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Greetings from the President

Promoting Further Advances in the Dermatology Field

Masayuki Amagai, President,
The Japanese Dermatological Association

First of all, I would like to express my deepest condolences for the people who have died from COVID-19 and to the families who have lost their loved ones, and extend my sympathy to those who are still suffering from the disease. I would also like to express my appreciation to all the front-line medical workers.
As for the members of the Japanese Dermatological Association, I believe that the new type of coronavirus infection has caused an immeasurable impact on their practice and academic and daily activities, forcing us to change our routines and taking away our freedoms.
We, however, have many freedoms that have not been taken away or lost. I believe it is important to make the most of these remaining freedoms to find values in our new lifestyle and be grateful for the new “happiness” in our daily life.
It will be a long time before this historic fight against the coronavirus outbreak is over. But there will be a time when we come out the end of this long tunnel, where we will enjoy a wonderful sense of freedom. So, for now, let’s work together, understand each other, and wait patiently until that time comes.

The 119th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Dermatological Association was held between June 4-7, 2020, entirely on an online basis. At the meeting of the new board of directors held in conjunction with the annual meeting, I was appointed for a second term as president of the Japanese Dermatological Association. It is a great honor and responsibility.
After the Japanese Dermatological Association became a public interest incorporated association, the consecutive term for board members became limited to three terms of six years by the articles of incorporation. As the term count was initiated 6 years ago, 10 of the 16 members are new to the board. I look forward to working with the new board members to explore new values and to operate the society.

Today, the world is being affected by a new type of coronavirus infection, and a major change in the shape of society is about to occur in the face of the post-COVID-19 era. We can easily imagine that the environment surrounding medical care will be even more challenging than before. It is, therefore, important to further strengthen the field of dermatology and further enhance the presence of dermatologists in this changing era.
For the Japanese Dermatological Association, further developing dermatology and nurturing the next generation with high quality skills are the top priorities. The association must also play a leading role in the development of medicine by sustaining the specialty of dermatology and integrating it with other fields. I would like to serve in order to further expand the diversity of our field, protect the interests of our members, and contribute to society by providing correct information as a public interest incorporated association.

With regard to the medical specialist system, it is required to correct the regional disparity between rural and urban areas and expand the system of medical education institutions that provide education and research. It is also necessary to evaluate the quality of the program offered by each institution, in order to nurture dermatologists of the next generation. Dermatological societies, where the percentage of female physicians is high, are required to establish a “physician’s work model” ahead of other specialties, and to create a model for the entire medical community. We need to provide strong support for young dermatologists who wish to pursue careers in basic and clinical research and those who wish to study overseas, and to promote further advances in the dermatology field.

It is also important to aggressively enter new fields and build a system to further develop the field of dermatology. In order to ensure the application of research results to social issues, we must correctly understand and act on the mechanism of government, policy implementation, and regulatory science in Japan. The speed of technological innovation and academic progress in communication technology, big data science, and AI medicine would be increasingly accelerated. We, without being overwhelmed by the trend of the times or losing our own values, would like to establish the ideal way of practicing dermatology in “Society 5.0”, and strengthen the system to further evolve it.

While there are many issues to be resolved, I would like to work with members of the board of directors, representatives, and members of the association to explore the best direction for the field of dermatology, do my best to implement measures in a rapid way, and fulfill my responsibility as chairman of the board of directors. I would like to ask for your support and encouragement.

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