It is my great privilege to invite you to the combined meeting of the 46th Malaysian Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting and 10th ASEAN Arthroplasty Association Meeting 2016 which will be held from 25th to 28th May 2016 in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
The theme for this year meeting is “Fundamentals In Orthopaedics – Back to Basics”. With the rapid advancement of medicine and the exciting array of implants and surgical approaches that are pitched to surgeons on an almost daily basis; it is good for us to take stock and go back to basics to review the fundamentals of the way we practice orthopaedics. By doing so, it helps us to focus back on why and how we practice. This, I believe will help each of us to remember to see our patients as a whole person and therefore deliver better healthcare to those we have taken the oath to care for. By doing so, we will also be sharing and guiding our future orthopaedic surgeons down the right path.
Our MOA ASM organising committee under the capable leadership of Dato’ Dr Azmi Baharudin and Associate Professor Dr Abdul Halim Abd Rashid will no doubt come up with a comprehensive scientific programme. I look forward to the interesting entries for the competitive Mahmmod Merican Best Masters Thesis Awards and Best Basic Science Poster Awards this time around. We also hope to receive more entries for the Subir Sengupta Best Published Clinical Paper Award and P. Balasubramaniam Best Published Translational Medicine Paper Award.
I am proud to announce that the 10th ASEAN Arthroplasty Association Meeting 2016 will be joining our meeting. We look forward to reconnecting with many fellow arthroplasty surgeons from around our region during this meeting. With Professor Dr Azlina Amir Abbas at the helm of the AAA meeting organising committee, we can all anticipate highly thought-provoking and highly interactive sessions.
For this meeting, we chose Johor Bahru’s exciting and vibrant Iskandar Malaysia region as our host city. Johor is accessible by air, land, rail and sea. One can fly into Johor via Senai International Airport which is well connected to regional airports in our neighbouring countries and it’s within 6 to 8 hours flight time radius from both East and West of Asia’s growth cities such as Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo. Johor has much to offer the intrepid traveller from local cuisine to cultural customs. There is something for everyone in the family. For those who enjoy outdoors, Johor is home to some of the world’s oldest rainforests including the legendary and mysterious Gunung Ledang to beautiful islands which are an open secret with scuba divers from around the world. If you enjoy hunting down a bargain, the Johor Premium Outlets would satisfy even the most well-travelled shopper. Come with your family and extend your stay after the meeting for a day out at Legoland and Sanrio Hello Kitty Town.
With so many things planned, we look forward to meeting you in May 2016.
Dato’ Dr Badrul Shah Badaruddin
Malaysian Orthopaedic Association