way for making even modest progress and create a roadmap for achieving these goals. These are important goals that we must accomplish in order to continue to achieve sustained growth of the Japanese Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in the future.
I want to work with the executive members, auditors, delegates, and all members to develop the Japanese Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and ask everyone for your cooperation and support.