Message from The President

Shoichi KokubunDear APOA Members,

It is truly a great honour and privilege for me to be President of APOA, a big orthopaedic association comprising 24 member countries and representing more than half of the world’s population.

APOA is quite unique in its membership structure. In addition to Chapters, it has Specialty Sections and Federation Members (National Orthopaedic Associations or Societies), the latter of which was introduced in 2015. We currently have about 700 individual members from 16 Chapters, 12 Specialty Sections and 21 Federation Members with more than 60,000 Federation fellows in total.

APOA introduced the Presidency specialized in administration in 2014, that is, 7 years ago. Meanwhile, it has developed step by step. Because of the Constitution 2021, that came into effect this past March, the membership of the Executive Committee has increased to 11 including Chair of the Congress Committee and 3 members at large. The standing Committees (STCs) have been reduced in number from 8 to 6 for better function. The Young Surgeons’ Forum (YSF) for orthopaedic doctors 45 years of age or younger has been stipulated in the Constitution.

Despite the above, the APOA is still not mature. The business plan for the term 2021 to 2022 projects further development of the APOA, and is composed of the following 6 items:

  • Item 1: Review of the Constitution. A number of contradictions have been found in the new Constitution and certain issues necessitating further rule changes or clarification have been encountered. These will be solved by a Constitution Review Committee which will be formed soon.
  • Item 2: Activation of the Standing Committees and YSF. The EXCO members play a liaison role. All STCs need to fill out their memberships. They and the YSF should set up the standard operating and reporting procedures.
  • Item 3: Improvement of the Website. It needs to periodically update the President’s messages and the EXCO’s, STCs’ and YSF’s reports. It should have a section on APOA history, and brief introductions of Federation Members.
  • Item 4: Improvement of our Finance. The APOA financial situation is not good enough, in fact, it is rather poor. Therefore, individual members and Federation Members should be required to pay their fees within the fiscal year. The numbers of individual members and Federation Members need not only be maintained but also should be increased by active recruitment of new members. Most importantly, donations need to be solicited..
  • Item 5: Successful 22nd Congress in Manila, Philippines on November 24 – 26, 2022. We should support the local organizing Committee for a great success. Let’s celebrate there the 60th Anniversary of the Western Pacific Orthopaedic Association (WPOA), presently APOA, founded in 1962.
  • Item 6: Increased interaction with association or societies inside or outside the APOA Region.

With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging, face-to-face meetings of a large number of participants and travel abroad are restricted. The relevance, and indeed the raison d’être of international societies have been questioned. Luckily enough, however, various means of online communication are available. The effective usage of these technologies preserves the unity of members of APOA and facilitates its functions. Of course, I hope the COVID situation improves soon.

As President, I am committed to further developing APOA with the support of you all.

Best regards,

Shoichi Kokubun, MD, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
APOA President 2021-2022