The Malaysian Endodontic Society
The Persatuan Endodontik Malaysia or
the Malaysian Endodontic Society (MES) was initiated by a group
of enthusiastic pioneers led by Dr Majinah Ahmad in August 1988.
The rapid development in endodontics in the late 1980s through the
1990s had rendered 'traditional' endodontic concepts and techniques
obsolete. There was a need for an organisation in the country to
promote awareness of the evolution in endodontics and to facilitate
the inflow of the latest developments in this field. The MES was
therefore established with the aim to promote and advance the study
and practice of pulp conservation and endodontic procedures in order
to improve dental services to the public.
For a young organisation looking to 'kick-start'
interest in modern endodontics in a rapidly developing country,
internationally acclaimed speakers were invited to address our members.
Due mention must be made of the hard work and dedication by the
committee members 'on the ground' organising numerous talks and
courses across the country which went a long way to promote and
establish endodontics in Malaysia. The 1993 joint meeting of the
MES and the Asian Pacific
Endodontic Confederation (APEC) in Kuala Lumpur confirmed
that the society was here to stay.
The drive to promote endodontics continued
unabated. The focus group meeting, which was termed the Study Group
Meeting (SGM), was started in 1996 and proved to be valuable for
encouraging discussion and learning that is still going strong today.
It was also the year that the Asia-Pacific region had its first
look at the new frontier of 'microendodontics' as advocated by Gary
Carr. There were many who were curious to see how endodontics could
be performed under an operating microscope. No doubt the magnified
images of the root canals amazed those present and gave them a whole
new perspective on the root canal system. The impact factor created
by the use of audio-visual equipment and the dental operating microscope
was harnessed for several other presentations in the following years.
Society also decided that an effort to encourage research in endodontics
and instill endodontic awareness in our dental undergraduates would
prove a valuable investment. To this end, essay competitions on
endodontic-related topics were held for the undergraduates. Financial
assistance was made available for research and postgraduate work
in this field.
A successful joint meeting with
the Society of Endodontists, Singapore (SES) resulted in a biennial
meeting series where the two Societies alternated as hosts. The
first meeting in 1998, held at Genting Highlands Malaysia, proved
to be a great success and the same success was enjoyed at the subsequent
meetings of 2000 and 2002. Apart from the professional aspect, it
has fostered a great deal of camaraderie between members of the
Teamwork is essential in any organisation.
The MES has reached its present status today thanks to dedicated
individuals who have contributed much time and effort in the executive
committee. No less is the support shown by enthusiastic members
for its activities. The Society extends a warm welcome to all dental
surgeons who are interested to join