Dear friends, members,associates and seniors,
I wish to start by thanking all the members for electing me to the current position of President of IOA, which would not have been possible without the support extended whole‐heartedly by all of you.
Indian Orthopaedic Association is a very active and vibrant organization with one the largest membership base in the Asia Pacific Region. The Indian Orthopaedic Association has long and proud legacy. Our founding fathers were pioneers and stalwarts in the sphere of Orthopaedics. They toiled hard to lay the foundation, on which the INDIAN ORTHOPAEDIC ASSOCIATION grew tall into an enviable position that it enjoys today. However now that I occupy this exalted position, the time has come for me and my team to try and make a difference. The orthopaedic achievements of our members have gained international recognition, in the last few years. It also brings recognition to the association, making it more proud and allows us to project ourselves as the premier Orthopaedic fraternity of orthopaedic surgeons in the ASIA‐ PACIFIC Region, If not the entire world.
I elicit your support for my presidential theme, “Roots of Responsibility, Wings of Professional Excellence” which should interest everyone. Foremost on my agenda is revamping of our website and kick‐start various PG Training Programs and very soon you will notice tremendous progress on both the fronts. I would focus emphatically on academic activities to uplift the training and enrich academic resources available to all IOA members.
We have been presented with an opportunity to sync our efforts for Orthopaedic well being of our citizens with various global movements. Fragility Fracture Network (FFN) had given a Global Call to Action for prevention and management of fragility fractures which IOA supported. As founder secretary of FFN (India) as well as an office bearer of IOA, I feel showing solidarity in various actions in support of such initiatives will augur well for our own organization and fellow countrymen. FFN (India) is now a registered body primed to work in tandem with FFN (Global) and IOA must support this movement.
Another point of note is drawing of the construction of IOA consensus statements; these could help our surgeons in decision making in complex situations, or even in newer fields, where data is ambiguous. Many years ago, the IOA came out with “white papers” on many subjects, which were considered the point of view of the association, much like the guidelines drawn by the AAOS. We are working on this aspect of practice and also hope to come out with ethical guidelines for practice. We have had tremendous response to Disaster Management Committee and have been flooded with requests from our members who wish to register as volunteers. Our Trauma Committee has done a great job by starting IOA Pathshala for Trauma Training of our members.
Under your support and guidance, I am sure we will go forward in leaps and bounds. I am also confident that I will be able to take forward the goals set for us by the past Presidents, and meet the aspirations of the younger fraternity in the future.
Also, please give us all the opportunity of welcoming all members to our National Annual Conference in Kolkata (IOACON‐2019) from 19th‐24th November, 2019 where Dr. Indrajit Sardar and his team have promised us an academic and social extravaganza.
With best Wishes,
( Dr. Rajesh Malhotra )