Dear Colleagues and Friends,
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists’ website. This year, the MSA celebrates its 57th year of establishment. The objectives of this Society are to promote the art and science of Anaesthesiology via continuous medical education, to enhance the camaraderie and ensure wellness among the fraternity, and to network and collaborate at the local and international platforms. I am proud to say that, with the continuous effort and determination from the previous Executive Committees, we have achieved many of these objectives thus far.
The last one and a half years saw us thrown into the forefront of a ravaging Covid-19 pandemic. Our camaraderie has strengthened, as we worked together seamlessly as front liners to fight this Covid-19 pandemic. It has been a long and arduous journey. Amongst the many trials and tribulations we faced, one noticeable silver lining from this pandemic is the strong recognition and acknowledgement our fraternity received from the Malaysian government, the continuous accolades from the community and other medical fraternities for our tireless work and commitment in treating Covid-19 patients. With this recognition of strength in our fraternity, it is my hope that the future annual celebration of “World Anaesthesia Day” in the month of October to increase the awareness of our profession to the public will be more accessible and memorable.
The MSA encourages our members to maintain professional competency and keeping abreast with current literature by subscribing to a number of online journals. Please enjoy using them. It is with pride that we published the “MSA Year Book” annually covering relevant anaesthesia updates related to clinical practice by Malaysian authors and “Berita Anestesiologi” to keep our members abreast with all the activities undertaken by our members.
Moving forward, the Society is embarking on an exciting project. We aim to publish the very first Malaysian Journal of Anaesthesiology, in the first quarter of the next year. We encourage members to contribute their works and interesting cases to this journal as it is our own home-grown journal. In sha Allah, we aim to debut it as a Scopus journal in two to three years’ time. We also hand out the K. Inbasegaran Research Grants annually, to encourage research among our members. Amongst the other peaks by the Society is the financial subsidy for our members to present their research in conferences organised by organisations affiliated to the MSA. We look forward to continue to receive applications from members.
Last but not least, I would like encourage our members to give suggestions and ideas on how we can improve further for the advancement of our Society. Please feel free to drop us a line through email.
Professor Dr Ina Ismiarti Shariffuddin
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