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Dear senior members and friends,

Bombay Orthopaedic Society is poised at a very important juncture in this mercurial world. It is a society which has been a pioneer in state-of-the-art academics and a brand icon like none other, a model which may societies seek to emulate. It is therefore an even greater responsibility for us to live up to it and remain at the summit of academics. Last year’s theme was futuristic orthopaedics and hence we moulded our society to face the future.

This process involved taking certain courageous decisions so that our society wins in the future. We implore you to understand this vision of ours and join hands with us this year in order to get it right this time itself in the best interest of the society.

Clinical Meetings are our oldest tradition and we need to real revival in the interest level amongst the vast majority seniors and juniors alike as regards participation. I once again appeal to all of you to make it a point to attend them as that is what connects us to our roots in this era of mushrooming super-specialities. I reiterate that the conduct during the presentations and discussions during Clinical Meets, Master Series needs to be exemplary and gentlemanly for all. Respecting the guidelines is paramount as responsible members both for delegates as well as conveners of all BOS events. We live in very precarious medico-legal times and it is only for the betterment of members at large that these measures are being taken. Photography and video recording of the cases during the clinical meeting and master series will not be permitted under any circumstances.

BOS instructional courses have been integrated and merged to deliver more comprehensive and value for money content. We have streamlined time table so as to have an optimal balance and enhance the flagship activities and instructional courses avoiding overlap. The administrative feature of BOS Observers which was introduced last year will be continued this year as well as a quality control measure since it has proven to be a very valuable regulatory exercise. Delegate feedback will be strictly online after logging in and certificates will be downloadable only against feedback form duly filled for all BOS activities.

I also wish to appeal to each of you to join hands with us in celebrating the MOA Week 28th April to 5th May, 2019.This year’s theme is pre hospitalisation trauma care and the law with respect to orthopedic practise. Hence the first Master series on 5th may will be crafted on these medico-legal aspects. Society members wishing to participate in the social responsibility activities may write to the secretariat on on or before 20th April, 2019 for the guidelines of MOA activity book. It is opportune for the society to reach out to the city, state and the nation and improve the public related systems towards trauma care. Please also join hands in celebrating IOA Bone and Joint Health Day on 4th August, 2019. The President’s theme for Bone & Joint Health Day is "Healthy Aging with Strong Bones".

The BOS’s journal is now featured in the Index Copernicus and the next step should be pub med indexing. I request all of you, especially the senior members, to contribute their original articles and research papers to the same to enhance popularising and eventually indexing the same. BOS Research applications also are now to be submitted online only in the set format before submission to the Research Funds committee. Only those submissions which meet all the pre-requisites only will be sent forward. The format is enclosed in the Calendar of Events.

I began this term as the first woman to be elected to the Secretary’s post of the BOS on an enthusiastic note and sincerely applied myself to streamlining processes through tough decisions. Do realise that moving towards more integrative and stringently austere practices is an effort for improving the discipline and reputation of the society. I will sign of with these thoughts as I once again seek blessings, support, understanding and encouragement in all my endeavours to strengthen the ethos and camaraderie of our society at large.

Man has responsibility, not power.
-Tuscarora proverb

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
-Bill Cosby

“It takes great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much or perhaps more to stand up to our friends.”

Warm Regards,
Dr. Rujuta Mehta
Hon. Secretary, Bombay Orthopaedic Society (2019-20)

Dr. Rujuta Mehta
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