Respected Chief Guest Prof Lesley Regan, President Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology UK, Guest of honour, Sharmila Tagore Ji, dignitaries on the dais, my dear colleagues and friends.
I stand before you today with my hands folded, my head bowed down and with humility accept the responsibility of taking over the reins of this great organization, ISAR, as its President.
I seek blessings from my parents, in laws and my brother who I am sure are watching me from heaven with pride. I express my gratitude to my family, my husband Dr. Hrishikesh Pai, my children Anvisha and Arnav and my sister Poonam Dhillon for their unending support, encouragement and love.
The past presidents of ISAR have all helped bring this organization to the level it has achieved today and me and my team with Dr. S. Krishnakumar as Hon Secretary General, Dr. Sudesh Kamat as Chairman for Embryology, Dr. Kedar Ganla as Hon. Treasurer and the entire team including our 19 state chapter chairpersons and secretaries will work to the best of our capacity to further improve this organization and take it to greater heights.
ISAR is not only, the Indian Society of Assisted Reproduction, it also stands for Infertility Services Advances and Research and this is what we want to focus on.ISAR is a multifaceted organization. Academically we have a busy year planned for you. This annual conference at Kolkatta in April 2018 has been a massive event and brought together 20 international and around 800 national faculty alongwith 2000 delegates from all over India. It is a wonderful beginning for my year as president and I hope to keep up a high level of academics, fellowship and social work throughout the year.
The next big event will be a youth centric programme, 'The YUVA ISAR" on 28th- 29th July at Chennai and the Embryology ISAR at Jaipur on 23- 25th November. Large focused conferences are being held at Aurangabad and Varanasi. Our next annual ISAR will be held at Mumbai from 1st – 3rd March 2019 and promises to be an outstanding academic event. We also have conclaves in Goa and Udaipur where experts will meet and create algorithms on subjects of importance to the practicing infertility doctors.
I have planned the 'FIRST" -Fertility Innovations Research and Success in treatment workshops throughout the country. The ‘FIRST" ISAR Bloom Workshops will be in Delhi, Mumbai with live relay of all ART procedures and will be totally free of cost. So also, the vitrification workshops will be free of cost all over India and will teach the very important skill of vitrification to the infertility specialists and embryologists. Our workshops on endometriosis and PCOS, Ovarian Stimulation as well as the CCreate advanced ART workshops will be helpful for the practicing gynecologists.
This year we will work closely with Indian Association of Gynaecological Endoscopists (IAGE) and have some common training programmes on fertility enhancing surgery. The 'Endofert' course where we will impart doctors with hands on training in endoscopy on pelvitrainers and animal models in Mumbai and Chennai are 2 day courses being held every 2 months. The hysteroscopy road shows across the country will help many doctors acquire the essential skill of hysteroscopy.
The 'ISAR SKILL Certificate course' will be held in Mumbai. This will be a 2 – 5 day course with hands on training on simulators as well as ICSI, PGD and vitrification training.
We are launching for the first time, IDEA - ISAR Digital Education Academy where online courses with CME points are being made available to our members. A special IDEA PG student programme is also being devised.
Our extensive one-year Embryology Course and the ASPIRE course will be continuing.
Four issues of the ISAR express will be brought out. The first one is being released today. 'ISAR Dispatch' the E-update will reach you every month. ISAR Buzz our monthly E – Newsletter will be updating you on new articles and information from ISAR. Our journal with original research articles will be reaching you regularly.
For the first time, a monthly quiz with attractive prizes will be available on our website. We will also be conducting surveys, which you can answer on your phone in a few minutes. These will help us understand how Indian infertility specialists practice. We are also forming the 'ISAR Young Leader’s Council' this year to give a platform to upcoming infertility specialists. An ISAR young achievers award is also being instituted.
'Reward for Research - RFR is being instituted where all doctors whose paper / poster is accepted at major international conferences such as ASRM or ESHRE will be given a cash prize. ISAR members will be attending many international conferences and creating an impact. This year at ASRM American society of reproductive medicine conference at Denver in October 2019, ISAR will be hosting a symposium and workshop and India will have its SIG-Special interest group session.
I would like all of you to join me in celebrating important days such as Mother’s Day in May, Men’s Health Day in June, Fibroids awareness month in July etc. we will celebrate ISAR day on 16th February by doing free camps, seminars, rallies.
"The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy." ― Kalu Ndukwe Kalu
We will this year be using the Sadhana Desai Endowment Fund to do free IVF for selected patients who cannot afford treatment. I would request many of you to do fee camps, do IUI or IVF free of cost and inform us about the same. This will help us gather a lot of goodwill and blessings of the community.
This year we will also form the 'Fertility Friend’s support group to give support to infertility patients who often suffer from anxiety, depression and stress.
"The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual". Vince Lombardi
I thank all of you and look forward to working closely with you throughout the year.
Dr. Rishma Dhillon Pai
President ISAR 2018-2019
President IAGE 2018 – 2019
President FOGSI 2017
Vice President – Mumbai Obst & Gyn Society