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Ten Years of the Korean Thyroid Association: Achievement and Future
Int J Thyroidol 2018;11(1):1-6
Published online May 30, 2018;  https://doi.org/10.11106/ijt.2018.11.1.1
© 2018 Korean Thyroid Association.

Young Joo Park1, Young Shin Song1 and Ka Hee Yi1,2

Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine1, Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center2, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Ka Hee Yi, MD, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center, 20 Boramae-ro 5-gil, Dongjak-gu, Seoul 07061, Korea
Tel: 82-2-870-3203, Fax: 82-2-870-3866, E-mail: imykh@naver.com
Received March 17, 2018; Revised April 29, 2018; Accepted May 8, 2018.
This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0), which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abstract
The Korean Thyroid Association (KTA) is a multi-disciplinary organization founded by various Korean societies involved in thyroid disease. The KTA has become a foundation stone of the rapid development of the thyroidology in Korea by utilizing the characteristic of multi-discipline for the past 10 years. On February 16, 2008, the inaugural conference was held with great success. Since then, in a short period of 10 years, the number of lifetime members of the KTA reached 623. On March 29, 2012, the KTA became an approved organization by Korean Medical Association within the record time of 4 years after its establishment. In terms of patient care, mutual cooperation among experts in the various fields of thyroid disease have been promoted based on the KTA. On the academic side, the number of papers were awarded and published at international conferences or international academic journals has increased dramatically, and finally, the research on thyroid disease in Korea has reached the global level. The KTA is a multi-disciplinary society consisting of experts from various fields such as internal medicine, surgery, otolaryngology, nuclear medicine, radiology, and pathology. The reason why the KTA has achieved unparalleled growth is that all the KTA members, including senior professors who served as the president and vice president, and incumbent executives, have been harmonized and developed together. Here, we review the activities of the KTA for 10 years from its establishment, and present the future direction of the KTA.
Keywords : Korean Thyroid Association, Ten years, Achievement, Future