|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 9-10
ISA academics – A new era
Professor Anaesthesiology, In Charge Pain Management Centre, Pt BDS PGIMS, Rohtak, Haryana, India. Honorary Secretary ISA National, India
|Date of Submission||24-Dec-2019|
|Date of Acceptance||25-Dec-2019|
|Date of Web Publication||7-Jan-2020|
Professor Anaesthesiology, In Charge Pain Management Centre, Pt BDS PGIMS, Rohtak, Haryana; Honorary Secretary ISA National
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Malhotra N. ISA academics – A new era. Indian J Anaesth 2020;64:9-10
Greetings from Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists National Head Quarters!
Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists (ISA) is the academic and clinical body looking after the interests of anaesthesiologists in India. ISA is committed to support and promote clinical and academic activities across India and abroad. The year 2020 is going to usher a new era in academics of ISA.
ISA has a new Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Lalit Mehdiratta, of its mouthpiece journal Indian Journal of Anaesthesia (IJA). It is expected that the new Editor-in-Chief will take the journal to newer heights from the present glory and standing. The focus of IJA should be to improve the impact factor, shorten the processing time of submitted articles, ensuring regularity of on-time publication of issues and most importantly delivery of the journal to the members who have subscribed for IJA. The editorial board is doing a good job and will be supported by ISA as always. New and young members should be inducted in the editorial board to prepare them as future editors. New section editors should be inducted to improve the functioning of IJA.
Currently, ISA has two zonal journals: Northern Journal of ISA and Central Journal of ISA. To cater to the requirements of its members throughout the nation, new zonal journals of ISA are required. We are working hard so as to launch two new zonal journals: Eastern and Western Journals of ISA, probably within next six months. Maintaining the regularity as well as quality of publications in zonal journals is of paramount importance for early indexing. Launching of online journal of ISA exclusively for case series is also in the pipeline.
ISA Continuing Medical Education programmes at the city level are being promoted and financially supported by ISA so as to ensure regular academic interaction amongst members, especially for those ISAians who do not get opportunity to attend the national academic conferences and programmes. Not even a single proposal in this regard has been rejected in the last one year. Considering the busy schedules of our private practitioners as well as institutional anaesthesiologists, ISA is conducting webinars almost every month in past one year keeping in pace with the technology as well as anticipating involvement of maximum ISAians. These webinars have been focussing on dedicated sessions of different subjects and have been very well appreciated by our ISA members throughout the nation. These efforts will continue from our side and we will definitely increase the number of such webinars in the coming years.
Conduct of ISA workshops will also increase in coming years for a real-time interaction of its members with the subject experts from all parts of the country. It will give members an opportunity to learn and improve their clinical skills. ISA intends to do clinical workshops in all specialities of anaesthesia in the near future.
ISA is working with different government agencies for starting new superspeciality courses in different branches of anaesthesiology. ISA is also working hard on changing the nomenclature of the branch to Anaesthesiology and Critical Care so as to bring the uniformity in degree taxonomy.
Many ISA Guidelines are in pipeline. They will be published soon once they undergo the rigorous grinding process of review and evaluation by the experts. All the members who are interested in contributing in any capacity to these guidelines can contact the undersigned. ISA is also actively working on implementation of uniform postgraduate and undergraduate curriculum in anaesthesiology as prescribed in latest government instructions.
ISA is working on an ambitious project of clinical reporting from across India: from medical colleges, institutes, corporate hospitals and practitioners. This is of utmost importance to improve visibility of clinical and academic work done in India to the world.
Team ISA is working together and we all shall achieve these goals together.
When the intent is good, results will definitely be good.
Long Live ISA!