From the Desk of Dr. Rishma Dhillon Pai – President IAGE

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you so much for putting your confidence in me and electing me to this prestigious post of president of the Indian Association of Gynaecological Endoscopists (IAGE). I am truly humbled and promise to work to the best of my ability to live upto your expectations.

I seek blessings from my parents, in laws and my brother who I am sure are looking down upon me from heaven, with pride.

I would like to thank my husband Dr. Hrishikesh Pai and my sister Poonam Dhillon who are my support and inspiration and my children Anvisha and Arnav.

I am grateful to the past presidents of IAGE and the outgoing team who have done excellent work to bring IAGE to this level. I have this year an excellent team of dedicated endoscopists and I am sure each of them will contribute in a big way to making this year a memorable one.

My theme for the year is, ‘Minimum Intervention – Maximum Benefit’.

IAGE is not only the endoscopy association of India but also stands for ‘Innovations, Advances and Goals in Endoscopy’. This year we have made a flag for IAGE. The rainbow background on the flag for IAGE has a deep meaning. Sighting a rainbow is the sign of good things to come. The colors of the rainbow stand for energy, healing, wisdom, enthusiasm, clarity of thought, health and much more. The blue background is like the sky – eternal and serene and the rising sun stands for hope and new beginnings.

This year we have many academic activities lined up starting with this mega annual conference in Lucknow. The ‘Star’ International conference with ISGE promises to be an outstanding event in September in Pune. Then we have the Endofest conference at Sonipat, the YUVA IAGE in Calicut, the FESS conference in Mumbai and academic events in Bengalaru and Kolkatta. For the first time we will be having the ‘Eve IAGE’ where the operating surgeons will all be women.

‘REACH’ - Research Education Advances Change and Help workshops will be held all over the country on hysteroscopy and endometriosis.

Hands on training under the guidance of expert mentors will be given at Gurugram, Mumbai and Chennai with our academic partners Olympus and Ethicon. Many such free courses are planned this year for the first time in IAGE, and all should take advantage of these.

Four issues of ‘Step Forward’ our New Newsletter will be brought out. ‘IAGE Conversations’ will be the President’s Newsletter. E- Newsletter, ‘IAGE Tidings’ will be online every month. Please send us any of your extraordinary achievements- we will highlight them in these newsletters.

We plan to bring out colour atlas on important subjects this year.

Also, a lot of attention will be given to administrative guidelines this year and to move towards electronic voting.

We must give back to society and I request all of you to do social work and inform us, so that I can acknowledge your commitment in our newsletter.

Let us all work towards making IAGE an extraordinary organization of committed endoscopic surgeons.

An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.

Dr. Rishma Dhillon Pai
President IAGE 2018 – 2019
President ISAR 2018-2019
President FOGSI 2017
Vice President – Mumbai Obst & Gyn Society