Letter from Publisher
This March marks five years since the World Korean Medical Journal’s (WKMJ) first publication back in 2014. Over the span of 18 issues, the magazine has become a platform for Korean healthcare professionals across the globe, forming solidarity that transcends continental borders. Furthermore, the magazine has done more than simply connect Korean practitioners. By featuring physicians and industry executives who’ve made remarkable advancements in the field, WKMJ has played a supporting role in Korea’s growing visibility as a global player in healthcare.
While WKMJ has focused on the growth and competitive nature of Korea as a medical hub, we have witnessed East Asia emerge as the new healthcare block in the globe, just as the rest of the world has too. We understand the collective importance of countries in the East Asian region, namely within the healthcare arena, and have decided to reflect this huge wave of change with our publication.
With that said, I write to you all today to announce an important decision on the future of WKMJ. Moving forward, the World Korean Medical Journal will proceed as the World Asian Medical Journal (WAMJ), where we will expand our focus to our neighboring nations. I will present three major reasons.
First, it is rare that accomplishments within any field is credited to a single mind or group. In an age of globalization, many of the accomplishments made in healthcare field today are by collective participation of physicians, industry leaders, and other healthcare professionals who come from more than one culture. Contributions made by Asians in the global forefront of healthcare is one thing we look forward to featuring with the launch of WAMJ.
Second, East Asia is projected to become the epicenter of global healthcare, and we want to provide live coverage of the area’s predicted growth in industry size and importance. Major advancements in the medical field are being made by East Asians as we speak, and it would be a disservice to not report on these remarkable accomplishments.
Lastly, the world is beginning to not only acknowledge, but incorporate traditional health values originating from East Asian culture. The personalized, preventative, precise, and patient-centered care originating from Eastern philosophy is increasingly becoming adopted into Western healthcare, with evidence-based science serving as the vehicle to its global recognition and application.
In preparation for WAMJ’s launch, we have composed a new editorial board, whom include eminent physicians, industry executives, and other well-respected healthcare professionals to fulfill our mission.
I end this letter with sincere hopes that our readers are as excited as we are on this next chapter.
DoHyun Cho, PhD
President & CEO of W Medical Strategy Group
Chairman of New York Health Forum