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Dr. Pil-Gun Kim (K.M.D., Ph.D.)
Korean Medicine (KM), has played an important role in the caring and treatment of health and diseases of Korean people for thousands of years. Over the past two decades Korea has accelerated its R&D, investment, and industrial technological development in KM.
In Particular, in line with the 21st-century, the trend of aging, cutting technological advances such as bio-engineering, and consumer-oriented market system, the role of KM centered on the concept 'holism' keeps on growing in healthcare system.
The Association of Korean Medicine (AKOM) is a central organization of KM. With over 100 years history, going through various challenges and offering insightful visions, it has made important contributions to the improvement of Korean healthcare service.
AKOM makes an effort to prove the effectiveness of KM by strengthening evidence-based study, developing guidelines for clinical treatment, and promoting international standardization of KM. Also AKOM it exerted itself to make KM doctors as competent medical professionals contribute to the national healthcare.
KM doctors currently have to undergo six years of undergraduate courses and four years of specialist courses. In Korea, there are about 20,000 KM doctors in 15,000 KM clinics and 180 KM hospitals and university hospitals. And there are 11 universities and 1 graduate school of KM and the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, a government research institute, playing a central role in conducting researches on KM.
KM has remarkably changed into 'modern' and 'comprehensive' medicine with the variety of application of scientific technology to its diagnosis and treatment, so that the modifier "Traditional" to represent Traditional Korean Medicine with very long history seems very awkward in these days. Grafting scientific and expert method of diagnosis and treatment based on the philosophical ground of 'humanism and holism', KM is poised to play an essential role in the 21st century for public health and medicine.
Now AKOM will pay a keen attention to treating incurable diseases, anti-aging and extending a healthy human life so that all humanities can live a healthy and quality life, and the association will challenge new tasks to make KM known to the world by improving KM's value and objectivity in terms of treatment.
I believe firmly that KM with thousands of years of wisdom will develop itself as a medicine enhancing the quality of life of the people throughout the world.
Lastly, I sincerely hoping that many colleagues and experts, in and abroad, back with much of interest and full support toward AKOM pursuing the goal and endless challenges.