Hello? I am Young Tae Kim, who has served as the 15th president of THE KOREAN SOCIETY OF GYNECOLOGIC ENDOSCOPY AND MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY from this year.

As the 15th president of the Korean Society of Gynecologic Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery (KSGE), it is my great honor to represent all of you and our specialty during the two years to come. These years are challenging times for conquering the COVID-19 pandemic nationwide and worldwide. KSGE is a society focused on education, research, and treatment of gynecologic endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery. The mission of our society is to promote health care nationwide and establish a welfare society through enlightenment and publicity for treatment of gynecologic diseases in the minimally invasive manner.

I would like to express my respect for all of the members of the KSGE devoting themselves to medical treatment, research, and education in their respective seats despite the cluttered domestic and international medical atmosphere due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The world is showing no signs of an end to the COVID-19 outbreak. In the past, KSGE continued to develop through continuous academic exchanges with various domestic and international gynecologic endoscopy societies. However, we lived in an untouched world that we have never experienced, and the system that had achieved academic development face-to-face faced challenges.

During the past academic meetings of the KSGE, a place where renowned researchers can be invited to share ideas and projects with leading institutions and researchers around the world has been created, but now is the time for a strategy of academic development using Untact system. In order to turn this crisis into an opportunity for further development, we will create mutual academic relations using an active untact system with international academic institutions such as AAGL, FIGO, AOFOG, and ESGE. By developing the strengths and know-how of the KSGE accumulated in gynecological disease diagnosis and treatment through international joint research, we will endeavor to achieve the internationalization of a new concept of untect different from the past.

On the one hand, I will endeavor to strengthen the professional capabilities of the Korean Society of Gynecologic Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery. Currently, about 1,000 Korean gynecological endoscopy subspecialists have been registered. I will be able to participate in the valuable academic process by strengthening our capabilities in the future. Important thing that longtime members have come to trust on for their clinical practice is the KSGE practice guidelines. Every five years we can make an assessment of the gynecologic endoscopy subspecialty, so our KSGE committees can make improvements that will enrich our practice environments and ultimately for the best interest of our patients. In the digital age, it is considered essential to actively update our conference website. In addition, we will quickly achieve academic achievements through app production and activation using mobile phones.

I believe that the KSGE has become an excellent society worldwide thanks to the dedication of senior professors, fellow professors, and junior researchers. As you can see in every international session, I firmly feel the status of the KSGE as a representative Korean society in the field of gynecological endoscopy, and I think that I will have to play many roles in the future. I would like to express my sincere thanks to the many members, including past presidents. In addition, we will make thorough academic preparations in case we return to the past era following the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. All of this is based on the participation and support of all members of the KSGE.
With the leadership we serve in the future, we will actively communicate with several members for the development of the KSGE.

Thank you for your time.

President of the Korean Society of Gynecologic Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Young Tae Kim