Dear members of the Korean Society of Pediatric Rehabilitation and Developmental Medicine (KSPRDM),
I am Myeong Ok Kim from Inha University School of Medicine, who was elected as the 10th president of the KSPRDM.
First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to the members who elected me as president. In addition, I am grateful to the previous executives who have made history with the Society with all their enthusiasm for developing pediatric rehabilitation medicine in Korea over the past 20 years. During my term, I will make efforts to further develop the Society along with our chairperson, Jeong Yi Kwon, and the newly constituted executives. Our Society was founded on February 21, 2000, when 11 rehabilitation specialists full of passion for pediatric rehabilitation gathered to study together. In 2005, it was officially named the Korean Society of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and later renamed the Korean Society of Pediatric Rehabilitation and Developmental Medicines. Our Society leads the pediatric rehabilitation field in Korea with various volunteer and active academic activities for children with disabilities and conducts academic and research activities comparable to those of overseas pediatric rehabilitation-related societies. We hold annual conferences, educational courses, pediatric rehabilitation advanced courses, and review courses every year. We published the 3rd edition of the textbook for pediatric rehabilitation medicine in 2021, and are devoted to fostering talented pediatric rehabilitation specialists and professional therapists.
As society is returning to normal life due to the relaxing of countermeasures against COVID-19, the newly assembled 10th executives will do our best to keep up with the various academic events and volunteer activities that our society used to hold to keep pace with new changes. Moreover, we will make efforts to further develop the excellent national and international networks that previous executives have built up. As an expert organization in the field of pediatric rehabilitation and development, we will contribute to improving the quality of life of disabled children by participating broadly in establishing government policies related to the rehabilitation of children with disabilities.
The KSPRDM will continue to strive to raise the prestige of pediatric rehabilitation in Korea and give hope to disabled children and their families through communication and academic exchanges between members. To achieve this goal, we kindly request all members visit our website frequently to express interest in and support our activities. Thank you.
Myeong Ok Kim
President, Korean Society of Pediatric Rehabilitation and Developmental Medicine