The 67th Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgeons is all set to take place as a Virtual Symposium from the 26th to the 28th of February 2021. Amid these unprecedented challenging times that we are witness to, the Association has firmly engaged itself in providing continuum to education and guidance in resuming safe surgical practice. This annual conference will focus on safety & consensus-building in the various subspecialties of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery to optimise outcomes amid present difficulties - in the twilight of a new beginning.
The 67th Annual Conference will draw expertise across subcontinents to deliberate on contemporary issues concerning the safety and performance of surgical procedures that have remained at the sidelines of care in the midst of a larger crisis.
The organising committee has worked to provide a vibrant and relevant scientific program that strikes the balance between standards of care and standardised care to ensure that every cardiac team has access to best practices.
Seasons Greetings and wish you all a happy and healthy 2021!
I hope this message finds you and your families safe and healthy amidst this pandemic. I’m also hoping that at some point during this year we will be able to meet in person.
Considering the multiple uncertainties of the pandemic, the Executive Committee decided in August 2020 to organize the 67th IACTSCON Conference of IACTS on a virtual platform. Based on this decision, we have scheduled the 67th Annual Conference from 26th to 28th February, 2021 with Dr. C.S. Hiremath as the Organizing Secretary and Dr. Krishna Iyer, our Senior Vice President, as the Chairman of the Scientific Committee.
This meeting will provide an excellent opportunity for consultants, surgical residents and others to present the latest developments in our field through interactive sessions, posters, workshops and case reports. Despite the constraints of not meeting in person, I hope everyone actively contributes to the success of this virtual conference.
I hope you and your dear ones well and safe.
I would like to notify two important developments in these rather unusual circumstances, which may be of interest and help to you in the clinical setting.
As our nation continues to grapple with the escalating situation of COVID-19 and hopes of the society stay pinned up to our fraternity on an unprecedented scale, the expectations and stakes are high-as is always the case in cardiothoracic surgery.
Yet, what has changed this time is the rapid development of this pandemic and the inflection it continues to show before man can trace or predict it's course. Data and information have become vital in making decisions-more so in the operating room and intensive care where the atmosphere to perform flawlessly has the added burden of determining the COVID-status of the patient every step along the way.