The Korean Society of Clinical Chemistry
Greeting from President of KSCC
Greetings and best wishes to you all for the year 2019.
As the president of the Korean Society of Clinical Chemistry (KSCC), I welcome you and hope you have a happy and fruitful life in 2019.
After completing my term as the 12th president of the KSCC, I have just accepted a further two-year term to become the 13th president of the KSCC from January 2019 onwards.
The KSCC has made good progress thanks to the devotion of the past-presidents and council members. The KSCC, a member of the IFCC (International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine), was a successful host of the Asia Pacific Federation of Clinical Biochemistry Congress in 2010 in Seoul, Korea. The KSCC will also host the IFCC WorldLab 2020 in May 2020 in Seoul, Korea. The IFCC WorldLab 2020 is now being prepared by the leadership of the organizing committee (Congress president, Professor Won-Ki Min; Chairperson, Professor Junghan Song; and the Chairperson of the Scientific Committee, Professor Sail Chun). We expect to host more international scientific satellite meetings before or after the IFCC WorldLab 2020 Congress. As the president of the hosting society, I want to make an effort to upgrade and optimize the KSCC for hosting the IFCC WorldLab 2020 successfully.
The KSCC became a formal member of the Korean Academy of Medical Science in March 2016. The KSCC is also an official member of the Joint Committee for Traceability in Laboratory Medicine (JCTLM). In addition, the Korean Medical Association delegated the KSCC as a formal continuing medical education society.
The discipline of laboratory medicine is extremely important in medical practice, and clinical chemistry tests comprise a big proportion of the field of laboratory medicine. I want to continue to make every effort to retain the usefulness of clinical chemistry tests for diagnosis, determining therapeutic success, and disease monitoring at a society level. It is in the best interest of utilization management, to develop the standardization of clinical chemistry tests in this era of cost-effectiveness and economic slowdown.
I will also focus on the biannual national congress and the usefulness of our website for clinical laboratory specialists and medical doctors. We will begin a regular review course for educational purposes at the national congress and continue to upgrade and renew the information on the website.
Lastly, I welcome the active participation of every member and the wise guidance of our council members.
Thank you very much.
President of KSCC
Jeong-Ho Kim, M.D., Ph.D. (金正浩)
Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine
Yonsei University College of Medicine.