About the OGSS
The Obstetrical & Gynecological (O & G) Society of Singapore (OGSS) was formed to provide a focal point for doctors who were interested in practising obstetrics and gynaecology to meet on a regular basis at the Kandang Kerbau Hospital, which was then the largest maternity hospital in the world.
Common interest led to the registration of the Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society as a section within the Singapore Medical Association on 7 September 1960. On 27 July 1972, the Constitution of the society was registered and the society became an independent autonomous body. The Inaugural Meeting of the new society was held on 3 September 1972 and Professor S S Ratnam became the first President of the new society and 41 members present constituted the Founder Members of the new society.
During the sixties, when there were relatively few obstetricians and gynaecologists, the Society’s membership was open to general practitioners as well. Some of them have played an important role in building up the Society. With the rapid increase in the number of obstetricians and gynaecologists in Singapore during the last twenty years, the Society’s membership swelled with the influx of specialists who now run the Society. At present, the Society has 310 members, both from the 2 health group clusters and from the private hospitals. The Society serves as a focal point for social, clinical and academic networking for obstetricians and gynaecologists in Singapore.
The O & G Society of Singapore is an independent Society with affiliation to the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), the Asia-Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and the International Federation of Fertility Societies.
Apart from organising congresses, the O & G Society of Singapore holds workshops, seminars, courses and regular meetings which invariably feature both local and foreign expertise. The Society has two prestigious lectures : (1) the O & G Society Oration held annually and (2) the Benjamin Henry Sheares’ Memorial Lecture for outstanding work in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology held annually.
The Society publishes the Singapore Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology continuously since 1970. Prior to this, its publication was known as the Proceedings of the Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Singapore. The Journal has three issues per year and receives papers from all over the world.
- To promote and maintain a high standard in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Singapore;
- To foster a sense of professional ethics;
- To encourage study and research into problems related to and connected with the health of women, the foetus and
- new-born child;
- To hold meetings for scientific discussions and practical demonstrations that are consistent with the objects of the Society;
- To publish papers and other literature related to Obstetrics and Gynaecology and allied subjects;
- To promote co-operation with Organisations relevant to the Society, the Government and Institutions of higher learning in the Republic; and
- To be affiliated with international organisations concerned with Obstetrics and Gynaecology as long as such affiliation is consistent with the objectives of the Society.