Good evening everybody,
At the outset I would like to congratulate Dr mahadevan for the fantastic year as president . You have made my life difficult by attending all the cme’ s last year, a first by any past presidents in ksos.
Friends, I am humbled and honored to stand before you as president of this prestigious organization. Let me express my sincere gratitude and gratefulness to all the members of ksos for unanimously electing me to this coveted post. It was our past president Dr T A Alexander who infused ophthalmology in me during my short stay with him at Vellore. I will be failing in my duty if I don’t mention two of my teachers who were responsible for molding me as an ophthalmologist. Dr srinvasa rao my professor at o e u institute manipal trained us from basics to advanced surgery. My time at aravind eye hospital, Madurai helped me fine tune my surgical skills. It was Dr namperumalsamy who was instrumental in training me in IOL implantation and posting me at aravind ‘s sub centre at theni as chief medical officer.
My journey with ksos started about 29 years ago , soon after my postgraduation. After organizing the millennium conference at Calicut I became actively involved in the association activities. I am very well aware of the responsibilities associated with this post and assure you that I will do my best and take ksos to greater heights in terms of professional expertise, academic excellence, organizational solidarity and social commitments.
This year’s presidents initiative is “diagnose every glaucoma possible” We are going to have a yearlong campaign on glaucoma awareness . I request all the ophthalmologist who have gathered here to spent that extra minute in doing a 90d lens examination and taking iop measurements. I myself during my initial days of practice have taken shortcuts specially when I had a very busy o p , but have realized the importance of 90d lens examination and routine iop measurements for people above 40 years. The dist ophthalmic societies can also organize hands on training for those practioners who are not well versed in 78d and 90d lens examinations. My other focus will be crusade against diabetic blindness . As you all know AIOS has already initiated this and I wish to give greater momentum to this programme. You may be knowing that our own past AIOS president Dr N S D Raju is heading this programme . Please join us for the walkathon we are planning on Sunday 27th morning as we kick off the crusade against diabetic blindness. We would also like to team up with academic and research committee of aios and participate in their initiatives.
We had record number of C M E’s last year, This year our request to the organizers is to avoid repetition of topics at least in the same district. Hands on training in examination techniques is another good option for cme organizers. Regarding Pg training , I wish to continue the postgraduate teaching classes we had last year. From this year ksos is starting a gold medal pg exam initiated by cochin ophthalmic club for all pg’s in ophthalmology during the ksos conference.
Our journal, Kerala journal of ophthalmology is now being published by a renowned publishing agency and has become online. Ours is only the third such ophthalmology journal in India after IJO and JCOR. Dr Ashok , our journal editor is putting all efforts to maintain the standard and see that the journal gets indexed at the earliest. Research and publications are lacking in our society , I would like to appeal to all our teaching institutions to promote research and conduct program’s on research methodology.
Dhristi the annual conference of ksos has always been unique when compared with other specialties. Our conference is a perfect mix of academics. science , trade and entertainment. This year we have scientific sessions going on in five different halls . We also have a technology transfer session, wet lab, and a new award in the name of Dr K G R Nair. Our scientific committee chairman dr Mahesh has introduced instruction courses from this year and we have as many as 56 instruction courses.
Ksos will have sub committees for guidelines on ethical practice, program implementation and practice guidance for young aspiring ophthalmologists. This year it’s my dream to have a one day family staying tour of ksos members. We are finalizing the dates and venue and will get back to you with the details. I also propose to conduct a games and cultural event involving the district ophthalmic clubs.
Our society got registered in 2003 under the societies act, but unfortunately till now we have not updated with the registrar of societies . The process has been initiated by previous presidents and this year I will put all efforts and see that this is rectified.
Membership is the backbone of any organization and we have to add more members to our fold and I am sure our dynamic secretary dr Thomas cherian will initiate a membership campaign.
As I come close to my presidential address I would like to thank org chairman Dr varma, chief org sec Dr v r mani , org sec Dr gopal ,souvenir editor Dr soman mani and all org committee members for the excellent execution of dhristi 2016 and for truly raising the benchmark to an all new level.
Finally ,I thank my wife kavitha and family for always trusting, supporting and encouraging me throughout my life and standing beside me when the going was tough . I would like to thank the almighty for blessing me with such a wonderful life.
I expect your whole hearted cooperation for the next one year and will strive my best to see ksos colors flying high.
Thank you all . Jai KSOS. JAI HIND.