Dear KOA members,
Greetings from the office of the KOA President. Let me first of all offer my sincere thanks to all the KOA members for elevating me to the highest official post in KOA.
After a gap of nearly two years, we had the opportunity to attend a full fledged physical conference KOACON 2022 at Palakkad. Dr. Vasudevan sir, Dr. Tajan , and the whole team spared no effort to make it a grand success. Both academics and social activities were of the highest level.For the coming year, we do hope that the corona pandemic does not create a spoilsport and all our academic activities will go ahead in full steam. Apart from the basic and advanced CME s of KOA, a slew of additional CME s are on the anvil.
Our association has the right mix of experienced seniors and enthusiastic juniors. This year’s Presidential theme will be “Empower the Youngsters and Support the Seniors”. Towards this, we are bringing forth a new observership program which will be available in all districts. Each district will have 2-3 centers where the young surgeon will get trained under a mentor in one particular subspeciality for a period of one month. Arrangements are being made to identify these centers and details will be forthcoming soon.
The previous team of officials have raised the level of activity to a very high standard, which will make the job of the present office bearers a tough one Kudos to Rammohan sir, Dr. Subin and Dr. Ansu for a wonderful job done. Me and my team will strive hard to maintain these standards and we hope to have the wholehearted support of all the members of KOA in our endeavors.
My aim will be to bring all orthopaedic surgeons in Kerala under the KOA & IOA umbrella. I shall be planning to visit all the district clubs during my tenure. Being a part of KOA and IOA allows one to keep abreast of the newer developments in the field of orthopaedics. It will also be a platform to discuss the different treatment modalities with the experts.
On the non-orthopaedic front, our cultural club has been activated including members from all districts. The next KOACON at Alleppey will showcase the talents of our members and their family.
The KOA benevolent Fund (KBF) is a very noble venture. it was started as a scheme to support and help members in need. the response from the members has been lukewarm with many either not joining or defaulting payment and I implore all members earnestly to strengthen this project, so that the benefits will reach the needy.
The coming year will hopefully see normalcy in all our academic activities. We plan to have a busy calendar year and I sincerely request all members to utilize these events to the maximum.
With these words, I would like to conclude, I once again thank every one of you to have reposed your trust in elevating me as president. With gods grace and your support, me and my team will do our very best.
Thank you all,
Dr. Ramakrishnan, S.
Kerala Orthopedic Association.