As the new academic year dawns in, we are faced with a unique set of challenges. The BombayOrthopaedic Society enters its 55th year and it's our privilege to be the hosts of the Indian Orthopaedic Association's Annual Conference in Mumbai in conjunction with our state chapter.
In addition to this colossal conference, the Bombay Orthopaedic Society has a Jam Packed Academic Calendar, with its Clinical Meetings, Master Series, 17 Instructional Courses and the Post Graduate Training Initiatives. These corporeal events, along with web-based innovative initiatives will serve as the backbone of our academic program for the current academic year.
The Primary Challenge facing us today is the altered Demographics of our Members. The BOS being Considered as the Cornerstone of Academic Proficiency, an exponential rise in member numbers seems to be likely. Members not only confined to Greater Mumbai and its Suburbia, but all across the Globe, including expatriates of Indian origin and members from SAARC nations.
There is a definitive need for a wider outreach of education.
Then there is the challenge of inclusion of the ever-escalating genetic pool of academically inclined young members as podium participants in meetings. Younger members with innovative solutions to complex problems need to be provided with an Academic Platform.
There is also the challenge to facilitate an academic outreach to members residing and practising in distant locations of the city and its satellite townships. A qualitative & quantitative connection is definitely the need of the hour.
The ultimate challenge which all of us as members have to face and solve is an uncertain academic environment due to the unfortunate and untimely pandemic of the COVID-19 Virus. Prima Facieseems to suggest that the outbreak may have long term academic implications if the existing conditions in some of the severely affected nations were to be extrapolated to our country.
The Solutions for these Challenges seems to lie in four 'E'
Expansion: The way ahead, dictates that we have reciprocative academic affiliations with various National and International orthopaedic bodies of repute. The commencement of exchange training programs, both basic and advanced, for members is a part of the solution towards which we shall focus our energies.
Equity: A systematic approach to include our academic progeny in the culture of continuing orthopaedic education seems an amicable solution. Young surgeons need to be provided with wider opportunities to present and publish their work. A dedicated mentorship program with erudite and experienced Members would be of great assistance in solving this problem. The Bombay Orthopaedic Society will certainly have a very high priority for the same.
Excellence: A culture of excellence is the integral part of the DNA of any premiere educational body. A meticulously planned outreach program, embodying the representative spirit of excellence of the parent association is a definitive step in this direction.
Equanimity: Uncertain times call for unprecedented measures. We as a society are likely to be faced complex and daunting circumstances that may not have a one-step solution. Hence it is my appeal to each member to contribute to IOACON 2020 with their Hearts, Minds and Souls and to help us explore and implement unconventional and 'out of the box' solutions to complex problems which we may face in the days to come.
I would summarise my message by Quoting the famous Roman Philosopher, Lucius Annaeus Seneca who once said;
“Fire is the Test of Gold. Adversity of Strong Men”
To synopsize, a strong and sustained effort towards inclusive equity, promoting a culture of excellence and being composed and prepared for contingency situations is what the near future would demand of all of us.
Dr. Swapnil M. Keny
Hon. Secretary, Bombay Orthopaedic Society