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AO Spine East Asia
AO Spine East Asia Council Newsletter
Issue 1, July 2020


Welcome message

Dear All,

Welcome to the inaugural AOSpine East Asia (EA) newsletter. I hope you and your loved ones are well during this COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, membership in AOSpine EA from 309 in Dec 2019 to 336 in May 2020. We thank you for your continued support.

To encourage learning and collaboration, AO Spine EA will be launching its CaseChat forum in the next few months. This will be a platform where you can share your anonymized cases for discussion in a moderated platform.

Due to COVID Transformation, we just had our first virtual spine conference in June 2020 which was well attended. We will be pushing more virtual learning and sharing platforms and we look forwards to your continued participation in these.

I hope you will enjoy reading the articles in this issue on training during a pandemic leveraging on technology, how Taiwan maintained its low rates and endoscopic spine surgery during a pandemic.

Our next newsletter will be Nov 2020 and subsequently we will publish 3 news letters in 2021.

Please let us know if you what you think of our 1st newsletter, articles you would like to read about and even share articles you would like to appear in our newsletter.
Dr. Gamaliel Tan
Community Development Officer
AO Spine East Asia Council
Gamaliel Tan


CaseChar AOSEA
AOSEA CaseChat

An interactive WhatsApp chat group for all the AO Spine East Asia members.

An opportunity to discuss and interact with the seniors and peers about different surgical cases.

Assigned East Asia faculties will be rostered daily to ensure a timely respond to the case discussion.

Please bring your cases and start the conversation now!

Join now

Enquiry: membershipAOSAP@aospine.org


in-League program
Upcoming in-League program

in-League program
 
AO Spine in-League Advanced Webinar—Surgical Treatment for Congenital Scoliosis
JUL 17 | 16:00–17:00 GTM+8
Huang Dongsheng Huang
China
Presenter
  Peng Yan Peng
China
Presenter
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in-League program
 
AO Spine in-League Advanced Webinar—Tuberculosis Infection of the Spine
OCT 16 | 16:00–17:00 GTM+8
Chuah Uei Chyi Chuah
Malaysia
Presenter
  Wong Chung Chek Wong
Malaysia
Moderator
Read more ›

Past in-League program


East Asia Country Leaders
New Country Leaders in East Asia
AO Spine East Asia Council is pleased to announce the new Country Leaders.
Wong Hong Kong
Kam Kwong Wong
1-Mar-2020 to
28-Feb-2023
Han Myanmar
Zaw Min Han
1-Mar-2020 to
28-Feb-2023
Oh Singapore
Jacob Oh
1-Sep-2019 to
31-Aug-2022
 
Irianto Indonesia
Komang Irianto S.
1-Mar-2020 to
28-Feb-2023
Arbatin Philippines
Jose Joefrey Arbatin
1-Mar-2020 to
28-Feb-2023
Lee Taiwan
Cheng Hung Lee
1-Mar-2020 to
28-Feb-2023


Covid-19
What does leadership mean during Covid-19?
Mak Kin Cheung Mak
Past Chairperson
AO Spine East Asia Council

"One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognise a problem before it becomes an emergency." - Arnold Glasow

There are many famous quotations about leadership but this one probably encapsulates the key quality needed in a leader of this era.

I was asked by Gamaliel to share some of my thoughts and reflections on this topic of leadership during this time of Covid-19 and in particular how it relates to the scene in Hong Kong.

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What happens to spine training during lockdown? A glimpse of how technology can help from Hong Kong’s experience
Kwan Kenny Kwan
Research Officer
AO Spine East Asia Council

Although Hong Kong did not impose a strict lockdown during COVID-19, activation of the Emergency Response level by the Government and Hospital Authority meant that stringent social distancing regulations were applied. The implications of the Emergency Response level on surgical training were immense, which presented both a challenge and an opportunity to our views on and ways of delivering education.

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Singapore COVID’s Experience
Tan Gamaliel Tan
Community Development Officer
AO Spine East Asia Council

I wish you and your family well during this difficult time of change and uncertainty brought about by the COVID pandemic. With such adversity, it has brought about changes both good in terms of technology and innovation but also show that fear of the unknown can bring about the worst sides of humanity.

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Impact of COVID 19 on Orthopedic Training: The Philippine Perspective
Arbatin Jose Joefrey Arbatin
Country Leader (Philippines)
AO Spine East Asia Council

As of May 2020, the Philippines has had 16,634 cases of COVID-19, which is the third highest in the South East Asian region. In anticipation for a surge in inpatients, hospitals have cancelled elective surgeries and limited out patient clinics. This has led to a significant decrease in orthopedic case volume. As part of the Training Committee we had to reevaluate the delivery of education to residents and fellows.

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How Taiwan maintains its very low rates of COVID-19 outbreak?
Chen Yen-Jen Chen
Spine Centers & Fellowships Officer
AO Spine East Asia Council

Given the continual spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) around the world, understanding the actions that were implemented in Taiwan in preventing the outbreak of COVID-19 may be helpful for other countries.

The painful lessons of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic outbreak in Taiwan in 2003, with 346 confirmed cases and 73 (21%) deaths, put our government and people on constant alert and ready to act on any epidemics arising from China.

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How does Ng Teng Feng General Hospital (NUHS) maintain urgent elective endoscopic spine day surgeries during COVID-19 Outbreak?
Wu Pang Hung Wu
  Sun Ira Sun
Singapore has been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. All government hospitals are at the epicenter of this disease outbreak. Ng Teng Feng General Hospital (NTFGH) has been tasked to provide care - with our isolation wards, intensive care facilities, general wards, operating theatres, and other ancillary facilities – to COVID19 patients in the western part of Singapore. Our healthcare workers including orthopaedic and spine surgeons are tasked to provide general healthcare services, screening duties and serology laboratory duties in an effort to cope with the surge of COVID-19 patients. These COVID-19 related duties are done concurrently with emergent spine services for our patients.

Read more ›


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