President's message

Dear members, friends, associates and seniors.

I start by thanking all the members for electing me to the current position of President of IOA, which would not have been possible without the support extended whole-heartedly by all of you. However now that I inhabit this exalted position, the time has come for me and my team to try and make a difference; an issue where I would focus very heavily on academic activities to uplift the training and academic resources of all IOA members

The Orthopaedic achievements of India and India surgeons in the last few years have gained international recognition; since all of them are IOA members, it indirectly brings recognition to the association, making it more vibrant and allows us to project ourselves as the premier Orthopaedic fraternity of Orthopaedic surgeons in the Asia Pacific Region, if not the world.

We have some of the best academic talents and leaders in Orthopaedics as our members; as you can see from the theme that I have chosen for 2018, TRAIN THE YOUNG TO ENRICH THE FUTURE”, I would be banking heavily on these seniors to help me and my executive execute this in the form of allowing young surgeons to visit them, to see them operate and of course to execute educational outreach programs in areas where technical expertise is lacking. Lets how this works out, as we have only one year to implement my plans. One aspect that I intend to carry forward is the program of YUVA Mentors initiated by the past President Dr Ram Prabhoo, whom I have designated to continue the good work focused on the young minds

Where do we struggle as an association? In the past few years, I have discussed this with many past Presidents and senior surgeons,  and we have all come to some conclusions. If the youngsters read this, they should realize that today they are living in an environment where data and information is available on your phones;  most technical advances in modern surgery are practiced in India, maybe in the big cities at present, but this allows for the young trainees access to knowledge and training in their own back yard. Nevertheless the aspirations of the young to learn from abroad still persist. That is the reason that we have planned to introduce short-term observer-ships and so called fellowships, which we would probably combine with a major conference in that area, which would be partly funded by grants from the IOA. These grants would come from some of the money that is saved by not printing and posting the newsletter, which was a huge drain on our finances. These new introductions would be in addition to the existing IOA fellowships, and would be done on the same format that currently exists, but with limited financial support, and offered only to those surgeons who express a desire to obtain specific type of knowledge enhancement, which they can incorporate in their own practice

Another point of note is the availability of IOA consensus statements; these could help our surgeons in decision making in complex situations, or even in newer fields, where data is ambiguous. Many years ago, the IOA came out with “white papers” on many subjects, which were considered the point of view of the association, much like the guidelines put out by the AAOS.  The new initiative would be on those similar lines, with about 4-6 consensus statements being available on complex topics every year, till we have a consensus statement on almost all topics that create treatment controversies. This also would help to some extent in medico-legal issues.

I hope that the one-year of my term in office helps the IOA initiate some significant academic advances, and I also hope that future Presidents build on this and make our body even more academically strong

With warm regards to all members,

Prof Mandeep Dhillon, MS, FAMS, FRCS

President IOA 2018