Greetings from President

Greetings from President

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Dear distinguished members of Korean Otological Society (KOS)

It is a great honor and heavy responsibility for me to serve as the 16th president of Korean Otological Society (KOS) for the next two years and I would like to respect and wish all of you good health amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The KOS was founded in 1990 by 11 otology professors in order to share new knowledge and experiences in otologic area through scientific research and meetings. At the beginning, our society was established under the name of Korean Otology Study Group and then renamed into KOS in 2004. For decades, our society has shown remarkable progress and now we are in our 33rd year in 2023. KOS has contributed to the advance of basic and clinical research in Korean otology through 65 biannual academic meetings as well as various domestic and international academic activities since its inaugural symposium in June 1990.

The KOS has been expanded and reorganized to have current board system since 2006. In 2007, KOS was accepted to be an official member society of Korean Academy of Medical Sciences (KAMS). Attributed to its active academic activities, KOS even has been selected as an outstanding member society of KAMS every year since 2018.

The KOS started with 42 regular members at the time of its foundation and now has grown to a large extent of 600 members. Starting with publishing the scientific journals with the Korean Society of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 2006, KOS has co-published the English academic journal JAO (Journal of Audiology and Otology) with Korean Audiologic Society since 2017. In addition, EASO (East-Asian Symposium on Otology), one of the leading otologic conferences in East Asia, was proposed by KOS and founded back in 2008. Since then, EASO has thrived in many ways, including its 6th meeting of a world-class academic conference in Seoul, in 2018. The KOS became such renowned arena where the society members exchange innovative ideas and theories to make brilliant progress. On annual basis, we have held fruitful meetings such as hearing aids workshop, instruction courses for residents, basic research seminar, clinical otology seminar, Live Surgery seminar and so forth.

In the meantime, we have tried our best to preserve and not lose our traditions in the COVID-19 situation. Now, in the transition period that the pandemic crisis is coming to an end, we planned to advance our society more actively. The 16th executive board members promise to keep the trust of the people and members toward the KOS, which has been built by senior members for the past 30 years, and to strive to become an academic society that can contribute to society.

Thank you very much.

President of Korean Otological Society
Jae-Young Choi