On the eve of my installation as president of AOP Gujarat, let me thank you all for the love & faith bestowed upon me. I am really overwhelmed by your support and affection. I am aware that this honour brings with it tons of responsibilities. I promise you all, my sincere efforts to achieve all possible targets and milestones.
My first dream project is my presidential action plan:
Rainbow – the colours of life.
It is an attempt to highlight and analyze some of the neglected but important areas of our professional & personal life. It includes three major areas in the form of opd management, finance management & life management. I am thankful to all who have helped me in conceiving & materilising this vision. The list of topics & contributors is as displayed. This will be carried out in the form of workshops in all five zones of Gujarat. The Inaugural workshop is scheduled on 14th February 2016, at Ahmedabad. We will be releasing its module immediately after this.
Another dream project is adopting a village. A pilot project for this is being designed & shortly we will launch it.
In AOP Gujarat, we are just 1000 plus members. As per a rough estimate, the actual number of pediatricians practicing in Gujarat may be minimum double. So I will endeavor to increase membership at both state level & national level. For membership drive various awards are already being given. We are planning to add few more awards to give our membership drive a big thrust.
For financial security of pediatricians, we have social security scheme at both Gujarat & national level. I intend to increase its membership to a sizable level.
Our parent body IAP is allocating various programs to all states. Additionally, various days/week are also being celebrated every year. I intend to involve peripheral towns/villages in organizing these events. This will popularize pediatricians in those remote areas and thus benefit them as well.
I am aware that contribution from our partially qualified/ unqualified staff in improving the health of a child is tremendous. Therefore it is important and imperative to improve their skills and ability to provide basic care to patients. To sharpen their skills, I have planned to increase the momentum of organizing NRP/Trumpps workshops.
To expand the wings of our front line soldiers, I have planned to nominate few more active members in functioning team of AOP Gujarat. They will be assigned a particular job depending on their area of interest. They will act as resource person and will facilitate and guide the organization of various programs.
Friends, for the year to come, the dreams envisioned are many, work to be done is plenty and the task ahead is daunting!
At present I don’t know, how this marathon task can be completed. But I am confident, I am not alone. I have the strength of more than 1000 pediatricians with me – all eager to showcase their skills and abilities and leave an permanent mark on the IAP forum and society as a whole. So I am sure, together we can do lot for the betterment of children in Gujarat & on larger scale of India.
Together we can……..
Yours in academic service
Dr. Swati Popat
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