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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

Presidential Address: 39th Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons, Bhubaneswar, Odisha - November 8, 2013

Consultant Pediatric Surgeon, JKC Trust's Paediatric Surgery Centre & Post Graduate Institute, Sangli 416415 Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication28-Jan-2014

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Sudhakar Jadhav
Consultant Pediatric Surgeon, JKC Trust's Paediatric Surgery Centre & Post Graduate Institute, Sangli 416415 Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-9261.125941

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Respected senior members of the Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons (IAPS), my teachers, delegates, ladies, and gentlemen, I feel honored and privileged to stand before this august gathering on this auspicious occasion of inauguration of the 39 th Annual Conference of IAPS in the 'temple city' Bhubaneswar.

It has been a great honor to serve as the President of this august association. In the past one year I have travelled across the country. Wherever I have gone, I have been received with great affection, for which I am grateful. At one end, I experienced rapid growth of pediatric surgery in India. There is technical advancement from open surgery to endoscopic surgery to laparoscopic surgery to robotic surgery. Most of the state chapters and subspecialty chapters are very active. But at the other end there are some concerns.

Pediatric surgery at district level

When I did a nationwide survey about distribution of pediatric surgeons, it pained me to see that majority of pediatric surgeons are clustered in metros and state capitals, but there are very few pediatric surgeons at district level. A child born to a laborer or a common man in remote areas has little option but to travel to district or more often than not state headquarters for getting pediatric surgical services. We need to motivate our younger colleagues and ourselves set an example to take pediatric surgery to every corner of the country. One such initiative has been taken by Dr. Ravindra Vora in the State of Maharashtra whereby in agreement with the Department of Public Health, every district will have provision of pediatric surgical service by a member of IAPS who is committed to the cause. I assure the young pediatric surgeons academic satisfaction and financial gains, while rendering pediatric surgical care to the rural and tribal population.

Insurance for children

Many of our valiant colleagues have fought tooth and nail to get the government and private insurers to understand and support the treatment for congenital malformations. Slowly this has borne fruit and now most of the health schemes being brought out by the government cover pediatric surgical problems. However, the battle is not yet over and I encourage all those who are yet fighting and promise my full support in their endeavor.

Awareness of specialty

I have complete faith that pediatric surgery in India is on the path of great success. Dr. Shilpa Sharma and many have endeavored to create awareness about our specialty and I congratulate them. I assure the youngsters that they will get academic and financial satisfaction if they do not restrict themselves to the cities and spread out to cover areas not served so far.

Birth defects registry

This year the central government has launched Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram under NRHM for neonatal screening. This has created an opportunity to register birth defects by all concerned. Such "Birth Defects Registry" has long-term implications in planning the pediatric health care. We should convince the government to create "Birth Defects Registry" in each state and ourselves actively participate by reporting our cases.


I am glad to know there are many more centers providing training in pediatric surgery and a lot is being done to better the curriculum. However, IAPS as a body needs to do more in setting out the future direction of training in our country and being more proactive in involving the students. I request the future executive committee including the President and Secretary and Dr. Kota Reddy to take this forward with Medical Council of India (MCI)and National Board.

In addition, the need of the hour is to expand the subspecialties and I request the next executive committee and teaching centers around the country to provide bonafide high value fellowships under the banner of IAPS to deserving candidates who wish to sub-specialize in pediatric urology, pediatric minimal access, pediatric oncosurgery, pediatric thoracic surgery, neonatal surgery, and so on.

Annual conference

Although there have been several comments on the annual conference, I feel that the quality has greatly improved from the past. Each year the organizing team has made large efforts to put up a good show with excellent hospitality.

This year, the executive committee worked hard to set 'IAPS guidelines for presentations' by involving senior faculty members. These were widely distributed and mostly adhered to by the delegates who presented at Bhubaneswar. There were new sessions introduced. The Continuing Medical Education (CME) program was skillfully conducted by Prof. KLN Rao. The debate and 'How I do it' video session were all well received and the foreign faculty made a note of them for their conference!

It was possible to cut down the number of free papers without affecting the quality of the conference and this in future will enable continuance of these and other new sessions as the executive committee may seem suitable.

Finally I congratulate and welcome the incoming president Dr Rasik Shah who is an able administrator and a tireless warrior and extend my support to him for a successful tenure.

Best wishes

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