I would like to thank you for having elected me as President of our Society. It is with great pleasure that I am putting down some of my initial thoughts in print. I am sure during the year with your inputs there will be additional points that will come up.
As endocrinologists we are uniquely positioned to treat some of the commonest non-communicable diseases that have reached epidemic proportions in our population. We need to keep our patients informed about their disorders and ensure that they are not misled by the misinformation which is very easily available. Towards this end our Society should have a proactive Patient out-reach and advocacy program. We should identify practical solutions to make healthcare efficient and safer.
A Society is recognized not only by the activities it carries out for its members and patients but also by the achievements that its members make in terms of research and publications. We would like to encourage research opportunities for our members, especially our members in training.
The need of the hour is to integrate our efforts and information. We could work towards that goal by starting a few Central registries for certain rare but important disorders and then slowly increase the numbers to involve common diseases. This will help in studying disease patterns in different parts of our country, morbidity and natural history of the disease. At the same time we could have an increase in publications. This would help our members getting more recognition. An offshoot of these registries would be opportunities to interact, implement new ideas, promote national and international (if possible) collaboration.
I would like to thank Dr S.K. Singh my immediate predecessor and the Past Presidents for their efforts in providing direction to the Society. Our current secretary Dr Krishna Seshadri with his enthusiasm and unlimited energy has been trying to work miracles with the functioning of the Society. The transparency that he has brought about is exemplary.
Please feel free to contact me on my email or Whatsapp for suggestions and ideas which need to be implemented to improve patient care and the functioning of the Society. Managing the affairs of the Society needs to be a “team effort” and I am sure “Team ESI” will take the society to newer heights of excellence