“AOSpine-the leading global academic community for innovative education and research in spine care, inspiring lifelong learning and improving patients’ lives.”
CHUNG CHEK WONG
AOSpine Asia Pacific Chairperson
The year 2017 was an exciting one again for AOSpine Asia Pacific (AOSAP). We went from strength to strength during the year in terms of both our membership base and the quality of our educational and research activities. We continued to implement the priorities set forth in our development strategy by delivering innovative education and research in spine care, and encouraging lifelong learning among practitioners.
Educational activities remain a top priority of AOSpine Asia Pacific. In 2017, a total of 51 events were conducted. The number of participants and faculties also reached a new high which were 3,549 participants and 633 faculties took part in the program respectively. One of the highlights in 2017 was the high-rated Regional Course 2017. It was a successful course with full house registration and many positive feedbacks received. AOSAP keeps the strong alliance with various professional spine societies in the region. In 2017, fruitful collaborations were continued with CASSC, CAOS and COA of China; ASSN of Nepal; MISSCOT of Thailand; IOA of Indonesia; MSS of Malaysia; PSS of Philippines; ICS, ASSN and ASSICON of Indian Subcontinent; JSSR of Japan; KSNS and KSSS of Korea etc.
Currently, there are 28 spine centers in the AOSAP that are helping to nurture the next generation of spine surgeons, and 63 spine fellowships were awarded in 2017. The Faculty Educating Program (FEP) and Chairperson Education Program (CEP) were well organized in Hong Kong in June 2017, 32 participants came from different countries just to share one objective – improve their skills in passing on their knowledge to the next generation of spine professionals.
AOSAP research has experienced steady growth in terms of the number of applications submitted over the past few years, and there has been a corresponding increase in the 2017 research grant. In total, 32 research proposals were awarded for various pathologies. Three multi-center regional projects 2018 were also kicked-off in December 2017.
Membership in AOSAP keeps rolling on a good pace. AOSAP had reached 2,345 members through 2017. AOSpine Korea and AOSpine India Subcontinent had the highest membership growth at 35% and 20% respectively within 12-month; while AOSpine Japan has reached a historic achievement with over 600 paid members by end of 2017. Most importantly, AOSAP remains the largest contributor of the total global AOSpine membership.
Without the support of both the AOSpine Asia Pacific executive team and many individual members, the year’s achievement would not have been possible. I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone for their timeless efforts, continued valuable contributions and strong commitment to ensuring our projects are successful.