Dr. Shiv Kumar Nair
Seasons Greetings and wish you all a very Happy New Year 2020.
I pray it brings you and family happiness in abundance.
The IACTS website has been upgraded and I hope you will find it user friendly. Please do inform the Secretary, IACTS who has worked hard on this website for any lacunae or suggestions.
IACTS CME programs this year were conducted in Rohtak, Bhopal and Jammu and a TAVI program was conducted in Chennai. We have an excellent program planned for the forthcoming IACTS Annual Conference in Ahmedabad, Gujarat from Feb 6-9th 2020. For the very first time the American Association of Thoracic Surgery(AATS) has partnered with us in conducting the Adult CME program on the 6th of Feb 2020. The Organizing Secretary and Committee are sparing no efforts in welcoming you to Ahmedabad and providing you with an academic, social and cultural feast.
The members you elected as office bearers and members of the Executive committee of IACTS have done an exemplary job in participating and proving valuable inputs for the growth of the Association. We have formed a statutory finance subcommittee to monitor all our budgeting, revenue and expenses. This will improve efficiency and transparency and ensure strict adherence to the financial norms approved by the General Body. Our Journal is moving forward at an excellent pace with the number of articles and special issues growing exponentially. We hope you will wholeheartedly participate in this growth. The Journal will be accessible on the website for members of our Association.
We had a meeting with the Chairman of the MCI and proposed an integrated 6 year MCh program (Post MBBS) such a program has been a resounding success in other countries and we hope this program will help us overcome our shortcoming in catheter skills etc. We shall be submitting a curriculum for the same once the recently constituted National Medical Commission begins functioning.
Dear Colleagues, The strength of our Fraternity is in our Association, while there are many other Societies which have been formed it is in our interest to strengthen The Indian Association of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons while supporting other Societies whole heartedly. This can only happen with your active participation in all activities of the Association.
I look forward to seeing you all in Ahmedabad.
With best wishes,
Dr. Shiv K Nair