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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 53-54

President's message

President, Association of Colon and Rectal Surgeons of India, India

Date of Submission07-Sep-2020
Date of Decision07-Sep-2020
Date of Acceptance07-Sep-2020
Date of Web Publication22-Sep-2020

Correspondence Address:
Niranjan Agarwal
President, Association of Colon and Rectal Surgeons of India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2666-0784.295861

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Dear Readers,

It is indeed my great pleasure and privilege to pen this message for our journal. This issue is being published during Covid times with literally more than five month into the pandemic and no obvious signs of decline in the country. The numbers are rising daily, touching nearly a lac per day however the attitude of the general population as well as the government towards it can only cause more concerns than relief. The much awaited plateau seems to be a myth and vaccine a distant dream. To fight this war and be called its Warrior is nothing more than a lip service for someone who has accepted to go to the frontline, not alone but with his family along. The incidence of the infection and mortality amongst our fellow colleagues speaks of voices loud enough to be ignored. Apart from the gloom faced on duty, we faced cancellation of all academic activities in the physical meet format and had to shift to virtual meetings. The webinars organised at the time of lockdown did attract a lot of delegates, so much so that these few hours discussion theme based discussion witnessed global participation. Never thought so many meetings CME etc., can be held as effectively as a physical meet and may infact be the way life will be in future – the new normal as we call it. At the start of the pandemic in India we had to call of our flagship events of Fellowship course and the Mangalore based ACRSICON. However we organised 14 theme based webinars covering practically every aspect of colorectal surgery during these last few months. More than 30 -35k delegates benefitted by attending them online. This inspired us to hold the ACRSICON virtually too. So here we are, presenting you with a VIRTUAL ACRSICON 2020 on 10th and 11th October 2020. The program would have three parallel running halls on both the days, which would include Master Class, Orations, Videos, Panel discussion etc., etc. We have ensured that you do not miss the Trade Exhibition too and the same will be presented in one of the halls. The only thing which would be missed as compared to a physical conference is the fellowship with friends and the sumptuous food which our conferences are known for. The comfort of your homes as venues would probably compensate the same to a large extent. The General Body Meeting is also being planned during the event. The details of the event with links for registrations etc., will soon be shared with all of you on various platforms such as emails, sms, wps website etc. Faculties from far and near would join and share their experiences. As during the webinars we would continue to encourage our Fellows and other surgeons across the country to present their work during this event and hence one full hall for the entire day has been reserved for Free Papers, Free E Posters and Free Videos. These would also attract the much desired awards for the first three in each categories as done in the past. Attendance to this conference will be considered for the Fellowship exams as well as for the elections to EC due next year. We would also try to get CME credit hours for the same. I urge all of to reserve your dates and participate actively in this conference.

Other than the webinars and the conferences, ACRSI has also undertaken the task of publishing the Indian Practice Guidelines for seven common diseases viz Heamorrhoids, Anal Fissure, Anal Fistula, Constipation ODS and Rectal Prolapse, Pilonidal Sinus, IBD and CA Rectum. These guidelines are expected to be ready by late this year and be circulated to all.

The much awaited ACRSI Text Book of Colorectal surgery has also been taken up, to be completed by the year end. Needless to say, it will act as a reference book to all the surgeons who are keenly interested in the practice of colorectal surgery.

Apart from the academics, our association has not been behind in the philanthropic activity and have generously donated for covid care through the ASI.

All this activities would not be possible without the active support of my EC members and the constant guidance from the past presidents towards whom I will always be indebted.

Long Live ACRSI.

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