President of Malaysian Arthroscopy Society

Dear Malaysian Arthroscopy Society respected members,

I am deeply honored and at the same time humbled for the vote of confidence for me to lead the Malaysian Arthroscopy Society as President for the term 2021 – 2023. It is indeed a huge responsibility to helm the society that has been set up to promote and enhance the field of Arthroscopy and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine locally and internationally.

I would like to convey our huge appreciation to the previous council led by the very experienced and capable Col. Dr. Azmi Abdul Latif for their dedication and efforts in providing the members with new updates in this fast-evolving world and with engaging activities, all through the hard times and difficult period during the COVID-19 pandemic. On behalf of MAS, we would like to express our sincerest condolence to the families who have lost their loved ones due to COVID-19. I am proud to mention that we are one step forward to achieving this with our recent signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) on 7th November 2021.

As MAS is a relatively young Society, we will endeavor to establish mechanisms to accomplish our missions and objectives. We are striving to constantly provide our members with latest updates in our field on various accessible platforms; to enhance the relationship between senior and junior surgeons and health care providers, and also to provide opportunities for our members to elevate and improve their careers.

I believe our partnership with one of Malaysia’s top universities will create long-term collaborations to assist each other in advancing our platforms and putting Malaysia on the map for expertise in this field on an international level in services and academia. On top of this, MAS will collaborate with other societies, organizations and relevant industry partners to combine our strength and provide a larger arena for MAS to grow as a Society and providing members with wider connections.

On behalf of the newly elected and appointed Executive Council members, it is our honor to continue the legacy and excellent work of the previous councils. With the aim to serve our members and in achieving our goals as a Society, four focused MAS working committees have been formed. The committees are:

  • MAS Fee Arbitration Committee – to represent the society and fraternity in collaborating with the Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia on matters pertaining on fee schedule and resolutions, headed by myself.

  • MAS Accreditation and Endorsement Committee – to represent the society and fraternity in liaising with the National Specialist Registry (NSR), headed by Col. Dr. Azmi Abd Latiff

  • MAS Fellowship and Training Committee (MFTEC) – to focus on enhancing and streamlining the National Arthroscopy and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine training Curriculum and Skills training, headed by Maj. Gen. Dato’ Dr. Mohamad Amirrudin Hamdan

  • MAS Education Committee – oversee grant application and approvals, research grants, headed by Dato' Dr. Badrul Akmal Hisham Md Yusoff

The details of the committees will be uploaded soon on our website. We are planning to revamp and upgrade this website to also include more information relevant to the public and sporting communities whom we serve when it comes to treatment and rehabilitation of their injuries and conditions.

The essence and heart of a society are the members. If you have any ideas, suggestions and insights for our Society, we look forward to hearing them. You are more than welcome to write to secretariat@my-arthroscopy.com. Your input as a member is very valuable to us and the council members are anticipating in bringing your ideas and proposals into reality. We would also welcome your participation and encourage you to volunteer your time and effort in our various activities and committees.

Wishing you all the best and stay safe,
Datuk Dr. Mohd Asri Abd Ghapar
President of Malaysian Arthroscopy Society
2021 – 2023