Welcome Message"The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease." Sir William Osler
On behalf of the Organising Committee, I extend a warm invitation to you to participate in the 49th Singapore-Malaysia Congress of Medicine, which will be held from 31 July to 2 August 2015 in Singapore.
The theme of the Congress will be "Greater Integration for Better Patient Care". The Academy of Medicine, Singapore, formed about 58 years ago has grown from a membership of 75 in 1968 to a total membership base of over 2500. Our growing membership is faced with many challenges, one of which is sub-specialization to the extent that we get too focused with our small area of expertise and we lose focus of the holistic approach. Such ‘fragmentation’ within medicine may result in treating a part of the patient and not addressing the total well-being.
Hence the emphasis on integration of our expertise and resources. In attending this Congress, it is hoped that whilst we strive to improve our professional expertise, we will also know when and how to address wider issues, so that our patient will be well looked after.
Wishing you much enjoyment in the strive for excellence in medicine.
Chairman, Organising Committee
49th Singapore-Malaysia Congress of Medicine