Secretary General Speaks

Dr. K Feroz


It is a year since the COVID-19 pandemic took the entire world by a storm and all of us are facing unprecedented challenges to cope with this outbreak. IADVL, as an association, rose to the occasion by converting business meetings and conferences to virtual ones without losing time. Our entire team, including the EC, Academy and various committees worked tirelessly to conduct IADVL activities back-to-back. We come out with IADVL position Statement on Covid 19 pandemic and letter to MCIregarding approval of Online consultation, in association with Academy. A request letter send to PMO, for considering financial crisis management likely to affect our members in view of lock down situation in our country. We successfully completed the first ever Web meeting of IADVL EC on Apr 5th. In tune with the times, we issued 2 position statements in association with the IADVL Academy and also various guidelines with our SIGs We issued a tele-dermatology guideline based on the BOG –MCI guidelines.

The National Vitiligo Symposium. and e-PEDDERMACON turned out to be as successful as the physical event of the previous years. IADVL Academy, with its panache and Midas touch, came up with successful Webinars one after the other. Almost 40webinars, 5 Symposia, many workshops and PG training course were conducted during this pandemic. My sincere appreciations to Dr Deepika Pandhi, Chairperson, Dr Dipankar De, Convener and all the members of Academy for all their hardwork and dedication. Team Chennai successfully conducted the first e-MIDDERMACON, followed by almost all the state branches conducting CUTICON/MID CUTICON, Webinars etc on virtual platformWe held the virtual CC Meet and EGBM in Augustand Sep

IADVL continued its international presence by confirming and participating the Sister Society Meeting at EADV( Virtual), held from 28thOct to 1stNov . Wealso received confirmation that the Scholarships of our members in the AAD meet 2020 upon cancellation, shall be carried forward to AAD meet 2022.Dr Sanjeev Vaishampayan was elected for InternationalHumanitarian Award of ILDS.

We recorded a polling of 73.75 %, the best polling statistics in the history of IADVL. IADVL Constitutionwas revised and uploaded in the website, ITAQ continued their sincere efforts in taking up issues related to quackery.We held 2 virtual meetings withIndustryPartnersseeking collaboration in conducting IADVL Scientific activities and e-Dermacon 2021. Quiz team successfully completed the National, IGNQPP throughon lines of tware–Flexiquiz.In association with the Practice Management Cell, post-lockdown instructions were prepared and sent to various Pharmaceutical companies. A few CME programs were conducted by Practice Management Cell and PMC Symposium also was also held A reminder has been sent to all those who are not e-voters to register as e-voters. In association with E-voting Task Force, state-wise list of non-e-voters sent to all State Secretaries. YUVA Cellwas quite active in its very first year of inception. National Resident Connect Committeewas actively involved by conducting various competitions successfully for residents for observing various days. The ACAD Google group was formed following a technical glitch of the exiting yahoog roup.Now this group is a platform hosting enthusiastic academic discussions. IADVL FaceBook Page is active now.Our website has been constantly updatedand wehave made conscious efforts toreach out to all members, through news letters, bulletins, emails, bulk mails, SMS, Web site announcements, Social media etc.

Vitiligo day, Psoriasis Day, Urticaria Day, AIDS Day, Leprosy Day, Eczema week was observed across the country with various activities initiated by IADVL EC, Academy & State Branches. Journal Meeting, CFC Meeting, Central Supervisory Committee Meetings were held online. EC meeting and e-DERMACON Organising Committee meetings were held quite frequently and fruitfully. IADVL EC and State Presidents and Secretaries meeting was held during Mid year CC meeting.

Our association has grown in leaps and bounds and presently our membership strength is, 14028 (active members). Of which 10148 are LM, 3673 are PLM, 201 AM and 6 ILM. Now we have a record number of registered e voters ( Jan 2021 - 7383 (72.75 %). Various welfare schemes under IADVL like DVL Welfare Trust, Benevolent fund, Accident fund, Professional Protection are informed to our members.

e-DERMACON 2021, was the grand finale of all the activities of the last one year. We had a great virtual conference, with all features of a physical conference. More than 7000 delegates, 25 international faculty, 400 national faculty 200 international delegates, 3 days of academic feast. It was an enriching experience with respect to conduct, content or faculty. It is a towering evidence of how we overcame the adversities that we faced in conducting our prestigious National Conference of IADVL. Though virtual , I am sure all of you would agree that we could conduct this conference without losing its pomp and splendor. The sumptuous academic feast spread by the IADVL Academy had all the   flavors that our members yearn for . this virtual conference was at par with any physical conference in terms of content, conduct or faculty. The versatile platform provided opportunities for virtual network meetings and customized presentations for our industry partners as well. We look at it as ,how well an opportunity can be created out of adversity.

In these times when we are fighting Corona, we lost many of our members. My sincere prayers for all of them and their families.

I am thankful to IADVL EC 2020 for all their trust, support and co-operation whenever in need to discharge my responsibilities. My sincere thanks to Dr Kiran Godse, for his guidance and support throughout the year and for being there with me to solve any issue, any time. Also for initiating various welcome changes in the association. Special thanks to Dr P Narasimha Rao and Dr Jayadev Betkerur for their insightful suggestions and guidance. Our vice presidents, Dr Manjunath Shenoy and Dr Rashmikant Shah were always there when ever in need. Thanks to the dynamic and dedicated Joint Secretaries, Dr K Venkatachalam and Dr Anuradha KB, who were always there to shoulder the humongous secretarial load and for moderating Face Book and ACAD groups. My special thanks to my friend, our treasurer Dr Rakhesh SV for his meticulous handling of the association finance and who has been a huge source of support always. I thank all the Presidents/Secretaries of various state branches, Academy, Chairpersons/ Conveners and other members of various committees and all IADVLites for your valuable support and co-operation in our journey towards bringing glory to our association.

In the last 1 year, being virtual , the journey has been quite challenging but was fortunate to have a comfortable ride with immense support and co-operation from all of you. I look forward to work fruitfully with a new EC 2021, under Dr Jayadev Betkerur, Academy, Standing Committees and State branches this year.

We are certainly getting adapted to a new normal after having witnessed a sea-change both in our personal and professional space during this pandemic. Let us arm ourselves with awareness, embrace this change and strive forward with hope in our heart and courage in our mind towards a brighter future.

Long live IADVL!

Warm regards,

Dr.Feroz K

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