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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 546  

A year that was…

President, Indian Society of Periodontology, Principal, Institute of Dental Sciences, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India

Date of Web Publication10-Oct-2014

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Ashish Jain
President, Indian Society of Periodontology, Principal, Institute of Dental Sciences, Panjab University, Chandigarh
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-124X.142432

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The day at Kochi, when I was preparing myself mentally to accept the responsibility of cruising the activities of ISP for this year, it was a time of mixed feelings full of ideas, dreams and apprehensions. I wanted to promise myself that a year down, at the time of relinquishing, if I am still happy about the year gone that would be satisfying. ISP has a long history, credentials and during this journey we tried to do our bit.

Quite a few of us, have over the years realized that the professional societies including ours have been limiting ourselves to a couple of national level events, which no doubt have grown manifold in terms of attendance and grandeur but somehow the delivery of science at these platforms have stayed static. We thus took a conscious decision of taking ISP to our members, ensuring the participation of those who would otherwise shy away from our mega events. The focus this year had been on topic specific, intensive regional level seminars/workshops. We were fortunate to have with us International scientific luminaries like Dr. Alpdogan Kantarci, Dr. Hatice Hasturk from Forsyth University, Dr. Robert Horowitz from New York University who deliberated, interacted and delivered what the scientific world has to offer. As the year progressed our activity calendar got filled up tight and with immense pride I can share that this year we were able to consume around 28-30 days in various scientific events spread all over the country right from Pondicherry to Patiala, Calcutta to Udaipur.

An idea of holding a two day 'Colloquium series on Perio-Systemic Interconnect' took shape of hugely successful series of three events held at three different places - Calcutta, Bangalore and Delhi wherein collectively we were able to involve over 750 members of our society. At all these places, our medical colleagues joined us at the podium to share their thoughts on the 'noise' that we have been making for so long now regarding the interconnect. It was very heartening to see that the medical fraternity has also started to take cognizance of this important linkage. However what we realized out of these events as a follow up is that the need now is to penetrate in the medical meetings, may be in a small way, so that more of our medical friends share our idea. As a farewell gesture, may I appeal to all my fellow ISP members to make proactive efforts to fill a slot at local level medical meetings. Let us spread out to spread the word.

Before I pen down, I must admit that this year would not have been what it turned out to be, but for the wonderful support received from our very able and dynamic secretary Dr. Balaji Manohar. I express my deepest gratitude to all the office-bearers and executive members of ISP for their relentless support through the year. I must thank all our past presidents for their directions to ISP over the years. I extend my heartiest congratulation to the incoming president Dr. Biju Thomas under whose aegis I am sure the path forward would be cherishable.

In the end, with a thank you to my family and HIM, there must have been gaps for which I apologize and hope that we all continue to move as a family.


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