Greetings from the President

 

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Dear Colleagues,

First, I would like to wish everyone and their love ones a happy and healthy new year for 2021. I did wish everyone a happy and healthy new year for 2020 as well, unbeknownst to me at the time that being healthy would be very, very important for 2020. Not that health it's not always important, one of the reasons why we are all in healthcare professions.

Again, I would like to thank all the Board Members, Nomination Subcommittee and our members who re-elected me again to be the President of APHRS for 2021. This were despite the fact that during my first term, we need to change the venue of our Annual Scientific Meeting due to a riot, cancel our Summit due to a volcano eruption and cancel our Annual Scientific Meeting due to a pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic had impacted everyone in the world. Many things were put on a halt but, as one of our vision is to spread the knowledge to our members and healthcare professionals in Asia Pacific region to care for patients with cardiac arrhythmia, we initiated online education programs from our subcommittees as well as partnering with industries. As a commitment to education for our region, we held the "APHRS Virtual Congress 2020" instead of our Annual Scientific Meeting. There were about 3600 delegates, more registration than usual when compared to our previous meetings. Despite the pandemic, there was more opportunities to a more accessible education. Hopefully the COVID-19 pandemic would be discontinued this year. 

Our collaborations continue among our members countries and international societies, from conducting registries, document writings, online sessions, to in-person training, whenever the situation allows. I would like to take this opportunity to thank HRS and EHRA, both societies has been very supportive of APHRS in all the aspects over the years and I'm certain of the continuity of our collaboration in the future. 

2020 went by relatively reasonable thanks to all the guidance and support of the APHRS Board Members, Past Presidents, members and administrative support from our office. For 2021, we are going to continue with our commitment in collaborations as we did for 2020. We look forward to more educational series to come. We also look forward to more collaborations with other societies, national and international, to help with the commitment on education from APHRS. As of today, our Annual Scientific Meeting, APHRS 2021 is scheduled for 28-31 October 2021 in Shanghai. The meeting is likely to be a hybrid: mainly online with face-to-face meeting if the situation permits, please keep an eye out for an update information.

Again, please be careful and continue to stay healthy everyone. I look forward to seeing everyone in person again soon.

 

Tachapong Ngarmukos, MD, FAPHRS
President of the APHRS (2021)

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