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Message From the Headquarters

Dear Colleague

Almost seven months are over since we took over the Head-Quarters of the Association of Surgeons of India. As the first wave of COVID-19 was ebbing, the second wave had to come in brutally to stall all the plans.

Dream of having a physical ASICON at Vishakhapatnam was washed away forcing the HQ into another virtual ASICON. ASICON 2021 website www.asicon2021.com is now active with facility to register. We assure you of a deliberated scientific program and a good cultural evening. The application for Fellowship certification of the Association of Surgeons of India (FAIS) as well as Orations and endowment lectures are open and available on the website www.asiindia.org.

The Association kept on the academic work through weekly National Skill Enhancement Program. It was heartening to see State Chapters, City Chapters and even Sections come out with academic programs to suit local needs. It was gratifying to attend many of them and our personal congratulations to all of them. With Regional Refresher Course, NSEP and finally ASICON 2021 in pipeline, we are sure that academic commitments will be complete. Please do join the programs which not only enhances the knowledge but gives a sense of relaxation to the mind.

Dr. Pravin Suryavanshi and the team has drafted the NABH guidelines that are on the website. I urge you to go through the same and those interested can get in touch with him for further details.

Elections to the various posts – Vice-President 2022 (President 2023), the Executive Committee members representing States, Editor and editorial board members – Indian Journal of Surgery are scheduled this year. The details are on the website. Please do exercise your right to vote.

With the continuing COVID-19, people at large are frustrated and loosing patience. Violation of advisories is routinely seen. It is disheartening to see increase in violence against our colleagues at smallest of an adverse event. The HQ has already sent a mail to the concerned authorities in the Government and joined the Indian Medical Association in this crusade against violence.

The HQ core group has done whatever possible in their armamentarium to keep up the aim of ASI alive.

As we pen the last, we congratulate Dr. P. Raghu Ram OBE, our Immediate Past President on being conferred the Honorary Fellowship of Royal College of Great Britain and Ireland.

Regards

Dr. Abhay Dalvi
President ASI
Dr. Sanjay Jain
Hon. Secretary ASI
Dr. CRK Prasad
Hon. Treasurer ASI