Dear Members, at the very outset let me thank everyone for providing me opportunity to serve as your President.
Our recently concluded 64 th Annual Meeting at Vizag was a grand success with fruitful efforts of the organising committee with record number of registered delegates and participation of foreign faculty. This meeting was also special as this time the scientific program for adult cardiac surgery, pediatric cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery and Aortic and vascular surgery was developed by experts of respective specialities and was very well appreciated. I feel that this trend should continue in future meeting as well.
Last year was very eventful for IACTS with SCORE Program for residents at Bangalore, Techno College CTCME at Mumbai, Midterm CTME in Pune, Thoracic CTCME at Chennai and of course the beginning of the Catheter and Wire Skill Course, with each of them having impressive attendance and scientific content.
Friends let us gear up for the exciting year ahead, star highlighting it, is continuation of Catheter- Wire skill Module-1 and Module-2 . We are also gearing up to start TAVR master class and EVAR and TEVAR Catheter – wire skill course for aortic pathology.
The coming year will also be an academic fest for the post graduate students with IACTS SCORE in 1 st week of March and CVTS Post graduate program at UN Mehta Institute in the last week of March . The Techno College CTCME is going to be held at LPS Institute Kanpur, hosted by Prof (Dr)Vinay Krishna, who along with Dr A.P. Jain is credited with rolling out Catheter – Wire skill Module 2 with great efforts. Myself with my colleges in Delhi will be organising Mid term CTCME in 1 st week of August. Thoracic CTCME will be hosted in Guwahati with presence of Stalwarts of thoracic surgery later this year. These programs give immense opportunities to post graduate residents all over the country to learn from experienced faculty. Recently formed fellowship committee will review the existing Fellowship programs and will also include new programs like Fellowship in Aortic, Endovascular surgery and Heart and Lung transplant to full fill the need of enthusiastic surgeons to grow in various sub specialties.
We are really excited for our next Annual Meeting in 2019 at Chennai which is being organised along with Asian Society of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. I am sure Dr. Rajan Sethuratnam, Organizing Secretary and his team will bring out at great scientific program for us.
I urge all the practising Cardiovascular and Thoracic surgeons and residents to become a member to strengthen the cause of organisation. I expect every member to directly or indirectly contribute by giving suggestions and sharing their experience by submitting their manuscripts in our journal. We are already on CTSNet and encourage all members to log in to get benefit of this initiative by Chief Editor Dr. O. P. Yadava.
We have experienced and committed Executive Council and with all means we are going to take IACTS to next level.
Wish you all a wonderful Year ahead !
Dr. Yugal K Mishra , MBBS, MS, Ph.D, FCSI, D.Sc (Honoris Causa)