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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 5-6  

From the desk of the New President

President ISA, 2015

Date of Web Publication16-Jan-2015

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S S Harsoor
President ISA, 2015

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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5049.149439

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I was honoured by your mandate to be the 62 nd President of Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists (ISA), during the ISACON 2014 at Madurai. ISA, being an all India professional organisation, represents nearly 15,000 anaesthesiologists, through 26 states and 124 city branches spread across India.

With addition of increasing numbers of young anaesthesiologists into the fold of ISA in the last few years, we are committed to dedicate this year to 'Younger Anaesthesiologists', who are the future of our ISA. The year 2015 of ISA shall be for the qualitative growth of our younger generation.

Ensuring safety of patients is the fundamental principle on which the speciality of anaesthesiology rests since, 'anaesthesia is always induced'. I must thank our former Presidents who took steps to popularise several safety steps like, minimum mandatory guidelines, mandatory use of 'pulse oximeter' in all anaesthetic practices, as observed by global pulse oximetry projects. Several other steps taken include public awareness about the services rendered by anaesthesiologist, starting from basic life support and advanced cardiac life support to cardiac transplantations.

The awareness among our younger colleagues about the safety of anaesthesiologist must be taught at postgraduate residency level itself. The need for protection against radiation and laser hazards in operating room and benefits of using a scavenging system should be made part of daily practice. The practice of 'universal precautions', to protect ourselves is already an established entity and it must be scrupulously followed.

The family benevolent fund for ISA members, now managed by the young and dynamic team with Dr. Sugu Verghese as the Secretary, is set to make visible changes in the way benefits are passed on to our deceased colleagues. The foundation laid by Dr. Chakra Rao et al. is streamlined further and popularised by the present team of office bearers, and we encourage more and more ISA members to take benefit of this scheme.

The ISA envisaged to establish Indian College of Anaesthesiologists (ICA) to promote education, academics and research in anaesthesiology almost a decade ago. But today, what is existing is an ICA established through a trust. As you know the administrative powers of any trust are limited only to its 'trustees'; an ordinary member of either ICA or ISA cannot take part in administration since there cannot be a democratic election process. Hence, it is necessary that an appropriately established body of ISA will promote the goals of ISA in a democratic manner. The past president of ISA in his inaugural address during ISACON 2014 has regretted that the task for which the ICA was formed remains unfulfilled and proposed to start a new college fully run by ISA under its banner. The current GC is committed to take suitable measures to follow his decision.

The ISA is supporting the conduct of CMEs through various city branches across India, ever since World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists stopped funding such activities. It is time to have relooked at such CME programmes because so far no audit has been conducted regarding the effectiveness and usefulness of such CMEs. It is also observed 'hands-on workshop cum training' activities are becoming more and more popular among young and elderly enthusiastic learners. I am of the opinion that these CMEs can be fully replaced (at least partially) by workshop cum training activities. A regular audit based on the mandatory feedbacks from participants must be used to improve the quality of such academic activities.

We are all proud of our Editor-in-Chief Dr. Bala Bhaskar and his editorial team of IJA in maintaining high standards of publication and also making it a monthly publication from January 2015 onwards. To promote high-quality publications, I have already initiated steps to have a standard 'ISA workshop module' which can be used across India.

I am equally proud of the popularity of IJA, which is having almost 75,000-80,000 monthly hits on its website. For a 'Go Green' initiative, we have received a great response from members to use only the soft copy of IJA. However, to meet the requirements of other less enabled ISA members, we have already decided to print and distribute the IJA print copies to them, provided they update their address in ISA database.

We have taken a bold step to convert the IJA from bimonthly to monthly issues, so that more and more aspiring young members can be accommodated to publish their research work. Furthermore, to further increase the quantity of publications, without diluting the quality, it was decided to start an exclusive online journal. The idea of reviving 'SAARC Journal of Anaesthesia' and making it an 'Online Journal' is also suggested by few members, since SAARC Journal of Anaesthesia is a brain child of ISA, and it is dormant since August 2011 after being active as print Journal for more than 2 years for want of finances. The online Journal can be an effective and viable low-cost alternative to print version and will have the advantage of global readership.

The recently conducted elections for ISA were a runaway success with a phenomenal 51% of all registered voters exercising their franchise. This has encouraged us to extend the online voting system for all the national and zonal elections of ISA. Accordingly there will not be any manual elections starting from ISACON 2015 elections.

The ISA constitution requires a large number of amendments and in this regard, a committee was formed during 2014. Since not much of progress was achieved last year, Dr. Chakra Rao has volunteered to complete the task by February 2015, so that the same can be deliberated during GC meetings and put for the considerations by AGBM during December 2015.

The ISA has dreamt of preparing 'Consensus Guidelines on Resuscitation' in India, since 2006-2007 and team of ISA expert members had few deliberations in the past, albeit inconclusively. It is earnestly desired that ISA should be the leader in framing such guidelines, with the committed involvement of all city branches of ISA and other like-minded professional organisations. It is contemplated that the pioneer research agency of our country like Indian Council of Medical Research will be approached to make this dream come true, as flagship activity of ISA.

In addition to essential activities of ISA like public awareness activities and establishing anaesthesiology as UG examination subject, it is desired that the younger generation of anaesthesiologists should be trained scientifically to be the 'Leaders in Perioperative Medicine'. The residents need to be trained in personality development and leadership skills, since they need to learn how to interact with patients, surgeons, administrators and the demanding general public. Such trainings, I am sure will help them become a 'total Anaesthesiologist'.

I am aware of the time limit of 1 year for the President ISA to accomplish these tasks aimed at improving the quality of life of our younger generation professionals.

I am confident, however, that the entire governing council is with me in delivering the results by the end of the year and continue the improvements in the years to come.

Thank you once again, for electing me as the National President of ISA 2015.

Long live ISA. JAI HIND.


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