To those who have sought out the Korean Academy of Prosthodontics, I extend a warm welcome and sincere gratitude. The Korean Academy of Prosthodontics is entering its 33rd term with the current executive committee. Over the decades, amidst the dedication of many predecessors and members, our academy has made significant advancements, crossing the milestone of half a century. The 33rd executive committee, including 13 advisors such as Yung-Soo Kim, auditors Seung-Geun Ahn and Sang-Won Park, Chairman Cheong-Hee Lee, Vice Chairman Sang-Chun Oh, along with numerous executives, has commenced its term. I would like to take this opportunity to express gratitude to our members and, in particular, to those actively contributing to the development of the academy. Assuming the role of president for this term, I feel a deep sense of gratitude along with a significant sense of responsibility. In the midst of recent changes ushered in by the era of specialists and the evolving landscape of dental education, there is a need for active preparation of academic programs and research projects to address the rapid changes in the dental environment faced by our members. Furthermore, the complex challenges in the public sector, including dental schools, require us to wisely navigate and resolve them, ensuring a steady influx of future generations into the field of prosthodontics. For these reasons, the 33rd executive committee aims to contemplate and implement the direction in which the Korean Academy of Prosthodontics should progress during our term. Our key practical directions include reflecting the opinions of members in our academic activities and continually researching ways to increase member participation and satisfaction. We will also focus on activating research activities and promoting educational initiatives in dental schools and specialties. Lastly, we will assess the needs of affiliated societies for activation and work towards enhancing them. The 33rd executive committee is committed to incorporating various opinions to ensure the development of the Korean Academy of Prosthodontics in the 21st century. Thank you.
The 33rd president of the Korean Academy of Prosthodontics (KAP)