A Word from the President
I. Strive Forward with Unyielding Efforts
The Association for Dental Sciences of the Republic of China was founded in 1977 and it just turned 40.
As of August 2017, it had over 3500 members. This year, I am honored to receive the recognition and support of
the association's esteemed predecessors and teachers. On November 1, 2017, Yi-Shing has officially taken office as the
21st President of the Association for Dental Sciences of the Republic of China. I am just so thankful and grateful!
At the same time, I want to thank the National Defense Medical Center and other school alumni for their support.
During this term, I will further illustrate the momentum of the Ministry of National Defense to everyone.
This momentum comes from the support by all of the members from the various associations. The outstanding performances
of the Association are a result of the unyielding efforts by the previous presidents. I will treat the President position
as a duty to pass-on the traditions of the Association, listen to the voices of the members, and do what must be done.
II. Education Heritage, Academic Excellence, Internationalization
I think everyone will agree that education, the academe and internationalization are the three pillars of the association
and the keys to the growth of the members. At present, the issues faced by the dentistry field include
(1) dental education teacher shortage and talent cultivation: it is undeniable that all schools are facing
the problematic trend that the new generation is unwilling to invest into academic contributions.
How to provide a quality environment and how to give opportunities to the young people are not just slogans?
The Association will continue to strive to inspire more active participation by the young people and attract young people
to invest in dentistry related education and academic development. (2) In terms of international relationships,
the Association has participated in numerous events held by international associations for many years,
such as the International Association for Dental Research, South-East Asia Division (IADR-SEA), South East Asia Association
for Dental Education (SEAADE), World Dental Federation (FDI), and Asia Pacific Dental Federation (APDF).
Because of the hard work of our predecessors, we have won the hosting rights in 2020. Until then, we will strengthen
the advocacy and preparation while incorporating the government's southbound policy in order to fully demonstrate
the outstanding dental and academic standards of our country and leave a memorable impression on our international friends.
The objective is to enhance our impact on and visibility among the international associations.
III. Connect to the Pulse of the Community and Drive the Progress of Dental Sciences
The dentistry field is also currently facing several important issues. Taiwan's dentist and general population ratio
has dropped to 1:2000; and the people are yearning for more comprehensive medical services, medical treatment relationships
and national care system. In the present phase, the Association is actively integrating resources to promote and influence
the institutionalized dental specialist legislation and planning. Our goal is to strengthen communication with the relevant
departments of the government, deepen collaboration with the Taiwan Dental Association and the specialist physicians,
and jointly brainstorm to explore the most ideal method to enhance the operating system for specialist physicians.
The development of the dental industry in the Southern Science Park also needs academic help. I believe that this is
a duty-bound mission of the Association. Moreover, in terms of the treatment policies promoted by the government such
as the long-term care 2.0 related supporting practices. We should explore the role to be played by the dentistry field
under the government's imminent implementation of long-term care 2.0, whether or not there are ways to improve the quality
of oral hygiene education and dental care, and what are the impacts of “oral health” in terms of home care. We can provide
health care advice to the government on how to establish a national oral health care system in order to provide the best
oral health care to the people.
IV. Join Hands to Create a Better Future
The members of the Association for Dental Sciences of the Republic of China come from seven different schools.
We may belong to different fields and specialties but we are all jointly selected by all of the members in the nation.
Our purpose is to think outside of the box and break the shackles of individual positions. I hope that the members would
work together as a team to fully exert the functions of the Association, collaborate to handle any dentistry subjects
or public affairs issues of the Association, and jointly carve out the vision of dentistry education. We must help the
dentistry colleagues by enhancing their abilities to cope with the ever-changing medical environment in the future;
gather the basic study and clinical trial researchers as well as the new materials and technique R&D industries
worldwide in the dentistry field to jointly publish research result papers; and endeavor to enhance dentistry education,
treatment quality, as well as academic capacities in Taiwan.
21st President of the Association for Dental Sciences of the Republic of China