It is my great pleasure to welcome everyone, members of the Korean Association of Maxillofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeries, to the 55th Congress of the association in this beautiful season blessed by autumn foliage and clear skies. Furthermore, it is a great honor to hold this congress—organized by the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of the College of Dentistry of Chosun University—in the brilliant city of Gwangju.
The 55th Congress will be held from November 4th to 6 th—Friday to Sunday—under the theme “Digital Innovation in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.” A special lecture related to digital diagnoses and surgeries that have recently been largely developing in the oral and maxillofacial field alongside the digital era; symposia in six fields; as well as in-depth debates and lectures will be held during the congress together with invited distinguished Korean and global scholars. In addition, the precious clinical experiences and research materials of our members will be presented during poster sessions and oral presentations on nine topics. Excellent narrations and poster presentations will be selected to boost the morale of members as well as enable free access for many therapists.
In particular, we plan to invite distinguished speakers of various fields for the special lecture, focusing mainly on the congress’s theme of “Digital Innovation.” Professor Dong-woo Cho of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) will give an interesting lecture on “ 3D Printing Technology and its Biomedical Applications“ and Professor oung Lae Moon of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery of Chosun University will similarly present a lecture on “VR Elbow Arthroscopy : Basic Surgery Technique, 3 Portals and Anatomy.” In addition, Professor Jae-Boong Choi of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Sungkyungkwan University will talk about the “The 4th Industrial Revolution led by Phono Sapiens” while Professor Won-Ki Jeong of UNIST will discuss “Dictionary learning for biomedical image analysis.
Furthermore, a pre-congress workshop will be held on the morning of the first day of the congress under the themes of “Computer-Aided Surgery” and “How to Make Segmentation.” We are equally preparing a number of diverse programs that would allow you to enjoy and explore the beauty, culture, and generosity of Jeollanam-do Province. All in all, it is my hope that the congress would provide an opportunity for various academic fields to converge and create new practical technology in the field of oral and maxillofacial plastic and reconstructive surgeries in Korea.
Lastly, I take this opportunity to particularly extend my gratitude to President Hee-Kyun Oh for his support to the congress; the directors of the association for the meticulous care they have extended in various ways for the preparation of the congress and international exchanges; as well as Head of Organization Committee, Seong-Yong Moon of the Organizing Committee and its members for their devoted work in developing the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of the College of Dentistry of Chosun University. In addition, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the professors and alumni of the department for completing their training and giving their unfailing support to the department, its graduate school, and the association despite the adverse environment.