On assuming the office of the President of the Japan Society of Gynecologic and Obstetric Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Therapy, I stand humbled by the highly honorable position vested on me and the challenging tasks that lie ahead for the society. I hereby commit myself to making my best efforts in managing this society, and would greatly appreciate your support and cooperation in this direction.
This society, initially constituted as the Gynecologic and Obstetric Endoscopy Study Group, has advanced steadily, largely owing to the continued efforts and wisdom of our predecessors. Reorganized in April 2013 as a General Incorporated Association—under the leadership of the former President, Mr. Yasunori Yoshimura—the society is creating a solid base in organizational aspects and has more than 3500 members this year. Recently, a large number of new young members have joined the society, which has become one of the most active professional societies serving subspecialties of gynecology and obstetrics. This trend reflects that endoscopic surgery, excellent in terms of its low invasiveness and esthetic outcome, offers many advantages to patients and has been spreading among obstetricians and gynecologists as a skill worth acquiring.
Meanwhile, recent reports in the mass media of patients having died after laparoscopic surgery have eroded the faith of patients in the safety of endoscopic surgery. According to a recent survey carried out by our society, there has been no case, until date, of death directly attributable to laparoscopic surgery in the field of gynecology and obstetrics. Needless to say, adequate safety precautions must always be taken when endoscopic surgery is performed. The technical accreditation system, introduced by our society much earlier than other societies, is aimed at promoting sound endoscopic surgery practice, while assuring the safety of patients.
Furthermore, the training facility accreditation system, introduced last year, is intended to assess facilities capable of implementing endoscopic surgery safely and smoothly, as well as to accredit facilities suitable for grooming physicians with high levels of expertise and skill in performing endoscopic surgery. I think it is an important mission of our society to stimulate the progress and spread of gynecologic and obstetric endoscopic surgery in Japan through these accreditation systems and to contribute thereby in maintaining the nation’s health.
From now on, we propose to establish and maintain sufficient systems to spur academic progress and advances in the field of gynecologic and obstetric endoscopic surgery. I shall devote myself completely to the tasks at hand so that all patients can receive endoscopic surgery without anxiety. I shall strive to make our society earn the trust of our nation as an academic organization constituted by members with professional capabilities and skills.
Toshiyuki Takeshita, M.D., Ph.D.
President of the Japan Society of Gynecologic and Obstetric Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Therapy