It is my great honor and pleasure to serve you as the 19th president of Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists (PRCP). The PRCP was founded on May 14, 1980 with aims to promote research, training and the exchange of information between psychiatric professionals. I look forward to continuing the work of my predecessors who have laid a good foundation to enhance the tasks of PRCP: Participation, Responsibility and Collaboration among colleagues and countries in the Pacific Rim region.
One of the platforms for the exchange of information is the biannual scientific meeting. The recent successful 2018 PRCP congress in Yangon is an example and it was the first international psychiatric meeting that ever held in Myanmar. It inspired and motivated a group of early career psychiatrists who participated the educational and leadership workshops to establish a peer group (Young Asia Pacific Psychiatrists Network, YAPPNET) under the auspices of PRCP. We welcome our new members and look forward to work with you in any future endeavor.
We will also strengthen our relationship with other psychiatric societies in this region with greater participation in conducting seminars, training workshops or sponsor collaborative research in the area of mental health. We also hope to extend our collaboration to those countries where mental health has long been neglected or underdeveloped. I would like you to join and lead the special-interest groups (SIGs) that were set up in the last two years, to share your expertise among psychiatrists in this region and to publish your research, evidence and experience at our official journal-the Asia Pacific Psychiatry (APPSY).
Our next biannual scientific meeting (the 19th PRCP Congress) will be held in Seoul on April 8-10, 2021, hosted by the Korean NeuroPsychiatry Association (KNPA) who have good records in organizing successful congresses including the 15th PRCP Congress in 2012. In order to have more time to prepare a meeting, we are also considering Australia as a venue for the 20th PRCP Congress in 2023. I look forward to seeing you and it is a responsibility for all of us to actively participate in these and other activities and be proud of being a member of this prestigious academic society of psychiatry.
Mian-Yoon Chong, MD., PhD., FRCPsych
Professor of Psychiatry, Chang Gung University School of Medicine, Taiwan
Vice-Superintendent, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chiayi, Taiwan